WhatsApp testing feature that adds contacts via QR codes

This is available in beta for iOS and Android. WhatsApp is testing a new feature that lets you add contacts by scanning their QR code, reported WABetaInfo. Currently only available in beta on both iOS and Android, this feature can be found in the application’s settings menu.

WhatsApp has the settings menu of your own choice to display the QR code and also the option to scan the other. A QR code can also be revoked if sharing with someone you do not want to have your number.

This feature is not a massive one, but it does take away the tedious process of having to manually add a contact. Right now, to message someone on WhatsApp, you will have to add that person to the phone’s address book first. It’s an extra step and it’s annoying when you just want to message someone on WhatsApp and from no other platform.

QR codes make it much easier for you to add a contact when you are with them in person, however, it’s not something very useful if you are using the web version of the app.

This feature is only available in beta right now and there is no knowing then it will see a wider rollout. If you really want to test this, you need to sign up for the beta program for Android here. The iOS beta us reportedly closed.
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