WhatsApp: You Can Soon Use ‘Username Exchange’ Feature Without Phone Number Sharing

Reportedly, WhatsApp is developing new functionality aimed at providing users with greater control over their privacy when using the web interface. The upcoming feature will eliminate the need for users to share their phone numbers for communication on the messaging app.

Recent reports suggest that the company is actively working on a feature allowing users to search and connect with others on the platform using only their usernames. Speculations indicate that this feature is being developed, particularly for Android users.

As per insights from WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, the company is crafting a feature for its web clients that enables users to find and connect using usernames, eliminating the necessity of sharing phone numbers.

Presently, WhatsApp communication requires the exchange of phone numbers, but this new feature aims to facilitate interaction without the need to disclose personal phone numbers.

The anticipated username-based search feature is expected to enhance security and promote more private communication, as it eliminates the need for sharing personal contact information. A preview of the feature in progress, as shared in a screenshot, indicates that users will soon be able to connect with others using usernames, phone numbers, or names once the feature becomes available.

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