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WhatsApp may soon allow users to change number, share live location

WhatsApp may soon launch a new feature that will allow users to change their numbers without losing chat history and other data.

tech Updated: Apr 17, 2017 15:31 IST
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Facebook-owned WatsApp may soon allow users to change their numbers as well as share their live location, a new image released by WABetaInfo shows.

The new feature was found by WABetaInfo in beta version 2.17.130 for Windows Phone users. The feature not only allows users to change the number but also notifies contacts about the number change without losing chats and group data.

There are three options you can choose for this feature - share the new number with all of your contacts, or only to those contacts you have chats with, or 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. Also, the ‘Change Number’ feature is disabled by default, so you must switch it on when changing your number.

If the feature goes live, it will solve several problems for users who lose out on WhatsApp chat when they change their numbers. Additionally, it also notifies user about the change sparing the user the misery to share the new number manually.

However, there is not timeframe for the launch of the new feature.

Separately, it appears the Live Location sharing feature that was recently introduced by both Facebook and Google will make its way to WhatsApp soon.

Coming to the Live Location sharing feature, @WABetaInfo claims that WhatsApp beta for Android v2.17.150 contains mention of the feature, however, it is disabled by default.