WhatsApp has been bringing in new features quite consistently starting with the delete for everyone feature. The new addition is a username field which will let you create a unique profile name for yourself. WhatsApp is rolling out this new update through the Google Play Beta Program. It’s going to be version 220.127.116.11 of WhatsApp.
While WhatsApp has added a user input field in beta version called WhatsApp username, you can’t yet try the feature. Since, the user input field is revealed, we can be quite certain that the feature is on the cards. One of the implications of this new feature would be that users would not need to share their personal phone numbers or QR codes with others in order to communicate. The new username feature is going to change the way we find people on WhatsApp. Maybe we’ll be able to look up profiles just by using the username and also share our profiles without actually sharing the phone number.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168: what's new?— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) May 24, 2023
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
This is not the first significant change introduced by WhatsApp in recent times. In May, they rolled out the Chat Lock feature which lets you lock certain one-on-one or group chats behind passwords. It also released the much awaited edit message feature that lets users edit messages within 15 minutes of sending the message. Once you edit the message, a text marker saying “edited” beside the time-stamp.
The username feature is still under development, hence it is difficult to gauge its full potential. Once the update rolls out in the beta version, users will be able to try it. As far as we can assume, this new feature might create new and better ways for users to connect all their Meta accounts including Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
On a different note, WhatsApp has started testing an application for WearOS 3 for devices like the Galaxy Watch 5, Pixel Watch and others. The app will offer a bunch of functionalities available on the mobile versions. It will show recent chats and contacts, and allow you to send text and voice messages.