WhatsApp is reportedly rolling out the ability to hide online status for some beta testers with the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update. This update will reportedly replace the ‘Last seen’ tab with a ‘Last seen & online’ tab in the Privacy section of your account settings. WhatsApp currently provides users with the option to change their last seen status. The update will reportedly let users choose who can see their last seen status, and who can see when they are online. This update is being rolled out gradually to select beta testers. There has been no information from the meta-owned platform about when it plans to broaden the rollout.
according to a report good WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp beta for Android version 18.104.22.168 is being rolled out gradually. The update is said to include an option to hide online status. However, the update is reportedly not available on the Play Store. In addition, WhatsApp beta for Android version 22.214.171.124 is also reportedly compatible with this new feature.
To access this option, WhatsApp beta users will have to go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Last seen & online, Here they will get the option to show their online status as ‘Everyone’ or keep it same as their last seen status. For example, this new option can be used to show your online status to everyone while hiding your last seen status.
It was believed that WhatsApp was earlier working on the privacy feature in July this year. It was then spotted on WhatsApp beta for Android version 126.96.36.199 in the same month.
Meta CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg announced last week that WhatsApp will soon be getting three new privacy features, including the aforementioned online status setting. The other two privacy features include exiting group chats without notifying other members and preventing screenshots once messages are viewed.