WhatsApp is improving its contact pages and you might already have them

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

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp is rolling out a new contact page.
  • A new contact page is available to some users, but not everyone, and it isn't limited to those on the TestFlight beta.
  • The update puts a search button at the top of the page and generally looks cleaner than before.

WhatsApp is rolling out big changes to the way its contact pages look and you might already have them — the change isn't just available to those on the recent beta.

The improvement isn't yet available to everyone but is available to some on both the beta version of WhatsApp and the one available in the App Store. I have access to it, for example, whereas other members of the iMore team do not.

The new contact page was first reported by WABetaInfo and was first made available to some WhatsApp Business users. The new look is much more sleek and puts a search shortcut at the very top, making it easier to find text within a conversation.

Whatsapp Refreshed Contact Page

Whatsapp Refreshed Contact Page (Image credit: WABetaInfo)

As you can see in this screenshot, the new redesigned interface is the same as the one implemented on Business Info, and it also includes a new search message shortcut. Note that, when visiting Business Info, you are also able to view status updates submitted by businesses, but this feature is not available for standard WhatsApp accounts.

If you don't yet see the new contact page it seems likely that you will do soon enough.

WhatsApp is one of the best iPhone apps for chatting with other people, especially those who are green bubbles and are using Android devices.

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.