WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will allow users to choose a username for their account, which will act as a unique identifying name and will be displayed by replacing the phone number in the contact information, similar to other platforms such as Telegram.
Currently, the WhatsApp account is associated with the phone number of users, so that the profile is selected based on this data. This makes the number visible to all the users you interact with on the instant messaging platform.
However, WhatsApp is working on a new functionality in which users can choose a unique username for their account, for that They can use it to identify themselves to other users and add another layer of security. In this way, it will not be necessary to display the phone number.
This has been verified by WaBetaInfo, by analyzing the latest beta version of The WhatsApp For Android 220.127.116.11, the platform has started developing this feature, although it is not visible at the moment.
Found in the profile settings of WhatsApp, this new functionality allows users to choose a username that precedes their login and will be unique to said user.
The system is similar to that used by other similar platforms such as Telegram. In this way, users will be able to contact other users of the platform by entering their username instead of their phone number.
In addition, as WhatsApp explains in the contacts profile settings, the name currently used has a different utility than the username. In the case of the new username feature, it serves to identify the account, while the name already in use is the visible name to contacts on the platform.
This feature is still under development. Additionally, WaBetaInfo ensures that conversations initiated through usernames remain protected with end-to-end encryption.
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