WhatsApp introduced text formatting in 2016 and is now testing more formatting options for Android and iOS users enrolled in the beta program.
WhatsApp beta users on Android and iOS can use ‘>’ to highlight a part of the message and use ‘-‘ or ‘*’ to create bulleted lists. Numbered lists can be made by simply writing a number before the message. The screenshot below shows how it works.
These new text formatting options are currently available for Android users with version 220.127.116.11 of the WhatsApp beta app and version 18.104.22.168 for iOS and should hopefully roll out on the stable channel in the coming weeks.