Soumya Prakash Pradhan

WhatsApp, a popular messaging app, frequently updates its features to make it more user-friendly.

In a recent update, the company has introduced new features like Screen Lock, Chat Lock, and Channels to enhance the user experience.

In the latest update, it is reported by WABetaInfo that they will soon add a Poll feature in the Channels section.

This feature is currently under development in the Android "" beta version and will be tested by users in a later build.

Although the feature has not been released to beta users yet, the news outlet has shared a preview of it.The Polls option will be visible in

the attachment section, allowing users to create polls to gather feedback and limit responses to one per user, similar to the Poll option in groups and chats. Importantly, poll votes will remain private to ensure user privacy.

In another report, WhatsApp is bringing back the 'Muted status' feature in the new Updates tab.

This feature, discovered in the '' update in the Android beta build, will be available for users who do not engage with any channels.

You can update the beta app from the Google Play Store to see if these changes are available for your version.

With the introduction of WhatsApp Channels, the Status tab has undergone significant changes, according to the WABetaInfo report.

And another latest update is about enabling users to enter their email address for verification as a second way to log in to the WhatsApp platform.

This new alternative login method aims to enhance the ease of use of WhatsApp.

The official WABetaInfo report clarifies that the email address login will function solely as an alternative method.

This feature can be particularly useful for users traveling abroad without an active roaming mobile plan.

Nevertheless, users will still require a phone number to initiate their WhatsApp services.

To add your email to WhatsApp, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Open the WhatsApp application.
  2. Navigate to the 'Settings' option.
  3. Under 'Account,' click on 'Email Address.'
  4. Proceed to verify your email address to confirm its ownership.

The report also mentions that this feature can link to backup email addresses previously added by the user, though, in many cases, manual setup may be necessary to enable this feature.