TL;DR: WhatsApp is testing a new option that will allow users to hide their ‘last seen’ status from specific contacts. It is currently available in their latest beta versions, with no timeline for a rollout to all users.
One of the most popular messaging services in the world is introducing a handy new privacy feature. In the latest WhatsApp beta for Android and iOS, they have introduced a feature that allows you to exclude specific contacts from seeing your ‘Last seen’ status.
WhatsApp added the feature to the iPhone/iOS beta yesterday, as their latest effort to add new privacy options for users. It is available to some beta testers using the current WhatsApp beta versions and will be released to users in waves.
The “Last seen” usually appears under a user’s name and shows when they last opened the app. It indicates a specific time if the person was active within the day or a date if they have not been active for a while. WhatsApp currently lets users limit their ‘Last seen’ status to just their contacts or disable the feature completely.
WhatsApp Beta for iOS 220.127.116.11: What’s New?
WhatsApp finally releases advanced settings to manage your privacy settings for some beta testers!https://t.co/EbqI8M5jZg
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) Apr 16, 2022
The feature can prevent others from knowing if you’ve read their messages. While WhatsApp allows users to disable read receipts, the “Last Seen” time may indicate that someone recently opened the app.
With this update, you can also hide your profile picture and the “About” section below your name from specific contacts. Beta testers can access this setting by going to Settings > Account > Privacy and selecting the “Exclude My Contacts” setting. This will take you to a list of your contacts where you can exclude specific names.
There is no official word on when this will be introduced in the stable versions of WhatsApp. Last year, the company released a major security enhancement that closed a major loophole in their end-to-end encryption.
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