WhatsApp is planning to add many new features to its platform. We already know that the Meta-owned messaging app is working on a new feature that will enable its users to share the media being shared in the chat as a status update. It is also working on a feature that will enable users to change the contact with whom the media file is being shared. Now, word is that WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will let its users search for businesses near their location. Users will not only let users see grocery stores but also other businesses such as nearby restaurants and clothing stores.
According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is developing a functionality that will let users easily filter and find nearby businesses using a new interface. Screenshots shared by the blog site show that it is adding a new section called ‘Business Nearby’ to its app that will appear when users use the app’s search feature. Within the Business Nearby section, users will see different categories based on which messaging results will show up.
The blog site says that WhatsApp has already rolled out this feature for some Android users in Sao Paulo. But the company is working on developing similar functionality for its iOS app as well.
Separately WhatsApp has also updated its support page Explained in detail how this feature can be used. The company says users have three options when searching for businesses. they can either share their Current Location Or select a specific location if they don’t want their location displayed. Alternatively, they can search without a location, in which case WhatsApp will use their phone numbers to show businesses in their area.
How to search for businesses within WhatsApp
Here is a step-by-step guide that will help you discover businesses within the app:
step 1: Use the WhatsApp Business Directory to locate businesses in your area.
step 2: Open WhatsApp then tap on Find Business Nearby option.
step 3: Next, choose your location sharing preference.
- To use your location to find businesses in your area, tap Allow Location Access > Allow > While Using the App or Allow One Time.
- To manually select a location or use your phone number to look for businesses in your area, tap Continue without a location > Set location. Then, select the neighborhood from the list.
step 4: Now tap on the business category you want to explore. By doing so, you will see a list of businesses based on your preferences.
Step 5: Tap a business to view its business details.
Step 6: Tap Chat to open a chat with the business or View Profile to view their business profile.
That said, WhatsApp notes on its support page that “this feature may not be available to you yet.” This means that the feature may not be available to most users right now, but it is certainly getting closer to launch.
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