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Have you ever been sent a WhatsApp message only to receive a few minutes later a response saying something along the lines of: Hey, I know you’re online, where are you? I know you’re online, but why don’t you reply?

As soon as you put an end to this, you should be able to move on with your life.

It has been reported that an updated version of WhatsApp for Android, version 2.22.16.11, includes the capability of hiding your online status, WABetaInfo told us on Friday. When you open a chat, you will see a pop-up that shows the online status of the user at the top. If the user is not online, it will show when they were last logged on to the app.

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As a result, users will now be able to select whether or not both the “last seen” and “online” features should be shown to everyone, every contact, only selected contacts, or to no one at all.

According to a report from WABetaInfo earlier this month, we knew the feature would be coming to Android in the near future, but at the time it was only being developed for iOS, with no clue as to when it might make its way to Android.

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Now, however, with this feature appearing in a WhatsApp beta, it’s almost a guarantee that the feature will appear in a future update to the official WhatsApp application within the next few weeks.

There are a few things that this feature could be useful for, including hiding the fact that you’ve been (over)using WhatsApp all day, or if you’re trying to avoid someone bugging you that way, or if you want to check on something in your chat history without everyone pouncing on you.

 

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