In recent months, WhatsApp has been introducing new features to improve its security and privacy. According to recent reports, it is now developing a new feature that would simplify users’ authentication of credentials. A website that monitors WhatsApp upgrades, WAbetaInfo, reports that users may soon be able to use their email addresses as an additional login option.
When logging into their accounts on a new device, WhatsApp users are currently required to input their phone numbers and receive a verification code via SMS or phone call. However, in some circumstances, such as when users misplace their phones or SIM cards or network or server issues prevent SMS messages from being delivered, this strategy might not be practical or convenient. Users may gain from having the choice to utilise their email addresses rather than their phone numbers for verification in some circumstances.
The email verification feature is reportedly optional and in development, according to WABetaInfo. WhatsApp beta testers who were utilizing the app’s v22.214.171.124 version were the ones who discovered it. When users set up a PIN for two-step verification on WhatsApp, which increases account security, they can already supply an email address. But this is the first instance where email is being used for login.
Along with end-to-end encryption, disappearing messages, and biometric authentication, WhatsApp already offers a number of security and privacy features that may be a welcome addition. Additionally, since their phone numbers wouldn’t be required, customers might find migrating between devices or restoring their accounts simpler. It’s unclear when the tool will be made available to all users or exactly how it will operate.