You can now hide online status and chats on WhatsApp

WhatsApp also launched 'Communities' - a new feature that emphasized structured discussion groups. 

You can now hide online status and chats on WhatsApp
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We all want to check our WhatsApp discreetly without letting our contacts know we are online. Now, even that’s possible.

Users can entirely hide their last seen online status from all contacts, only unknown numbers, specific contacts, or from nobody, as WhatsApp gives us the options. This feature adds a new option – who can see when I’m online – under the last seen settings, with two options – ‘everyone’ and ‘same as last seen.’

Earlier, users could only hide their ‘last seen’ status.

The online status-hiding feature is another attempt to focus on privacy. It claims that all chats on the platform are end-to-end encrypted, which means no one other than the sender and receiver of the message can read conversations. Not even WhatsApp or parent company Meta.

Note that if users don’t wish to share their last seen online, they won’t be able to see other users’ statuses.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: iOS/Android users should first update their WhatsApp.
Step 2: Launch WhatsApp and go to its Settings menu.
Step 3: Click on ‘Account settings.’
Step 5: Look for the ‘Privacy’ option.
Step 6: Select ‘Last seen & online.’
Step 7: Here, select “who can see when I’m online”

WhatsApp also launched ‘Communities,’ a new feature that offers more extensive, structured discussion groups. This will help people to assemble separate groups under one umbrella with a structure that works for them.

People can get updates sent to the entire Community and easily organize smaller discussion groups on what matters to them.

Other features introduced to the group are video calling for 32-people, 1024 group participants, and more.

WhatsApp said that these features would be available in the next few months.

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