WhatsApp has started rolling out a feature that lets you chat with yourself. Sending messages to your own account can be a way to keep information easily accessible, right alongside your other WhatsApp conversations.
Dubbed Message Yourself, the feature allows users to send notes, reminders, and shopping lists to themselves on WhatsApp.
On Monday, Meta’s own instant messaging app announced the launch of the new messaging feature, which will reach all of its Android and iPhone users in the coming weeks. It was initially tested with a few beta testers, WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo reported in late October. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature has started rolling out globally.
Users will see their contact at the top of the contact list on WhatsApp when creating a new chat. Tapping on this contact will take you to the chat screen, which you can use to send messages to yourself.
Although the native feature of notifying yourself is new to WhatsApp, some users have been using a workaround for a while. You could already send messages to yourself using the app’s “Click to Chat” feature. Nonetheless, the new offering eliminates the extra steps users need to self-chat with the wa.me URL.
Users can also pin their self chat messages to the top of the conversation list if they don’t want to search through their heavily polluted chat list.
WhatsApp rival Signal has a feature called Note to Self that addresses the same use case – you can use it to create messages for personal use. However, unlike WhatsApp’s newly launched feature, which can be accessed from the app’s contact list, Signal doesn’t suggest your own profile at the top of the recipient list. Users must locate and select the “Note to Self” contact entry to use the feature.
Similarly, community platform Slack has one dedicated room titled “Jot Something Down” to allow users to send notes to themselves.
Telegram also offers a similar feature called Saved Messages that allows users to bookmark all important messages as well as save their notes and reminders for future access. Messages saved at once can be accessed at the top of the Chats screen. However, Telegram users must first access the feature by tapping the hamburger menu on Android or via the settings menu on iOS.