WhatsApp Beta Tests New Contact Selection Feature, Increases Options When Selecting Numbers

Many of the updates that WhatsApp has been making have been privacy oriented, and the recent updates that the messaging platform has been beta testing are no different. One of the foreseen inclusions in future versions of the platform that are being tested out right now, as per WBI, is a new feature that would allow you to select all of your contacts except for a few that you would pick out based on who you don’t want receiving the messages that you are sending.

Previously, you could select which contacts you wanted to send a message to and you could also choose to send a message to all of your contacts. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that we often have people in our contact lists that we don’t really want to message all that often, and removing these people whilst still selecting all other contacts just wasn’t possible. Hence, this update will be a welcome one for users that send out broadcast messages and want to quickly select all their contacts save for a few.

The second update has to do with phone numbers that you might receive during our chat. In the current version of WhatsApp, tapping on this number allows you to do two things, namely dial the number or add it to your list of contacts. Based on the beta testing that we have seen, WhatsApp might soon add a third option to the menu that would open up when you select a number in your chat window, with this new option allowing you to message the number.

Messaging a number that someone sends you can be quite annoying because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up forcing you to first save the number in your contacts. This update will make it a lot easier to message people that you don’t intend to stay in touch with, which can also make it easier to select all contacts as well thereby making both of these features useful for boosting communication privacy.

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