After deal with Facebook, WhatsApp allows 'hide last seen' feature on Android

Saturday, 22 February 2014 - 8:40pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA web desk

The feature that allows you to hide your "last seen" status on WhatsApp has been exclusive to the iPhone for years now. WhatsApp right on the heels of their multi-billion dollar deal with Facebook has finally decided to let the Android family join in as well. Android users can rejoice as you can now avoid people tracking your every movement on the social messaging app.

The updated version of WhatsApp will  bring one of the most demanded features to the Android app. The feature will also allow users to hide their 'last seen' from certain people, all their contacts or only from contacts in their phone book.

The feature has been available to iOS users of the app for quite some time now but the implementation is a bit different in the Android version. 

An interesting advantage to Android users is that they can change between 'seen' and 'unseen' more than once in a day. Whereas for iPhone users they can only change it once, and then have to wait a whole 24 hours before they can change it again.

In addition to the new feature, WhatsApp also released another bonus. This bonus allows you to hide your profile picture and status from people who are not in your contact list or people in your list, you don't want looking through your personal information. Again an Android specific feature, it is yet to debut for iOS phones.

The new version is not yet available on the Play Store. However, you can download the APK file from the WhatsApp website. The app is designed to run on Android 2.1 or higher.

The new features will work well with the public who have been complaining about major privacy issues for a while now.

Also Read: WhatsApp founder Brian Acton was rejected by Facebook and Twitter before $19 billion deal




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