How to Hide Your Online Status in WhatsApp
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If you’re old enough, you might remember the time when SMS messages burst onto the scene. It seemed we’d reached the zenith of communications; being able to drop notes to other people instantly and from anywhere was revolutionary.

How wrong we were. WhatsApp has revolutionized the communications world for a second time… But not necessarily for the better.

Is it really a good thing that people can see when you were last online? Is it not a gross invasion of privacy to display that information to everyone all the time? Perhaps you should turn the feature off so that you can appear offline on WhatsApp.

How to Hide Your Online Status in WhatsApp

WhatsApp last seen status

Hiding your online status in WhatsApp is easy. You just need to follow the step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. From the Settings menu, select Account.
  5. Next, tap on Privacy.
  6. Choose Last Seen from the list of options.
  7. In the popup window, choose Nobody.

Note: Unfortunately, it is not possible to set the availability of your online status on a user-by-user basis.

While you’re on the menu, it’s worth spending a few moments checking out the other privacy options you can tweak. They include the visibility of your profile photo, bio, status, and location.

Perhaps most importantly, the Privacy menu is also where you can disable the infamous blue ticks (aka Read Receipts). They’re a sure-fire giveaway that you’ve been online, even if you disable your online status. To turn off the blue ticks, scroll down to Messaging > Read Receipts and unmark the checkbox.

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  1. Diogene
    May 15, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    I know a faster way:
    1- uninstall the f....g traking app

    • Ash Mehta
      October 10, 2018 at 12:44 pm


  2. Sta te briga
    May 15, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    It shows how to hide last seen. Online cant be hidden like that. Only way is to turn on airplane mode while in whatsapp and then close the app from background after you're done and turn off airplane mode.

    • Cat
      May 22, 2018 at 9:14 am

      ^ totally agree. Error between 'last seen' and 'online', but this comment above is a good (partial) work-around.

  3. Waleed
    May 15, 2018 at 9:58 am

    But if you choose last seen to nobody then you also won't be able to see others last seen as well. So this trick sucks!