WhatsApp: New AirDrop-like feature lets you shake your phone to get files

WhatsApp: New AirDrop-like feature lets you shake your phone to get files

WhatsApp is tipped to be getting a new AirDrop-esque or Nearby Share-like feature that lets you share files with users nearby, according to WABetaInfo.

The WhatsApp-focused platform discovered the feature being tested within the latest WhatsApp Beta for Android (update 2.24.2.20), which is currently available in the Google Play Store.

WhatsApp is working on a new file-sharing feature

The new file-sharing perk will allow users to beam files to other users nearby à la AirDrop and Nearby Share.

Thanks to WABetaInfo, we have a screenshot of the feature in action.

File-sharing feature in WhatsApp’s Beta app
Credit: WABetaInfo

It looks like the new file-sharing utility will allow WhatsApp users to send and receive files to anyone in close proximity. As such, there’s a section that lists nearby WhatsApp users you can share files with.

There’s also a section that describes your visibility to nearby users, and whether your number is hidden to non-contacts.

Interestingly, in order to share files with another user, the person on the receiving end must shake their device, allowing them to see your share request.

The screenshot highlights that the file-sharing perk is end-to-end encrypted.

WhatsApp is experimenting with the file-sharing feature for now, but according to WABetaInfo, it’s expected to roll out to the wider public in the near future.

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Kimberly Gedeon

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