WhatsApp now has granular privacy controls for the About, Last Seen, and Profile Photos sections of the app

Improved privacy controls are being rolled out to WhatsApp users in large numbers. The features give users granular control over their privacy settings on the messaging app, allowing them to specify who can see their last seen, about, and profile photo. Last year, they were discovered in development, and the Meta-owned messaging service began rolling out the feature to beta testers. The privacy enhancements come just days after the company announced support for transferring chats from an Android smartphone to an iPhone.

On Thursday, Whatsapp announced this on Twitter. The privacy settings for the last seen, about, and profile photo sections of WhatsApp have been updated. According to WhatsApp, users will be able to hide parts — or all — of their profile by selecting specific contacts from their address book. With the new privacy settings, the messaging service has updated its frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on its website.

Previously, the privacy settings for About, Last Seen, and Profile Photo on Android and iOS had three options: Everyone, My Contacts, and Nobody. My Contacts Except.. is a new option that allows users to select some contacts from their address book and hide parts of their profile from them. Others in the user's contacts should be able to view the user's WhatsApp profile as usual.

WhatsApp users who have added contacts with whom they do not want to share their personal information may benefit from the granular privacy controls. Previously, users had to remove a person from their contacts to prevent their profile photo, last seen, and about from being shown to specific users, or block them, or set their visibility setting to "Nobody" in the settings to prevent their profile photo, last seen, and about from being shown to specific users. Users can quickly create a 'blacklist' of sorts to hide sections of their profile from specific users using the new privacy setting.