WhatsApp, the world’s most popular mobile messaging service, has recently introduced two new features that aim to enhance user privacy and reduce unwanted calls.
Silencing Unknown WhatsApp Callers
One of the new features introduced by WhatsApp is the ability to automatically silence calls from unknown contacts. This feature can be accessed through the settings menu, under privacy and calls. By enabling this toggle, users will no longer receive ringing notifications for calls from unknown numbers.
Although silenced calls from unknown numbers will still appear in the calls tab and notifications, users can now avoid being disturbed by unwanted calls. It is important to note, however, that if a user chooses to message or call an unknown contact, the silent call feature will not apply. In such cases, the block option can still be useful to prevent further contact.
Dealing with Unknown Numbers
While the new feature in WhatsApp allows users to silence unknown callers, it is worth noting that it does not protect against traditional voice calls made by unknown contacts. However, many OEM phone apps already offer the option to block calls and texts from unknown numbers.
Additionally, Google’s Phone app provides spam filtering capabilities and Pixel-exclusive call screening functionality, further enhancing call management. By combining the new silence unknown callers feature in WhatsApp with existing dialer features, users can effectively reduce spam calls and avoid unnecessary disruptions.
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WhatsApp Privacy Checkup
WhatsApp has also introduced a Privacy Checkup feature, which serves as a centralized hub for managing privacy settings. Within the Privacy Checkup, users can control who can contact them, manage personal information visibility (such as profile photo and last seen status), and access account protection options.
This one-stop shop for privacy settings can be accessed through the settings menu, under privacy. The Privacy Checkup feature provides users with greater control over their privacy on the platform.
Availability and Updates
Both the silence unknown callers feature and the Privacy Checkup feature are now available in the stable version of WhatsApp. To ensure access to these features, users should enable automatic app updates. However, if automatic updates have been disabled, users will need to manually update the app.
WhatsApp continues to innovate and provide users with enhanced privacy and call management options. With the ability to silence calls from unknown contacts and the introduction of the Privacy Checkup feature, users can enjoy a more seamless and secure messaging experience.
By leveraging these new features and combining them with existing dialer functions, WhatsApp users can effectively reduce unwanted calls and maintain better control over their privacy settings. Keep your WhatsApp app up to date to take advantage of these latest features and ensure a smoother communication experience.