WhatsApp was discovered to be working on adding an option that would allow 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 will probably be in a future update. Separately, the Meta-owned company is said to be updating the message deletion time limit for some beta testers. The feature was discovered in WhatsApp for Android beta 126.96.36.199, available through the Google Play Beta program. WhatsApp is also said to be rolling out a fully functional context menu on Windows beta.
According to one report via WhatsApp features tracking WABetaInfo, a messaging service owned by Meta that is developing the ability to hide online status from select contacts. Once released, the feature will allow users to choose who can see when they’re online right in WhatsApp’s Privacy Settings. The report includes a screenshot showing the new privacy settings feature. This option is said to be under development and may be available in a future update.
In related news, WhatsApp is reported updated message deletion deadline for everyone. The messaging platform is reportedly rolling out the update through the Google Play Beta program, with beta 188.8.131.52 for Android. According to the report, WhatsApp is extending the time limit for the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature to two days and 12 hours compared to the current time options of one hour, eight minutes and 16 seconds. Longer time frame will help users to delete wrongly sent messages.
In addition to the ability to hide online status and extend time, WABetaInfo has spot released redesigned context menu on Windows beta. This feature is available to users who have installed the latest WhatsApp beta app for Windows 2.2225.2.70 from Microsoft Store. The report includes a screenshot showing a redesigned context menu, giving 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 as bold or italic. The functionality is expected to undergo changes before the final release.