The popular instant messaging service, WhatsApp, has started rolling out a feature that allows users to chat with themselves or save messages. Sending messages to one’s own account can be a way to keep information easily accessible, right next to other WhatsApp conversations.
I call message yourselfthe feature allows users to send notes, reminders, and shopping lists to themselves on WhatsApp.
On Monday, the Meta-owned instant messaging app announced the launch of the new auto-messaging feature coming to all of its Android and iPhone users in the coming weeks.
Users will see your contact at the top of the WhatsApp contact list when they create a new chat. Tapping on that contact will take you to the chat screen that you can use to send messages to yourself.
Although the native self-messaging feature is new to WhatsApp, some users have already been using a workaround for some time. Users can now send messages to themselves using the app click to chat feature. However, the new offering removes the extra steps users need to auto-chat using the wa.me URL.
Users can also pin their own chat messages to the top of the conversation list if they don’t want to search for them in their heavily polluted chat list.
Rival platform Signal already offers a feature called personal note that does pretty much the same thing, though it’s contained in the user’s contact list instead of being available at the top.
Telegram also offers a similar feature called saved messages which allows users to bookmark any important messages as well as save their notes and reminders that can be accessed in the future. Messages, once saved, can be accessed from the top of the chats screen. However, Telegram users initially need to access the feature by tapping on the hamburger menu on Android or through the settings menu on iOS.