Soumya Prakash Pradhan

The messaging app WhatsApp, owned by Meta, is enhancing its platform by introducing numerous features this year to make user interaction easier on both mobile and web versions.

Some noteworthy additions include a new sidebar, a redesigned dark mode and the ability to create a username directly from the web client.

In a recent report from WABetaInfo, it is mentioned that WhatsApp is expanding the username feature from the mobile version to the web client.

This feature allows users to have a username instead of sharing their phone numbers, providing more privacy.

Users can change their usernames at any time, similar to the desktop version. The updated WhatsApp web interface now displays 'Communities,' 'Status,' 'Channels,' and 'New Chat' buttons at the top left of the window.

The new sidebar relocates these options to the left of the browser window, making it convenient for users to switch between tabs easily.

Regarding the revamped Dark mode, developers have adjusted the background colour to complement the dark theme, aiming to reduce eye strain, as per the report.

While these features are currently available to selected users, the report suggests that they will soon be accessible to all users.