WhatsApp is believed to be working on a new feature that will send notification alert to your contacts in case you decide to change your registered phone number. However, the company may let users to set the privacy settings for such change and it turns out that you can either set it to ‘all contacts’ or the ‘recent chats’.
We will see whether there is any option to completely hide it once the feature is official. One could guess the feature will work side by side with the security notifications one receives when any of the contacts reinstall WhatsApp on his/her phone, since end-to-end encryption kicks in and greatly impacts the privacy of your messages, media, or calls etc.
As already mentioned in WP changelogs, WhatsApp is working on a feature to alert your contacts when you change your number.
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In case you are not aware, WhatsApp users recently reclaimed the old status feature in an update to WhatsApp app for iOS, Android as well as Windows Phone. It did bring a lot of relief among the millions of users around the globe who were not happy with the new Instagram stories like Status feature, but it is here to stay and you have the freedom to use any or both of the them as you may please.
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