Now WhatsApp has added one of Instagram’s key features – the filters.

What started in late 2016 is continuing its success in 2017: the copying of social media functions. WhatsApp and Instagram are two players who usually stay out of each other’s way. Now, however, WhatsApp has added one of Instagram’s key features – the filters.

It seems that these days, it has become accepted practice to copy successful applications.

The copying seems particularly prevalent between the Facebook empire (Facebook, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram) and the stumbling upstart Snapchat.

WhatsApp gets filters for Android

The big news now involves some copying of Instagram by the messenger WhatsApp. Specifically, it is about filters for photos, which are very popular on Instagram.

The Instagram feature has been discovered in the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android (version 2.17.297), which is now available for download in the Google Play Store.

If you want to create a filter for your image, you have two options for this. Either you choose an image from a library in the app or you take a new one using the integrated camera function.

You can edit these as follows:

  1. Open the chat and select/take the photo.
  2. In the loading screen, swipe the image from the bottom to the top before sending the image.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, a bar opens with different filters. At the beginning, you have five different filters (including “black and white”, “chrome” or “film”).
  4. By clicking, you select the appropriate filter.
  5. Finally, you just have to press the send button.

You can also specify whether the edited version of the picture and the original are stored on your smartphone in Whatsapp’s settings.