WhatsApp is developing a new feature that will allow users to adjust their ‘Last Seen’ status’ visibility. On a new contact-to-contact basis, users will be able to select the contacts they do not want to share their status visibility with. The new feature will be available on the iOS and Android versions of the app.
The ‘last seen’ time stamp appears on top of the users’ chat UI, with their profile picture. And users can choose to share it with ‘Everyone’, all of their ‘My Contacts’, and ‘Nobody’ options.
WhatsApp users will be able to select which contacts they want to display their ‘last seen’ time stamp
In the beta code of the app, WABetaInfo found that WhatsApp is “re-working” on the platform’s privacy settings by adding more options to who can see their profile pictures, and now it is developing a new “My contacts except…” option for Last Seen status so users can disable the feature for select contacts.
It is also noted that the new privacy option will be applicable to the ‘Profile Picture’ and ‘About’ settings.
You can see “My contacts except” for last seen in this screenshot, but this also applies to other privacy settings as well, such as “profile picture” and “about”. Note that, if you disable your last seen for specific contacts, you won’t be able to see theirs.
Currently, under development, the new privacy feature will be available in a future update. This feature is very similar to Facebook’s feature to show or hide posts from certain friends on the platform. For iPadOS, WhatsApp is also working on a separate app with multi-device support and it will soon launch a payment chat shortcut on iOS.