New Text Formatting on WhatsApp

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Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that WhatsApp is adding four new text formatting options to help people organize and craft their messages. These help save time and help people communicate more effectively via their messages.

Bullet Lists to help outline steps in a process, list ingredients in a recipe or call out main points of a message (use – symbol, followed by one space).

Numbered Lists to note a specific order of things such as instructions or recap of events (use 1 or 2 digits followed by a period and one space).

Block Quote to help highlight (use > symbol followed by one space)

Inline Code to help distinguish specific information within a sentence (wrap text with ` symbol)


These are in addition to Bold, Italic, Strikethrough, and Monospace formatting options that are already available to users. Now you can easily add more personality to your messages, highlight important details, add structure to long messages, and present information in a clear and organized manner.


These are available to all Android, iOS, Web, and Mac desktop users. Channel admins will also be able to use these options.