WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging platform, is rolling out a major update that finally allows users to link their accounts to an email address for authentication purposes.
Good news for WhatsApp users, Meta has just rolled out a long-awaited feature now, which aims to strengthen the security of your account. Latest updateversion 23.24.70 of WhatsApp for iPhone, introduces an email verification functionas WABetaInfo reports.
Thanks to this new feature, which is already found in many other services, users can now authenticate their WhatsApp accounts using email verification. Although SMS verification remains an optionthe email verification feature is a welcome alternative, especially when you find yourself in a situation with poor cell coverage.
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How to enable email verification on WhatsApp?
For the moment, the feature is only available to certain users in beta, but should be quickly rolled out to all users over the coming weeks. If you have already received the update, you should now be able to see the changes in your application.
To link an email address to a WhatsApp account, it’s quite simple. Follow the following procedure:
- Open WhatsApp, then click on the three point menu at the top right of the screen
- Click on Settings, then Account
- Press the new “Email address” section, above “Two-Step Verification”
- Enter your email address, then confirm
- Go to your inbox, locate the email sent by WhatsApp, and enter the 6 digits in the email on WhatsApp
Note that the version of WhatsApp also allows you to have access to passkeys, these new authentication keys which will gradually replace passwords. However, this feature is still not deployed on the stable version of the application. In addition to this, we also know that Meta is working on adding its own AI to WhatsApp, which will be accessible with a simple button.