With WhatsApp beta, v2.22.16.12 users can now hide their online status from everyone

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Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is an aspiring Journalist and Health law expert with a special focus on technology innovations. He is a guest writer at Qwenu and Deputy Editor-in-chief of Gamji Press.

For the years, WhatsApp has long been known for its commitment to user convenience by introducing user-friendly features to enhance their experience. In maintaining this standard, the American instant messaging service has just rolled out a new feature in the WhatsApp beta for Android by adding the ability for users to hide online status from everyone.

The new feature is rolled out on WhatsApp beta v2.22.16.12. The ability to hide your online status is an extension of the ability to adjust a similar setting with selected contacts in your address book in the form of the “Last seen” status. That option has been available for almost a year, but it is now being expanded to include your actual online activity.

Therefore, if you are actively using WhatsApp, you can now be able to completely hide your online and last-seen statuses. Earlier this month, evidence suggested that the feature would be coming to iOS, but it appears that Android beta testers will be the first to receive it.

A post by WABetaInfo revealed that WhatsApp beta version 2.22.16.12 allows you (users) to completely hide your online status from all or specific contacts. Thus, if you are a WhatsApp beta tester and have updated to v2.22.16.12, you can find the toggle by going to Settings > Account > Privacy > Last seen and online.

Accordingly, from here, a new “Who can see when I’m online” section will appear beneath the “Who can see my last seen” status section. This can be changed to allow “Everyone” to see when you’re online or to mimic the settings for “Last seen.”

With this new feature, many users will be very excited as it will allow them to hide their status within the messaging app helpful for those who don’t want their contact to know whether they are online or not and their last seen statuses. To enjoy this fascinating feature quickly updated to the WhatsApp beta v2.22.16.12 today. Follow TechGenyz for more updates.

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