WhatsApp is developing a username feature that will allow users to select and define distinctive usernames for their accounts like other social networking applications.
A claim from WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo states that the function is in the works and will be accessible through the app's settings.
Although nothing is known about how a username would function on the messaging app, the new feature moves WhatsApp closer to how users connect on Instagram, another Meta-owned programme.
In order to speak with someone on WhatsApp, it could no longer be necessary for them to provide their personal phone number or QR code; instead, a user-selected username may suffice.
This could significantly alter how individuals discover each other on WhatsApp and enhance their privacy.
On WhatsApp chats that are initiated by username, end-to-end encryption is reportedly still in use.
Following the introduction of another much-anticipated feature, message editing comes this news. With the constraint that the term "edited" will be put next to the timestamp, the upgrade permits WhatsApp users to amend a message within 15 minutes of sending it.
The messaging app also released "Chat Lock" in May, a feature that enables you to restrict access to particular groups or one-on-one chats to those who have your password or biometric data. Additionally, it prevents notifications from appearing as messages.
WhatsApp has not yet announced a release date or even acknowledged the existence of usernames.
When it does, it'll probably initially be made available to beta users before being made available to users of all devices.