WhatsApp will let you block calls from unknown numbers

Attempts will be logged with in-app notifications

A new update to the beta version of WhatsApp for Android devices allows the application to automatically block calls from numbers not registered as contacts on users’ cell phones. This function, dedicated to protecting people’s privacy, would only be available to those who are part of the platform’s testing program.

Although this feature limits incoming calls to only those numbers that are known to the phone, the blocked numbers will still appear in the WhatsApp call log.

Users will need to enter this section of the app to find out if any unknown number tried to call them and each call will generate a notification. In this way, users of the Meta application will be more protected against attempts by unknown persons or unwanted numbers to contact them. You can also avoid potential spam calls.

At the moment it is not yet known what the access path will be to activate this feature or if it will be activated by default when it is officially launched in the global version of the messaging application, although due to the utility of the function it could be included within the privacy settings of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp call restriction is only limited to this type of communication and people will be able to continue receiving messages from users whose numbers are not part of the contact record. To avoid being contacted by this other means, people will have to make individual blocks from the chat window of each of the unknown numbers.