WhatsApp is working on displaying photos in message notifications so that users can see the profile image of a contact next to the message, which is currently not possible on iOS or Android.
Initially, this feature will be available only to iOS Beta testers who are running iOS 15 and have updated WhatsApp to version 18.104.22.168. WhatsApp has released the first update to its platform in 2022, which is a visual feature.
WhatsApp, the instant messaging app, has been testing in its beta version for iOS mobiles that when you receive a message, the profile photo of the user appears in the notification bar. WhatsApp is gradually rolling out the feature to more users.
The feature was discovered by the website WABetainfo, and it is currently available for some WhatsApp beta testers on iOS.
Some issues with functionality are to be expected, given that the feature is currently in public beta and does not represent the finished product. For years, WhatsApp on Android has been able to display profile pictures with system notifications, and it appears that the feature is finally making its way to iOS.
WABetaInfo also mentions that the new feature may not be available to all beta testers right away, as the roll-out appears to be gradual. Adding a photo to the notification pop-up makes sense; many other similar apps have this feature, and it will provide users with a visual cue to who is messaging them without the need to read the contact’s name.