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WhatsApp Spotted Adding a 'QR Code Shortcut' for Easy Scanning, Sharing of QR Codes

WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.19.189 is said to include evidence for the QR Code shortcut.

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WhatsApp Spotted Adding a 'QR Code Shortcut' for Easy Scanning, Sharing of QR Codes

WhatsApp QR code button was previously spotted in November last year

  • WhatsApp hasn't confirmed the QR code integration
  • The feature isn't visible for end users
  • However, it is said to be enabled in the future

WhatsApp for Android has been spotted featuring a dedicated "QR Code shortcut". The new development is reportedly a part of a WhatsApp beta release for Android. In May, WhatsApp was reported to include a QR code button that will enable users to add their contacts using QR codes. The feature was first seen back in November last year and is yet to be made available, even for the beta testers. Other apps, including LinkedIn and Instagram, already offer a similar QR code-based experience. It remains unclear when exactly WhatsApp will officially add the feature to the stable version of its chat apps. 

According to a tweet posted by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.19.189 has included the references for a QR Code shortcut. A screenshot purportedly showing a QR Code shortcut has also been provided.

The screenshot suggests that WhatsApp users would be able to scan and share QR codes by tapping the dedicated shortcut. It is said that the feature will be enabled in the future, though it isn't visible on the latest WhatsApp beta release.

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WhatsApp beta for Android version reportedly includes the "QR Code shortcut"
Photo Credit: Twitter/ WABetaInfo


As mentioned, WhatsApp was originally spotted testing a 'Share Contact Info via QR' feature to offer the ability to share your contact information via a QR code back in November last year. The QR code button to let users share their profiles and add contacts using QR codes was also rumoured in May. The button was said to be a part of the WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.19.151. It hasn't yet visible to the public, though.

The WhatsApp beta version 2.19.151 was also spotted having the ability to let users share their Status as a Facebook Story. It would enable WhatsApp users to share their status updates on Facebook.

We discussed what WhatsApp absolutely needs to do in 2019, on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips. More
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