WhatsApp is rolling out a approach to cover your “last seen” standing from particular contacts, in addition to the flexibility to depart a bunch with out notifying different customers.
Last December, WhatsApp started hiding users’ online status from strangers by default. While this was a step in the fitting route, it nonetheless permits your total checklist of contacts to see whether or not or not you’re on-line. WhatsApp’s upcoming update is meant to repair that, although, as it will allow you to select which contacts can see your standing. So for those who don’t need somebody to know that you simply’re ignoring their message, toggle on the setting for that consumer, and so they’ll (hopefully) by no means know the distinction.
WhatsApp can also be launching one other useful characteristic that may allow you to silently depart teams. Right now, the app (very obnoxiously) notifies each consumer within the group of your departure, which may immediate some group members to message you privately to ask why you left. The new characteristic is the digital equal to the Irish Goodbye — the act of leaving a celebration with out telling anybody — and will assist eradicate the awkwardness that comes together with exiting a chat.
WhatsApp says it’ll begin rolling out these two options this month, and that it’s additionally engaged on a approach to block customers from taking screenshots of “view once” messages. Unlike disappearing messages, view as soon as messages don’t vanish after a particular time restrict — they go away after the recipient has seen it as soon as, type of like a photograph or video despatched by way of Snapchat. Adding a approach to block screenshots may assist forestall customers from saving or sharing delicate info with others. This characteristic’s nonetheless in testing, however WhatsApp says it’ll begin rolling it out to customers “soon.”
WhatsApp has made a number of different small, however significant updates this yr. In addition to rolling out emoji reactions and introducing a approach to speed up voice messages, the platform additionally began letting Android users transfer their chat history to iPhone.