How to Hide Last Seen in WhatsApp on iPhone and Android

No longer want others to keep a track of your online status? You can completely hide your WhatsApp last seen timestamp on iPhone and Android to stop others from discovering the time when you went live to chat with your close buddies. Jump over to add the safeguard to your privacy!

WhatsApp’s “Last Seen” is like a two-edged sword! Though this feature lets you know the time when your friends were active on the messaging app and also helps you discover when they could be readily available for a long tango, it takes away your privacy as well. What if you wish to keep your online status under the wraps as you don’t want every Tom, dick and harry to keep a close eye on when you return to the chatterbox? Fret not, hiding WhatsApp last seen timestamp on iPhone and Android is not a big ask and you can customize the setting based on what suits your discretion better.

So, you can choose to let everyone or only your contacts find out your last seen status. And, if you want to altogether shut the door on it, there is an option for that as well. Keep in mind that if you go under the hiding, you won’t be able to see others’ status either!

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How to Hide Last Seen in WhatsApp on iPhone and Android

How to Hide WhatsApp Last Seen Timestamp on iPhone and Android

How to Hide Last Seen in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Step #2. Now, tap on Settings tab at the bottom right corner.

Step #3. Next, tap on Accounts.

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Tap on Settings then Account in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #4. Next, tap on Privacy.

Tap on Privacy in WhatsApp Settings on iPhone

Step #5. Up next, tap on Last Seen.

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Tap on Last Seen in WhatsApp on iPhone

Now, you have three options:

  • Everyone
  • My Contacts
  • Nobody

You can choose any of the three options depending on your need. By default, Everyone is selected.

Step #6. Select Nobody to keep your privacy intact about your online status.

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Hide Last Seen in WhatsApp on iPhone

Note: 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)

At any time, you want to make changes, follow the same steps and choose your preferred option in the end.

How to Hide WhatsApp Last Seen Timestamp on Android

It’s equally simple to keep the last seen status hidden on Android.

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Step #1. Open WhatsApp on your Android device.

Step #2. Now, tap on the menu button at the top right corner (looks like three vertical dots) and select Settings.

Tap on Settings in WhatsApp on Android Phone

Step #3. Tap on Account.

Tap on Account in WhatsApp Settings on Android Phone

Step #4. Now, Tap on Privacy.

Tap on Privacy in WhatsApp in Android Phone

Step #5. Tap on Last Seen.

Tap on Last Seen in WhatsApp on Android Phone

Step #6. Next up, tap on radio button next to Nobody.

Hide Last Seen in WhatsApp on Android Phone

That’s all folks!

Over to you

That’s how you can use WhatsApp a bit more discreetly. What do you think of this feature? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
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  1. 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 :(

  2. 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?

    • 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).

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

  4. 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

    • 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!

  5. 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


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