WhatsApp may soon let you hide your online status

WhatsApp is developing a feature that would allow users to hide their online status, according to WABetaInfo.

On Saturday, the outlet shared a screenshot of new privacy settings that allow

someone to decide who can see them when they’re using the app.

The feature would complement the recent tweaks WhatsApp introduced to the app’s Last Seen functionality.

Following a beta rollout in April, the company released an update that added a

“My Contacts Except” setting, allowing for more granular control over who can see when you last checked the app.

The problem with WhatsApp’s Last Seen status was that it gave

contacts a way to find out if you had seen their message even if you turned off read receipts.

Per the screenshot WABetaInfo shared, the new online status feature will allow