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WhatsApp rolls out a feature that makes it easier to message yourself • businessroundups.org

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WhatsApp has started rolling out a feature that allows you to chat with yourself. Messaging your own account can be a way to keep a piece of information easily accessible right alongside your other WhatsApp conversations.

Called ‘Message Yourself’, this feature allows users to send notes, reminders and shopping lists to themselves on WhatsApp.

On Monday, Meta’s instant messaging app announced the rollout of the new messaging feature that will reach all of its Android and iPhone users in the coming weeks. It was initially tested with some beta testers, WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo reported the end of October. The company has confirmed to businessroundups.org that the feature has been rolled out globally.

Users will see their contact at the top of their contact list on WhatsApp when they create a new chat. Tapping that contact takes them to the chat screen which they can use to send messages to themselves.

While the native feature to message yourself is new to WhatsApp, some users have been using a workaround for a while. You could already send yourself messages via the app’s ‘click to chat’ function. Nevertheless, the new offering removes the extra steps users had to chat on their own using the wa.me URL.

Users can too pin their self chat messages to the top of the conversation list if they don’t want to search their heavily polluted chat list.

WhatsApp Rival Signal has a feature called Note to Self which covers the same use case – allows you to create posts for personal use. However, unlike WhatsApp’s newly launched feature that can be accessed from the top of the contact list in the app, Signal doesn’t suggest your own profile at the top of the recipient list. Users must find and select the “Note to Self” contact item to use the feature.

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Similarly, community platform Slack has a special space titled “Jot Something Down” to let users send notes to themselves.

Telegram also offers one similar feature called Saved Messages which allows users to mark important messages and save their notes and reminders that can be accessed in the future. Messages once saved can be accessed from the top of the chat screen. However, Telegram users should initially access the feature by tapping the hamburger menu on Android or via the settings menu on iOS.

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