WhatsApp has a new data protection function. However, this is not activated by itself. Users have to become active.

Kassel-In the beginning, the new function could only use beta testers, i.e. people who test new software. In the meantime, WhatsApp has released the new data protection function for all users.

WhatsApp has a new data protection function: Why everyone should activate it

This should be particularly pleased by the users who have already hidden their last online status. Now you can also hide whether you are online. However, users must manually define this in the settings, reports HNA.de.


If the function is not switched on, every user can still recognize whether you are online on WhatsApp. But thanks to the new data protection function, this display can now be deactivated. This allows you to chat undisturbed and unobserved. It also offers advantages in data protection (more digital news at ).

WhatsApp introduces new data protection function-for more security

Foreign contacts that have a number without knowing about it can no longer observe users without being noticed. Dance apps are also excluded.

If it is no longer clear at what times you are online, no so-called activity profile can be created anymore. It is therefore worthwhile for everyone to switch on the new function.

If you want friends and contacts to see whether you are online, you don’t have to activate the new function. Then you also see the online status of friends. The online status is linked to the last online display. Only if you have switched off the last online display can you also set that nobody sees when you are online.

Switch on new data protection function at WhatsApp: This is how it works

In addition to this function, WhatsApp has made further changes. In order to loosen up the mood via WhatsApp, there are weekend greetings to the family that you can send in chat.

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