WhatsApp may be about to make it harder to hide your changes
A new WhatsApp update may make you think twice about who you add to your chats.
The popular messaging service, which has over two billion installs across the world, has introduced a number of new features recently.
But now reports have claimed that the company is working on an update which will mean that WhatsApp users will soon be unable to hide when they make changes to using the app.
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The update was spotted by WABetaInfo, which revealed the new feature on its Twitter page.
This means that your contacts will now get an alert whenever you change the phone number associated with your WhatsApp account.
There’s no news yet on whether the alerts can be hidden, or blocked from appearing to certain contacts.
WhatsApp may choose to bundle the feature in with the existing security notifications users receive when your contacts reinstall the app on a new device.
WhatsApp has nearly two billion users worldwide
The news comes as WhatsApp undergoes a number of changes aimed at helping the service maintain its worldwide popularity.
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The service recently carried out a major u-turn concerning its new Status feature.
WhatsApp overhauled its Status feature in a bumper software update back in February, allowing users to broadcast short videos, photos and GIFs to their contacts.
These can all be customised with emojis and handwritten annotations, similar to Instagram Stories or SnapChat, and disappear after 24 hours.
However users rebelled against the change, which replaced the original status of a line of text.
WhatsApp later stepped down, and is set to re-introduce the original Status.
The company is also reportedly trialling a landscape mode for the first time, which would make the first time WhatsApp has escaped from portrait mode.