WhatsApp is adding the option to hide your ‘Last Seen’ status from specific contacts

This week, WhatsApp started rolling out emoji reactions. And it looks like the company may soon roll out another long-overdue feature. With the latest beta version of its iOS app, WhatsApp has added an option that allows users to limit specific people from seeing their “Last Seen” status, according to WABetaInfo.

If you’re not familiar with that part of WhatsApp, it’s the feature that tells you when someone last checked the app, and it’s a way to find out if a contact may have seen your message, even if you have read receipts turned off. For a while now, WhatsApp allows you to limit who sees your status to only your contacts. You can also disable the feature entirely, but you haven’t had the ability to prevent specific people from seeing that information.

However, WhatsApp iOS beta version 22.9.0.70 adds a new “My contacts except…” option in the Last Seen section of the app’s privacy settings. According WABetaInfo, adding a person to that list also prevents you from seeing their status. The outlet says that WhatsApp is also implementing more granular privacy controls for both profile photos and sections. With the feature now in beta testing on both Android and iOS, it probably won’t be long until it’s officially available on WhatsApp.

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