Facebook-owned WhatsApp is working on a new feature that helps users to log into their accounts quickly.
According to a report by WABetaInfo, the feature will let users log in to their WhatsApp account quickly and safely for the Android 188.8.131.52 update.
When a user tries to log in to a WhatsApp account, a 6-digit code is sent on their phone for verification. The company has developed a new alternate method, wherein WhatsApp will make a flash call to the user for verification.
WhatsApp will call your phone number and then automatically end the call, verifying that the last phone number in your phone’s log is equal to the number that gives you the 6-digit code. Given that this phone number is always unique, hackers will not be able to trick users, ensuring a safe experience,” WABetaInfo says.
For this feature to work, WhatsApp will reportedly ask the user for permission to make and manage calls and access the phone’s log.
WhatsApp is reportedly working on an introduction for the feature to explain why it needs these permission grants.
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.
Not for iOS:-
The features tracker reports that the flash call feature won’t be implemented on WhatsApp for iOS as Apple doesn’t offer any public API to read the call history.
This feature is optional, and users can continue logging into WhatsApp confirming the 6-digit code received via SMS or call. This flash call feature is under development and is not enabled in beta yet.
While reports suggest that the WhatsApp Flash Call feature will make logging into multiple devices easier once the upcoming multi-device support rolls out, the question remains whether entering an SMS received on one device is easier than inserting a SIM card into the other devices just to receive a Flash Call.