WhatsApp is working on a new feature for alternative profiles: Here’s how it will work

WhatsApp is developing a new privacy-based feature called 'Alternate Profile', which allows users to have two different personas on the same platform.

by Vikash Kumawat
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WhatsApp is constantly working on new features to improve its platform and the latest development is all about giving users more control over their profiles. This new feature called “Alternate Profile” will allow you to have two different profiles on your WhatsApp account.

Right now, WhatsApp lets you hide some of your information, like your “last seen” status or your profile picture, from specific people. But the new optional profile feature takes it a step further. With this, you can set a second profile picture and a different account name that only certain contacts can see.

Here’s how it works: Your regular profile is your primary profile, visible to everyone. Your alternative profile, on the other hand, is private and visible only to the contacts you select. This means you can create one profile for all your friends and family and another for specific people or situations.

For example, if you use WhatsApp for work or have a work phone, you can create an alternative profile with a professional image and name. In this way you can keep your personal and professional life separate on the same WhatsApp account.

The alternative profile feature was recently spotted in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android. This is located in the privacy settings of your profile picture. You can set up your alternate profile with a different image and name, and WhatsApp will show this alternate profile to people you select instead of your primary profile.

This feature is a great way to balance your privacy and the information you share on WhatsApp. This is especially useful for people who want to maintain different online personas for different groups of contacts.
However, it is important to note that this feature is still in the development phase and is not yet available for testing. But this comes just after WhatsApp introduced account switching, allowing users to have more than one WhatsApp account on the same phone. This feature makes it easy to use multiple WhatsApp accounts without resorting to app cloning or needing a second phone.

In a world where online privacy and managing your digital identity are increasingly important, WhatsApp’s new Alternate Profiles feature is a step in the right direction, offering users more control over how they present themselves on the platform.

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