Sometimes you may not want your friends on social media to know when you are online. You probably don’t want to be disturbed, or you’re a very privacy-oriented person and just don’t want others to know when you’re on your socials. This is why apps like Messenger and Instagram have an option to hide your activity status, and soon WhatsApp will have a similar feature too. As noted by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on a way to hide your online status. From the screenshot below, we can see that the new option will likely be in the Last Seen section of the app’s Privacy Settings menu.
Most likely, you can choose between hiding your activity status from everyone or only those selected in the “Who can see my last seen” section.
While the screenshot is from the iOS version of the WhatsApp beta, the new “Who can see when I’m online” feature will most likely come to the Android and Desktop WhatsApp versions as well. However, keep in mind that this option is still under development and some things are subject to change when released publicly.
Nevertheless, many WhatsApp users have long wanted an option to choose who can see their activity status. So it’s great that the people behind WhatsApp have listened and decided to finally introduce such an option on the platform.