iPhone users set to get a new scanning feature on WhatsApp – Times of India

Instant messaging app WhatsApp is soon going to roll out a new feature that will allow its users to easily share their contact details through a QR code.

The function has already been rolled out for the iOS beta users of the app with version, claims WABetaInfo in its latest report. “The support for QR Codes is actually available through a server-side update. This feature was under development and finally WhatsApp has decided to release it for beta testers today,” said the report. It also mentions that the same feature is set to roll out to Android beta users soon.


Each QR code acts a personal QR code for all the users and it will appear on the Settings page of the app, right next to the profile picture, as per the screenshot provided by the report. Tapping on that will open your customised QR code on a new screen that reads, “Your friends can scan or upload the QR code using the WhatsApp camera to get your number.” Alternatively, there will also be a quick access to the QR code using the shortcut added in the widget actions (for iPhone 6s and above).

If a user wants to scan a QR code that they have received, they can do so by simply opening the camera within the app.

If in case, after sharing the QR code a user feels that they want to revoke it, they can make use of the ‘reset QR code’ option to immediately generate a new one. This ability to revoke and generate new QR codes comes with no limits, claims the report.

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This upcoming feature of WhatsApp is similar to the ‘Nametag’ feature that is present in another Facebook-owned app Instagram. For those unaware, Nametag is also a customisable identification card that is said to be unique for each user — just as a QR code.



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