WhatsApp to roll out ‘message yourself’ feature on Windows beta

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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WhatsApp, the Meta-owned instant messaging app, is reportedly rolling out the message yourself feature to window users.

After introducing the ability to share contact cards to some users on the previous beta build of WhatsApp for Windows, the company’s new feature allows users to save messages in the chat with their own phone number.

This will help users to send quick notes or reminders, or crucial information to themselves at ease. Earlier, users needed to have a second WhatsApp account registered to their other phone number to do this.

To use the new feature, WhatsApp users are required to download the latest version of the beta app from Microsoft Store. Once installed, users will see a separate chat with their name followed by “You”. They can simply open the tab and send quick notes, shopping lists, reminders, bookmarks, and others.

Every time a user sends a message to the chat with their own phone number, the message will be delivered to their all linked devices so they are always available. In addition, the messages sent to this chat are end-to-end encrypted so the only person that can see them across linked devices is the user.

In the past updates of the Windows native beta app, WhatsApp added an icon within the cell that represents personal chat but it was not possible to open it. After a server-side update, it is finally possible to open the chat with the phone number. This feature is more important on Windows since personal chat has always been hidden due to incompatibility reasons with multi-device so WhatsApp is not releasing a simple entry point but a full feature.

To push its user-friendly interface further, WhatsApp recently introduced Avatars on the messaging app, which enables users to curate their digital representation. Users are allowed to pick hairstyles, facial features, and outfits, from the available combinations to create an Avatar of themselves.

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