(Last Updated On: September 7, 2021)

According to reports, WhatsApp is working hard to introduce the “My contacts, except…” option to allow you to disable the “Last seen”, “Profile photo” and “About” status of specific contacts.

Apparently, WhatsApp is updating its privacy settings to allow users to disable the “lastseen”,”profilephoto” and “aboutstatus” updates for specific contacts. Fornow, you can set them to “Everyone”,”MyContacts” or “Nobody” so that any or all of your contacts can see your updates, or no one can see them.This update can help people who don’t want to show specific contacts their last activity status, profile photo, or current “About” status but still want others to see them. In contrast, the privacy settings of the group and status feature alreadyallow you to choose specific contacts who can’t see your updates or add you to the group.

In a report, WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo stated that WhatsApp is updating privacy settings for the WhatsApp beta versions for Android and iOS. It is said that in addition to the existing everyone, my contacts and no one, the update also introduces a new except my contacts… option to allow users to hide their “Last Viewed” from specific contacts. To”, profile photo and “About” status.

WABetaInfo shared a screenshot showing WhatsApp for New options implemented by iOS in privacy settings last seen. However, the source claims that it can also be used for Android users and other privacy settings, including profile photos and about status.

Among other settings, WABetaInfo reports that users who disable the last seen status of their particular contact will not be able to see their last active status in the app. This is similar to if you disable other people’s access to their status, you will not be able to see the last activity status of other people.

In 2017, WhatsApp introduced privacy settings for my contacts other than… for its status function. This is designed to allow users to disable specific contacts from viewing their status messages. WhatsApp also updated its group privacy settings in November 2019, adding options for my contacts other than…, allowing users to additionally control which contacts can add them to the group.


According to reports, WhatsApp is currently testing its updated privacy settings internally, but it will be available to beta testers in a future update. At the time of writing, official details about the evidence are not yet available.

By Anupama

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