WhatsApp is working on an email verification option, allowing users to login to their accounts in case they are unable to receive OTP via mobile networks
WhatsApp, the instant messaging app used by billions worldwide, is testing a new feature that lets users log in to their accounts using email in addition to their phone number.
The feature, first spotted by WABetaInfo, is not intended to replace the existing SMS verification but serves as an alternate method to help users log in to their account if they are unable to receive the 6-digit OTP via SMS. Available on the beta version of WhatsApp for Android and iOS, the ‘Email Verification’ feature is placed in a new section under ‘Account Section’. Here,users will be able to associate their WhatsApp account with an email address.
This is really useful if you want to sign in to a new device in an area where mobile network is unavailable or when you want to switch phones but are not ready to swap the SIM on the new device.
WhatsApp has been testing the new email verification method for months now, with the new build bringing it to more beta testers. While it is currently available to a handful of users who are on the latest beta version of the app, it looks like WhatsApp will roll out to more people in the near future.
The Meta-owned instant messaging app has been constantly adding and testing numerous new functionalities like a new YouTube-like forward and rewind video controls, a way to share voice notes and stickers in Channels, use multiple accounts on the same device and more.