How to block others from knowing when you're online
You also can now control who will be able to see when you're online. From the WhatsApp app tap the three-dot menu icon on the top right of the screen and go to Settings > Privacy > Last seen and online. You can tap Nobody on the top quarter of the display so that no one can see when you were last on WhatsApp. Underneath you can choose who can see when you're online. The options are Everybody and Same as last seen. Select the latter option and if you have Nobody picked for last seen, no one will be able to see if you're online.
Block others from seeing whether you are online
When you are about to message one of your WhatsApp contacts, under that person's name, it will show the last time he or she was seen on the app. So if you're a private person you might want to follow the directions in the above paragraph so that no one knows when you were on WhatsApp last and whether you are on now. On the other hand, you might want your contacts to know when you are available to have a conversation on the platform.
Another new feature will allow users to search for a past chat by the date it took place. This helps if you can't find a specific chat but you know the date when it occurred.
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