WhatsApp QR Code shortcut spotted in latest Android beta build

“Since WhatsApp QR Code scanner is in testing currently, it isn’t visible right now, but should be made available in the future updates”

WhatsApp for Android is getting a new 2.19.198 beta update that suggests the popular messaging platform is working on including QR code scan shortcut, as spotted by noted WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo. Since the option is in testing currently, it isn’t visible right away, but should be made available in the future updates. The upcoming WhatsApp feature was initially spotted back in November and again in May recently, but for reasons unknown, it is yet to see the light in the day.

WhatsApp QR code

The screenshot indicates that users would be able to scan and share QR codes using WhatsApp. Though the option is under wraps, for now, it is seemingly visible to a few users, which is strange. QR codes can be used to add contacts; a new user will simply have to scan the QR code through WhatsApp and the contact will be added, making the process much simpler. It is almost similar to how the app works on the web at the moment. Either way, WhatsApp might roll out the QR scan feature to beta shortly.

Separately, WhatsApp recently reported being testing the ability to their Status updates to Facebook or Instagram as well as services like Gmail or Google Photos. This doesn’t require users to link their accounts to use this feature as it relies on iOS and Android data-sharing API. The data is transferred between the apps right on-device and will be considered as two separate events in Facebook’s system.