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WhatsApp starts testing unique auto-messaging feature with preferred beta testers for iOS and Android

WhatsApp is testing a new feature in its latest iOS and Android beta build that adds official self-messaging support on the popular instant messaging and communications platform.

On the latest beta build, users can see their number among their WhatsApp contacts with a description that reads, “Message Yourself.”

Users could already text themselves via direct chat links, a feature that came out last month. The latest WhatsApp beta adds official support for the quality, complete with a way to message yourself from within the app.

WhatsApp tests the new self-messaging feature with select beta testers on iOS and Android.

Support for self-texting is available in version 22.23.0.70 of the WhatsApp beta for iOS and version 2.22.24.2 of the WhatsApp beta for Android. These updates also bring layout changes for images, videos, GIFs, or documents forwarded with a caption.

In addition to seeing your number as a contact in WhatsApp, messages you send to it will sync faster and better across devices if you use WhatsApp’s multi-device feature.

An earlier WhatsApp beta increased the maximum number of participants for chat groups to 1,024 (from 512).

Earlier this month, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of WhatsApp’s parent company Meta, claimed that the platform is much more private and secure than Apple’s iMessage.

  Some beta users are reportedly experiencing better synchronization of messages within the chat with their phone numbers. “If you send a message to chat with your phone number, it will always be synced with your other paired devices, as it is no longer an unsupported feature when using multiple devices.”

WhatsApp beta for Android 2.22.24.2 is a compatible build for the new feature. iOS beta users can get the quality after installing the WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.23.0.70 update. The “Messages with Yourself” feature has only been rolled out to some beta users. More activations are likely shortly. Notably, the chat with your phone number will also be available within your contacts list on the app in the future WhatsApp update for the Android version. Currently, users’ phone number is not visible within their contacts list. Thus, the key is to click WhatsApp to open it.

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