WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the TestFlight beta Program, bringing the version up to 184.108.40.206. The version marked within WhatsApp Settings is 220.127.116.11 and the TestFlight build is 23.5.0 (454125665).
What’s new in this update? The push name replaces the phone number within the chat list when you receive a message from an unknown contact in a group chat, for some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Push name within the chat list|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 18.104.22.168 is marked as a compatible update.|
|I have the same version but I don’t have this feature, why?||This feature is available for some beta testers. In case it is not available for your account, please wait for a future update.|
|How to join the community on WhatsApp?||WABetaInfo Community|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.214.171.124: what’s new? WhatsApp is working on a new text editor for the drawing tool!|
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PUSH NAME WITHIN THE CHAT LIST
In our article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 update, we announced a new feature where the push name is given more priority over the phone number in group chats. This is achieved by swapping the position of phone numbers and push names within the message bubble in order to make it easier for users to identify unknown group participants. In addition, this feature has silently been released to users after installing the WhatsApp for iOS 23.1.75 update. An improvement for this feature is now available after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS 188.8.131.52 update from the TestFlight app by introducing changes within the chat list:
As you can see in this screenshot, the push name now appears within the chat list instead of the phone number every time you get a message from an unknown group member. In our opinion, this feature makes it easier for the recipient to understand who the unknown contact is without having to save the number as a new contact. We think this is really useful in large group chats where it can be difficult to keep track of who is who, in addition to the feature that adds profile icons within group chats.
Note that this does not mean that the phone number is hidden for group members as it is still possible to get the phone number by opening their chat info. A feature that masks the phone number may be available for those groups linked to a community and for certain business accounts, in the future.
This feature is available for some beta testers that install the latest version of WhatsApp beta for iOS from the TestFlight app, and it is rolling out to even more people over the coming days.
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