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The last 3 months alone have seen a number of useful updates for WhatsApp, including the power to send files up to 2GB in size, and add up to 512 people to a group, and Community. This year has been extremely busy for WhatsApp and an essential one as well. The messaging platform is trying to close the gap between itself and competitor Telegram.
On the privacy front, new restrictions that let users hide their profile images and last seen from specific contacts were announced last month. That’s a lot of feature additions, but the Meta-owned app plans to add yet another new feature that will offer even finer-grained privacy restrictions.
According to information obtained by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp will soon include a new feature that would let users disguise their online status. Although the one given screenshot is from iOS, you can be sure that it will also be added to the Android and perhaps web versions of the app.
The Last Seen menu under Privacy settings will now include a new item at the bottom that offers two options for how others can view your online status: either you can set it to following your Last Seen setting, which essentially limits who can see it to contacts, a limited group of contacts, or no one at all, or you can go with the default option that makes your online status constantly open to everyone.
Since last November, we have been monitoring the development of WhatsApp’s Last Seen status.
Some of those who keep their last seen status private will find hiding their online status an appealing choice, and it will finally allow them to use the site in complete stealth mode without worrying about prying relatives.
While we appreciate the adjustment, we wish users could select only those who can view their online status as opposed to everyone who can see their Last Seen status. After all, not all close relationships are the same.
There is currently no ETA for when this feature will be included in the stable version of WhatsApp; however, given that it is still in development and has yet to appear in the beta channel, we anticipate it will take a few months.