WhatsApp for Android is testing the "username" feature, which allows specifying a name for the user, and dealing with the ability to hide the phone number.
According to new technical reports, the application owned by the company "Meta" (Meta) is working on this update that will give WhatsApp users the opportunity to add another layer of privacy to their accounts, instead of relying only on phone numbers to identify contacts, they will be able to choose a unique username and easy to remember without the number.
The site "Wapita Info" (WABetaInfo) that it discovered the new feature in the latest version of "WhatsApp beta" (WhatsApp beta) for the system "Android 18.104.22.168" (Android 22.214.171.124), explaining that it is currently under development and is not activated yet, but he posted a screenshot of the feature showing an option to add the username on the profile page within the application settings.
WhatsApp Beta is the blog for announcing new features under development and testing ahead of their official release within WhatsApp.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199: what's new?
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
Conversations through usernames will remain protected by end-to-end encryption.
Through the new feature, WhatsApp seeks to give more privacy to its users' accounts, so that it will facilitate the task of users who want to hide their phone numbers, especially when communicating with companies or strangers. It will also make it easier to add new contacts without having to share the number.
The site did not specify the date of the launch of this feature for all users, but confirmed that it will follow the updates, and expressed confidence that this feature will change a lot of ways of communicating on WhatsApp.
This feature comes after WhatsApp recently launched the Edit Messages button, which allows the user to edit or delete their message within 15 minutes of sending it.