What do you want to know
- WhatsApp is rolling out a handy new feature for the iOS platform.
- It is dubbed “Messenger Yourself”, which allows you to converse or store messages with yourself.
- These would be end-to-end encrypted and the feature is currently in beta for Android users.
WhatsApp, owned by Meta, is one of the best messaging apps out there, with its end-to-end encrypted chats that also offer a lot of features. A new feature in the works that would be released is dubbed “Messenger yourself”. It is said to be available in a stable version for iOS users at the moment.
As noted by WABetaInfo, the new feature allows users to send messages to their own phone numbers. For clarity, the screenshot shared from WABetaInfo gives us a clear image of the feature which will look like users WhatsApp home screen. It will appear as a chat, just like with other contacts on the conversations page.
Although it appears in the contact list on the messaging platform, it is addressed as “You” next to your own contact name. The report further mentions that this feature can also be found on all your linked devices including your smartphone or computer. It is unclear whether it would also be seen on the web version of WhatsApp alongside the native dedicated app.
More importantly, like other one-on-one and group chats, “Message Yourself” conversations are also supposed to be end-to-end encrypted.
The feature is officially rolling out to iOS users, wearing a 22.23.74 build number. Apparently iOS users could previously locate their own numbers in the past, although the feature was apparently removed earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the feature is currently available through the WhatsApp Beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update for Android devices, according to WABetaInfo. The functionality is quite similar on both platforms.
The “Messenger Yourself” feature is certainly not new or exclusive to WhatsApp. A similar feature is available on rival Signal, dubbed “Note to self”. While it doesn’t let you chat with your phone number, it pops up in chat to jot down quick notes, addresses, or documents, to name a few.
Telegram also has a “Saved Messages” feature that works similarly. Social apps and business apps like “Slack” also allow you to chat with yourself, which can be an easy way to transfer notes or files between devices. We expect this new WhatsApp feature to work the same way.
It seems that WhatsApp is introducing new features, and some have also appeared in testing stages recently. Earlier this week, WhatsApp tested a new companion mode that can connect to another phone or tablet. As for new features, WhatsApp introduced a new Communities feature earlier this month. It allows you to consolidate current groups on WhatsApp under one roof.