WhatsApp to Call Your Phone for Verification
June 14, 2021
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by Snigdh Baunthiyal

While WhatsApp continues fighting the legal fight in India over its privacy regulations, the company has come up with a host of other features to boost user privacy and other updates.

WABetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp updates, reported that the chat platform is soon going to start ‘Flash Calls ’to verify users’ accounts. Currently, the chatting application sends users a six-digit code through SMS to confirm their number. This new feature will only be available on android for now.

How do the flash calls work?
Flash Calls are still under development and will become available in a future update. No specific date has been announced yet.

Users can choose to opt for a verification phone call instead of receiving a code on SMS. If you choose the call option, WhatsApp will call you for a few seconds and then hang up. Thankfully, for the millennials out there, you do not need to answer the phone.

The reason ‘flash calls’ won’t be available on iOS is because it doesn’t give apps access to the users’ call log. WhatsApp will use the call log just for verification purposes and not use the data for anything else.

The report from WABetaInfo also explains: “Using this automatic verification method, WhatsApp will call your phone number and then automatically end the call, verifying the last phone number in your phone’s log is equal to the number that gives you the 6-digit code. This phone number is always different, so there is no way to trick this method, ensuring a safe experience. WhatsApp is now working on an introduction for the feature to explain why it needs the permission to make and manage calls and access to your phone’s log.”

This isn’t all. WhatsApp has definitely been busy coming up with new features.

Multidevice support
Currently, you can log in to your WhatsApp account either through your phone or computer at the same time. The multidevice support feature, which has been in talks for the last year, will let you log into your WhatsApp account through multiple devices. This too, was reported by WABetaInfo in a chat with Mark Zuckerberg where he had said, “it’s been a big technical challenge to get all your messages and content to sync properly across devices even when your phone battery dies, but we’ve solved this, and we are looking forward to getting it out soon.”

Disappearing Mode
This feature is quite common in many other messaging apps and WhasApp plans on launching it soon. Essentially, if you enable this feature, the app will remove a message after seven days. Enabling this feature also means it will be activated for all the chat threads in the app. There’s no option for setting it for a single chat thread.

View Once
Similar to how Snapchat operates, this feature will ensure that a message disappears after you have read it. It’s similar to the disappearing message feature.

Transferring Chats
If you switch to another number but are using the same device, then moving chats is not a hard task. It’s when you are changing your device that the problem comes up. New phone, new number usually means new chat threads as well. WhatsApp is also soon going to introduce a feature where transferring data to a new device will be smooth.

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