WhatsApp for Android users has a new custom privacy setting for status updates “Info”

WhatsApp for Android users has a new custom privacy setting for status updates "Info"

Tech Highlights:

  • Users selecting the new privacy setting will be able to exclude certain people from their contacts who would no longer be able to see their ‘About’ status updates. WABetaInfo has found the new setting in the WhatsApp for Android beta 2.21.21.8, though it is not yet available to beta testers and is said to be still under development. The My contacts except… option is not likely to be limited to the ‘About’ privacy settings and would also be available for Last Seen and Profile Photo updates, as previously suggested by WABetaInfo. A screenshot showing the option for Profile Photo privacy settings on a WhatsApp for Android version also appeared online last week.

  • WhatsApp is testing a new custom privacy setting for Android users that will allow them to hide their ‘About’ status updates from specific contacts. Along with the existing privacy choices, the option to hide the ‘About’ status from certain contacts, which has yet to be made available to beta testers, would be available. The change is most likely part of the increased privacy options that were previously noticed, and it will be accessible for the Last Seen and Profile Photo updates on the instant messaging app as well. WABetaInfo, a WhatsApp beta tracker, provided a screenshot of the app’s new custom privacy setting, which allows users to hide ‘About’ status updates from particular contacts.

Originally, WhatsApp introduced the My contacts except… option for its Status function back in 2017. It was later expanded to group privacy settings in November 2019. Exact details on when the update will be available to users are yet to be revealed. However, considering WhatsApp’s history of long-testing new features before making them live, the custom privacy setting for ‘About’ status updates is not likely to be available to end users anytime soon. GoPro-like gimbal gimmicks, and OIS on all four cameras — is Vivo X70 Pro+ worthy of Rs. 80,000? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Further reading: WhatsApp for Android, WhatsApp About Status, WhatsApp. Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and teleco. Nothing Raises $65 Million Series A Extension, Partners With Qualcomm to Bring Snapdragon-Powered Devices
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