How to hide your online status on WhatsApp

WHATSAPP finally added the ability to hide your online status – and it’s easy to enable.

Until now, it was impossible to hide your WhatsApp activities from friends.

The feature was added as part of a trio of changes to WhatsApp


The feature was added as part of a trio of changes to WhatsAppCredit: WhatsApp

All you could do was hide your Last Seen status – but not the fact that you were online.

But a new WhatsApp “stealth mode” changes everything.

WhatsApp has been criticized in the past for not allowing users to hide their online status on the app.

Now you can hide your online status at any time.

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“Seeing when friends or family are online helps us feel connected,” says WhatsApp.

“But we’ve all had times when we wanted to check our WhatsApp privately.

“For those times when you want to keep your online presence private, we’re introducing the ability to choose who can and can’t see when you’re online.”

The function is currently being rolled out.

How to hide WhatsApp online status

First, make sure you are using the latest version of WhatsApp.

This means updating the app through the Apple App Store on iPhone or the Google Play Store on Android.

The new feature will be available under Settings > Privacy > Last Seen and Online.

You’ll find it in the bottom section titled: Who can see when I’m online?

You have the choice to set it to Everyone or As Last Seen.

This second option borrows settings from your last seen options at the top of the same page.

Don’t panic if you can’t see the feature right away.

WhatsApp says the new feature will be rolling out this month.

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So it could potentially be several weeks before you see it on your own handset.

Just keep checking for app updates and look for the new options in your settings.

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