According to sources, WhatsApp is working on a new feature — Flash Calls. That will verify user log-in on WhatsApp via an automated verification call instead of the six-digit verification code.
WhatsApp introduces a new feature that will allow you to log into WhatsApp quickly, according to a report by WABetaInfo. The new feature in development is called Flash Calls and is currently in the WhatsApp beta for the Android 18.104.22.168 update.
Flash Calls: WhatsApp is adding a new feature.
Not for iOS
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is working on the new feature in the WhatsApp beta for the Android 22.214.171.124 update. As a matter of fact, the news agency said, citing other reports. This feature, currently under development, will be available in a future update.
However, the ‘flash calls’ feature will not be implemented on WhatsApp for iOS as Apple does not offer any public API to read the call history. This will act as an alternative to the regular six-digit code sent to users on their phones for verification.
It is important to note that iOS smartphone users won’t be getting the feature as Apple doesn’t offer any public API to read the call history. The report further states that this feature is optional, and users will still verify themselves using the existing methods.
How does it work?
WhatsApp will call your phone number using this automatic verification method and then automatically end the call. The platform will then verify the last phone number in your phone’s log is equal to the number that gives you the 6-digit code. The report states that the phone number will be different each time, ensuring a safe experience while verifying your account. WhatsApp will need your permission to make and manage calls and access your phone’s log during this process. WhatsApp won’t use the call history for other purposes.
WhatsApp, the report said, will need the user’s permission to manage calls. Above all, It will access his/her phone’s call log to enable the feature. The ‘flash call’ feature is optional, so users can continue logging into the messaging app via the six-digit code received via SMS or call.
WhatsApp will not use user call history for any other purposes and will only check the last entry, i.e. WhatsApp’s automatic call, from the user’s call history, the report said
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