No more stalking: WhatsApp testing feature to let you hide your ‘Online’ status

Here's what we can expect from the WhatsApp future update.

Highlights
  • WhatsApp is testing a feature that will allow users to hide their online status. 
  • WhatsApp will update the settings in the ‘Last seen’ section to include a new option titled ‘Who can see when I’m online’.
  • The user will get two options to hide their online status: ‘Everyone’ and ‘Same as Last Seen’.

WhatsApp could be working on a feature that will allow users to hide their online status. The feature is under testing and was recently spotted by WABetaInfo. It will be available for Android, iOS, and WhatsApp web users. Currently, WhatsApp allows you to hide read recipients (blue ticks) and profile pictures. According to the report, WhatsApp is testing many features like the ability to edit text messages and hide online status for a future update. WABetaInfo has also shared a screenshot of the feature showing privacy options. Let’s have a look at what we can expect from the WhatsApp future update.

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WhatsApp online status hiding feature

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According to WABetaInfo’s report, many users have asked to be able to hide their online status over time. People might want to use WhatsApp in stealth mode for various reasons, including the desire to avoid being bothered by other users or the feeling of being stalked.

‘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,’ says WABetaInfo in the report.

WhatsApp is creating a feature that will allow users to select who can see their online status when they open the app for sending messages, talking, or updating their status, taking users’ feedback into account. It is anticipated that WhatsApp will update the ‘Last seen and online’ section of the app’s settings to include a new option titled ‘Who can see when I’m online.’

According to the report, two new choices will make it easy to control who may see when we are online directly under our last seen settings: ‘Everyone’ and ‘Same as Last Seen’. The report also says, ‘To stop third-party apps from tracking our last seen and online status, WhatsApp started automatically obscuring the last seen to people you’ve never talked to’ last year.