Thanks to the recent version of WhatsApp beta for Android, we discovered that WhatsApp is developing a new feature that allows users to silence calls from unknown numbers while still showing them in the calls list and notification center, for a future update of the app. This feature has several advantages, such as reducing interruptions and potentially avoiding spam calls.
|Name of the feature?||Silence unknown callers|
|Availability?||WhatsApp is working on bringing the ability to mute unknown callers 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 is not ready to be released to beta testers, but you can discover a preview in this article.|
|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 redesigned chat attachment menu!|
SILENCE UNKNOWN CALLERS
In our overview of the newsletter tool, a new feature under development, we explained one of the problems affecting WhatsApp Communities: the possibility of being reached by anyone who is part of the community, since the creator’s phone number is always visible. This leads to a serious problem because anyone could call the creator of a community, even without a valid reason, regardless of whether they have permission to do so. Fortunately, a new feature currently under development on WhatsApp beta for Android is coming to the rescue: the ability to choose whether to silence calls from unknown numbers!
As you can see in this screenshot, WhatsApp is really working on a new feature that will allow users to silence calls from unknown numbers, for a future update of the app. The toggle will be located in the app settings and, once enabled, calls from unknown numbers are always silenced, but they will still be shown in the calls list and notification center.
This new feature may also help users reduce spam calls significantly: in recent years, spam calls have become a growing problem with scammers and their unsolicited calls, and instant messaging apps are no exception. In this regard, we also shared a poll on Twitter asking users if they had ever received a spam call on WhatsApp to get an estimate of the prevalence of this issue.
Spam calls can also be dangerous: scammers may call users in order to steal personal information or trick people into making payments or providing sensitive data. However, WhatsApp provides the option to block and report these callers and, thanks to this feature, WhatsApp users will finally avoid receiving calls from unknown numbers by muting them, which are often associated with spam calls.
The ability to silence unknown callers is a feature under development and it will be released in a future update of the app. As always, we plan to publish an additional article, even for a different platform of the app, where we may share further details about this feature.
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