WhatsApp was working for a long time to improve a current feature in their applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
When an user has a new phone number, he can use the Change number feature in WhatsApp Settings, that allows to migrate own data to the new number.
The chat history will be preserved when the user uses this feature, and WhatsApp notifies in all current groups that a participant has changed his number on WhatsApp, so the user won’t have to join in his groups again.
WhatsApp has decided to improve this feature, adding more functionalities and control for the user.
You need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.18.97 Android beta update on Google Play Store, in order to remotely receive the activation of this feature.
About WhatsApp for iOS and WP, wait next updates, available very soon!
AVAILABLE TODAY FOR ANDROID BETA!
Since today, WhatsApp is rolling out for all WhatsApp beta for Android users the possibility to use the new advantages of the Change Number feature.
In particular, thanks to these improvements, the user can now choose if he wants to also notify some or all contacts. You can also choose to notify contacts who you have a chat with.
Simply, the user has to select the Change Number option in WhatsApp Settings -> Account.
After inserting the required old and new phone numbers, WhatsApp will ask which contacts have to be notified about your new number.
Note that also if you don’t want to notify your contacts, all your groups will be notified regardless.
After the migration, in the recipient’s phone all shared messages in the old chat will be transferred in the new one and in the chat will appear a new bubble, indicating that the user has a new number: a very important step!
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