WhatsApp Introduces Granular Privacy Controls for Profile, About, and Last Seen Photos
Improved privacy measures are being rolled out to WhatsApp users in large numbers. The features provide users greater control over their privacy settings on the messaging app, allowing them to decide who may view their last seen, about, and profile picture.
Last year, they were discovered in development, and the Meta-owned messaging service started rolling out the functionality to beta testers.
The privacy enhancements come only days after the business unveiled support for moving conversations from an Android smartphone to an iPhone.
WhatsApp announced the implementation of the granular privacy settings on Twitter on Thursday. The privacy settings for WhatsApp’s last seen, about, and profile picture areas have been updated.
According to WhatsApp, users can conceal sections or all of their profiles by selecting certain people from their address book. With the new privacy options, the messaging service has revised its website’s frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.
Previously, the privacy settings for About, Last Seen, and Profile Photo on Android and iOS had three options: Everyone, My Contacts, and Nobody.
My Contacts Except. has now been introduced as a fourth option, enabling users to pick particular contacts from their address book and conceal elements of their profile.
Others in the user’s contacts should be able to read the user’s WhatsApp profile as usual.
WhatsApp users with connected contacts with whom they do not wish to reveal their personal information may benefit from the granular privacy options.
Previously, users had to remove a person from their contacts to prevent their profile photo, last seen, and about from being shown to specific users, block them, or set their visibility setting to “Nobody” in the settings to prevent their profile photo, last seen, and about from being shown to specific users. Individuals may rapidly construct a ‘blacklist’ to conceal areas of their profile from certain users using the new privacy feature.
WhatsApp announced earlier this week that it was rolling out beta functionality for transferring conversations from an Android phone to an iPhone. Last year, the messaging app added the option to transfer conversations from an iOS to an Android device.
However, WhatsApp has disclosed that to move their messages, chat history, and media from an Android to an iPhone, users must first download the Move to iOS app and then finish the process with a factory reset or a new iPhone.