WhatsApp makes it fairly straightforward to disable your online status, but there’s a trade-off that we’ll discuss later in the article.
For now, to hide your WhatsApp online status, follow the steps below:
- Open WhatsApp.
- Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner.
- Tap on Settings.
- From the Settings menu, select Account.
- Next, tap on Privacy.
- Choose Last Seen from the list of options.
- In the pop-up window, choose Nobody.
So, what about that trade-off? Disabling your online status means you will not be able to see other people’s online status either. It prevents people from snooping on other users while simultaneously masking their actions.
Sadly, there’s also no way to set the visibility of your online status on a user-by-user basis. For example, it’s impossible to let your family and friends know that you’re online while stopping your boss from seeing the same information. The only way you can do that is to block them on WhatsApp, but you won’t be able to contact each other.
While you’re in the Privacy menu, it’s worth paying attention to a couple of the other available WhatsApp privacy options.
You can restrict the visibility of your profile photo, about page, and status. The final setting is to disable read receipts. Like your online status, disabling read receipts is reciprocal. Disabling yours means that you won’t be able to see receipts from other people.
Keeping Your Online Privacy
It’s possible to hide your status on WhatsApp, but by doing so, the app will hide the status of your contacts from you as well. While this might be an inconvenience, it’s well worth the price for those who want some control over how and when people can see them online.
See you soon!