WhatsApp is working on adding an option for users to hide their online status. This functionality will allow users to choose who can see when they are online on the instant messaging app. It is likely to be available in a future update. Separately, the meta-owned company is reportedly updating the deadline to remove messages from some beta testers. This feature has been spotted in WhatsApp for Android beta 220.127.116.11, which is available through the Google Play beta program. WhatsApp is also said to roll out a fully functional context menu on Windows Beta.
According to a report by WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo, the Meta-owned messaging service is developing the ability to hide online status from select contacts. Once released, the feature will let users choose when they can look online within WhatsApp privacy settings. The report includes a screenshot showing the new Privacy Settings feature. This option is said to be under development and likely to be available in a future update.
In related news, WhatsApp is reportedly updating the deadline for everyone to delete messages. The messaging platform is said to be rolling out the update for Android with 18.104.22.168 beta via the Google Play beta program. According to the report, WhatsApp is increasing the time limit of the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature from the existing one hour, eight minutes and 16 seconds time options to two days and 12 hours. The longer time frame will help the users to delete the wrongly sent messages.
In addition to the ability to hide online status and deadline extension, WABetaInfo has released a redesigned context menu on Windows Beta. This feature is available for users who have installed the latest WhatsApp beta app for Windows 2.2225.2.70 from Microsoft Store. The report includes a screenshot showing the redesigned context menu, which gives users an idea of the shortcuts offered. As seen in the screenshot, there is a paste, undo and select all text options. Text can be formatted in bold or italics. Functionality changes are expected before the final release.
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