It has been claimed that a beta version of WhatsApp has begun rolling out, allowing users to access their account details via the desktop app. This function was first added to Android and iOS to meet the requirements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Update your WhatsApp desktop to the current beta version to have access to the Request Account Info feature.
Although it has been reported that beta testers can access the feature at the moment, general availability is said to be some time in the future. In an effort to attract more commercial users, WhatsApp started offering free cloud-based API services earlier this week. Moreover, a recent rumour said that WhatsApp Premium, a subscription-based model, is currently being tried for WhatsApp Business.
A new beta update for the popular social networking app WhatsApp has begun rolling out, revealing support for the feature, “Request Account Info,” on the WhatsApp desktop app, as reported by WABetaInfo. Up until now, this function was only available on WhatsApp for Android and iOS.
The “Request Account Info on Desktop” feature is present in the newest WhatsApp desktop beta, version v2.2219.3, but was first identified in development in version v2.2204.1 beta, but it was not visible to testers at the time. The report notes that the feature may still be in beta testing and so unavailable to the general public.
As part of the company’s compliance with the EU’s GDPR laws, WhatsApp included the Request Account Info feature for Android and iOS in 2018. Within three days of a user requesting a report, WhatsApp will have compiled the data and made it available. But it could be a while before consumers are able to access the download link.
All information pertaining to activities, contacts, devices, and privacy settings will be included in the report. In related news, WhatsApp this week announced it will offer free cloud-based API services in an effort to increase the app’s adoption by companies. WhatsApp already provides an application programming interface (API) for businesses to link their systems and conduct customer care chats on the service, so generating cash for Meta.
Moreover, a recent rumour said that WhatsApp Premium, a subscription-based model, is currently being tried for WhatsApp Business. To use the model’s features and capabilities, business accounts might opt to pay a premium. Owners of WhatsApp Business profiles reportedly also have the option to decline WhatsApp Premium in favour of the standard service.
In April, it was revealed that organisations may attach up to 10 devices after subscribing to a plan, marking the first time this capability has been specifically mentioned in relation to a subscription plan.