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WhatsApp update finally lets you hide your Last Seen status

Kris Carlon

In an update that will bring the micro-industry of ''hide WhatsApp Last Seen status'' apps in the Play Store crashing down, WhatsApp has finally added in-app support to set your Last Seen status as visible to everybody, your contacts only or nobody at all. The APK was available a couple of weeks ago from the WhatsApp website, but it is is now pushing via the Google Play Store.

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Finally, you can hide your Last Seen timestamp from within WhatsApp itself. / © AndroidPIT

The update, to version 2.11.186, brings other features including in the beta update a month ago, including the ability to pay for a friend, privacy settings for your profile photo and status, a camera shortcut, larger video thumbnails in chats, unread message widget support for Android 3.0, and some other minor enhancements like increasing the size of the chat history you can send, save options for profile pics and group icons and some emoji and voice recording volume bugs for some Sony devices and the Note 3.

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New privacy options for Last Seen, profile and status, and the Pay For A Friend option. / © AndroidPIT/WhatsApp

While these are nice new features to have on board, they will do little to stem the flood of users ditching WhatsApp since the Facebook announcement. Previously we reported that Telegram had scored 1.8 million new users in a day, well, that number blew out to just under 5 million in a day following WhatsApp's crashed servers recently. Add to this the fact that the purchase may end up being blocked by various privacy groups and WhatsApp may have just shot themselves in the foot.

Are you still using WhatsApp? Have you considered alternatives?

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  • Diego Hartmann Rigobello Mar 11, 2014 Link

    The direct shortcut to camera, beside voice recorder, doesnt appear anymore.

    • Kris Carlon
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      Mar 20, 2014 Link

      The camera and video camera shortcuts are available in the attachment menu at the top of your chat.

  • Diego Hartmann Rigobello Mar 11, 2014 Link

    The camera shortcut is not working anymore. It dont appear. One of those lasts updstes was working great, but since v11.150... the shirtcut was missing. Somebody know ehat to do?

    • Ankit Dalal Mar 11, 2014 Link

      It's working for me. Are you on the latest updated version? What exact problem are you facing?