‘Change Number’ and ‘Live Location’ features set to arrive on WhatsApp

The Live Location sharing feature that has been recently introduced by both Facebook and Google will be now be making its way to WhatsApp soon.

WhatsApp is also testing a new feature that could make life less painful when changing your contact number. Due to the fact that WhatsApp is tied with your phone number, it becomes troublesome to let users known that you have changed your number, and you end up either sending a broadcast to all your contacts informing them about the change, or just let users know in due time.

The new feature will ease this transition by notifying your friends and family about your number change for you.

The Change Number feature was originally found by WhatsApp beta tracker @WABetaInfo in beta version 2.17.130 for Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile users. This enables you to notify all your contacts about the number change at once. The Change Number feature allows you to change your number on WhatsApp without losing your chats and group data, and also lets you notify users about the change.

There will be three options you can choose for this feature:

  1. Share the new number with all of your contacts
  2. Only to those contacts you have chats with
  3. You can also decide not to pass out your new number to any of your contacts at all. This feature will send notifications to all your groups automatically, regardless of which option you choose.

The ‘Change Number’ feature is disabled by default, so you have to switch it on when changing your number.

At the moment there’s no word as to when this feature will become commercially available but now that it’s being tested, it should arrive on stable versions soon.

With regards to the Live Location sharing feature, @WABetaInfo claims that WhatsApp beta for Android v2.17.150 contains mention of the feature, however, this feature as well will be disabled by default. Not much more is known about this currently, but should assist tremendously with locating contacts instantly through coordinates.

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Lawrence Jugmohan

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