Since last year, WhatsApp has been developing additional privacy features. It has been in beta for a while, but now all users worldwide using iPhone and Android smartphones will be able to hide their profile photo, last seen, and about information from specified people.
WhatsApp has been working on new privacy features since last year. The ability to hide your profile photo, last seen, and About info from specific people has been in beta for quite a while, but it is finally rolling out to all users across the globe on iPhone and Android devices.
The announcement comes from WhatsApp’s official social media accounts.
Until now, WhatsApp had four privacy options to let you hide from everyone, your contacts only, your contacts except a few people, or no one. This was also available for Status privacy. But now the new option will let you hide your last seen, profile photo, and About info from only specific people in your contact list.
It is worth mentioning that you won’t be able to see other people’s last seen if you hide your own, just like read receipts (blue ticks). However, the latter still works in group chats.
You can find new the privacy setting if you go through Settings > Account > Privacy menu on iPhones and Androids.
Up until recently, WhatsApp offered four privacy settings: everyone, just your contacts, just your contacts except for a select few people, or no one. Additionally, Status privacy was possible with this. However, the new feature now allows you to restrict access to certain individuals in your contact list and hide your last seen, profile photo, and about information.
It’s important to note that, similar to read receipts, if you hide your own last seen, no one else’s will be visible (blue ticks). The latter, however, continues to function in group conversations.
On iPhones and Android devices, the privacy setting may be found under Settings > Account > Privacy.
In addition, the new version of WhatsApp now includes the ability to mute particular callers in a group setting. Through the call, you can also send individual people direct messages.