- Whatsapp working on the ability to share statuses directly on Instagram.
- The feature is already available for select Android beta users.
- Users will have the option to choose whether they want to share their WhatsApp status on Instagram.
WhatsApp is working on a feature which will allow users to share their status updates directly to Instagram from within the messaging app. The feature is already available for Android beta users via the Google Play Store. It is optional and seems similar to a feature where WhatsApp allows its users to share their WhatsApp statuses to the Facebook app.
According to WABetaInfo, the meta-owned messaging platform is working on bringing the functionality to all its users and it will be available via an update soon. As of now, only WhatsApp beta testers can get their hands on the feature, which is a part of WhatsApp beta for the Android 188.8.131.52 update.
WhatsApp Android Beta Allows Status Sharing To Instagram
The feature seems to be aimed at enhancing sharing across Meta-owned platforms such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook. If we go by the WABetaInfo report, the feature is under development and it could be rolled out for everyone soon.
Of course, even with WhatsApp status sharing on Instagram feature, users will have the option to choose whether they want to share their status on other platforms or not. Also, the audience for Instagram Story can be selected separately as well.
The feature might come as a relief for some users who tend to be active across various social media platforms as they will not need to post statuses or stories on each platform separately. They can do so from within the WhatsApp app itself without switching between two apps.
How will it work?
The screenshot posted by WABetaInfo gives us a glimpse into how the feature might work. The option of adding a WhatsApp status to Instagram can be seen under the Status Privacy settings.
WhatsApp could allow users to go to the My Status tab, and click on the horizontal three-dot menu on the right side of the status they want to share further. The ‘Share to Instagram’ option will likely get added to the menu to allow users to directly share their statuses on the platform.
As of now, clicking on the three-dot menu beside a status gives users options like ‘Forward’, ‘Share’, ‘Share to Facebook’, and ‘Delete’.
Apart from this, WhatsApp is also working on the ‘username’ feature that will allow users to message each other on the app without sharing their phone numbers. The username-based messaging has already been rolled out in the latest WhatsApp Android beta version 184.108.40.206. However, keep in mind that it is available for select beta users as of now and could be available for all beta users in the coming weeks.