Haven’t you heard? Offline is the new online… well, sort of.
On Monday, WhatsApp, the popular Facebook-owned messenger, welcomed iOS users to the world of offline messaging.
The app’s latest iOS update allows iPhone users to engage in offline message queueing, so they can prep messages to send while they’re waiting for a connection and quickly keep their conversations going when they regain one.
Users can now tap “send” on multiple written messages when they don’t have a wireless connection, and once a connection is reestablished, those queued messages will be sent automatically.
It’s a helpful feature, especially when you’re stuck on the subway or walking through a dead zone.
While Business Insider reported the ability to queue messages offline has been available on Android devices since at least June 2016, the send button was simply disabled for WhatsApp users on iOS devices without a wireless connection.
In addition to the offline feature, the update includes a redesigned storage usage screen and the ability to send up to 30 photos or video at once.
Users of the app are now able to manage their phone’s storage space by clearing certain messages types. Videos, for example, can now be deleted from specific message threads by simply visiting the Settings tab, selecting “Data and Storage Usage” and then, “Storage Usage.”