When it comes to beta testing new features for consumers, WhatsApp has been on a tear. We have seen a variety of new features in WhatsApp beta releases over the last few weeks, and according to a recent report, the Facebook-owned messaging service has launched a new function to assist users in staying secure. According to a WABetaInfo report, WhatsApp is developing a new feature that would let users password-protect their desktops.
For those who are unaware, WhatsApp rolled out a screen lock feature for Android and iOS beta users around 3 years ago and now the feature is finally available for desktop users as well.
As per the screenshot shared in the report, a password will be required each time a user tries to access the messaging app after enabling the feature. It is worth noting that the feature is optional and its needs to be enabled by the user. The report claims that the password set by the user will not be shared with WhatsApp as it is always saved locally. If you lose or forget your password, you will have to login again by using the multi-device QR
As mentioned above, the feature is currently under beta and not available for all users. WhatsApp has not officially revealed any information about the feature yet as it is still under development. However, it is expected that the company will soon roll out the feature in a public release soon.
Last week, WhatsApp also announced new features for business users that will help other users to find, message, and buy something from them in an easier way. The company also began testing end-to-end shopping experiences in Brazil.
New WhatsApp Features
WhatsApp recently introduced new features on its app’s stable version. One of the biggest additions is the rollout of the Communities feature. This has been built to take on the likes of Telegram which supports channels with thousands of participants. WhatsApp also increased the size of WhatsApp Groups to 1024 from 512. The video calling feature can also support up to 32 members after the latest update had rolled out.