It was discovered that WhatsApp is preparing to add a feature that will allow users to disguise their online status. Users would be able to select who may see when they are online on the instant messaging app using this feature. It’s likely to be included in a subsequent version. Separately, it has been reported that the Meta-owned firm is extending the time restriction for some beta testers to remove messages. WhatsApp for Android beta 126.96.36.199, which is accessible through the Google Play Beta program, features the feature. Additionally, a fully functional context menu for Windows beta is reportedly being rolled out by WhatsApp.
According to a claim by WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, the messaging app, which is owned by Meta, is working on a feature that will allow users to hide their online status from certain contacts. Once available, this functionality will allow users to control who can view their online status directly from WhatsApp Privacy Settings. A screenshot of the updated privacy setting functionality is included in the report. According to rumors, this feature is being worked on and will probably become available in a later version.
In similar news, it has been claimed that WhatsApp is revising the time frame for message deletion for all users. The messaging app is reportedly sending out the upgrade with the 188.8.131.52 beta for Android through the Google Play Beta program. According to the source, WhatsApp is raising the time limit for the “Delete for Everyone” feature from the current one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds time options to two days and 12 hours. Users might remove messages that were sent in error with the longer time frame.
On Windows beta, WABetaInfo has noticed the release of a revised context menu in addition to the option to hide the online status and time limit extension. Users who have downloaded the most recent version of the WhatsApp beta app for Windows 2.2225.2.70 from the Microsoft Store can utilize this functionality. Users can see a screenshot of the revised context menu in the report to get an idea of the shortcuts available. There are options to paste, undo, and select all text, as shown in the screenshot. Italic or bold text formatting options are available. Before the final release, the functionality is anticipated to undergo adjustments.