Home > Apps > Apps How To

How To Hide Your Online Status On WhatsApp

Last Updated on May 15, 2023
How To Hide Your Online Status On WhatsApp
You can trust PC Guide: Our team of experts use a combination of independent consumer research, in-depth testing where appropriate - which will be flagged as such, and market analysis when recommending products, software and services. Find out how we test here.

WhatsApp has the worlds leading messaging platform with over 2 billion users. For many users privacy is a major concern and one of the many ways in which you can increase your privacy is by choosing to hide your online status.

This article will go over what your online status actually is and the ways in which you can hide it below.

What does online status on WhatsApp mean?

the last online status appears next to your profile picture when someone opens a chat with you. It can be either ‘online’ or ‘offline’ and shows whether you are available to chat or not.

Why Hide Online Status your online status on WhatsApp?

When using Whatsapp for Android, iPhone, or desktop hiding your online status can help you stay private and prevent people from messaging you when you don’t want them to.

How to hide your online status on WhatsApp

Below we’ll go over the ways in which you can hide your online status on WhatsApp and remain invisible.



Disable WhatsApp status

    1. Open WhatsApp.
    2. Click the three dots in the right-hand corner.
    3. Select ‘Privacy’
    4. Under ‘Who can see my last seen status’ select from one of the options depending on who you want to be able to see. To be completely invisible tap ‘nobody’
    5. Now for ‘ Who can see when I’m online’ select ‘Same as last seen’



Replying from notifications

Replying from notifications means that you haven’t actually opened the app so you won’t appear online to other users. For this method to work you must receive a message notification from the person you wish to reply to.

    1. From the notification panel drag down the message notification you wish to reply to.
    2. Press the reply button and enter the message you wish to send
    3. Click send.



Using Airplane Mode

Turning airplane mode on then entering the app and sending a message then exiting and turning it back off will prevent your online status from being displayed. In order to do this complete the following steps.

    1. On Android or iOS pull down the notification panel
    2. Enable airplane mode, this will disable all network connections
    3. Launch WhatsApp and send the message.
    4. Exit WhatsApp
    5. Turn off airplane mode
    6. The message will now be sent without you appearing online




Blocking Someone

If you just want a particular person to not see your WhatsApp online status then blocking them will prevent them from doing so.

    1. Open WhatsApp
    2. Select the chat of the person you wish to block or search for them.
    3. Click on the person’s name at the top of the chat
    4. Select ‘Block’.

For more ways on how to block someone on WhatsApp check out our handy guide. Although they won’t receive a notification there are ways in which someone can tell if they are blocked on WhatsApp



Third-party apps

Using a third-party app will prevent your online status from being displayed, these are two of the most popular for iOS and Android.

    1. For iPhone users downloading WhatsApp++ will allow you to hide your online status.
    2. For Android users using GBWhatsApp can be a workaround for hiding your status too.

Do note that using a third-party app can be a security risk as they are not official WhatsApp products and in some cases use can cause your account to be banned.



WhatsApp Web

There is no official way to disable your online status on the web browser version of WhatsApp however with this trick you can.

Installing a plugin on Google Chrome such as WAIncognito can circumvent this.

    1. Open the Google Chrome Web Store
    2. Search and install ‘WAIncognito’
    3. In the Extensions tab select WAIncognito and enable the check box that says ‘Don’t send last seen updates’

Final Thoughts

Hiding your last online status on WhatsApp provides you with extra security and privy. With the easy tricks shown in this article, you should be able to send messages without being disturbed. Various third-party apps also offer this service too, so just choose the right one for you. Although no official way for those who WhatsApp on their PC or laptop downloading a plugin can also offer a solution.

Bradley is a long time tech enthusiast and gamer, first picking up a controller at the age of 3. Nowadays, he enjoys finding the best deals and helping out fellow enthusiasts. When he's not at the co