WhatsApp is cool. I mean, it’s one of the coolest and the best (and the simplest) ways to stay in touch with friends. Sharing photos, videos, audio notes becomes quite easy. And the whole wide world of emoticons – boy oh boy.
And then of course, it lets you know – much like iMessage – if your message was sent and delivered. Not only that, but like a true IM, it shows if your friend is online and if not, it also shows the last time he/she was using WhatsApp.
Hold on right there. Did you know that the last feature isn’t quite comfortable for a few people? Personally, I haven’t found it as uncomfortable or problematic but if you think you don’t want your friends to know when you were online on WhatsApp, there’s a simple toggle you can use to turn the thing off.
Note that WhatsApp says it takes up to 24 hours for the feature to start working normally and I’ve known friends for whom the feature hasn’t really worked well all the time.
Interestingly, WhatsApp has hidden this feature (not deep underneath but still, somewhat deep) inside Settings.
Here’s how to disable WhatsApp “Last Seen Timestamp” on iPhone running iOS 7:
Step 1: Open WhatsApp and tap on Settings from the menu (bottom)
Step 2: Tap on Chat Settings
Step 3: Scroll down and tap on Advanced
Step 4: Switch OFF Last Seen Timestamp
Step 5: Note that you’ll not be able to toggle this back till 24 hours after you’ve toggled it once.
Once toggled to OFF, friends and contacts on WhatsApp won’t be able to see when you were last online or even if you are presently online.
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