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WhatsApp plans to bring two-step verification to desktop and web versions

With WhatsApp set to migrate chat history from Android phones to iOS, the app is also improving its desktop and web versions with another major update.

As reported by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is expanding the ability to add two-step verification to its desktop app and web version. Since many people rely on the app for work and communication, it is common that criminals also try to take advantage of WhatsApp users with scams.

While the app tried to combat these scams by clearly telling users to add two-step verification and even allowing the user to unlock the app with Touch ID or Face ID, there’s a bigger number of people who lose their account or get scammed.

As WhatsApp is still preparing a cross-device support feature, users will be able to access the app from the desktop or the web without needing the phone nearby – or even turned on. With that in mind, adding two-step verification will help users get extra protection.

WABetaInfo Remarks:

“When there is a registration of your WhatsApp account, after entering the 6-digit code, a personal PIN will be required to log into the account. WhatsApp wants to make it easier to manage two-step verification everywhere, so they are working to the introduction of the feature on the web/desktop client in a future update.

(…) It will be possible to activate or deactivate the two-step verification on the web/desktop client. This is very important, especially when you lose your phone and can’t remember your PIN. »

As of now, it’s unclear when it will be available for public beta testers, as the feature is still in the early days of development.

Another feature WhatsApp is planning is the ability to show chat wallpaper during voice calls on the iOS version of the app. WABetaInfo says that “at the moment WhatsApp does not show the real chat wallpaper (since you can select different wallpapers for different chats) but it always selects the default one.”

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