Earlier this month, WhatsApp announced that it was working on a new suspicious link detection feature for Android users. The company is now pushing out the feature for all Android WhatsApp beta users across the globe.
What is the New WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection Feature?
Just as the name clearly suggests, the Suspicious Link Detection feature is aimed at protecting users from any suspicious links that may have been sent to you as a WhatsApp message. Whenever you receive a message on WhatsApp with a suspicious link, WhatsApp will first analyze the link to make sure that it is safe. In case WhatsApp finds the link to be potentially unsafe, it will mark the message with a red label, warning you that the link is suspicious in nature. An important thing to note is that the feature does not send any links to WhatsApp servers for analysis. All the analysis is done locally on the device by looking for unusual characters in a link. In the future, WhatsApp plans to improve suspicious link detection by allowing users to manually report a suspicious link.
How to Get the WhatsApp Suspicious Link Detection Feature?
The WhatsApp suspicious link detection feature is currently available on the latest version of WhatsApp beta. If you wish to try out the feature on your phone, you will need to get the latest WhatsApp beta version, i.e. 2.18.221 installed. If you had installed the latest beta on your device recently but don’t see the suspicious link detection feature yet, you will need to reinstall WhatsApp for the feature to show up. However, before you reinstall WhatsApp, don’t forget to perform a backup of your chat history.
If you haven’t signed up for the WhatsApp beta program yet, you will need to join it before you can install the latest beta version. To sign up to the WhatsApp beta program, you will need to head over to the WhatsApp beta test page using any popular browser. Next, log in using your Google account that you use on the device you want to install WhatsApp beta. Now tap on the “Become a Tester” button to enroll yourself into the WhatsApp beta testing program. After you have enrolled yourself, you will need to open the Google Play store on your Android smartphone and search for WhatsApp. Instead of just WhatsApp, you should now see the title change to “WhatsApp Messenger (Beta)”. That’s it. You should see an update for WhatsApp show up on your device within a few hours. Once you install the update, you should see the suspicious link detection feature on your device. Alternatively, you can also join the WhatsApp beta program using Google Play. Open Google Play and search for WhatsApp. Next, scroll down all the way to find the “Become a beta tester” option. Once you join the beta program, you should receive an update for WhatsApp a few hours later. Once updated, you will be able to test out the suspicious link detection as well as the other features included in the latest beta.
While the suspicious link detection feature is currently available only for the Android platform, we do expect the feature to be rolled out for iOS users in the coming weeks.