The new WhatsApp beta feature allows you to share files without the Internet – via a local network

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Новая бета-функция WhatsApp позволяет обмен файлами без Интернета — через локальную сеть

WhatsApp developers are working on several feature updates for their messenger. Among other things, it is planned to provide users with the opportunity to exchange files via a local network — without Internet. They will also add a way to record notes for people in your contacts list.

Previously it was reported about the ability to share files via a local network. However, new screenshots of the app's installation screen show exactly what permissions users need to grant to enable the feature.

These screenshots are taken from the beta version of WhatsApp 2.24.9.22 for Android. They show that developers are testing a new way to share photos, videos, documents and other files with nearby WhatsApp users, even without cellular service or the Internet.

Новая бета-функция WhatsApp позволяет обмен файлами без Интернета — через локальную сеть

According to one of the screenshots, in order to share files over a local network, users will have to choose to make them visible to other users nearby. Notably, users will have the ability to revoke these permissions at any time. And, as with WhatsApp messages, file exchanges are end-to-end encrypted and phone numbers are hidden throughout the entire interaction process.

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Новая бета-функция WhatsApp позволяет обмен файлами без Интернета — через локальную сеть

Whatsapp is also testing a feature that allows users to add notes to contacts. WhatsApp 2.24.9.17 beta for Android adds a new feature that includes a notes field on the contacts sheet, allowing users to add useful information about a contact for context. Notes can only be viewed by the person who wrote them, not the contact. It looks like the notes feature won't be exclusive to the mobile app as it will also be available on WhatsApp web.

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Currently both functions are in beta status. The exact dates of their launch are still unknown.

Новая бета-функция WhatsApp позволяет обмен файлами без Интернета — через локальную сеть

Новая бета-функция WhatsApp позволяет обмен файлами без Интернета — через локальную сеть

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