WhatsApp Introduces New iOS Privacy Options Feature

    WhatsApp has introduced few new privacy options features which includes communities. The latest, is the addition of a new privacy option, which will allow people to hide the “Last Seen” status from specific contacts. The feature will allow users to conceal their last seen, profile photo, and about details from certain contacts.

    According to WhatsApp beta tracker WaBetaInfo, the new feature is now available for some beta users that install the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS update from TestFlight. Check out, how the features will work.

    WhatsApp recently confirmed that it will soon increase the file-sharing size to offer users more convenience. In a blog post, WhatsApp revealed that users will be able to share up to 2GB of files. Currently, the maximum file sharing size for videos, voice messages, and photos is not more than 16MB. For documents, WhatsApp allows you to exchange up to 100MB files in size. Comparatively, other popular messaging apps like Telegram let you share files of up to 2GB in size.

    WhatsApp is finally reworking on privacy settings, for both WhatsApp beta for Android and iOS!

    WhatsApp New Privacy Option
    WhatsApp New Privacy Option Revealed -This screenshot is taken from WhatsApp for iOS

    WhatsApp only provides three options for showing your personal info including last seen, profile photo, and about. The three options include Everyone, My Contacts, and Nobody. We already know if you set it to Everyone, your personal info will be visible to anyone, while the ‘My Contacts’ option only shows your details to those whose phone numbers you have saved on your phone. Lastly, the ‘Nobody’ option hides your all details from everyone.

    The latest update brings another option named the ‘My Contacts Except’ which is already available for ‘Status’. The new option will allow you to hide certain people from seeing your personal info on WhatsApp. This means you don’t need to set your last seen or about to “Nobody”. You can select some contacts to whom you don’t want to show your profile photo, last seen, and about details.

    It is also important to note that, when you select contacts in Last Seen > My Contacts Except, you won’t be able to see their last seen, but you can see their about and profile photo. As mentioned above, the feature is now being rolled out to some beta testers, we expect it will go live soon for everyone. Last month, WhatsApp released the WhatsApp beta for Android update, which allows Android beta testers to hide their last seen, about, and profile photo details from certain people.

    WhatsApp is also working on the ‘Emoji Reactions’ which will allow people quickly share their emotions without any message. However, the exact timeline for these features is yet to be revealed.


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