WhatsApp notifications in settings menu

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  • WhatsApp is testing a new feature on iOS that shows which of your contacts have been recently online.
  • Contacts who have disabled their “Last Seen” or online status won’t be visible.
  • The same feature was recently introduced in the Android beta version of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp, one of the most popular chatting apps, recently introduced a “Recently Online” feature in its beta app for Android. Now, evidence discovered by WaBetaInfo within the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS (, available on TestFlight, suggests that iOS users may soon receive the same functionality.

The Recently Online feature is showing up for select beta users and provides a limited view of your contacts’ recent activity on WhatsApp. When you go to start a new chat or initiate a call, you’ll now see which contacts have been active within a recent timeframe.