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WhatsApp update finally lets you hide your Last Seen status

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Mar 11, 2014

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.

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Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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