Big Update For Billions Of Whatsapp Users: Hide ‘Last Seen’ From Specific Contacts Only! This New Feature Coming Soon..
WhatsApp users will soon be able to hide the “last seen” status from specific contacts.
“Last seen” tells one when a user last checked their app.
How It Works
People can guess whether the user might have seen a message, even if read receipts are turned off.
The new feature means that specified contacts will not be able to see when the user was last seen since this status will be hidden.
Currently, users have the option between not showing anyone their status or only to numbers in their phone book.
- Navigate to Settings
- Tap on Account
- Select Privacy
- Select the option from, “Everyone,” “My Contacts,” “Nobody,” and “My Contacts Except…”.
It should be noted that if users disable the last seen for specific contacts, they will not be able to see theirs.
The feature helps since the user will no longer have to hide their online status from everyone.
They can simply pick who they want to exclude from their phone book.
This is currently being tested in beta versions so there’s no telling when the public release will be.
However, going by typical update timelines it can be expected to go live in the coming months.
Restrict Profile, About Access
Also in the works are controls for ‘Profile Photos’ and ‘About’ that lets users limit who views their profile photo or the about section.
This is a big privacy measure that many people have requested the platform for sometime.
It provides enhanced privacy for those who don’t want to be visible to strangers, especially now that it has become a viable business platform.
Five Confirmed Features For 2022
So far the messaging platform has confirmed five features that are going to rollout in 2022
- Emoji reactions
- File sharing limit increased to 2GB
- 32 participants on a single audio call
- Admins access to delete problematic messages
- WhatsApp Communities where Groups can be organised into a bigger community