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.

How to Hide WhatsApp Last Seen Timestamp on iPhone

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 hide WhatsApp “Last Seen Timestamp” on iPhone running iOS 7.1 or earlier version:

  • Open Whatsapp and tap on Settings icon (bottom-menu)
  • Tap on Accounts
  • Now, tap on PrivacyHide WhatsApp Last Seen Timestamp on iPhone
  • Tap on Last Seen and then on Nobody. Alternatively, if you want just the people in your contacts to see when you were last seen on Whatsapp, choose My Contacts. The default selection is Everyone.WhatsApp Last Seen Settings on iPhone
  • While you’re at this, you can also configure who can see your profile photo and your status. (same three options: Everyone, My Contacts, Nobody)
  • That’s it.

This time around, there is no 24-hour wait before the Last Seen Timestamp changes take effect. As far as we’ve seen, it’s almost instantaneous.

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  • sara

    they can see if you are presently online actually…defeats the whole purpose really

  • Lara

    I activated this at 2100 last night… and tried within the 24 hours period to see if it would change… haha
    Does this mean that everytime I try to reactivate it, it’ll restart the 24 hours???
    This is stupid that you have to wait… and if you’ve forgotten the EXACT time, you are penalized ANOTHER DAY! Any way to bypass this?
    I tried turning off my phone… didn’t work :(

  • raj

    how can start timestamp on whatsapp on iphone

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      It is as simple as that. Go to WhatsApp >> Chat Settings >> Advanced >> Switch ON Last Seen Timestamp

  • kizz

    if you turn off the time stamp, will i still be able to see other peoples timestamp?

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      Nope. You wont be able to see others’ last-seen.

  • gal

    if that person using iphone status invisable but i see him online. does that mean he is online for me only or other users also?

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      When the person is online on whatsapp, it is visible for everyone to see
      that he’s online. When he’s not online, no one can see when he was last
      seen on whatsapp (the timestamp).

  • NYCGrl

    Can I ask a question? Does it ALWAYS take 24 hours to make the “Last Seen” stamp disappear? Has it ever happened immediately?

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      Haha. I think we’ll have to ask WhatsApp why this is so.

  • VIJAY

    hi i have hided my time stamp & again i unhided but now i am not seeing advanced option in chat settings wt to do now

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      Post updated. The steps are different in the new Whatsapp (updated
      recently). In Whatsapp, tap on Settings->Accounts->Privacy for
      switching Last Seen. Check the post for more details. Thanks!

  • bubba

    Hi, is there a similar App like Whatspp Ghost used in Android for iphone

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      None as far as I know.

  • MarianaBanana

    Hi, I did it and thought it was working, until a friend who has android showed me it still shows… for other friedns it doesn’t.. help, I want it hidden. Thanks