WhatsApp is testing a new feature that allows you to add and share contact details via QR code, just like on Instagram and Snapchat
- The new QR code feature is available for Android and iOS users with the beta app
- It works in a similar way to Snapchat Snacodes, making it easier to add a contact
- There is no confirmed date on which the feature will be rolled out more widely
- A number of social apps already allow users to add contacts using QR codes, including other Facebook services such as Instagram and Messenger
Messaging service WhatsApp adds support for QR codes to make it easier for people to add contacts to their list, according to WABetaInfo.
The new feature is currently only available in beta, but for those who have this version, it can be used on iOS and Android versions of the Facebook app.
Users who have enabled the feature can show their own QR code to others and scan codes from other WhatsApp accounts.
The QR codes can be revoked if users decide they would rather not share their number with anyone else, the beta comments confirm.
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Messaging service WhatsApp adds support for QR codes to make it easier for people to add contacts to their list, according to WABetaInfo
The new feature is currently only available in beta, but for those who have this version, it can be used on iOS and Android versions of the Facebook app. Users can reset their code
It’s a feature WhatsApp users asked for as an easier way to add contacts directly to the app – instead of sharing phone numbers.
Once iOS users can add a contact, you need to add a contact to the Contact tab on the phone app and then send them a message in WhatsApp.
Adding new contacts by scanning or sharing a QR code is already used by other social media platforms such as Snapchat and Twitter.
Other platforms owned by Facebook – Instagram and Messenger – already have QR codes that allow people to easily add contacts or share their data.
WhatsApp announced plans to implement QR codes a year ago, but has only just begun implementing the feature.
The company has not confirmed when or even whether it will be added to the live app.
If you’ve installed the beta version, users can discover the functionality in their settings section – then give it to others to scan with the WhatsApp camera.
In the app, WhatsApp says, “Your friends can scan or upload this QR code with the WhatsApp camera to get your number.”
The QR codes can be revoked if users decide they would rather not share their number with anyone else, beta comments confirm
The QR code contains your name and phone number, but according to WABetaInfo, it can be revoked at any time to prevent anyone from using it to add your data.
Like Snapchat, Instagram and Messenger, you can share a screenshot of your QR code on other platforms or even via email so others can add you faster.
Users can then scan it or upload the code screenshot from your photo library to the WhatsApp camera.
According to WABetaInfo, the exact date it will be made available to the public has not been confirmed, but it could be in the coming days.