New beta update for WhatsApp for iOS adds QR code support

  • New beta update for WhatsApp for iOS adds QR code support

New beta update for WhatsApp for iOS adds QR code support

WhatsApp is all set to introduce a Snapchat-like feature that will now make it easier for users to add new contacts just by scanning a QR code.

As reported by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp for Android Beta v2.20.171 brings in support for QR codes for user profiles. But, the same should reach Android beta users very soon.

You can then tap the "QR Code" button and WhatsApp will present your personal code. Widget actions appear only on the iPhone 6S and newer devices.

The feature is available to Tesflight users on iOS, and should roll out to everyone in a few weeks. It will open your camera feature in order to scan their QR Code. This is there to add a contact directly by scanning their QR code from WhatsApp. Sharing it will allow a user to let anyone add them to their contacts list, without going through the convoluted process that is in place right now. This means that you'll be able change your QR code if in case it's been shared accidentally. It's important to note that with sharing the QR code, you are also sharing your phone number, so this feature is not for communicating anonymously. Lastly, it can be selected to keep the existing QR code or reset them as well. All this is identical to the new experience for beta testers on Android.

The image below shows the new QR code functionality within the settings menu of the WhatsApp beta app on Android, courtesy of WABetaInfo.

This follows after WhatsApp recently rolled out support for QR codes in a beta update for its iOS app. While the stable branch is where you want to be as the average user, the beta branch gives us the opportunity to witness the features that are in development for this popular instant messaging app.

Elsewhere, there's also clues about the new Password Protect Backups feature. The goal of the feature, as its name suggests, is to protect backups that the instant messaging app creates with a password. This will allow WhatsApp Business users to choose if they want to encrypt their backups on iCloud. Having said that, it has a good record of offering the updates to the public after testing them through the beta channel.