Anytime a WhatsApp user will get a message from an unknown contact in a group conversation, they will see a push name instead of the cellphone number in the chat list.

Meta-owned messaging network WhatsApp is developing a new feature that would make it simpler to distinguish messages received from unfamiliar individuals in WhatsApp group conversations. According to a report from WaBetaInfo, the instant messaging app has launched the newest WhatsApp beta for Android update from the Play Store.

The update provides an enhancement to the functionality that WhatsApp debuted in December 2022 which exchanged numbers with push names in the message bubble of group conversations.

As per an image supplied in the report, anytime a user would get a message from an unknown contact in a group chat, they will see a push name instead of the cell number in the chat list.

This change makes it easier for the recipient to understand who the unknown contact is without having to save the number as a new contact and it is especially useful in large group chats where it can be difficult to identify unknown group members,” the report says. The push name may appear instead of the phone number even in different sections of the app, for example, the group participants list, it further adds.

A similar capability has also been provided to certain iOS beta testers after downloading the WhatsApp beta for iOS upgrade.

The source claims that the new feature is presently accessible for select beta testers who install the newest versions of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Play Store, and it is likely to be extended to even more users over the coming days.

In related news, WhatsApp is presently testing 21 new emojis for Android beta users. WABetaInfo claims that users no longer need to download a separate keyboard to send these emojis, as they can now be sent simply from the default WhatsApp keyboard. These new emojis are part of the recent Unicode 15.0 upgrade.