Highlights

  • WhatsApp gets a new improved Change Number feature
  • The feature is already rolling out to Android via the latest beta version
  • It Makes It Easier to Inform Friends About Your New Number

WhatsApp rolled out a new feature in a Beta update that will soon enable iOS, Android and Windows Phone users migrate their data to a new number without much hassle.

The new “Change Number” feature update is currently available in the 2.18.97 Android beta update on Google Play Store. It will come in iOS and Windows devices later.

“It adds many improvements to the old change number feature. You will be able to choose specific contacts to notify, and the chat history will be moved in the new chat on the recipients’ phone. This deletes the problem of duplicated chats,” tweeted WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks upcoming WhatsApp features.

The user can now choose if he wants to also notify some or all contacts. “You can also choose to notify contacts who you have a chat with,” the report said.

On Android, the company has improved the ‘Change Number’ feature this time to let you choose if want to notify everyone about your new number or select users. The screenshot posted on the website shows the feature description “You can notify your contacts about your new number. You groups will be notified regardless.” This is followed by three options – All contacts, Contacts I have chats with, and Custom. Blocked numbers won’t be notified.

To begin with the new Change Number feature, go to WhatsApp Settings > Account > Change number. After that, tap the Next button from the top-right corner, enter your old and new phone numbers, tap the Next button again, and then enable the Notify my contacts option. This brings options, namely All contacts, Contacts I have chats with, and Custom.

Once the migration process is done, all the user’s shared messages in the old chat will be shown in the new chat.

WhatsApp recently made several changes to its platform. Earlier this month it increased the time window to delete a message. The limit was extended to 4096 seconds, meaning 68 minutes and 16 seconds. Prior to this, users only had 7 minutes or 420 seconds to delete a message.

Android beta WhatsApp users also got locked voice recording feature. This shows up when you tap and hold on the mic. Once tapped, you will see a new UI wherein you would have to drag the icon upwards to lock voice recording. In future WhatsApp may also show us the size of the sticker pack that you are about to download.
In another change, WhatsApp was seen testing the Group Descriptions feature. As the name suggests, this feature enables users to add up to 500 characters’ description for any group.

WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion monthly active users (MAUs) who are exchanging nearly 60 billion messages on a single day. It has over 200 million users in India.

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