This will give users greater convenience when starting conversations with new people.
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WhatsApp, the most widely used messaging application, continues its optimization process with periodic improvements. This time, WhatsApp is developing a alphanumeric username feature to end the dependency on phone numbers in iOS.
Although the username feature is already in the development process, WhatsApp is making additional adjustments before its official release. This upcoming feature aims to enhance security by minimizing the need to share personal phone numbers and simplify the connection process with other users.
Feature still in development
The latest beta version of WhatsApp on iOS reveals that the platform is working on a new section where a validation process will be initiated to ensure that the chosen username is unique and meets specific criteria. For example, only alphanumeric characters (from a to z and from 0 to 9) will be allowed.
This means that users may not be able to use special characters in their username. Once the validation is successfully completed, users will be able to use this username as identification within the WhatsApp platform, thus reducing the need to share personal phone numbers for communication.
In addition, the refinement of the validation process will ensure that usernames are unique and meet specific criteria to avoid duplications and maintain the integrity of the platform.
While this feature is still in development, it is expected to be available to users with the next WhatsApp update on iOS. The focus on developing this feature reflects WhatsApp’s commitment to the security of its users and its constant pursuit of improving the messaging experience.
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