How to Appear Offline on WhatsApp

Over a decade ago, users on WhatsApp had the freedom to adjust their online visibility status. However, over time, WhatsApp made decisions to prioritize users privacy and content, leading to the permanent removal of certain features. Meta has been diligently improving the chatting experience on its instant messaging platform, WhatsApp.

In 2022, the company introduced all-new Last Seen & Online settings to enhance privacy. With this setting, users can choose to appear offline on the platform. If you want to hide your online status on WhatsApp, then you are at the right place, here’s how you can go offline.

Now you know that WhatsApp lets you hide your online status as well as last seen, if you want to know the steps, then you can follow the below methods with step-by-step instructions for iPhone, Android, and PC (WhatsApp Web).

So, let’s dive right into the steps.

How to Hide Online Status on WhatsApp (iPhone)

Before we begin, please update WhatsApp to the newest available version from the App Store. It’s advisable to consistently update your application whenever new releases are accessible. If you are already on the new version, then follow these steps.

Note: Keep in mind that, if you don’t share your last seen and online status, you also won’t be able to see other people’s last seen and online status.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on Settings in the bottom navigation bar.

Step 3: Select Account tab.

How to Appear Offline on WhatsApp

Step 4: Tap Privacy option inside the Account settings.

Step 5: Tap Last Seen & Online privacy settings.

Step 6: Under “Who Can See My Last Seen,” select “Nobody”.

Step 7: Under “Who Can See When I’m Online,” select “Same as Last Seen”.

How to Hide Online Status on WhatsApp (Android)

Just like the iPhone, please ensure that WhatsApp is updated to its newest version. You can also enroll in the beta testing program to access upcoming features from the Play Store. If you are already on the latest version, follow these steps.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your Android smartphone.

Step 2: Tap on three dots menu icon at the top right corner and then select Settings.

Step 3: Select Account Settings.

How to Appear Offline on WhatsApp

Step 4: Tap Privacy option inside the Account settings.

Step 5: Tap Last Seen & Online privacy settings.

Step 6: Under “Who Can See My Last Seen” select “Nobody”.

Step 7: Under “Who Can See When I’m Online” select “Same as Last Seen”.

How to Hide Online Status on WhatsApp (PC with WhatsApp Web)

The option to hide online status as well as last seen isn’t yet available on the WhatsApp app on the Microsoft Store. However, if you use WhatsApp Web, then you can go offline by following these steps.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp Web in your browser.

Step 2: Tap three dots menu icon at the top right corner from the navigation bar.

Step 3: Select Settings.

How to Appear Offline on WhatsApp

Step 4: Tap Privacy.

How to Appear Offline on WhatsApp

Step 5: Select Last seen and online.

How to Appear Offline on WhatsApp

Step 6: Under “Who Can See My Last Seen” select “Nobody”.

How to Appear Offline on WhatsApp

Step 7: Under “Who Can See When I’m Online” select “Same as Last Seen”.

There’s no need to use third-party extensions in your browser to go offline, you can simply follow the above-listed steps and hide your last seen and online status on WhatsApp.

So, this is how you can go offline on WhatsApp anytime you want.

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