WhatsApp has been testing a new visibility option that allows you to hide your information from particular contacts for a long time now. The feature was found for the first time in September. We learned at the time that it would allow you to hide your Last Seen, Profile Picture, and About information from selected contacts. With the latest WhatsApp beta update, the feature has finally begun to roll out, and if you’re enrolled in the WhatsApp beta program, you can try it out.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp beta v18.104.22.168 for Android includes the new visibility option for select users. To use the feature, you must first download the most recent version from the Google Play Store or APK Mirror. So go to Privacy Settings and select the contacts you want to block to the new “My Contacts Except…” option. You can make your WhatsApp Status, Last Seen, and About information the public.
Select contacts will not be able to see your WhatsApp Status, Last Seen, or About information once this setting is enabled. You won’t be able to view it on their profile if you turn off Last Seen for contact. The WhatsApp Status and About information are able to benefit from this limitation.
According to WABetaInfo, the feature is initially only available to a small number of beta testers, so even if you have the most latest beta update, you may not see the new viewable option. But, since it has already been started rolling out to some testers, it shouldn’t be long before it’s started rolling out to the rest of WhatsApp’s users.
WhatsApp has been exploring a lot of new features recently in an attempt to retain members. The messenger is currently conducting testing for a new Community feature, Novi payment integration, a new UI for contact information, and more.