WhatsApp is working on a plethora of new features to enhance the user experience. A couple of days ago it was reported that WhatsApp is testing the possibility to let users hide their statuses, last seen and profile picture from selected contacts. Earlier WhatsApp was spotted testing the feature on the iOS beta app, now the messaging was spotted testing the same feature on the Android version of the app.
As per Wabetainfo, WhatsApp is now planning to introduce the feature to hide last seen, status, profile picture and more from selected contacts. “WhatsApp is planning to add a new “My contact except” option for Last Seen, Profile Picture, About, so you can finally exclude a contact to view specific data without setting it to Nobody,” the report states.
The WhatsApp features tracker has shared a screenshot of how the feature would look once it is rolled out. In the screenshot, you can see four options including Everyone, My contacts, My contacts except, Nobody. So if also have a nosey friend or a colleague that you do not want to share your updates with, you can choose the contact except option. You will also get the option of hiding last seen, profile picture and everything else from all your contacts.
“When you exclude a contact, the contact does not need to use an updated version of the app, because the server automatically manages this setting for you. So, when this feature will be enabled for beta testers, you can immediately start excluding contacts,” the report says.
However, it is important to remember that if you hide your last seen from someone or from people in general, you would not be able to see their last seen either. You would also not be able to see their WhatsApp stories or statuses if you prohibit them from viewing yours.
WhatsApp is currently testing the feature on its iOS and Android apps. The messaging app has not made any official announcements about the same. The feature is currently under development and may not be available immediately.