How To Hide Your Active Online “Last Seen” Status in WhatsApp Chats

As a long-time WhatsApp user since 2017, I have learned the ins and outs of how to control my privacy settings. One key setting is the ability to hide your active online “Last Seen” status so you can use WhatsApp more privately.

Why Hide Your “Last Seen” Status

There are a few key reasons you may want to hide your Last Seen status:

  • Avoid social pressure to respond right away when you open messages
  • Take breaks from conversations without appearing rude
  • Manage expectations around your availability
  • Prioritize your time and focus without distraction
  • Maintain privacy when you need personal space

The choice is yours – and WhatsApp provides the settings to easily hide your active status whenever you want, even while actively chatting.

How To Hide “Last Seen” Status on WhatsApp

Hiding your Last Seen status is quick and straightforward in WhatsApp’s settings on both iPhone and Android.

On iPhone

Follow these steps:

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Tap Settings (gear icon)
  • Tap Account
  • Tap Privacy
  • Tap Last Seen
  • Choose “Nobody”

This hides your Last Seen from everyone. You can also choose “My Contacts” to allow only your saved contacts to see it.

Key Notes:

  • When hidden, you also won’t see contacts’ Last Seen status
  • You can still actively chat while hidden

On Android

Similarly on Android:

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Tap 3-dot menu
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Account
  • Tap Privacy
  • Tap Last Seen
  • Choose “Nobody”

The same options and caveats apply on Android.

Customize Additional Privacy Settings

Beyond Last Seen status, you can customize other privacy settings:

Profile Photo

Choose who can see your profile photo, if set. Options:

  • Everyone
  • My Contacts
  • My Contacts Except
  • Nobody


Control who can see your About info.

Status Updates

Select who can view your status updates.

Read Receipts

Turn off read receipts so contacts can’t see when you’ve read their messages.

Tip: Take a few minutes to review all options under WhatsApp’s Privacy settings to customize based on your preferences.

Appear Offline While Chatting

With your Last Seen hidden, you can secretly chat on WhatsApp while appearing offline to all or selected contacts.

Some ways to use this “invisible” mode:

  • Carve out distraction-free time
  • Avoid unwanted conversations
  • Take an incognito break

It’s up to you when to turn your active status back on.


Controlling your Last Seen status ultimately comes down to managing expectations and social pressures around being always reachable on WhatsApp. The choice is yours – so customize WhatsApp’s privacy settings to match your needs and preferences.

I’m happy to share my years of experience tailoring these settings to balance availability with personal time. Don’t hesitate to ask any other WhatsApp questions!