WhatsApp for Android is testing a profile photo privacy setting that will let users hide their profile photo from specific contacts, according to a report. Custom privacy settings may come with existing options so that you can show your profile photo to everyone, all contacts, and anyone. The change is said to be a part of enhanced privacy settings that will also be part of the Last Seen and About status updates on WhatsApp.
In the report, WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo notes that there are references about the new profile photo privacy setting in WhatsApp for Android beta version 22.214.171.124. A screenshot shared by the source shows that the new setting will come through the option Except for my contacts… available with existing all the peoplehandjob my contacts, And None Privacy option for profile photo.
The new setting will let you select the particular contacts you want to exclude from the people who will be able to see your profile photo.
NS Except for my contacts… The option is not likely to be limited to the profile photo privacy setting, but will also be available for Last Seen and About status updates, as previously reported by WABetaInfo.
It is currently unclear whether the change will be limited to Android initially, although WABetaInfo previously showed an iPhone screenshot suggesting a similar custom privacy setting for the Last Seen option.
In 2017 WhatsApp brought the Exclude My Contacts… option for its status function. The same option came later in November 2019 for group privacy settings.
Although the update has recently been spotted within the WhatsApp for Android beta release, it is not yet available to beta testers. It is also unclear whether WhatsApp will be rolling out the new custom privacy setting in phases, first for profile photos and later detailing last seen and status updates.