We already warned a few days ago about the intention to WhatsApp to introduce a new option in the app, which would allow share our profile with other people through their own QR code, which would allow other users of the messaging app to add us to their contact list, without giving our phone number.
Now, this function is now available to all users WhatsApp through the latest version beta of the application, available for download in Google Play Store.
Share your WhatsApp profile using your QR code
Several applications and platforms have, at some point, opted for QR codes as a way to add new contacts. At the time already did Twitter, and other messaging apps like Google Allo –D.E.P– also introduced similar systems. In the case of Facebook itself, Messenger is also included the possibility of adding new contacts through their QR codes.
Now, it is WhatsApp that adds to this trend. Thanks to QR codes, it will be possible share our WhatsApp contact with other people we just met or with those that, for some reason, have not yet added us to their contact list in the messaging app. It will also be possible scan other people’s codes directly from the app.
To use this new WhatsApp function, you only need to follow these steps:
Download and install the latest beta version of WhatsApp on your mobile, in case you don’t have it yet.
Open WhatsApp and tap on the three dots icon in the upper right. Then tap Settings.
Next to your username, a QR code icon should appear. Tap on it.
Your QR code will appear on the screen next to your phone number. You just have to show it to the other person so they can scan it using the application.
If you want to scan another user’s code, tap on the Scan code tab.
You can also share your code as an image. To do this, touch the Share icon in the upper right, and choose the application through which you want to share the image with your WhatsApp QR code.
Finally, if you ever want to reset the QR code so that the invitations sent and the previous code stop working, just open the options menu in the upper right and tap on “reset QR code”. In that case, when someone else tries to scan the old code, a warning will appear stating that the code is no longer available – you can try it with the code in the image that heads this article.
That is all. Is about an extremely simple function, but that without a doubt can be very convenient in certain situations, and I am afraid that in not too long it will become the most used way when sharing WhatsApp profiles. Now, all that remains is to wait until the option is ready to be included in the stable version of WhatsApp, and thus reach all users of the messaging app.
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