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WhatsApp adding more privacy controls on iOS: Report

The function is currently available for those using WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.9.0.70

This picture shows a man holding an iOS device with WhatsApp on it. The new beta function will allow users to hide their last seen from specific contactsThe new update adds a new option that specifies “My Contacts except…” allowing users to add contacts to the list. (Image credit: Pixabay)

WhatsApp is rolling out a Beta feature that will allow users to hide their ‘Last Seen’ status, profile photo, and ‘About’ information from a specific contact, while allowing others to see it. The function is currently available for those using WhatsApp beta for iOS 22.9.0.70, according to Wabetainfo. It is already available on the beta version of the Android app. The beta version usually has a lot of upcoming features, and is the one in testing, unlike the final public build that most users rely on.

According to the screenshots, users with the new iOS beta update can access this feature by going to Settings > Account > Privacy. Under the Privacy section, this new feature is available for the user’s Last seen, Profile photo, and About information.

Before the update, users were only presented with three options: Everyone, My contact, and Nobody. The new update adds a new option that specifies “My Contacts except…” allowing users to add contacts to the list. The contacts added to this list will not be able to view the user’s Last Seen, Profile photo and About information.

This feature was rolled out to beta testers on April 16, and according to Wabetainfo this could be rolled out to the final build soon.

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Meanwhile, WhatsApp has announced that it will be rolling out the Communities feature that will help manage and organise group conversations better to devices globally. Communities would be like a “directory of groups”, according to a WhatsApp spokesperson, who added that the feature will let anyone “run a community of their own with diverse groups yet having some common linkages”.

Anyone can create a community and invite multiple groups to join in but the groups will only become part of the community if their respective admins accept the invite. WhatsApp is also reportedly testing a feature that will increase the maximum permissible file size that users can send to 2GB from the 100MB currently, bringing the service close to its competitor Telegram, which allows users to send files of up to 1.5GB without any compression.

Before that, the Meta-owned messenger service also rolled out the “Linked Devices” feature to all users, allowing them to connect up to five devices to their WhatsApp chat without the need to keep their primary device online all the time.

First published on: 17-04-2022 at 10:22:09 am
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