WhatsApp is launching a new update through the Google Play beta program, bringing the version up to 18.104.22.168 with news coming.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is working to manage the visibility of the phone number when starting a chat with some companies, for a future update of the app. This feature is in development, so it’s not ready to be released to beta testers, but you can find out more about the feature in this article.
WhatsApp continues to work on improvements to inform group participants about the group membership approval system. The new function of the most famous messaging app in the world, consists precisely in the vision of the phone number when starting a chat , and thanks to this function, users will be able to share their phone number with a specific subgroup of a community they are a part of, as their phone number is always hidden by default after joining a community.
WhatsApp plans to ask users if they want to share their phone number when they start a chat with companies in some situations. In some cases, WhatsApp will automatically hide the customer’s phone number when they send a message to companies via the Click to WhatsApp ad. But beware, not all interactions with a WhatsApp ad will be eligible to hide the phone number, so you need to wait for another update or official WhatsApp information to find out how it works.
When you contact a certain business and the phone number is hidden in that specific case, such as with the sharing phone number option for subgroups in a community, customers will be able to choose to share the phone number with them. Unfortunately, this feature is under development, so it’s unclear when WhatsApp plans to release it to beta testers.
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