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4 Ways to Hide Online Status on WhatsApp - Step by Step Guide

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Cody Walsh

Updated: Jun 20, 2023 05:43 pm

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Nowadays, most users prefer WhatsApp over text messages, and there are also options for voice and video calling. When you open WhatsApp on your phone, and you have an active internet connection, your WhatsApp contacts can see that you are online.

In this article, we will illustrate different ways on how to hide online status on WhatsApp.

Part 1. Best 4 Ways to Hide Online Status on WhatsApp

There are times when you do not want others to see your online status, and you must be thinking of hiding your online status on WhatsApp. When people see you online on WhatsApp, they might ping you, and if you do not reply to them they can get offended thinking that you are intentionally avoiding them. Besides, it is quite annoying to suddenly get persistent messages from certain contacts whenever you are online.

Except for system setting to achieve the goal, you can also use the best WhatsApp status viewer to see other's hidden WhatsApp status secretly. Without further do, let's start to see how to hide online status on WhatsApp.

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Way 1. Hide Online WhatsApp Status on Android/iPhone

WhatsApp offers you the option to hide your online status for privacy. WhatsApp "Last Seen" not only shows others when you were last active on WhatsApp but also shows whenever you are online on WhatsApp. You have the choice who you want to show your last active and online status.

You can set "Last Seen" to nobody if you do not want to show it to anybody. You can also set it to "My Contacts" to show your online status to your contacts only and not others. Here are the steps on how to hide online status on WhatsApp for Android as well as iPhone users.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your device.

Step 2: Tap on the three-dot icon at the top-right corner. For iPhone users, the Settings icon is available at the bottom-right corner.

whatsapp settings

Step 3: Tap on Settings from the menu.

Step 4: On Settings screen, tap on Account option.

Step 5: On the next screen, tap on Privacy option.

Step 6: Tap on Last Seen option and select Nobody option to hide your online WhatsApp status from everyone.

whatsapp last seen

Way 2. Hide Online WhatsApp Status on Computer

If you are using WhatsApp on your computer through WhatsApp Web version, unfortunately, there is no option to hide your online WhatsApp status directly. You have to install an external extension on your web browser to hide your online status on WhatsApp Web. Here are the steps on how to not show online on WhatsApp from your computer.

Step 1: Open Google Chrome and go to Chrome Web Store.

Step 2: On Web Store, search for "WAIncognito" extension.

Step 3: Click on Add To Chrome button to install the extension on your Chrome.


Step 4: After installation, click on WAIncognito Extension and this will open WhatsApp Web.

Step 5: Tap on Incognito icon and turn on "Don't Send Last Seen and Online Updates" option.

waincognito settings

Apart from WAIncognito extension, you can also use WA Web Plus Extension as well.

Way 3. Hide Status on WhatsApp with Airplane Mode

If you want to hide your online status on WhatsApp temporarily, you can turn on Airplane Mode for some time. However, when you turn Airplane Mode on, you cannot send any message to anyone as your internet connection will be turned off.

This method is useful when you want to read other's WhatsApp messages in your WhatsApp inbox as well as type your reply without showing that you are online. Here are the steps on how to hide online and typing status on WhatsApp with Airplane Mode.

Step 1: Pull down the Quick Settings on your device.

Step 2: Tap on Airplane Mode icon to turn it on.

airplane mode

Step 3: Open WhatsApp and read the new messages as well as type the messages and replies you want to. You won't be shown online or typing as Airplane Mode is turned on, and internet connection is disconnected.

Step 4: Once you are done reading and typing, you can close WhatsApp and turn off Airplane Mode from Quick Settings.

Your typed messages will be sent to the targeted contacts, and they will not know when you were online and typed them.

Way 4. Block Someone to Hide Online WhatsApp Status

When you want to hide your online WhatsApp status from a specific person, you can block that person momentarily so that when you are online on WhatsApp, he does not know about it. In fact, when you block someone on WhatsApp, the person cannot see your Stories, Profile Picture and Status. Here are the steps on how to turn off online status on WhatsApp by blocking someone.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your device. Go to the chat of the person whom you want to block

Step 2: Tap on the three-dot icon and tap on More option.

Step 3: Finally, tap on Block option from the next menu.

block contact

Step 4: You will get a confirmation pop-up message, tap on Block option again. Then, you're successfully block someone on WhatsApp.

Bonus: How to See Someone's WhatsApp Status Even It's Hidden

There are times when someone you know can hide his/her WhatsApp status from you. For example, your kid can hide WhatsApp status from you so that you do not suspect him wasting time on WhatsApp chatting with friends and even strangers. People in a relationship can hide a status from one another when they are not sincere in the relationship.

If you want to check someone's hidden or deleted WhatsApp status, we recommend you opt for KidsGuard for WhatsApp. It is a dedicated WhatsApp remote monitoring app through which you can check someone's WhatsApp status, chats, calls, voice messages, and much more.

3 Steps to See Hidden WhatsApp Status

Here are the three simple steps to see hidden WhatsApp Status using KidsGuard for WhatsApp.

Step 1. Create A KidsGuard for WhatsApp Account

Click the "Monitor Now" below to sign up a KidsGuard for WhatsApp with a valid email address. Choose a KidsGuard for WhatsApp as per your suitability to avail all the features.

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Step 2. Deploy KidsGuard for WhatsApp

Get access to the target person's Android phone and visit to download KidsGuard apk file for WhatsApp app. Install the app and set it up perfectly.

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Step 3. Start Seeing Hidden WhatsApp Status

On your device, log into your KidsGuard for WhatsApp account and you will see the target person's device. Go to Dashboard and click on WhatsApp Status to check the target person's status.

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What Can You Check with KidsGuard for WhatsApp?

Here are all the parameters of the target person's WhatsApp activities you can check with KidsGuard with WhatsApp app.

Read WhatsApp Status:

You get to check all the WhatsApp status posted by the target person anonymously. These include the expired, deleted, as well as present status no matter if they are photos, videos, texts, and titles.

Read WhatsApp Messages:

You can read all WhatsApp messages with individuals as well as the group chats. You can read sent and received messages, deleted messages, voice messages as well as GIFs and emojis shared.

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Monitor WhatsApp Photos & Videos & Voices:

You can separately check the photos and videos thumbnails shared by the target person as well as received from others. You can also download the photos and video thumbnails. Besides, you get to listen to voice messages shared and download them as well.

Track & Record WhatsApp Calls:

You can check the target person's WhatsApp call logs with complete details. Starting from call type and duration to caller name and number as well as timestamp, you can track them all. Besides, you can listen to the call recordings that the app automatically records every time the person calls or receives calls via WhatsApp.

track whatsapp call logs

Check WhatsApp Screenshots & Activities:

KidsGuard for WhatsApp app automatically takes screenshots of the target person's WhatsApp activities whenever he gets active on WhatsApp. You can check and download the screenshots. Similarly, you can check the target person's WhatsApp screen time, frequency of daily use, and login timestamp.

Check WhatsApp Docs:

If any document is shared through WhatsApp by the target person or he has received from others, you get to check them out directly from Dashboard. You can also download them for future reference.

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FAQ about Hiding WhatsApp Online Status

Q1. How to hide online on WhatsApp for one person?

In order to hide your online status for one person, you have to block that person momentarily. You can unblock him from WhatsApp> Settings> Account> Privacy> Block Contacts and select the number to unblock.

Q2. Can I see others while my status is hidden in WhatsApp?

If you set your Last Seen status to My Contacts, your contacts will not be able to see your online status and you cannot see theirs as well. However, you can check everyone's online status who is not on your contact.

Q3. Can I chat while appearing offline on WhatsApp?

Yes, you can chat while appearing offline on WhatsApp with the help of a simple trick. You have to reply to the messages from Notification Panel, and hence, you will appear offline yet your reply will go through to the target person. Otherwise, you can always use Airplane Mode to read and reply messages while appearing offline.

Final Words

We have illustrated all the different ways on how to hide online status on WhatsApp iPhone as well as Android smartphones. These methods are useful under different scenarios as applicable in your case. We have also shown how to check someone's WhatsApp status that is hidden from you as well as use KidsGuard for WhatsApp to check the target person's WhatsApp activities remotely and secretly.

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By Cody Walsh

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.

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