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There's A New Hidden Emoji Available On Whatsapp

George Pavlou

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There's A New Hidden Emoji Available On Whatsapp

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If my phone wasn't a giant pile of shite literally made out of human fecal matter, I might have the Whatsapp update everyone has been talking about. And by everyone I mean a few tech nerds and a couple of people on Twitter.

Whatsapp version 2.16.7 has provided users with a whole host of new features to improve their experience of the messaging app, including the ability to send large emojis, zoom when recording video within the app, reducing load times and the ability to action multiple conversations at once.

As the kids might say these days, it's lit fam.


But that's not all they've done. Whatsapp, owned by Facebook of course, has 'hidden' a secret Olympics emoji in the update you won't immediately be able to access.

Admittedly, it looks very much like nobody is going to even be at the Olympic Games in Rio, let alone watch it with such fervent passion that they want to use an emoji about it, but we have an emoji for it anyway.

On an Android device, the new emoji should have been added to the in-app emoji repository.


For iPhone users however, you're going to have to jump through some multi-coloured hoops (get it!?) to be able to use it.

First you need to open Whatsapp in your web browser, because apparently you're one of the seven people who actually use Whatsapp on desktop...

Then start a chat and copy and paste five question marks in a row, like this '?????', into a new message.

What should then appear in the chat is the brand spanking new Olympic Rings emoji, entirely free of performance-enhancing drugs, with no traces of systematic government-controlled doping or athletes' villages full of crap.


I for one can't wait to stay up half the night to text my friends using the fancy new Olympic Rings emoji. I'm sure we're all in the same boat.

Words by George Pavlou

Topics: olympics, whatsapp

George Pavlou
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