WhatsApp could soon introduce a long-overdue feature

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techkritiko@gmail.com (Jay Bonggolto)
2023-05-28 12:57:03

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp is reportedly adding the ability to set up a username.
  • The feature is said to be in the works and will be included in a future update to the messaging app.
  • Users will presumably be able to search for other people by entering their username rather than their phone number.

WhatsApp has been spotted developing a new feature that will allow you to create a username, which will be a major change to how users find one another on the app.

According to WABetaInfo, the messaging service is working to add this capability as part of a future update to the app. When and if it goes live, it should be accessible by going to the Profile page in the Settings menu.

The latest development has been discovered in the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android, with a new field in the profile section of the app providing the option to set up a unique handle. Currently, users can only use their phone numbers to identify themselves. It is also the only way they can search for other people on the Meta-owned platform.

(Image credit: WABetaInfo)

This means your phone number is always visible to anyone in a one-on-one or group chat. By introducing the ability to create a username, users will have an extra layer of privacy.

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