With a focus on enhancing user privacy, WhatsApp introduces a new chat feature that allows users to engage in conversations using a username, eliminating the need to disclose their phone number. This feature is anticipated to roll out soon in the beta version of WhatsApp for Apple devices, following its recent debut in the Android beta version, as reported by WABetaInfo. Users can personalize their usernames with a combination of alphanumeric and select special characters. Each username is unique, resembling the format used on Instagram. Notably, this feature will grant both individuals and businesses the option to choose a username of their preference.
When starting a chat using a username, the associated phone number will remain concealed unless the user opts to share it. This aligns with WhatsApp’s commitment to end-to-end encryption, ensuring secure and private conversations.By offering this functionality, WhatsApp aims to empower users to communicate while safeguarding their personal information, fostering a heightened sense of privacy in interactions with new contacts and group chats.