WhatsApp is developing a feature long-awaited by users. The platform is testing a new setting feature allowing the user to hide the “online” status when the messenger is open. According to the WABetaInfo website, it will be possible to determine who will see that you are using the app. The setting can have the same options for modalities such as “Last seen” and “Profile Photo”. Some users will really find this feature useful, as it basically means that WhatsApp is giving back your privacy. As a result, people won’t be aware you’re online and won’t harass you.
WhatsApp should let the user choose whether “Everyone” or “Same as last seen” will see that he is online at a given time. Check out what the tool can look like below:
WhatsApp is improving the privacy settings
In practice, a person will be able to register that only their contacts will see the “Last seen”. In the same way, use the same option for the online status. The website recalls that in 2021 WhatsApp had already started to automatically hide the “last seen”. However, the feature came in order to prevent third-party apps from monitoring the situation of users.
The novelty, which is still in development and has no official release date, will give more privacy. In addition, the possibility of hiding the online status will avoid charges for quick responses and even some people bothering you, just because, you have the app open.
WhatsApp took a long time to implement user-requested features, however, in recent months, the company has been improving its pace. The company recently rolled out an update that allows the user to hide the avatar and last seen from specific people. Moreover, it announced big updates for groups and we also need to mention the multi-device support that was heavily requested in the past few years.