Whatsapp plans to introduce usernames

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Anyone who is reluctant to pass on their cell phone number in Whatsapp could look forward to a planned innovation: Whatsapp is said to be working on the introduction of user names.


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Whatsapp is said to be working on the introduction of usernames.
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Anyone who registers with Whatsapp needs a cell phone number. This is also the only way to uniquely identify a Whatsapp account. So in order to network via Whatsapp, you have to share your cell phone number with your contacts.

What is usually not a big problem among friends becomes difficult if you also use Whatsapp in a professional or school context, for example. There you might not want to share your private cell phone number with everyone.

How WABetaInfo has found out, Whatsapp is now apparently working on a solution: In the current beta for Android, the blog operators have discovered a new feature for user names. This is still hidden and not publicly visible.

How exactly the new feature will work cannot yet be said with certainty from the information available so far. So far, the only thing that seems clear is that there should be an option in the profile to choose a clear and unique username. This is independent of the display name, which already exists. Conversations that are started via the username should also be end-to-end encrypted like other Whatsapp functions.

It is still unclear, however, whether the user name can also be used in private chats to completely avoid passing on the cell phone number – or whether you can even register with Whatsapp without a cell phone number. It would also be possible that the feature is mainly intended to get in touch with companies.

It is also not known when the function will be officially rolled out in the app. Expect it to be made available first in one of the upcoming beta versions of the app.

26.5.2023 von Gabriele Fischl

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