WhatsApp appears to be working on a feature that might allow users to hide their online status on Android, iOS, and desktop devices. The aforesaid feature might roll out in the near future.
As per a recent report from WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on some major features. These features include the ability to edit text messages. Besides that, the company is also working on hiding the online status functionality. All the new features will kick in with a future update.
The aforementioned report from WABetaInfo adds that for several years, users have been requesting this feature. Now, WhatsApp has listened to their wishes and decided to roll out such a feature. There are several reasons that users need this kind of feature. For instance, they don’t want to be disturbed by other people; who otherwise will disturb them after seeing them online.
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Here is what the new report says
Here is what the official report says: “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,”.
The company has taken users’ feedback into consideration. It then decided to build a feature that will allow them to hide their online status. In fact, it will allow them to choose who sees their online status when they open the app. It is likely that WhatsApp will include an option like “Who can see me when I am online” in the “Last seen and online” section in-app settings.
Furthermore, the company might also add something like who can see when we are online right within our last seen settings.
What’s more, WhatsApp has already added functionality that automatically hides the last seen status from contacts you have never chatted with. It was done to prevent third-party apps from monitoring users’ last seen and online status.
All-in-all, users with whom you already chatted with can currently see when you are online. However, with the new functionality once rolled out; they won’t be able to do it anymore.
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