In the past year, Meta released several new features for its instant messaging app, WhatsApp. One of them is the ability to hide your IP and location during calls. Read on to find out how you can turn on the new security feature for WhatsApp voice calls and video calls if you often use the app.
A new privacy feature in WhatsApp’s talk introduces a way to hide your IP address in calls, giving you an additional layer of security. “Protect IP address in calls” is the name of the new feature in the talk.
The IP address you share with the other person on a WhatsApp call is shared before the release of a new feature, so it is possible that the other person can discover your geographic location and Internet Service Provider (ISP).
According to Meta, WhatsApp servers relay calls through your IP address, thereby obscuring your IP address. The Protect IP address feature will route your call through Meta’s servers first before connecting it to the recipient, so the quality may be lower than normal calls, but it is still a great feature.
Let’s dive right into how to enable this privacy feature.
WhatsApp Protect IP Address in Calls: How to Enable it
This feature is available for Android and iPhone users. Download the latest version of WhatsApp from the
Steps for iPhone:
- You need to open WhatsApp on your iPhone.
- From the bottom bar, select Settings.
- Click on Privacy.
- Turn the toggle for Protect IP address in calls on in Advanced.
- It’s that simple.
Steps for Android:
- Launch WhatsApp.
- Select Settings from the three dots icon at the top right corner.
- Click on Privacy.
- Turn on Protect IP address in calls under Advanced.
With WhatsApp’s new privacy feature, you can not only protect your calls but also silence unknown callers, a feature that is similar to the one with the new privacy feature.
New privacy features offer the option of muting all calls from unknown numbers if you are receiving numerous calls from them.
The Silence Unknown Callers toggle is located in WhatsApp settings > Privacy > Calls > Turn it on to turn on the feature.
Check out our guide for the Best WhatsApp Tips and Tricks if you’re looking to improve your experience.
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