Huge free upgrade for millions of WhatsApp users arrives today – and it’s a game-changer


WHATSAPP is rolling out a new feature that lets you talk to yourself.

It might sound wacky – but it’s a brilliant hack that could make your life much more organised.


You can now easily text yourself on WhatsAppCredit: WhatsApp

The WhatsApp feature is aptly named Message Yourself.

It’s been in testing for a while now, but is finally rolling out to the general WhatsApp app on iPhone and Android.

To get it, make sure you’ve updated your WhatsApp to the latest version.

And bear in mind that the roll-out may take a few weeks, so you might not see it right away.

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After the update, you’ll see your own name at the top of your contacts list on WhatsApp.

You can then start a chat with yourself, allowing you to send messages.

It could be very useful: maybe you want to drop in reminders, save recipes, or keep a shopping list.

WhatsApp has allowed users to message themselves in the past, but it was a much more convoluted process.

Now it’s extremely easy to start a chat with yourself.

Better still, you can pin your personal chat to the top of your WhatsApp so you can easily access your one-sided conversation at any time.

An official WhatsApp promo image for the feature shows someone messaging themselves with a shopping list, a PDF of travel destinations, a voice note, a forwarded security tips link, and a to-do list.

But you could use it for whatever you like – no one else can see your chat.

If you want to try other new WhatsApp features, a great option is to join the beta.

This lets you test out changes before general WhatsApp users.

Follow our guide below to join the beta.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m In” button and then click “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

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Joining the WhatsApp beta on iOS is more difficult, and has limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s guide here.

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