A new update shows that WhatsApp will soon let you hide your online status.
WaBetaInfo has spotted the new feature in the 220.127.116.11 Android beta version of WhatsApp and even shared a screenshot of it. It will be visible in the settings menu > Account > Privacy. Here, you will find a “Last seen and online” option on the top of the screen. You simply need to tap on that to access the feature.
You will see four options in the Last Seen section, which are self-explanatory. These are Everyone, My Contacts, My Contacts except, and Nobody.
In the Online status section, there will be two options Everyone and Same as last seen. So, if you want your online status from everyone, then you will have to select “Nobody” in the Last Seen section and “Same as last seen” in the online status part.
Having the ability to hide the online status on WhatsApp would mean that no one will be able to know if you have opened WhatsApp or not. So, if you choose to hide your online status and last seen, then the sender will never get to know if you have read messages or trying to ignore a particular contact.
Do keep in mind that the feature is currently under development and will likely be released in the near future.