WhatsApp update to bring Telegram-style search by username feature on Android: Report

WhatsApp was said to be working on bringing usernames to the app earlier this year. The beta version of the popular messaging platform on Android was spotted with a feature that will allow users to set a username for their profile. The Meta-owned app is now working on a new feature that will allow searching for other users on the app by their username. The feature is reportedly being developed for future updates of the app on Android devices.

According to WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, the messaging app is refining the username feature so that WhatsApp users can see other people on the app by searching for their username. Similar to the username search feature on Telegram, this new WhatsApp update could potentially let users communicate with strangers without sharing their phone number.

WABetaInfo report Said to be rolling out on WhatsApp version 2.23.25.19 update through Google Play Beta program. It also includes a screenshot of the app, where one can see the search bar that allows users to search through name, username or number. This feature will make communications on WhatsApp more private as users will not need to share their number to start a new chat on the app. Users can also choose to set a unique username, change it, or delete it altogether.

The ability to search for users by username will be introduced as part of a future update. No other details about the feature or its release are available yet.

Last month, WhatsApp was also reported to be working on channel usernames that will allow channel subscribers to enter a username to open the channel. In October, the app was also seen working on a new username picker on WhatsApp beta for iOS 2.23.20.71. According to the report, setting a unique username, which will accept letters, numbers, and some special characters, will be optional.

WhatsApp is working on features that will boost privacy on the messaging app. Recently, it introduced a new secret code feature for locked chats, allowing users to hide their sensitive conversations behind a code. Locked chats already protect selected conversations by using a device PIN or passcode, or by scanning the user’s face or fingerprint.


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