WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 18.104.22.168.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is releasing a new privacy feature to silence unknown callers, and it is available to some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Silence unknown callers|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 22.214.171.124 is marked as a compatible update.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is available to some beta testers, and it is rolling out to more people over the coming days.|
|Thanks:||Saadh Jawwadh, Technical MJ TV, Sniper, TestingApp199, Muhammad Hammad, and Salman Memon, for testing and reporting.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 126.96.36.199: what’s new? WhatsApp is releasing a feature to automatically play GIFs!|
SILENCE UNKNOWN CALLERS
Two months ago, we shared an article regarding a feature that allows users to silence unknown callers, available in a future update of the WhatsApp beta for Android app. Thanks to this feature, WhatsApp provides users with a tool to better control their privacy and improve their user experience by avoiding unwanted calls from unknown people. After installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 update available on the Google Play Store, we can confirm that this feature is rolling out to some beta testers:
As you can see in this screenshot, some beta testers can silence unknown callers, and the toggle is located right within WhatsApp Settings > Privacy. The ability to silence unknown callers allows users to mute calls from unknown phone numbers, but they will still be shown in the Calls tab and in the notification center.
With this feature, WhatsApp is introducing a new tool to offer people more control over calls they receive: it reduces the risk of falling victim to scammers and mutes unsolicited calls by allowing you to focus on your work or other important tasks. In particular, we explained in our previous article when the feature was in development that, since the community creator’s phone number is always visible, it allows anyone to call them without a valid reason or permission, potentially leading to unwanted calls and critical interruptions. In our opinion, this is definitely a useful tool that allows users to add another layer of privacy to their accounts.
The ability to silence unknown callers is available to some beta testers that install the latest version of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store, and it is rolling out to more users over the coming days.
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