WhatsApp Without an Internet Connection: Offline File Sharing and In-App Dialer

WhatsApp Without an Internet Connection: Offline File Sharing and In-App Dialer

WhatsApp, the globally popular messaging app, is reportedly working on a revolutionary feature that will allow users to share files through WhatsApp without an Internet connection. This feature is expected to significantly enhance the user experience, especially in areas with poor or no internet connectivity.

The New Feature Use WhatsApp without an Internet connection

WhatsApp without an Internet connection

What is it?

The new feature, currently referred to as ‘People Nearby’, will enable file transfer between two WhatsApp accounts without the need for an internet connection. This offline file transfer feature has been in the works for a while, but recent updates reveal more about how it will function.

How does it work?

The functionality of the ‘People Nearby’ feature appears to be quite straightforward. It will rely on the proximity of the two devices and use it to transfer files between them. There will be a dedicated screen where users will see all the available nearby devices to share files, photos, etc., with them.

Permissions and Security

  • Before using this feature, WhatsApp will present a list of permissions required to share files with others.
  • Users will have to give WhatsApp access to their photos, media, and files on their devices,
  • connect with other devices, and detect any nearby devices.
  • The receiver will also need to open ‘People Nearby’ on WhatsApp to receive photos and other files.

Despite requiring connection to nearby devices, users can still decide whether they want their device to be visible to others. Importantly, the ‘People Nearby’ file transfers will be end-to-end encrypted like the messages and calls on the platform. Along with this, the phone number will be hidden throughout the transfer process.

WhatsApp’s In-App Dialer

WhatsApp without an Internet connection

In addition to the offline file-sharing feature, WhatsApp is also reportedly working on an in-app dialer. This feature will enable users to make calls directly from the app, potentially eliminating the need to save phone numbers.

What Does This Mean for Users?

The integration of a dialer within the instant messaging platform will allow users to make calls to any number, even those not stored in their phone list. This feature is expected to be a game-changer, making WhatsApp a one-stop solution for all calling needs.

WhatsApp calls are known for their reliability over Wi-Fi or mobile networks, offering a cost-effective solution for international calling. With the in-app dialer, these calls will also benefit from the same level of encryption.

Benefits and Impact

The advantage of this feature is the ability to share files offline through WhatsApp. So even if you don’t have internet connectivity, you’ll still be able to share files on WhatsApp. Other than this, sharing large-sized files will be easier through this feature. It isn’t specified though what the maximum size is allowed for nearby file-sharing on WhatsApp.


This feature is currently in the testing phase and visible only to a limited number of beta users2. We expect WhatsApp to expand its availability to more beta users in the coming weeks. This innovative feature is a testament to WhatsApp’s commitment to improving user experience and adapting to the needs of its diverse user base. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting development!


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