If you want to hide WhatsApp online status while chatting, here is how you can do that. Although WhatsApp displays an Online status when you open the app for chatting or anything else, you can hide online status on WhatsApp using this step-by-step guide.
At times, it becomes quite perilous to show the online status on WhatsApp. Many times, you might want to chat with someone but don’t want to let others know that you are online on WhatsApp. For example, you want to chat with your friends about the upcoming trip but don’t want to let your boss know that you are online. At such a moment, you can hide WhatsApp last seen online status on your account so that only your friends know that you are online. It is pretty simple to hide status from specific people on WhatsApp. However, it is even easier to hide WhatsApp online status if you follow this guide.
As mentioned, this feature is called Last seen. You can turn on or off Last seen for everyone, your contacts, or Nobody – as per the requirements. When you enable the Last see for Nobody, WhatsApp stops showing the Online status to everyone, including your friends, colleagues, family members, etc.
Note: We have tested this method on Android mobile. However, you can follow the same guide on iOS as well. The steps are same, but UI is slightly different. If you use an iPhone for quite some time, you won’t have any issue following this guide.
How to hide WhatsApp Online status while chatting
To hide WhatsApp Online status, follow these steps:
- Open WhatsApp on your mobile.
- Tap on the three-dotted icon and select Settings.
- Tap on the Account > Privacy option.
- Select the Last seen option.
- Choose Nobody from the menu.
To learn more about these steps, continue reading.
At first, you need to open WhatsApp on your mobile. Then, tap on the three-dotted icon visible on the top-right corner and select the Settings option from the menu.
Then, go to Account and select the Privacy menu.
Here you can find the Last seen option. Tap on it and select the Nobody option from the list.
After that, others cannot see your online status on WhatsApp.
How to hide online status on WhatsApp Web
To hide online status on WhatsApp Web, follow these steps:
- Open Google Chrome and connect to WhatsApp Web.
- Download WAIncognito extension on the browser.
- Reload the WhatsApp Web page.
- Click on the WAIncognito icon.
- Tick the Don’t send “Last Seen” updates checkbox.
Let’s learn more about these aforementioned steps.
As there is no option on the WhatsApp Web version, you need to take the help of an extension, which is available for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browser. It is called WAIncognito. It lets you disable the last seen on WhatsApp.
To get started, connect WhatsApp Web on Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser. Then, download the WAIncognito extension on your browser and reload the WhatsApp Web page.
Following that, click on the WAIncognito icon visible next to the profile picture and tick the Don’t send “Last Seen” updates checkbox.
Once done, WhatsApp won’t let others know your online status.
If you like, you can download the extension from here:
However, there are some limitations to this Last seen feature on WhatsApp.
Limitations of hiding WhatsApp Online status using Last seen
There is only one limitation or disadvantage of using the Last seen functionality to hide the WhatsApp Online status on your Android and iPhone. You also cannot see when someone comes online on WhatsApp. In other words, it works both ways – others cannot see your online status, and you cannot see others’ online status.
Wrap up: Hide WhatsApp online status
It is quite easy and less time-consuming to hide WhatsApp online status on Android and iOS mobile. However, you can do the same on the WhatsApp Web. For that, you must make use of an extension called WAIncognito.
Read: How to use WhatsApp without number anonymously