WhatsApp new features, Proxy to go around social media blackouts, and more

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WhatsApp has been adding quite a number of new features to the app. Starting with the most relatable one which is Proxy. It’s available on the latest versions of WhatsApp on both iOS and Android. It’s also there in WhatsApp Business if anyone was curious.

WhatsApp Proxy – Use the app even if it’s blocked

To connect to a proxy server you follow these steps. Go to Settings > Storage and Data > Proxy. Here you can enter a proxy server of your choice and WhatsApp states that these are the ports that work best with the service: 80, 443, or 5222. You can pair these with a domain of your choice that is not blocked. Essentially what the proxy will look like is In this scenario, will be the domain, and 5222 the port. The combination of these 2 will make up the proxy and if the proxy is not blocked and successfully connects, you will see a green check mark. You can click here for a list of free public proxies you can test it out with or use this one which I tested out and was working.

WhatsApp’s biggest motivation to do this is to allow its users to still be able to connect to their service even when access to the service has been restricted. A phenomenon that has been quite common with Governments. But this is not the only place where this proxy feature will be used. It can apply to companies and schools with IT policies that restrict the use of the service on their networks.

It is important to note that the proxy feature will only work in the event that parts of the internet that include WhatsApp are blocked. In the case of a complete internet shutdown where there is absolutely no internet access, the proxy service will not work.

Avatar – 3D-looking custom cartoon

Avatars are no new thing to iPhone users. When the iPhone X debuted it arrived with a feature called memoji which used the 3D face scanning tech primarily there for FaceID to create some pretty nice 3D cartoon models of a person.

WhatsApp introduced it too but it’s not using any sensors. Instead, you create one from scratch and choose how you want it to look. Similar to how you build your avatar in PUBG or some such games. Really you can go to town with it from outfits to skin tones and facial hair to your physique. You can play around with it by going to settings and selecting Avatar

Who can add you to groups

A while back WhatsApp introduced a feature that stops group admins from adding you back into a group you have left. Now there are also settings for who can add you to a group even if it’s the first time that they are adding you.

You can set it to Everyone meaning anyone who has your number can add you to a group. My contacts option will restrict adding to groups to just individuals that are in your WhatsApp contacts. Then My contacts except… are now just more refined and here you can select only specific contacts to have the ability to add you to groups. To set these preferences you go to Settings > Privacy > Groups.

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  1. Get ready to rumble!

    Right on time, nice!

  2. Xoli Mfeca

    Nobody can stop ZANU!
    Nobody can stop ZANU!
    Nobody can stop ZANU!
    Cause it is strong!

    If these guys don’t want you to access the internet. You won’t! Trust me. Sh*t is about to go down soon this year

    1. Home Schooled.

      Star link ya Elon Musk can help navigate a total shutdown of Internet by governments.

      1. Xoli Mfeca

        Starlink is not available here my friend!

        1. Anonymous

          It’s coming in march my friend

  3. D.K.

    For WhatsApp, one needs the data connection and data that is useable on it. When people have a lot to lose they can interfere with the connection or force the MNOs to switch off data. This is a possibility in countries where people’s rights can be turned on and off at the wish of those in power.

  4. H

    Are the 3D Whatsapp Avatars a soft way of easing people into how the Metaverse will work?

  5. Anonymous

    I personally use https://whatsapp-proxy.com these work amazing in China en Iran

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  9. Imi Vanhu Musadaro

    No warnings at all that proxies could potentially intercept traffic and track your general activity. Always exercise caution in choosing and using a proxy/VPN.