How to Get WhatsApp's Latest Features Before Anyone Else
Getting cool new features before everyone else is just plain fun. I mean, you probably wouldn't even be here in the first place if you didn't have a thing for the latest and greatest, right? But to be on the bleeding edge requires a lot of effort at times, since the fastest way to get an update is to find it as soon as it leaks, then get to work on sideloading the new version.
Early adopters were definitely pleased when WhatsApp started offering a beta version of its popular messaging app, but there was no way to know when a newer beta version was released aside from checking the website. So to make things easier for once, developer Javier Santos created an app that will automatically download any new WhatsApp beta releases and let you install them at the press of a button.
To get this one going, you'll need to have "Unknown sources" enabled so that you can sideload apps. That's because the app in question, Beta Updater for WhatsApp, is not available on the Google Play Store—though it is available on Github.
It doesn't matter what version of WhatsApp you're currently running—in fact, this will still work if you don't even have WhatsApp installed yet. So from your Android device, simply download the Beta Updater for WhatsApp installer file below, then tap the Download complete notification and press the "Install" button to begin.
Once you've installed Beta Updater for WhatsApp, go ahead and open the app, then tap the gear icon in the top-right corner to view the settings menu. From here you may want to adjust some options, because by default, the app will simply notify you when there's a new beta version of WhatsApp.
So if you'd like to make the process almost entirely automatic, tick the box next to the "Auto-download updates" option, then leave all of the other entries selected as they are. This way, the app will automatically download the new version, then notify you when it's ready to install.
In the future (provided you're using the above settings), you'll get a notification as soon as a new beta version of WhatsApp is available. From here, simply tap this notification, then press "Install" on the following screen. Within a few seconds, you'll be updated to the latest WhatsApp version, and because these are the official WhatsApp releases, they install on top of your existing version of WhatsApp without overwriting any data.
Should you ever wish to go back to the stable version of WhatsApp, you have two options—either uninstall the version you have, then install the app from the Play Store, or simply uninstall Beta Updater for WhatsApp, then wait for a new stable release and update from the Play Store.
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