WhatsApp Beta for Windows Phone tests new feature that alerts contacts to your new number

The WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile is taking the hassle out of switching phone numbers. Changing your number as a WhatsApp user is often a pain in the rear because your WhatsApp profile is tied to your phone number. The faster that you can inform your contacts how they can now reach you, the easier life is going to be. The beta for the messaging app's Windows Phone version allows you to toggle on a feature that alerts your contacts when you change numbers. Regardless of what you decide, your groups will be automatically notified of the new number.

Besides relaying the new number to your groups automatically, the new feature allows you to choose from three choices. You can decide to pass the new number along to all of your contacts, or only to those contacts you have chats with. You could also decide not to pass out your new number to any of your contacts. By the way, the new feature is disabled by default.

Of course, none of this means a darned thing to you unless you've installed WhatsApp Beta on your Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile device from the Microsoft Store. It is important for you to understand that before installing the beta version, you will have to uninstall the regular version of WhatsApp from your handset. Since many beta versions of an app are not stable, you might have to put up with a version of the app that is not quite ready for prime time.

On the other hand, being a beta member means that you get to see what new features are being tested for the app before any of your neighbors find out. You can quickly check out the app by clicking on the sourcelink.

source: WhatsAppBeta (Windows)



1. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

First, a report on how Windows 10 Mobile is been slowly lead to the sunset. Then, this report about a new feature been added on to an app on a Windows platform. Confusing.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3153; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No, it's not confusing. It's yellow journalism 21st century style. Windows 10 Mobile is getting a major update later this month which flies in the face of all the "Windows Mobile is dead" click-bait garbage you see here and other "expert" websites.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good News for the Windows 10 Mobile platform which i am current using. Kudo to What's App!

4. strikerchooooo unregistered

That's what happens when PA hire uneducated D-mark ex-students and pupils - yellowish style, cheap news site.:))) As always.

5. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

It's so disappointing what Microsoft has done with Windows on phones. I love the user interface with the live tiles, but the lack of apps and phones just killed it. I hope that they can at least put out, or make changes to the Arrow launcher, so that it can provide the same kind of home screen. That would be a killer launcher that makes many Windows Mobile fans happy.

6. chancooluk

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 13, 2015

"before installing the beta version, you will have to uninstall the regular version of WhatsApp from your handset". Not true for WP or W10M. Both the standard app and beta can be installed side by side (it appears as 'WhatsApp Beta' in the apps list. This means that you can use two different WhatsApp profiles on the same phone without having to root or jailbreak (as on Android).

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