The latest of these features is a newfound ability to choose who gets to see your Last Seen status. This is an extremely welcome update to those of us who are more privacy-conscious, and enjoy having our own space online sometimes.
Until now, WhatsApp users’ only option was to either turn off the ability to show their “Last Seen” status to everyone at once, or only to their contacts—without having a choice down to which individuals get to see the last time they logged on.
This new feature allows you to essentially “soft-block” someone, or escape interaction with a person you’d prefer to avoid by appearing offline to them—without necessarily getting on their bad side by going all the way to blocking and deleting them.
According to WABetaInfo‘s findings, users will also get the ability to choose which contacts get to see their profile photo, as well as their About section. However, “soft-blocking” contacts from seeing your Last Seen status will also prevent you from seeing theirs, while this will not be the case for the About info and profile photo.
In other words, contacts may be prevented from seeing your About info or profile picture, but you will still be able to see theirs.
These welcome updates will be arriving with WhatsApp beta Version 22.214.171.124 (they’re currently only being tested on select users). Once the update rolls out to your device, you will have the freedom to implement these extra privacy settings by going to WhatsApp > Account Privacy Settings.