WhatsApp is extensively distributing updated privacy settings to users. Users can decide who can view their last seen, about, and profile photo on the messaging app using the features, which provide them fine-grained control over their privacy settings.
They were discovered in development last year, and the functionality was later rolled out to beta testers by a messaging service owned by Meta. The business recently announced adding support for transferring chats from an Android-powered smartphone to an iPhone. The privacy changes follow that announcement by a few days.
WhatsApp tweeted on Thursday about the introduction of granular privacy options. The privacy settings for WhatsApp’s last seen, about, and profile photo sections have been updated.
According to WhatsApp, users will be able to choose particular contacts from their address book to hide individual sections or the entirety of their profile. With the new privacy options, the messaging service has also revised its frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on its website.
Users on iOS and Android used to see three options under the privacy settings for Last Seen, About, and Profile Photo: My Contacts, Everyone, and Nobody.
With the addition of the fourth option, users can now choose specific contacts from their address book and conceal specific portions of their profile from them. Normal viewing of the user’s WhatsApp profile should be possible for anyone in their contact list.
Users of WhatsApp who have added contacts they do not want to share their personal information with may find the granular privacy restrictions useful.
In the past, users had to either ban someone or set their visibility setting to “Nobody” in the settings to prevent their profile photo, last seen, and location from being visible to certain users.
With the new privacy feature, you can easily make a “blacklist” of sorts to keep certain persons from seeing certain parts of your profile.
WhatsApp also said earlier this week that it was launching beta support for the function of transferring chats from an Android smartphone to an iPhone.
Last year, the messaging service made it possible to move conversations from an iOS device to an Android smartphone.
However, WhatsApp also disclosed that users must meet particular criteria, including installing the Move to iOS app and requiring a factory reset or new iPhone to finish the procedure, in transferring their messages, media, and chat history from an Android to an iPhone.
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