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WhatsApp is rolling out QR code support for Android beta users

A day after rolling out the QR code support for iOS beta users, WhatsApp is now rolling out the feature for Android beta users.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | May 22, 2020 | Updated 10:28 IST

Highlights

  • WhatsApp is now rolling out QR code support for Android beta users
  • With this feature, you no longer have to share your phone number to add someone to WhatsApp
  • The QR code support is available through a server-side update for the 2.20.171 version.

A day after rolling out the QR code support for iOS beta users, WhatsApp is now rolling out the feature for Android beta users. With this feature, you no longer have to share your phone number to add someone to WhatsApp, just flash or scan a QR code and you are good to go. The feature is being rolled out gradually for beta testers, WhatsApp might roll it out officially in the days to come.

As per WABetainfo, WhatsApp has released the much-need feature for Android Beta testers. The QR code support is available through a server-side update for the 2.20.171 version. The update will reflect on Google Play Store soon. However, if it doesn't you might have to wait for a while as the feature is being rolled out slowly.

The personal QR code can be accessed at the settings menu on WhatsApp. When you go to Settings, you will find a QR code icon beside your name. Tap on it and you will get a personal QR code. The code can be shared with people they can add you to their WhatsApp. It is important to remember that when you share your QR code with someone, you also share your number.

However, if you have shared the QR code with an unknown person or wrongly shared it in a group full of strangers, you can quickly revoke the action and reset the code. This can be done multiple times and there is no limit over resetting the code.

Users can scan the code using the Scan Code tab. This could be an easier alternative to saving numbers manually first to add someone to WhatsApp. In order to get the feature, the Android users are required to update their WhatsApp to the 2.20.171 version. The users who have an older version of the app will also get the feature but the ones with the latest version will get the feature quickly.

Earlier, WhatsApp had added a shortcut to Messenger Rooms in its screen share tab. The feature was first made available to Android beta users and it soon came to the iOS beta users. Messenger Rooms will allow users to host a video call with over 40 people at a time. When you click on the shortcut available, WhatsApp will ask if you want to create a room on Messenger. Once the room is created, you can add many people and chat away!

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