Instant messaging program WhatsApp, owned by Meta, is rumored to be working on a new feature that would allow users for setting up unique usernames for their accounts. WABetaInfo claims to have stumbled onto the new function when investigating the recently released 220.127.116.11 beta version of WhatsApp for Android on the Google Play Store.
Users will have more options and customization options with the new WhatsApp username feature. The current WhatsApp system of user identification using mobile phone numbers severely restricts users’ ability to establish a distinct identity within the service.
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According to WABetaInfo, the app’s Profile settings area is where users may change their username. With the advent of usernames, people will be able to pick a moniker that accurately reflects who they are and what they value most. It is hoped that this additional addition would also increase user security and privacy.
Usernames allow people to exchange contact information without disclosing their actual phone numbers. This feature will allow users to converse with others while maintaining some amount of anonymity, which is especially useful in business contexts and when meeting new people.
While it is unclear how exactly usernames will work within WhatsApp, it seems likely that conversations started using usernames will still be protected by the app’s end-to-end encryption. Meta, an instant messaging network, has over two billion users throughout the world. Providing unique identifiers for each user is a step towards better personalization and a more satisfying app experience.
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Furthermore, the development of the functionality is ongoing, and it is expected that WhatsApp will make it available for beta testing very soon. Before the username function is made accessible to the general public, beta testers will have the chance to check it out and offer comments.