WhatsApp changed its contact list UI, then rolled back the update

WhatsApp recently introduced a new feature through an update that changed the way users could view their contact lists in the app. The update introduced two options for the Messaging app’s contact list view – one called “Frequently Contacted” and the other called “Recent Chats.”

As the names describe it, this is exactly how the contact list was split after the updates and the idea behind it was to make it easier for users to access their favorite contacts and most recent conversations. .

While on paper the idea doesn’t sound bad at all, users weren’t happy and many took to Twitter to voice their displeasure. One user called it “awful” while another pointed out that this update made the interface cluttered. Most users added that they didn’t find the Frequent Contacts list useful.

Prior to this update, the WhatsApp contacts page had no such demarcations of frequent or recent chats and all contacts were listed in simple alphabetical order. The reason for the new UI for the contact list was not incorrect, it just made it easier for users to search for people in the old way. The new dual lists added an extra step in the process of accessing contacts, which lengthened the whole process.

Following this, it seems that WhatsApp has decided to return things to the way they were.

As spotted by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp version, recently released through the Google Play beta program, brings an update that changes the contact list as it was before. Besides that, the latest update doesn’t add or change much in the app.

This is one of the latest WhatsApp updates and probably the only one that has been rolled back recently. The Meta-owned messaging platform recently added a new voice call interface that displays a rounded rectangular background with the contact’s name, number, profile picture, and call duration at the top. There are also plans to roll out reactions to iMessage-like messages soon.

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