WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program, bringing the version up to 126.96.36.199. The version marked within WhatsApp Settings is 188.8.131.52 and the TestFlight build is 23.14.1 (493360616).
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is widely rolling out a feature to link your account to WhatsApp Web by using your phone number!
|Name of the feature?||Link with phone number|
|Availability?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 184.108.40.206 is marked as a compatible update, but this is a wider rollout so a lot of users may be able to get the same feature by installing certain previous versions of the app.|
|I have the same version but I don’t have this feature, why?||This feature is available to some users, and it is rolling out to more people over the coming days.|
|Thanks:||FastenM, SiLent, ismailhnd, and Abdulaziz Faqihi, for testing and reporting!|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp is rolling out a phone number privacy feature for communities!|
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LINK WITH PHONE NUMBER
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update, we announced that a new link with phone number feature was available. With this feature, it is finally possible to link an account to WhatsApp Web by using a phone number. As explained in the previous article, this is a wider release so some users on WhatsApp for iOS could already able to use this feature. After installing the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS 18.104.22.168 update from the TestFlight app, some more users may experiment with this feature!
As you can see in this screenshot, you need to open the linked devices screen to experiment with the “link with phone” number option. If you decide to use this option, you will be prompted to enter an 8-character code generated by WhatsApp Web. When you get this code, you need to enter it into WhatsApp to complete the process.
The new “link with phone number” feature can be helpful in certain circumstances. Previously, some users might experience difficulties accessing WhatsApp Web if their device’s camera was not working, preventing them from scanning the QR code. In some other cases, the browser might be unable to generate the QR code. However, with this new feature, anyone can now connect to WhatsApp Web, even in situations where it was previously impossible. It’s important to note that currently, this feature only works with WhatsApp Web and does not allow linking the WhatsApp account to a secondary mobile device using just the phone number.
The feature to link your account to WhatsApp Web by using your phone number is available to some beta testers that install the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS update from the TestFlight app. As mentioned in the article about the Android version, some users may get this feature by installing certain previous versions of the app since this is a wider rollout.
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