WhatsApp may soon allow you to hide your “last seen” status.
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(Pocket-lint) – As part of its beta testing program, WhatsApp is changing some privacy options in its app to allow you to hide your online status.
As you know, when you send messages to your friends, colleagues and acquaintances, it is possible to see their “Last Seen” status next to the profile picture at the top of the screen. With these features, it’s possible to see if someone is deliberately avoiding reading your messages, even if return receipt is turned off.
In the future, it may be possible to adjust this feature in the privacy settings. By navigating to WhatsApp settings > Account > Privacy > Last seen, you will be able to set who can see your last seen status. This includes hiding it from everyone or just specific contacts.
WhatsApp tested this feature on Android for a while, but now it’s also being tested on iOS through the TestFlight beta program.
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WhatsApp is also adding more detailed privacy options for profile pictures and the ‘About’ section. So if you need more privacy, there’s plenty to look forward to in the future. There’s no official word on when these settings will roll out to the masses or even if they reach that stage. It’s just beta testing at this point, after all.
Written by Adrian Willings.