WhatsApp testing feature that adds contacts via QR codes
- This is available in beta for iOS and Android
WhatsApp is testing a new feature that lets you add contacts by scanning their QR codes, reported WABetaInfo. Currently available only in the beta version on both iOS and Android, this feature can be found in the app’s settings menu.
WhatsApp’s settings menu has the option of displaying your own QR code and also an option to scan other’s. A QR code can also be revoked if shared with someone who you don’t want to have your number.
📝 WhatsApp beta for Android 2.20.171: what's new?— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) May 21, 2020
WhatsApp is finally rolling out the support for QR Codes for beta testers! ✅https://t.co/ZTR32Mm5Qb
This feature is not a massive one, but it does take away the tedious process of having to manually add a contact. Right now, to message someone on WhatsApp, you will have to add that person to the phone’s address book first. It’s an extra step and it’s annoying when you just want to message someone on WhatsApp and from no other platform.
QR codes make it much easier for you to add a contact when you are with them in person, however, it’s not something very useful if you are using the web version of the app.
This feature is only available in beta right now and there is no knowing then it will see a wider rollout. If you really want to test this, you need to sign up for the beta program for Android here. The iOS beta us reportedly closed.