WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will allow users to completely hide their online status. The new feature will be available for Android and iOS devices as well as for desktop applications.
More privacy: That is the promise of a new WhatsApp feature that is currently being tested in beta. The new feature will allow users to completely hide their online status in the future. Until now, this was only possible for the “Last online” status and certain contacts.
Hide WhatsApp online status
WhatsApp users who wanted to hide their online status previously had to help themselves with a few tricks. Because the messenger service does not yet offer such a function. Users can only decide which contacts can see the “Last online” status. However, as WABetaInfo reports, WhatsApp now wants to expand this feature.
A screenshot shows that users will be able to specify who can see when they are online directly in the privacy settings. Users can choose between the options “Everyone” and “Same as last seen”. This means that the “Last online” setting can be extended to the entire online status.
When is the new WhatsApp function coming?
As with the checkmark function before, however, a hidden online status means that users will no longer be able to see each other’s statuses. The new online status feature is supposed to be compatible with Android, iOS and the desktop app, even though the beta version was apparently designed for iOS first.
However, it is still unclear when the function will officially be launched, as the feature is apparently still under development. The Messenger service regularly releases new features.
For example, users of the current version can now mute individual participants in group calls. In addition, users have also been able to edit sent messages since a recent update.