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WhatsApp has an awesome new feature, and here's how to use it

The Express Wednesday, March 30th 2016 06:24 PM

WhatsApp this week rolled-out a new update to its iOS and Android apps.

The new update brings some minor bug fixes – as well as some nifty new formatting options.

WhatsApp users can now use bold, italics and strikethrough in their text messages. And it might just change the way you talk to your friends.

It's not immediately obvious how to access the new options since the app does not include them in the small selection menu you can access by pressing and holding on a word in iOS.

• Bold: Add an asterisk (*) before and after the specific words or phrases you want to embolden e.g. *hello*

• Italics: Add an underscore (_) before and after your chosen words or phrases e.g. _hello_

 Strikethrough: Add a tilde (~) before and after the words or phrases you want to strike a line through e.g. ~hello~

As long as you have the latest version of WhatsApp running on your smartphone, the chosen word or phrase will embolden, italicise or strikethrough after it has sent.

These codes can also be used online via the WhatsApp Web Client, but the formatting will only appear in the app-based version of the chats.

The news comes as WhatsApp announced it would be dropping support for its BlackBerry app.

By the end of this year, the popular messenger will no longer be available on Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1.

In the same blog post, the cross-platform messenger also confirmed it was planning to drop support for all BlackBerry devices.

WhatsApp recently passed one billion active users, making it the world's most popular messaging app.

When Facebook bought the app for a whopping $19billlion (some £11.5 million) was taken over by Facebook in 2014 it had just 450 million.

With one billion active users, WhatsApp now handles some 42 billion messages and 250 million videos every day of the week.

The popular cross-platform messenger WhatsApp recently made it much easier for users to get the latest features – before anyone else.

The news comes after a report claimed WhatsApp could be using up to half of your monthly 4G allowance behind your back.

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