The popular messaging app WhatsApp has been regularly releasing upgrades in recent months with the goal of improving user experience and privacy. According to WABetaInfo, the most recent advancement in this area is a profile upgrade. According to reports, WhatsApp is working on adding a new username option that would let users choose their own distinctive handle.

With the addition of this functionality, WhatsApp will more closely resemble the communication method used on Instagram, another Meta-owned service. While the exact mechanics of how usernames will work on WhatsApp are yet unknown, it has the potential to completely change how users interact with one another.

Users may be able to connect by using just their chosen username rather than having to share personal phone numbers or QR codes in order to start a discussion. Notably, WhatsApp's strong end-to-end encryption will still protect conversations started by usernames, guaranteeing privacy and security.

Following the debut of another eagerly anticipated feature, message editing, comes this new statement. Users of WhatsApp can now edit a sent message within a 15-minute timeframe thanks to this upgrade. It's crucial to remember that the message will have a "edited" label next to it, indicating that it was changed after being delivered.

In May, the messaging app also unveiled "Chat Lock," a feature that gives users the choice to protect particular one-on-one or group discussions by requiring a password or biometric scan. Additionally, this feature stops message previews from serving as notifications.

It is anticipated that WhatsApp would first make the username feature available to beta users before spreading it out to all smartphones, though the exact release date and confirmation of it are still awaited.