Nov 10, 2016

WhatsApp Added 2-Step Authentication & Audio Background Playback

Recently, Whatsapp added video calling feature, which everyone has been anticipating for. Though, it was released in Beta version. And now, Whatsapp has added yet another two features called, Audio in background and 2 step authentication to improve security features.

What's Background Audio Playback?
You can now play Audio messages in the background. Previously, you had to keep WhatsApp open and stay within the conversation to hear any voice message received in it. But now reverse is the case, you switch to other conversation, apps etc as long as the audio message isn’t finish, it will keep playing.

What's 2-step Authentication?
Though we’ve been waiting for this to manifest and now, we have WhatsApp 2-factor authentication. This new features has gone live on the latest beta version of whatsapp v2.16.341 and above.

Go to Account Settings in WhatsApp, you'll see a new Two-step verification option. Tap it to get to a screen that explains what 2-step verification is and get the option to enable it.

Enter a 6-digit passcode that you'll be asked for each time you try to register your phone number with WhatsApp, and confirm it. You'll also need to give an email address that'll be used to reset your passcode should you forget it.

Once that's done, two-step verification will be active on your phone number. No one will be able to activate WhatsApp with the same phone number unless they have the passcode or access to the email account to reset it.

For now, the features are only available for the Beta testers. On the offchance you ain't a Beta tester, then you have to wait till it's officially out on the Google Playstore.

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