- WhatsApp will introduce a username feature to improve privacy and the way people connect.
- Users will be able to choose a unique identifier instead of sharing their phone number or QR code.
- This update could radically change the way we meet and chat on WhatsApp, while maintaining end-to-end encryption.
WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging application, has been making constant updates to its platform. Recently, a new profile update has been reported to be in development. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on a username option that will allow users to choose a unique identifier. This update has been included in the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android.
Approaching communication on Instagram
The introduction of this username option takes WhatsApp one step closer to the way people communicate on Instagram, an app owned by Meta.
While exactly how the username in the messaging app will work is still unknown, it could represent a major change in the way people connect on WhatsApp and could improve privacy as well.
Instead of sharing their phone number or QR code, users could simply share their chosen username to chat.
It has been mentioned that end-to-end encryption will continue to be present in WhatsApp conversations initiated through the username.
Editing messages and “Chat Lock”
This news comes on the heels of another release of a highly anticipated feature: message editing. With the latest update, WhatsApp users can modify a message within 15 minutes of sending it. However, the word “edited” will be displayed next to the timestamp to indicate that the message has been modified.
Also, the messaging app recently introduced a feature called “Chat Lock” back in May. This tool allows users to protect individual or group chats with a password or biometric authentication. In addition, it prevents messages from appearing as notifications on the device screen.
Launch and availability of username option
Although WhatsApp has yet to announce a release date or officially confirm the username feature, it will likely be offered to beta users first before rolling out to all devices.
Beta users will have the opportunity to test and provide feedback on this new feature prior to its full-scale official release.