WhatsApp users set to get QR code scanner feature


Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp is working on rolling out a new feature that will allow users to scan QR codes easily. The feature has been spotted on the beta version of the Android app of WhatsApp.

A tweet from WABetaInfo, the online portal that tracks the changes and upcoming features on WhatsApp, shows a screenshot of the ‘QR code — Scan, share QR code.’ As per the tweet, WhatsApp is working on this feature in the Android v2.19.189, however, it is not yet visible. In a reply to WABetaInfo, Twitteruser @ gustavowiesner shows that it will be added in the Settings.

Back in May, it was reported that WhatsApp is set to get support for QR Codes for users profiles. As reported by WABetainfo, just like Instagram and Facebook Messenger, this feature will allow users to exchange their contact details with their friends with the QR code only.

Last week, WhatsApp was alleged to allow its users to share their WhatsApp Status to Facebook as a Story. The feature also lets them share the Status with Instagram as well. This will not mean that the Mark Zuckerberg-led company will link the accounts on its various platforms. This feature has been spotted in Android beta version (2.19.183) of the app.

Once this feature is enabled, it will allow users to hide the section that includes the list of all the muted status. This they will be able to do by tapping on a ‘hide’ button, which will appear on the muted status updates section header. Once they press it, all the status updates in the mute section will disappear. If users change their mind, they can click on ‘show’ which bring back all the stories of contacts they have muted. This feature will first be rolled out to the beta users, following which it will be rolled out all the Android users. There is no word on when this feature will be rolled out to iOS users.

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