How to Hide your Online Status in WhatsApp

WhatsApp by default shows your friends whether you’re online now or when you were last online. So if you want to check your messages without letting people know you’re online. Maybe you want to keep people from knowing when you read their messages. Or, maybe you’re concerned about the privacy implications of the rising number of services that let people track your status and even try to guess which of your friends are messaging each other. Whatever the reason, let’s look at how to hide your WhatsApp status.

We’re using Android for the screenshots here, but the process is almost the same on iOS.

  • Open WhatsApp, tap the three little dots in the top right corner, and then select the “Settings” command. On iOS, just tap “Settings” in the bottom bar.

  • Click the “Account” category, and then click the “Privacy” setting.

  • Select the “Last Seen” entry, and then select the “Nobody” option.

Now, no one can see when you were last online using WhatsApp. Only catch is that you won’t be able to see when anyone else was last online either.

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