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WhatsApp has a new feature that serves privacy as well.

WhatsApp with the new data protection function: this is important now

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WhatsApp has a new privacy feature. However, this is not activated automatically. In order to be able to use the new function, you must first turn it on.

Castle – Initially, only beta testers, i.e. people who test new software, can use the new functionality. In the meantime The WhatsApp However, a new data protection function has been released to all users. Users who have already hidden their “last seen” status should be happy with this. Now you can also hide if you are currently online. However, you have to set this manually in the settings.

If the function is not turned on, every user can still see if you are currently online on WhatsApp. But thanks to the new function, you can now turn off this screen. This allows you to chat without being disturbed and without being noticed. It also offers privacy benefits.

WhatsApp has a new feature that serves privacy as well. © Indranil Aditya / imago

WhatsApp introduces a new privacy feature

Thanks to the new functionality, you can no longer see strangers who have your number without your knowledge. Additionally, spy apps are excluded. If it is no longer clear when you are online, the alleged activity profile can no longer be created for you. Therefore, it is beneficial for everyone to turn on the new feature.

If you want your friends and contacts to be able to see if they are currently online, you don’t have to activate the new function. Then you can also see the online status of your friends. Connection status is linked to the “Last Connected” view. Only if you turn off the Last Seen screen can you also set it so that no one sees you when you are online.

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WhatsApp: How to turn on the new privacy feature

  • Open WhatsApp on the smartphone
  • Click the three dots at the top (Android) or bottom (Apple) on the right
  • Click on the “Settings” field.
  • Click on the “Privacy” field (lock icon)
  • Go to last seen / online
  • If “Nobody” is set at the top of “Who can see the ‘last seen’ timestamp”, check the ‘Same as last seen’ check box below ‘Who can see if you’re online?’.

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In addition to this function WhatsApp allows for more changes. There is also a way to lighten the mood via WhatsApp Weekend greetings to the familywhich you can send in chat.