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Recently, WhatsApp has been continuously releasing changes across its platform. The most recent information concerns a profile upgrade; according to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is purportedly developing a new username option. A new box asking users to select their own distinctive handle has been added to the profile area of the app in the most recent WhatsApp beta for Android version.
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WhatsApp is working on a feature to set up a WhatsApp username, and it will be available in a future update of the app!https://t.co/2yMpvlvkdo pic.twitter.com/s60sQdy9jP
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) May 24, 2023
Although nothing is known about how a username would function on the messaging app, the new feature moves WhatsApp closer to how users connect on Instagram, another Meta-owned program. In order to chat with someone on WhatsApp, it might no longer be necessary for them to provide their personal phone number or QR code; instead, a user-selected username may suffice.
This could significantly alter how individuals discover each other on WhatsApp and increase their privacy. On WhatsApp chats that are initiated by username, end-to-end encryption is reportedly still in use.
Following the release of another highly anticipated feature, message editing, comes this announcement. With the constraint that the term “edited” will be written next to the timestamp, the upgrade permits WhatsApp users to amend a message within 15 minutes of sending it. The messaging app also released “Chat Lock” in May, a feature that enables you to restrict access to particular group or one-on-one chats to those who have your password or biometric data. Additionally, it prohibits notifications for messages from appearing.
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When it comes to usernames, WhatsApp has not yet announced a release date or even acknowledged the feature. When it does, it’ll probably initially be made available to beta users before being made available to users of all devices.