WhatsApp will finally allow people to talk to someone they never could before: themselves.
On some platforms, messaging is a useful way to store or transfer information between devices. Some chat apps, like Slack, encourage having a conversation with yourself to take notes.
But others, including WhatsApp, haven’t let people talk to themselves at all. However, with a new update it will be possible.
With a new version of the app for iOS and Android, users can now start a conversation with themselves. The feature is rolling out slowly and may not be available to everyone just yet, but should be available automatically.
When it’s available, users can start a new chat and see themselves listed at the top of the screen, along with a message prompting people to message themselves. It is available in iOS version 18.104.22.168 and Android version 22.214.171.124.
Sending yourself a message can be a useful way to jot down information without leaving the chat app, for example. It can also be a useful way to transfer information or files from one device to another as many chat apps including WhatsApp can be used on different platforms.
For example, if someone sends a picture from their cell phone, it will be available on the web version of WhatsApp for use there.
WhatsApp recently added improvements to the feature that allows users to sign in on other devices. Newer versions of the app allow users to use the same account on multiple devices, where they stay signed in – where previously other versions of the app simply mirrored the phone and required it to stay powered on.
Until now, it was only possible to write yourself on WhatsApp with complicated workarounds. The easiest way was to create a group and then kick out other people who were in it – which could be annoying for everyone else involved.