WhatsApp unveils ‘Search by Date’ feature for easy message retrieval

WhatsApp has rolled out a new ‘Search by date’ feature, allowing users to easily find messages from specific dates, streamlining the chat history search process. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the feature, which is now available globally.

WhatsApp has announced a new feature called ‘Search by date,’ designed to improve the messaging app’s search functionality. This feature enables users to easily locate messages based on specific dates, streamlining the process of navigating through chat history.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the global availability of the ‘Search by date’ feature through his WhatsApp channel, accompanied by a brief demonstration. With this feature, users can select a particular date to view messages exchanged on that day, eliminating the need to scroll endlessly through chat history.

The ‘Search by date’ feature was first spotted in beta testing in November 2023 and is now accessible to all users worldwide on the stable channel. According to MSP, the feature is available on Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and the web.

To utilize the feature, users can specify the year, month, and date to narrow down their search results. Even if users don’t recall the exact date, they can easily navigate through the search results to find messages from other dates. It is essential to have the latest version of WhatsApp installed to access this feature.

In addition to the ‘Search by date’ feature, WhatsApp recently introduced the View Once feature for voice messages. This feature allows users to send voice messages that disappear after being listened to, similar to the functionality of photos and videos sent in View Once mode. These voice messages are marked with a “one-time” icon and can only be played once, ensuring increased privacy for users.

By introducing these new features, WhatsApp continues to enhance its messaging experience, offering users greater control and convenience in managing their conversations.