Worried about WhatsApp privacy? This will make you sleep better

WhatsApp last seen feature to change this way! WhatsApp privacy has just taken a BIG step forward.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 11:42 IST
WhatsApp users will soon be able to hide last seen, status, and profile information from certain contacts. (HT_Print)
WhatsApp users will soon be able to hide last seen, status, and profile information from certain contacts. (HT_Print)

WhatsApp may blow hot and cold over many issues, but it is quite dynamic in nature! We say so, because there is something or other that you can almost always see changing on the app. This can be in the form of a regular update or the debut of a whole new feature. To make your messaging and sharing experience better, Meta-owned instant messaging apps keeps introducing new features and updates. A few days ago, WhatsApp announced its vision while introducing new features such as Emoji reactions, Admin access to delete problematic messages, bigger file sharing, and up to 32 participants on a single audio call, and the much-awaited Community feature finally. Now, there is something more and it has to do with WhatsApp privacy issues, something that has worried so many of its users for such a long time!

The WhatsApp updates and beta trackers, WaBetaInfo confirmed that users will be able to hide the WhatsApp 'last seen' status from a particular contact. Right now, in order to hide the status, users have to do it for everyone. WhatsApp users will now be able to limit the ‘Last Seen' function too from particular contacts. On the same grounds, WhatsApp is also testing the ability to restrict Profile Photo viewing option and ‘About' section to limited contacts only.

How does this WhatsApp privacy feature change?

WaBetaInfo reported that if you open your WhatsApp Settings and move to Privacy settings in Account, there you will find Last Seen, Profile Photo, and About sections. Soon, you will see a new option known as “My Contacts Except…”. According to the WhatsApp tracker, this option will let you exclude some people from seeing your information on WhatsApp.

Let's say, you do not need to set your last seen to “Nobody” if you have disabled it due to certain contacts, you can simply exclude a few contacts from seeing your last seen now. Though, you need to note that once you select contacts under My Contacts Except, then you won't be able to see their last seen also. Well, this won't be the same for the About and Profile section, as you will be able to check other contacts' profiles and information.

To get this feature, you will need to update your WhatsApp to the latest version or it may be rolled out soon to your account.

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First Published Date: 17 Apr, 20:53 IST