Saturday, 30 May, 2020

New beta update for WhatsApp for iOS adds QR code support

New beta update for WhatsApp for iOS adds QR code support WhatsApp Now Lets You Add People Using QR Codes; Currently Limited to iOS Beta
Cecil Davis | 23 May, 2020, 14:24

While the stable branch is where you want to be as the average user, the beta branch gives us the opportunity to witness the features that are in development for this popular instant messaging app. All users on Beta can update the app to see the extended limit. But most importantly, it provides support for QR codes.

As reported by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp for Android Beta v2.20.171 brings in support for QR codes for user profiles. We also spot an image picker icon, indicating that you should also be able to scan a code from a pre-existing image in your gallery, for example, a screenshot.

Users can also choose to share their QR codes on social media or share them within a public group - especially those looking to promote a business.

Other Facebook owned platforms - Instagram and Messenger - already have have QR codes that allow people to easily add contacts or share their details. But when this data is sent from WhatsApp to Apple's iCloud services, which is baked into modern iPhones, the backup doesn't get end-to-end encryption. This means that you'll be able change your QR code if in case it's been shared accidentally.

WhatsApp announced plans to implement QR codes a year ago but have only just got round to implementing the feature.

WhatsApp for Android, iPhone Gets QR Code Support for Beta Testers

Users who have enabled the feature will be able to display their own QR code to others and scan codes of other WhatsApp accounts. Users can set a password that will be used to encrypt future backups, which will also be required when they restore from any particular backup. All this is identical to the new experience for beta testers on Android.

This follows after WhatsApp recently rolled out support for QR codes in a beta update for its iOS app.

It is important to note that beta versions are designed only for testing purposes, and they often contain bugs.

Alongside QR code support, the latest WhatsApp beta for iPhone has references for the Password Protect Backups feature, as mentioned in a separate report by WABetaInfo. However, this shortcut won't appear if the feature isn't available for you.

In another news, the company has started to roll back its 30-second video for WhatsApp Status.

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