WhatsApp is testing a new feature, which is being released for beta users on iOS. The new Favorite Contact feature is being introduced to make the calling experience better and faster. New feature launched on popular WhatsApp beta tracking website WABetaInfo Seen by. This will allow users to set a favorite contact, which will appear at the top of the calls tab. This can be seen in the screenshot below. WhatsApp users can start a video or voice call with their favorite contact by tapping on it. This will make calling family and friends faster and easier.
By letting users set favorite contacts at the top of the calls tab whatsapp It’s clear that important contacts are front and center of the calling interface. One-tap calling capability makes it clear that the full WhatsApp calling experience becomes better and more convenient. It can be safely assumed that users will be able to choose between a voice or video call when they tap on a favorite contact.
It is not yet clear how users will be able to set favorite contacts but as can be seen in the background of the screenshot, this can be done from the calls tab. It would be safe to assume that users will be able to long press on a contact to set it as a favorite contact. Once a contact is added to favourites, it will appear at the top of the calls tab. Users can simply tap on a favorite contact at the top to start a call with them.
This feature is not live for all users and hence we will have to wait for the official statement from WhatsApp on this. Meanwhile, WhatsApp recently introduced pinned events in the community for beta users on Android. This feature can automatically recognize events shared in community groups and make them appear at the top of the WhatsApp community for the convenience of users.