The world’s most popular instant communications platform now has new privacy controls. These are incredibly useful features if you don’t want anyone to see your profile picture, or even your online status at WhatsApp.

It can be said, however, that its rival Telegram still has more control and privacy options. However, there is already a sharp increase in the controls available to users of the messaging app for Android and iOS (and soon for the web version of the messenger too).

Control who sees your profile picture and online status on WhatsApp

๐Ÿ”’ To further protect your online privacy, we are implementing new options for your privacy control settings. ๐Ÿ”’ Now you can select who from your contact list can see your profile picture, About and Last Seen status. For more information follow this link:

โ€”WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) June 15, 2022

At the request of users, the instant messaging and communications platform now introduces both possibilities in apps for Android and iOS. It should be noted that these increases had already been seen in the test versions (beta) of WhatsApp, but only now have they reached the stable version, for any user of the service.

However, it can be said that WhatsApp’s privacy options and features are still lacking compared to its rival Telegram. This is because, in addition to being able to hide the profile picture and account status (online status), we can also create a Telegram account without associating a phone number, something that is not possible on WhatsApp to date. .

Update your WhatsApp app now for Android and iOS (iPhone)

Your phone number is hidden on Telegram โ€“ you always appear as your chosen display name in chats. By default, your number is only visible to your contacts, and you can control its overall visibility in your Privacy and Security Settings. #Telegram Tips pic.twitter.com/TQgfqsQxU0

โ€” Telegram Messenger (@telegram) June 15, 2022

In any case, WhatsApp is now more complete, being able to specify which users have access to our profile picture. Likewise, we can also judiciously define who sees when we are online, or the last time we were online in this messaging application.

These controls are present in Settings – Account, where we find the new range of settings. From there, we can carefully define who has access to this personal data about our account and/or online activity.

Lastly, it’s important to keep the app updated, whether for Android or iOS, to take advantage of and start using the new functions that the North American giant now distributes.

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