WhatsApp may soon launch a feature to hide your online status

In its report, WABetaInfo stated that over the years, a lot of users requested to be able to hide their online status. — Using phone photo created by Dragana_Gordic - www.freepik.com

WhatsApp is likely to be working on a feature that could hide online status on the application for Android, iOS, and desktop users, according to leaker site WABetaInfo. The new feature is expected to be released in due course.

After announcing that it is developing some major features such as the possibility of editing text messages, the company is now working on the ability to hide users’ online status for a future update of the app.

ALSO READ: This upcoming WhatsApp feature will completely change the way you chat

In its report, WABetaInfo stated that over the years, a lot of WhatsApp users requested the ability to hide their online status. There may be different reasons why people want to use WhatsApp in stealth mode: for example, some want to text without being disturbed by other people, or they feel stalked by someone.

“We know a lot of people want this feature, so we also created a concept to disable the online status last year, that’s a good way to share feedback with WhatsApp,” it said in the report.

Thus, after taking users feedback into consideration, WhatsApp is developing a feature that lets users choose who can see their online status when they open the app for sending messages or chatting, or updating their status.

It is expected that WhatsApp will add an option titled ‘Who can see when I’m online’ to the ‘Last seen and online’ section in the setting on the app.

As per the report, it will be possible to configure who can see when you are online right within your Last Seen settings thanks to two new options: “Everyone” and “Same as Last Seen”. For example, if you choose “My contacts” for “Last Seen” and “Same as Last Seen” for “online”, it means non-contacts won’t be able to see when you’re online.

WhatsApp last year started automatically hiding the Last Seen from contacts you had never chatted with before to prevent third-party apps from monitoring users’ Last Seen and Online status, the report stated.

WABetaInfo said that unfortunately, people that you’ve already chatted with could still see when you are online but thanks to the new privacy setting “who can see when I'm online”, they won’t be able to do it anymore. – Mint, New Delhi/Tribune News Service

Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Tech News

Amazon latest to criticise Microsoft in UK cloud market probe
Foxconn resumes iPhone assembly at Indian facility after weather disruptions
Binance might be peak for U.S. crypto enforcement cases, says CFTC official
Shanghai wants Microsoft to promote AI tech in city - govt
US crypto industry lobby spending on track for new record in 2023
Small-cap trading on London stock market hit by outages
EU clears up to 1.2 billion euros of aid for cloud computing
Japanese tech lobby warns against EU cybersecurity labelling scheme
Grand Theft Auto: Built for the long haul
China delivers nearly 100 parcels a person in 2023 as ecommerce giants Alibaba, JD.com, PDD slowly recover

Others Also Read