Quick Guide for Hiding your WhatsApp ‘Last Seen’ and Online Statuses

WhatsApp has become an essential social platform to stay connected with our friends and family. But sometimes, we may want to maintain our privacy and control whether we appear online or when we were last active. Many users don’t know how they can hide WhatsApp last seen and online status directly from their smartphones.

In this guide, we’ll show you the easy steps to disable your last seen and online statuses on WhatsApp. So, you can use this app while maintaining your privacy. Let’s get started!

How I can see WhatsApp Last Seen and Online Status of my Contacts?

Follow these steps with me to see WhatsApp last seen or online status of your contacts:

Step 1: Open your WhatsApp app on your smartphone.

Step 2: Open the chat of anyone on your contact list.

Step 3: Now you can see their online status just below their name.

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If their online status is not visible, then it means they have already used the settings to hide their WhatsApp online status. Keep reading to see the steps to hide WhatsApp last seen and online status from everyone.

Steps to Hide WhatsApp Last Seen and Online Status on Android

Here is a complete guide on how you can disable WhatsApp last seen and online status on your Android phones.

Step 1: Open your WhatsApp app on your Android phone.

Step 2: Tap the three vertical dots on the top-right corner.

Step 3: Now, select on Settings from drop down menu.

Step 4: Next, go to Privacy.

Step 5: Tap on ‘Last seen and online’.

Here you can choose who can see your last seen and who can seen when you are online. If you choose,

  • Everyone: anyone can see your online status whether their contact information is saved in your phone or not.
  • My contacts: only the contacts saved in your phone can see your online status.
  • My contacts except: you can choose specific contacts (out of saved numbers) to see your online status
  • Nobody: noone (whether their contact information is saved or not) can see your online status

If you want to keep your last seen and online status setting the same, then you can choose the ‘Same as last seen’ option in the ‘Who can see when I am online’ section

Steps to Hide WhatsApp Last Seen and Online Status on your iPhone

Follow these steps to hide your WhatsApp online status on your iPhone:

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to the bottom-right corner and select Settings.

Step 3: Next, select Privacy and go to the Last Seen & Online section.

Here all four of these choices will be available to you:

  • Everyone: Your online status and last seen are visible to all WhatsApp users. It also contains individuals who aren’t added to your contact list.
  • My Contacts: Your phone’s last seen and online status is only visible to your contacts.
  • My Contacts Except: You can prevent certain people from seeing your WhatsApp last seen and online status.
  • Nobody: You can hide your online status and last seen from everyone.

What Happens after you hide WhatsApp last seen and online status from everyone?

It is important to note that if you choose the ‘Nobody’ option on the privacy setting, then no one will be able to see your online status. This also means that you can’t see other user’s online statuses as well. Yes, it works both ways.

And if you choose to show when you are online to your contacts, still you can’t see the online status of the specific users who have hidden theirs from everyone. But they also can’t see your online status because their online status is hidden.

If you have any doubts, drop your comments below.


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