WhatsApp is working on allowing users to have alternate profiles

As of time of writing, no announcements have been made on when the feature will be made available in the messaging app. — Photo by Dima Solomin on Unsplash

According to a report from leaker site WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is now working on a new feature that would allow users to create an alternate profile that will be shown to certain contacts, depending on the user account’s privacy settings.

Based on a screenshot included with the report, the possible feature would function in conjunction with the profile photo visibility setting in the privacy menu.

Currently, users can elect to hide their profile photo and name from those who are not in their contacts list or for specific contacts using the setting, displaying only a default blank image in its place.

The addition of this feature would let the messaging app’s users to create a separate profile with a different image and name to be shown instead.

This means that even for users that have not been added as a contact, an alternative name and photo will still be displayed even with the privacy setting enabled.

A feature like this would allow for a user to have a different profile meant for specific use cases, for instance, one for personal messages and another for work, with certain contacts set to only see either one.

As of time of writing, no announcements have been made on when the feature will be made available in the messaging app.

Another feature that has already been made available in the beta version of WhatsApp on Android is the ability to skip forward when watching videos shared via the app.

While the user interface when watching videos is largely the same, there is the addition of a 10 second reverse and skip button when a video is playing, much like how double tapping on a YouTube video works.

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