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 working on an alternate profile privacy feature, and it will be available in a future update of the app!
|Name of the feature?||Alternate profile|
|Availability?||WhatsApp is working on bringing an alternate profile feature to a future update of the app.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature is under development so it’s not ready for beta testers, but you can discover a preview in this article.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.214.171.124: what’s new? WhatsApp is rolling out a message reaction filtering feature for channels, making it easier for channel admins to see which of their contacts have reacted to channel updates!|
After releasing a new privacy call relay feature with the WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 update, WhatsApp is taking strides in its ongoing commitment to enhance user privacy. Specifically, thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 update, which is available on the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is working on an alternate profile feature as a new tool to mask your information, and it will be available in a future update of the app:
As you can see in this screenshot, a new alternate profile feature will be available within the privacy screen regarding our profile photo and it allows users to configure a different photo and name that will be visible to those contacts who cannot see their primary profile information. For example, if only your contacts can see your profile photo, this means that people outside your contact list cannot see it but they will be able to see your alternate profile picture. It’s worth noting that the same feature will also be accessible within your profile section.
In our opinion, the alternate profile feature can serve as a protective shield: it will be adding a new layer of security and privacy to the user experience as they have finally more control over their information. In fact, users will be able to maintain a higher level of privacy by configuring an alternate profile and choosing different information in the future. In addition, we think that this feature will prove highly advantageous once the ability to set up a WhatsApp username becomes available in the future. Many users opt to restrict profile photo visibility to their contacts only. By setting up an alternate profile, even users who contact you through a username will still have access to view your profile, but it will be different from your primary one.
The alternate profile privacy feature is under development and it will be available in a future update of the app. As always, we are going to share another article when we have further details regarding this feature to share with you.
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