Friday, 03 February 2023

Whatsapp soon to roll out the new feature 'last seen' for specific contact

Whatsapp soon to roll out the new feature 'last seen' for specific contact

WhatsApp is set to get more flexibility in its visibility features. This will allow WhatsApp users to display elements like their last seen to all contacts except specific contacts allowing more fine controls. Currently, the popular instant messaging application will enable you to hide details like your last seen and About information from everyone or display it only to your contacts.

As per reports by WABetaInfo, the feature will be coming to WhatsApp beta v2.21.23.14 for Android users before being carried to the app's stable version. Those on this beta version can find the new visibility page by navigating to Privacy Settings and selecting the new 'My Contacts Except…' option.

The same option is also available for your WhatsApp profile picture, Last Seen, and About info. It seems the option is not available for status updates just yet.

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Once the option is implemented, the selected contacts will not see your WhatsApp Status, Last Seen, and About information as per your settings. However, users must note that disabling the last seen option for a particular contact will not allow you to see their last seen information either.

The feature is the latest in a line of features to attract more users to the platform and retain existing users amidst the growing popularity of rival apps like Telegram and Signal. WhatsApp is also testing a new Community feature that will allow group admins to create sub-groups within groups. You can read more about it here. Other new features include the addition of image editing and sticker suggestions on the web version.

The facility to hide your last seen profile picture is one of the features the users have always wanted. The users can now hide their Last Seen, Profile Picture, and About section from all the contacts. WhatsApp currently doesn't give users the option to hide from specific contacts.

The only thing you can do now is hide it from all your contacts and people whose numbers you have not saved. It is also noted that if you hide your last seen, you would not see the last seen of your contacts in the present settings. Similarly, If you disable the blue ticks, you won't get to know whether the other person has read your message or not.