All 1.2 billion users of WhatsApp can sleep easier tonight thanks to the latest public WhatsApp update delivering two-step verification to everyone. The feature has been available in the beta channel since November last year, but it is now available for all who enable the feature.

That’s right, it’s not setup automatically, nor does the app prompt you to do so. You’ll just have to go to Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable. Then add a six-digit PIN and backup email address and confirm. The next time you try to set up a device with your telephone number, you’ll be prompted for your PIN code.

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January 1, 2017

Previous updates

WhatsApp adds new emoji from Android 7.1

February 4: All the Unicode 9 emoji introduced in Android 7.1 and iOS 10.2 have now been added to the WhatsApp beta app. With gender equality and new professions, to skin tones and more anthropomorphic figures, WhatsApp has an emoji to suit everyone.

WhatsApp adds GIF search

January 10: WhatsApp added GIF search, finally bringing the most beloved of all animated images to the world’s most popular messaging platform. The file limit for sharing was also increased from 10 to 30.

WhatsApp gets video streaming

December 6: WhatsApp brought video streaming to the public app in early December 2016. Now, as soon as a video message is delivered to you, you can start watching it immediately without having to wait for it to download. A small change perhaps, but a very convenient one. GIF support was also added at this time.

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