❤️🔥 Hot Beeper Summer
All the recent buzz, ICYMI.
Our quest to make Beeper the best chat app on Earth continues. Since sharing our State of the App update in March, we’ve grown the team, added popular features, slayed bugs, and invited many on the Beeper waitlist to join our community.
🙌 We are on track to hit “waitlist zero” in a matter of weeks. Beeper will open its doors to all soon, and we could not be more excited. ‘Til then, look back on the progress we’ve made, ICYMI.
🖥️ Beeper Desktop
All Beeper journeys start with the desktop app, and it wrangles chats better than ever.
💌 The Inbox, Redesigned
The Inbox is your Beeper base camp, so we’re obsessed with making sure it’s intuitive and satisfying—check out some of our favorites:
✔️✔️ Double blue checkmarks are shown if the chat has been read by the other person.
🪄 Control how your Favorites are ordered and set optional Auto-Archive rules in Settings (⚙️) » Inbox.
🎨 Toggle the formatting for Discord and Slack chats and decide if you’d like to have typing indicators ON or OFF in Settings » Appearance.
Not the one on your keyboard, silly 😜. The Spacebar in Beeper lingo is the menu showing icons of connected networks and Beeper Spaces (i.e. Inbox, Archive, Bookmarks, and Low Priority). On Beeper Desktop, it’s now a vertical shelf that can be toggled open or closed.
Spacebar provides a clear view of your chat networks, with keyboard shortcuts for speedy control:
⌘/CTRL + Sto Collapse / Expand the Spacebar
⌘/CTRL + ;to Switch between Inbox / Archive views
💡 Pro Tip: Click the “hamburger” icon (aka the “club sandwich” or “stack of papers”) at the top left to expand and collapse the Spacebar as you like it.
🦸♀️ Schedule Messages with Natural Language
Beeper’s message scheduling feature—a team favorite!—works with any chat network. Scheduled messages deliver when you say so, even if Beeper or your devices aren’t running at the time. Even better: you can now set your timed messages with natural language commands 💣.
To schedule a message: click Scheduled Messages (🕓) and set your delivery time (e.g. “tomorrow at 8am”) in the refreshed menu. Schedule by precise
mm/dd/yyyy, hh:mmin the field above.
🚀 Supercharged Forwarding
Message and media forwarding is a core feature Beeper handles like a champ. On Beeper, you have the power to forward messages to people on ALL of your chat networks at the 👏 same 👏 dang 👏 time.
Pass a hilarious GIF you received in iMessage to a Telegram group chat and your low-key-toxic boss on WhatsApp all at once. Beeper can handle it.
To forward: right-click on a message » select Forward Message » pick the contact(s) or group(s) you want with the search bar provided » click Send (or the keyboard shortcut:
⌘/CTRL + Enter).
Beeper now delivers infinitely better search results (
⌘/CTRL + K), making things more digestible at a glance. Results fall into two main buckets: Chats (aka contacts who match your search) and Messages (for conversations your search term appears in).
People results sort into one line per contact, expanding to show all the networks (e.g. iMessage, Telegram, WhatsApp, etc.) your friend can be reached at. We’re continuing to improve the search experience, and we’re working to bring full message search to Beeper iOS and Android as well.
💡 Pro Tip: Refine and filter your results with useful keywords like
🤖 Beeper Android
🪐 New Spacebar = Out of This World
A fresh Spacebar experience arrived on Beeper Android just this week.
Dragging up from the bottom expands the new dock so you can search, reorder your Spaces, show or hide the Expanded Dock, and scroll through Recent Chats.
🏁 Beeper on Android Auto
Beeper works beautifully with Android Auto! Chatting safely while driving feels so good: incoming chats arrive clearly, which Google Assistant can read for you. Easy-to-find buttons let you reply or mute the chat without taking your attention off the road.
The latest Beeper chat lives in Android Auto’s grid view of apps with buttons to read or reply (left). Opening Beeper (center) brings you to a list of recent chats to review or act on (right).
📥 New Inbox View
Our latest Android update sees the Inbox rebuilt from the ground up, better matching Beeper Desktop’s look and feel.
In addition to up to being 10x faster when “cold starting” the app fresh, long-pressing on chat threads and individual messages calls up an improved menu with popular commands and reactions.
⌚️ Notifications for the Pebble Watch
We threw it back in time, showing love to the Pebble community. Our pioneering smartwatch project has devoted, active Pebblers to this day.
Pebble watches paired to Android phones will show Beeper messages just like any other apps you’ve granted notification permissions to.
📸 Full-Res Photos for All Networks
Send full-resolution pics to all networks you chat on.
If you DO want to compress an image: tap the thumbnail in your draft message before sending it. Uncheck “Send image with the original size” in the Edit screen that pops up.
🧹 Dismiss Notifications When Read on Desktop
After reading a chat on Beeper Desktop, the status will sync to your other Beeper devices, clearing any old notifications.
Coming soon to Beeper iOS too!
⚡️ Speedy Start Ups
Beeper Android is super speedy now. Starting up in under a second, we shaved 1–2 seconds from previous load times. Dramatically speeding up the chat view is next on the menu.
🍎 Beeper iOS
✨ Revamped Chat View
We unveiled a comprehensive refresh to the Chat View last week—a project months in the making. We rethought the Beeper iOS experience from the ground-up, aligning better with how Beeper Desktop feels.
👇☝️ A floating Archive bar and Inbox button lets you toggle quickly between these two essential views:
💬 Redesigned message bubbles, replies, read receipts, and reactions look and work great:
🔠 Rich Text like links, phone numbers, mentions, Markdown, and more arrive with the proper formatting for the type of content it is:
🐇 Handling images, videos, and thumbnails is vastly-improved in the latest versions of Beeper iOS:
🥰 Thanks to all who took evolving iOS features for a spin in Labs. Your mindful feedback helps us every day in making Beeper more awesome.
✌️ Quick Reactions with Taps
Double-tap and tap-and-hold on Beeper iOS now match our expectations when chatting. Performing either finger combo unlocks emoji replies and quick actions:
📺 New Video Player
Our iOS team is really proud of the video player refinements we delivered. We hope you love it too:
Handy playback controls are at your fingertips, which get out of the way with a tap or after a few seconds:
🎁 Share to other apps.
⏪️ ⏩️ Jump forward or backward 10s.
🔒 Lock video orientation.
🐢 » 🐇 Menu (•••) » Set playback speed to: .5x, 1x 1.5x, or 2x.
🗄️ Menu (•••) » Download video.
After watching, any background audio Beeper paused for your video will resume.
⌨️ Emoji Shortcuts
Quickly add emoji like 🎉 while you’re chatting with keyboard shortcuts like
A dynamic menu slides open when you type colon (:) plus a letter, refining your emoji choices as you get more specific.
🔍 Act on Search Results
Like Beeper Desktop, your search results can be Pinned, Favorited, Muted, and Marked Unread right from the Search view.
Results for the same contact across multiple chat networks are now shown in a single row with a dropdown.
♾️ Background Sync
Faithfully reflecting the state of your messaging life at all times is one of the most important things Beeper can do for you. Updating Beeper iOS to sync discreetly in the background means you can focus on your conversations without worrying anything’s been lost or delayed.
The upgrades to how Beeper iOS syncs also eliminated a bothersome lag we noticed when re-opening Beeper after being dormant for a while.
🌐 All Apps
In our march to make Beeper the only chat app you’ll ever need, we worked hard to craft an experience that’s consistent between devices:
📥 The Inbox now shows the read status of your chats (✔️ = you have read / ✔️✔️ = everyone in the chat has read).
💬 Google Chat is now available to connect!
🎙 Voice Messages
Voice notes can be up to ten minutes long—recording one is easy:
Click Send voice message (🎙️) to record. Trash or Stop recording with the buttons to the left of the sound wave.
🚧 Voice Notes for Beeper iOS is coming soon—ready on Desktop + Android now!
🍄 iMessage Power-Ups
As a top reason many users first come to Beeper, we have a lot riding on keeping the iMessage experience enjoyable and reliable. More and more people are stowing iMessage away with notifications off, trusting Beeper to handle things instead.
⚡️ Our iMessage bridge is now faster and more reliable.
✍️ Sending media with captions now works!
👯♂️👯♀️ You can now create new iMessage group chats on Beeper Desktop and Android. Support in Beeper iOS is not far behind!
👊 Beating Twitter & WhatsApp to the Punch
At Twitter, full emoji reactions, threaded replies, image captions, and voice messages came to their DM protocol in May, but we can’t blame you if you missed ‘em! Even now—with Beeper rolling out these DM features—Twitter’s own website and apps haven’t implemented them uniformly across their ecosystem.
Our team pulled the same magic on WhatsApp, rolling out support for uncompressed HD images and video (to all your chat networks, btw) while WhatsApp’s own implementation remains limited to select beta testers. 😏
👋 Reporting a Problem
The Beeper community’s feedback and diligent reporting is crucial to making Beeper more awesome. Please keep up the good work! To get help or connect with us quickly, you can:
🤙 Submit feedback or search our Knowledge Base right from our apps.
🤳 Upload screenshots or video and provide additional metadata to your help reports.
📋 Long press any message » Report a Problem to alert our team with useful background information relevant to that message/conversation automatically attached.
👀 What’s Next?
We’ll be in touch more regularly here and elsewhere as we keep working on the only app that let’s you “chat wherever they’re at.” Until next time, here’s a peek at some of the things we’re currently working on:
✨Stickers✨ and better GIFs selection.
🤝 Google Messages bridge—with RCS support!
🕵️ Deliver a new Search interface for iOS and Android.
🗑️ Delete chats and block contacts.
💬 Refreshing Beeper Android’s chat view and speeding up its performance.
⬆️ Add Beeper to the iOS sharing menu.
💅 Continued refinement of Beeper iOS’ Chat view.
📶 Improving performance in low-bandwidth scenarios (e.g. underground on a subway, low signal strength in remote areas, etc.).
🚧 Rebuilding our Signal bridge for performance, speed, and reliability.
😜 Please do not ask us for ETAs. If you ask, we’ll slow work down on purpose—j/k!
🤙 Keep in Touch!
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