WhatsApp launches document-sharing feature with initial support for PDFs

It looks to be a rather slow rollout, but there's an easy way to find out if you're one of the lucky recipients.

WhatsApp on iOS
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WhatsApp is sending out a new feature that lets you send files directly through the popular messaging service.

Some have spotted a server-side switch that enables you to share PDFs (the only supported file type for now) to another contact.

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WhatsApp now lets you send a PDF to one of your contacts.

When you touch the paperclip button you’ll see an option to send a document, along with buttons for Camera, Gallery, Audio, Location, and Contact.

However, if the recipient doesn’t have the update, you won’t be able to send anything (see below).

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If your contact doesn’t have the update you won’t be able to use the file-sharing feature.

This is one of those staggered rollouts, so you may just need some patience if it hasn’t hit you yet. You can always join the Play Store beta program or grab the latest beta file from APK Mirror in hopes of speeding things along.

The story behind the story: Messaging is growing beyond just the exchange of text and pictures. Facebook’s Messenger, for example, has grandiose plans to turn the service into a shopping platform. Give how much time people spend messaging, expect for companies to find more ways to keep you in the conversation.

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