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WhatsApp update means users can now message themselves

    (AFP via Getty Images)

(AFP via Getty Images)

WhatsApp finally lets people talk to someone they never could before: themselves.

On some platforms, sending messages to themselves is a convenient way to store or transfer information between devices. Some chat apps, like Slack, encourage having a conversation with yourself as a way to take notes.

But others, including WhatsApp, have not allowed people to talk to themselves at all. However, with a new update, it becomes possible.

With a new version of the app for iOS and Android, users can now start a conversation with themselves. The feature is rolling out slowly and may not be available to everyone yet, but should come automatically.

When it’s available, users can start a new chat and they’ll see themselves at the top of the screen, next to a message encouraging people to “message yourself.” It is available in iOS version 2.22.23.74 and Android version 2.22.23.77.

Sending messages yourself can be a handy way to jot down information without leaving the chat app, for example. It can also be a convenient way to get information or files from one device to another, as many chat apps, including WhatsApp, can be used across platforms.

For example, if someone sends themselves a photo from their phone, it will be available on the web version of WhatsApp so it can be used there.

WhatsApp recently added improvements to the feature that allows people to log in on other devices. Newer versions of the app allow people to use the same account on multiple devices, keeping them logged in – where previously other versions of the app simply mirrored the phone and required it to remain powered on.

Previously, texting yourself on WhatsApp was only possible with complicated solutions. The simplest one was to create a group and then kick other people out – which could be annoying for everyone else involved.

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