WhatsApp’s Beta Update for iOS Brings New Feature to Hide Last Seen from Specific Contacts

You may soon hide your last seen from specific contacts!


Meta owned messaging platform, WhatsApp is now adding a new feature to iOS users that will allow people to hide their Last Seen status from specific contacts. The company recently started rolling out Emoji reactions and is reportedly working on getting a new way to chat and collaborate with communities.

According to WaBetaInfo, the functionality has now been discovered in the current iOS beta version. This functionality will be available to those who have signed up for the beta programme. Unlike the final public build that most users rely on, the beta version generally contains a lot of forthcoming features that are still under development.

WhatsApp Working on Improved Privacy Options

Like Status, the latest addition allows WhatsApp users to limit their Last seen status to particular contacts exclusively. This option is hidden in the app’s privacy settings.

WhatsApp is presently experimenting with a new feature, My Contacts except. This one allows users to turn off last seen for certain folks.  Users with the latest iOS beta version may access this option by navigating to Settings > Account > Privacy, according to the screenshots.

The feature is available with WhatsApp iOS beta version Interested users can enrol on the beta program, to be among the first users to get hands-on with the new toggles.

At the moment, WhatsApp only provides three choices for displaying your Last Seen status. The three options include Everyone, My Contacts and Nobody. If you keep the options set to  Everyone, your most recent sighting will be accessible to anyone. My Contacts will only reveal your last seen to those whose phone numbers you have stored in your contact book. Nobody hides your last seen from everyone.

In related news, WhatsApp is also working on a new feature called, Communities which is intended for organizations like schools, local clubs, and non-profit organizations.

That said, would this new toggle make a significant difference to you? Do let us know in the comments below.