WhatsApp reportedly working on ‘Username Search’ feature

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that is expected to allow users to exercise more privacy when using WhatsApp Web.

According to the statement, it may soon be unnecessary for users to share their phone numbers with others to connect with them on the instant messaging platform.

The firm is reportedly developing a feature that will allow users to search for others on the platform by their usernames. The messaging client has previously been tipped to be working on the feature for Android users. Now, it is being reported that the feature may soon make its way to WhatsApp Web.

The purported feature will help users connect with others without compelling them to share their numbers with people with whom they do not want to share them.

The username-based search on WhatsApp is expected to improve privacy and encourage more secure communication without having to compromise any personal details. A screenshot of the work-in-progress feature shared in the report shows that once it is available, users can connect with anyone by searching for the name, phone number, or username.

This new update hasn’t officially been confirmed by WhatsApp. However, the report mentioned that it will be made available to users as part of a future update for a few beta testers.

WhatsApp has previously been reported to be working on the same username-based search feature for its Android version. The new report claims that this feature is expected to be available for WhatsApp Web users as well in a future update.

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