WhatsApp beta for Android 2.20.171: what’s new?

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WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 2.20.171. In the recent few updates we didn’t see so many new features, (except for the Messenger Rooms shortcuts, but it’s not really a WhatsApp feature), but today we’ve good news.
What’s new in this update? Discover all details below!


  • The support for QR Codes is actually available through a server-side update for the 2.20.171 version. This feature was under development and finally WhatsApp has decided to release it for beta testers today!
  • If you don’t see the update on the Play Store, please be patient until Google will roll out for you (probably according to WhatsApp preferences).

WhatsApp has recently enabled the support for QR codes in the latest iOS beta updates on TestFlight and today WhatsApp is officially rolling out the feature for all Android beta testers too!
Features in both platforms were implemented in the same way: pratically you can discover your personal QR Code visiting WhatsApp Settings. If you see a QR Code, the feature is already available for you!

Visiting this section, you can see your QR Code, ready to be shared with new friends, so they can easily and quickly add you. Note that when you share your personal QR Code, you’re also sharing your phone number.


Oops! Was your QR Code in the wrong hands?
Don’t worry: you can decide to revoke it immediately, an unlimited number of times!

When you share a QR Code, other people can scan it opening the Scan Code tab:

The feature is available today for all Android beta users once updating to the 2.20.171 version. Previous versions might get the feature as well, but it’s always recommended to use the latest Android beta version available on the Play Store: the most updated version helps to get it quickly.
If you didn’t receive the feature yet, don’t worry: WhatsApp is continuing to roll out the feature and it will be available for everyone (in beta testing environment) in the next few days.


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