WhatsApp will soon allow you to hide your online status
The more control social media platforms give us over our accounts, the better. For as much data as we pass on when we create said accounts, it’s the least companies can do in return. That’s why we were delighted to learn that WhatsApp is apparently working on a new feature that will allow users to hide their online status.
Hide your online status on WhatsApp
According WABetaInfo, a recent WhatsApp beta has spoiled the existence of a long-awaited feature in the works for the app. As the site reveals in a screenshot of the app, WhatsApp will soon give users the option to hide their online status:
WhatsApp is one of the most privacy-friendly messaging apps out there. Nevertheless, the application lacks quite basic features. For example, WhatsApp doesn’t give you the option to hide your online status from your contacts. If you open the app, your friends can see you’re online and start trying to message you.
Currently, WhatsApp lets you decide who can see your last seen status. But in a future update, you will also be able to decide who can know when you are online. As you can see in the screenshot above, the app will give you two options: Everyone or Same as Last Seen. It’s unclear why WhatsApp chose to limit the feature, but it’s a step in the right direction.
The good news is that you can actually enter “stealth mode” once this update rolls out. If you set your Last seen status in the Privacy section of the Settings menu to “No one” and your online status to “Same as last seen”, you will effectively be invisible when using WhatsApp. This is a feature that users have been asking for for years.
Although the screenshot is from the WhatsApp app for iOS, WABetaInfo claims that the feature will also be available on Android and desktop apps.