WhatsApp Unveils new ‘Change Number’ Feature

WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature in a Beta update that will soon enable iOS, Android and Windows Phone users migrate their data to a new number without the hassles experienced in the past.

The new “Change Number” feature update is currently available in the 2.18.97 Android beta update on Google Play Store, and will soon be on iOS and Windows devices, the company said.

“It adds many improvements to the old change number feature. You will be able to choose specific contacts to notify, and the chat history will be moved in the new chat on the recipients’ phone.

According to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks upcoming WhatsApp features, this deletes the problem of duplicated chats.”

Another distinguishing spec of the new feature is that 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,” the report said.

All the user need to is select the “Change Number” option in WhatsApp Settings and then Account.

After inserting the required old and new phone numbers, WhatsApp will ask which contacts are to be notified about your new number. It’s cool like that!

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.

WhatsApp now has about 1.5 billion monthly active users (MAUs) who are exchanging nearly 60 billion messages on a single day.

And it keeps growing…

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