WhatsApp Testing Login Approval, Phone Number Sharing Privacy Features

WhatsApp Testing Login Approval, Phone Number Sharing Privacy Features

WhatsApp is testing a number of new features aimed at further improving user privacy. As suggested by WABetaInfo, the Meta-owned messaging platform will soon introduce login approval features and phone number sharing. Here is an overview of these features. 

New Whatsapp Feature in Testing

A recent report from WABetaInfo revealed that WhatsApp is planning to add login approvals. This is an extra security feature, which will come in handy if someone tries to log in to your WhatsApp account from another device when the 6-digit PIN is wrongly shared. 

If there is a login attempt from another device, WhatsApp will now send an in-app login request message to the user. If it's not your fault, you can easily decline the request and protect your WhatsApp account from abuse. 

This code will complement the double-check code, which is also being tested. It will show a different verification code when trying to log in from another device. However, you should know that both of these features are still in development and it is unclear when they will be ready to ship to users. You can always check what the connection approval message looks like.

Move Whatsapp to New Number
Image Source: WABetaInfo

WhatsApp is also testing a phone number sharing feature, which will hide your number from some newly announced WhatsApp groups and communities

With this option disabled by default, your number will not be displayed, making it easier for you to maintain your privacy when you are a member of an unknown group or subgroup. It will be available in group settings and can be activated if you want to share numbers. See below.

Settings for Whatsapp new feature

Apart from this, another report by WABetaInfo states that WhatsApp has started rolling out emoji reactions when the status of some beta users disappears. As part of the quiz, there will be 8 emoji options, including a Smiling face with heart-shaped eyes, a Tears of joy face, an Open-mouthed face, a Crying face, Chopping Hands, Clap, Party Icons, and Hundred Points. 

It remains to be seen when the status emoji reactions and the aforementioned privacy features will begin rolling out to the public. We will give you more details on this as soon as we have it. Therefore, keep an eye on this space and share your thoughts on it in the comments section below.