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How to download the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android

The latest WhatsApp features appear in the beta app a month before they are released to the public. If you want to be the first to try the latest WhatsApp features, here’s how to download the WhatsApp beta app.

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How to download the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android

Usually, it takes about a month for a new feature to switch from the beta client to the public build. It was the case of the dark mode and any new features or changes in the user interface that WhatsApp is planning to implement will head to the beta channel first. If you are not willing to wait for a certain feature to be published on the public channel, you can always download the beta app.

WhatsApp runs an official beta program on the Play Store, but has been full for over a year and isn’t taking new beta testers. The best option is to load the latest beta APK sideways and install the app. I will show you how to do it below, but before you start you will need to back up your WhatsApp messages and multimedia content so that if something unpleasant occurs, you will not lose your chats.

Have you backed up your messages to Google Drive? Here is how you can sideload the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android:

  1. Open Google Chrome or any web browser on the phone.
  2. kind apkmirror.com.
  3. Hit the Search box in the upper right corner.

    How to download the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android

    Source: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central

  4. kind WhatsApp beta and hit go.
  5. Click the Download button next to the beta list of WhatsApp Messenger.
  6. In the Downloads section, select the build number again.

    How to download the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android

    Source: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central

  7. Tap Download APK to start the download.
  8. Tap ok in the dialog to allow Chrome to download the file.
  9. Tap Open.

    How to download the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android

    Source: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central

  10. You will need to allow Chrome to install apps. Tap settings to start.
  11. Toggle Allow from this source for Up to continue the installation.
  12. Tap To install to install the latest version of WhatsApp beta.

    How to download the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android

    Source: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central

After the WhatsApp installation is complete, make sure to disable the setting that allows Chrome to install unknown apps. Go to Settings -> Apps and notifications -> Special app access -> Install unknown apps -> Chrome -> Turn off the setting.

If you ever feel that you don’t want to be on the beta channel, all you have to do is uninstall the app and simply download the official WhatsApp client from the Play Store.

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