WhatsApp spotted testing QR code and a fresh add contact feature for iOS, Android

WhatsApp is redesigning the current method of adding contacts to the platform.

WhatsApp has been testing two new features in the app. These are geared towards making the process of adding contacts faster and also sharing one's contact information through a QR code.

The feature that would allow users to add contacts directly in the application is already present, but WhatsApp is redesigning this functionality on iOS as well as Android.

The current option to add contacts will be replaced by the new one, making the placement of the redesigned feature same.

A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic - RC1740C10AC0

Representational image: Reuters

Firstly after selecting the option of  'Add new contact', a new section will pop up which will ask you to select the country where the phone number of the person you want to add is located. After feeding this WhatsApp will automatically add the country code after which the user can insert the phone number.

After the number has been put, WhatsApp will prompt you whether the user is on WhatsApp or not.


WhatsApp Add contacts. Image: WABetainfo

According to a report by WABetainfo, WhatsApp is also working on a feature that will allow users to share their own numbers as well. One can imagine it to be similar to the nametag feature that has recently been outed on Instagram and Snapchat.

So when you wish to add a new contact in WhatsApp, you can choose to add it via the WhatsApp QR code function. After the QR code is detected WhatsApp will fill all the necessary details by itself and the contact will be directly added to your address book.

WhatsApp QR code. Image: WABetainfo

WhatsApp QR code. Image: WABetainfo

When the QR code is generated for the first time, you may also get an option to revoke it. If you revoke the QR code then that QR code will be marked as expired. According to the report, you can revoke your WhatsApp QR code unlimited times.

The features aren't out yet on iOS and Android as they still are said to be undergoing some improvements but you should be able to see them quite soon.

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