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WhatsApp is finally ready to add a huge iOS 15 feature

WhatsApp message thread on iPhone X
WhatsApp message thread on iPhone X (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz/iMore)

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp is readying support for an iOS 15 API that will notify users why they missed a call.
  • Calls missed because they were silenced by Do Not Disturb will be marked as such.
  • It's thought an update to WhatsApp will be released via the App Store this week.

WhatsApp is finally getting ready to implement a feature that Apple added in iOS 15, according to a new report. The instant messaging app will soon be more aware of when users miss WhatsApp calls when Do Not Disturb mode is enabled, labeling calls as such.

The API for Do Not Disturb was added to iOS 15 and it allows apps to take note of whether when it is enabled, usually to prevent annoying notifications. WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is readying support for that API so that users will be told if they missed a call because their device was in Do Not Disturb mode.

Screenshot showing missed whatsapp calls

Screenshot showing missed whatsapp calls (Image credit: WABetaInfo)

As you can see in this screenshot, when you receive a WhatsApp call and your notifications are turned off because the do not disturb mode is enabled, there will be a new label available right within the call history: it will indicate that you missed the call since it has been silenced by the do not disturb mode.

It's thought that the new API support is rolling out this week and that an updated version WhatsApp should hit the App Store sooner rather than later.

While this isn't a massive change in the grand scheme of things, it does allow users an easier way to see which calls have been missed and why. WhatsApp is one of the best iPhone apps at what it does and is a vital way to communicate for many people — especially those whose friends and family use Android devices and don't have access to iMessage.

Those who already have WhatsApp installed should keep their eyes peeled for an update in the App Store. Everyone else can download WhatsApp for free (opens in new tab) right now.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

2 Comments
  • When is the iPad app finally coming? Why is that taking sooooo long?
  • WhatsApp is definitely not one of the best communications apps. It's privacy invasive. There are much better alternatives, such as Signal.