WhatsApp launches ability to link email address to account: How it works

WhatsApp is rolling out an update that allows users on iOS to link their email address to their WhatsApp account. The messaging app currently allows users to log into their account using their registered phone number – adding an email address would provide an additional way to access WhatsApp. Email addresses will not be visible to contacts, and adding this may prove useful when it is not possible to receive an SMS code to log in to WhatsApp.

As part of the update to WhatsApp for iOS (Via WABetaInfo), the messaging service has started prompting users to add their email address to their WhatsApp account. A message inside the app says, “Email helps you access your account. It is not visible to others.” Once you have entered your email address, you will need to enter the verification code sent to you for confirmation.

To add your email address to your account, you must make sure that you are running the latest version of WhatsApp from the App Store on your iPhone. After installing WhatsApp for iOS update, go to Settings menu and tap Account , email address To add your email address. The feature was first spotted on beta versions of the app for Android and iOS earlier this month.

After linking an email address to your account, you should be able to receive verification codes through your email address which may come in handy if you are unable to receive the SMS code due to network issues or other technical difficulties. However, WhatsApp will continue to use your phone number as your primary identifier on the app and the email address will remain a private way to send authentication codes to the service.

There’s no word on when the same feature will roll out to all Android users on the stable channel. Gadgets 360 was able to confirm that it is currently available to beta testers on Android and that linking email addresses works as advertised. Users can expect the Meta-owned messaging service to launch the email address linking feature for users on Android in the coming days.

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