New WhatsApp Beta Feature Now Shows Usernames Instead Of Phone Numbers In Group Chats

This feature is useful when you are in a big group chat and it saves you the trouble of saving everyone’s numbers to find out their names.
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Have you ever been in a situation where you just joined a big WhatsApp group and someone starts talking but you have no idea who they are because you didn’t save their number? And if you want to know who they are, you have to save their number first, which can be quite a hassle.

WhatsApp knows this can be quite inconvenient as well, so they release a beta feature that shows a person’s name instead of their phone number even if you didn’t save them in your contacts.

According to WABetaInfo, this feature prioritises the push name above the phone number in group chat messages within the message bubble. As a result, it becomes simpler to identify messages from unfamiliar contacts in group chats.


Now, whenever an unidentified person sends a message in a group chat, their push name is displayed in the chat list instead of their phone number.

This modification makes it simpler for the receiver to recognise the sender’s identity without needing to save their number as a new contact, and it’s particularly beneficial in group chats with a large number of members. It’s important to note that the push name may also replace the phone number in other areas of the app, such as the list of group participants.

For now, some WhatsApp beta testers on iOS and Android get to try this new feature first. But, it will roll out to more users eventually.

Besides that, last week, we reported that WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will remind users to clean up your old chat groups dubbed “Expiring groups“. Users will have the ability to specify an expiry date for their groups. When the specified date arrives, users will receive a notification requesting them to remove the group.

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