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WhatsApp will substitute usernames for phone numbers, to identify unauthorized users in groups

WaBetaInfo claims that the Meta-owned messaging service WhatsApp is working on a new feature that would make it easier to identify messages you get in WhatsApp group chats from people you don’t know.

The most recent beta version of WhatsApp for Android 2.23.5.12 has been made available. It improves the feature first offered in December 2022 by allowing numbers and push names to be switched in group conversations’ message bubbles.

According to the article, a push name rather than a mobile number would be displayed if a user receives a message from an unknown contact in a group chat. With this modification, it is simpler for the recipient to identify the unknown contact without having to add the phone number to their existing contacts.

This is especially helpful in large group chats where it might be challenging to recognise other group members. In some areas of the app, like the list of group members, the push name can even take the place of the phone number.


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With the installation of the WhatsApp beta for iOS 23.5.0.73 upgrade, the new feature has also been made available to some iOS beta testers. According to the source, the new function is now available to select beta testers who download the most recent versions of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Play Store, and in the coming days it is expected to be made available to even more people.

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