4 major changes coming to WhatsApp – from verified badges to usernames

 ·4 Jan 2024

WhatsApp is one of the biggest messaging services in the world and is constantly updating itself to improve services.

Before releasing updates to everyday users, WhatsApp first tests new ideas with beta testers to iron out any technical issues that may impact the app’s performance and user experience.

As WhatsApp runs on several platforms, data service WABetaInfo has broken down all the latest Android, iOS and Web developments.

Below are several changes that the data service highlighted recently:


WhatsApp has been testing a feature to allow users to create a username since mid-2023, with WABetaInfo noting that this feature is being tested with web clients.

“We believe that this development marks a significant step towards enhancing privacy and ease of communication within the WhatsApp ecosystem,” WABetaInfo said.

Once users have chosen their unique username on the web client, they will have the flexibility to connect with others without the necessity of sharing phone numbers.”

Verified badges

WhatsApp is also rolling out a new update via the Google Play Beta Program, with the optional feature for businesses to add a verified badge to their channels, which will be available in a future update.

“In our opinion, the decision to allow businesses to add a verified badge to their channels through the Meta Verified subscription represents a strategically significant move designed at amplifying business visibility,” WABetaInfo said.

“Businesses will gain increased prominence through the verification checkmark, indicating authenticity, and it seems they will also be added to the channel directory.”

New interface for Web clients

The data service also noted that a new background colour for the web client’s dark theme with an altered sidebar,

The aim of the update is to decrease eye strain in low-light environments and improve aesthetics.

This new interface is still in development and not available to general users.

Sharing updates from the Web

A beta on WhatsApp Web is also allowing users to share status updates on WhatsApp Web, allowing web users to share photos, videos and texts directly to their status.

“Previously constrained by multi-device limitations, this feature caters to users who spend a significant amount of time working or browsing the Internet on their computers,” WABetaInfo said.

“By enabling status updates through WhatsApp Web, users can now effortlessly share moments without having to switch back and forth between their mobile device and computer.”

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