WhatsApp users will soon be able to hide profile pictures from selected contacts


WhatsApp has been testing a lot of new features to enhance the user experience. The latest feature that messaging app was spotted testing could let users hide their profile pictures from some unwanted people added to their contact list. Currently, we have the option of hiding our profile pictures from everyone, all contacts and nobody. But WhatsApp may soon include the “My contacts except..” Option to the list.

As per WhatsApp features tracker Wabetainfo, WhatsApp was found testing the option to hide their profile pictures from selected contact on the Android beta version of the app. “We showed the screenshot where it was possible to see the new “My contacts except” option for Last Seen, but we have also declared that the same option would have been released for Profile Picture and About as well. In the new WhatsApp beta for Android update, there are new hidden tracks about this privacy option,” the report said.

The "My contacts except" option was being tested for the profile pictures but it would also be expanded to the Last Seen and About Status updates as well. Previously WhatsApp was spotted testing the feature on the iOS beta app.

On a related note, WhatsApp is all set to release the possibility to encrypt your backup using end-to-end encryption for the iOS beta app. It was earlier announced by the company that it would now offer end-to-end encryption to chat backups in Google Drive and iCloud as well. WhatsApp had said that it has become the only large-scale messaging app to offer end-to-end encryption to chat backups as well.

Talking about adding encryption to cloud backups, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “We’re adding another layer of privacy and security to WhatsApp: an end-to-end encryption option for the backups people choose to store in Google Drive or iCloud. WhatsApp is the first global messaging service at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and getting there was a really hard technical challenge that required an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage across operating systems.”

It is an important feature and will enhance the privacy and security of users manifolds because when your backup is end-to-end encrypted, nobody (including WhatsApp, Facebook and Apple) can see its content, because it’s encrypted using a password or a 64-digit encryption key. As per Wabetainfo, the feature has been rolled out for specific iOS beta testers today for WhatsApp Messenger and Business beta.