11 April 2016

How to Hide Your Last Seen Time on WhatsApp

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No doubt, WhatsApp is most used and even most loved messaging app of all time. It has made our lives so easier that now, people can easily call and chat with their friends, family members & colleagues from long distances. One of the interesting feature of WhatsApp is, you can check whether the person is online or not. If not then, you can find the last time he/she was online. Moreover, it can also notify you when the person is typing. These information can be checked from chat window below contact name. All what you need is proper Internet connection.

Hide Last Seen on WhatsApp

Although they are good but sometimes, you may not want to share these information. For example, I usually hide them because of my relatives and cousins for some personal reasons. Fortunately, WhatsApp provide privacy options which let you manage these settings. In this short tutorial, I will guide you how to hide your last seen time on WhatsApp. Later on, we will discuss on the privacy of last seen feature.

How to hide your last seen time?

By default, all your WhatsApp privacy information are publicly available to everyone i.e., anyone can see your profile picture, status and last seen information. However, you can also change them to "My contacts" and "Nobody". My contacts will target all contacts that are saved in your mobile phone. On the other hand, nobody will make your information private and thus no one can see it. To change these settings, simply follow these steps by step instructions (For this tutorial, I am using Android phone) -
  1. First of all, open WhatsApp.
  2. Here click on option menu button (three dots at the top of your screen)

    WhatsApp Settings

  3. Now move to "Settings > Account > Privacy".
  4. Under "Who can see my personal info" section, click on Last seen option.

    WhatsApp Privacy Settings

  5. Now a pop up box will appear. Here tick mark any privacy option that you wish to change and you've done it.

    Choose Privacy for Last Seen
Note: Before this, make sure to turn on your mobile data or Wi-Fi. If there would be no Internet connection, it will display an error message as "Network unavailable. Please try again later."

From same window, you can also customize the privacy settings for your profile picture and status. One more important thing is that, if you won't share your last seen, you won't be able to see other user's last seen also. In order to check it, you have to change the privacy settings again.

Unfortunately, there is no direct option to disable last seen for individual contacts. I just hope that WhatsApp will add this feature soon. However, you can do this by blocking that individual person. Otherwise, change your last seen privacy to "My contacts" and then, delete that person from your contact list.

Why you're unable to see others last seen?

Sometimes, you can't see any last seen time for other contacts. Here are the possible reasons why you're unable to check it.
  • The person has blocked you. Blocked contacts can't check profile picture, status, last seen and read recipient information. Learn more about on how to block contacts and groups on WhatsApp.
  • Maybe you've blocked the person (by mistake). To check it, go to "Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts". Here find whether the contact is blocked or not. If yes then, click the contact name and hit "Unblock" button.
  • The person has changed his privacy settings to Nobody or My contacts only.
  • As already mentioned, if you won't share your last seen, you won't be able to see other users information. So make sure to change your privacy to "Everyone".
  • Last but not least, the person might have deleted his/her WhatsApp account. To check this, open WhatsApp and scroll left to "Contacts" section. Now move to bottom and If you'll find a green color invite button next to the contact name then the user has deleted his account. In this case, you can invite them back with a direct messaging service.
So this is all what you need to know about WhatsApp last seen feature. If you've any questions, fell free to ask me in below comment box. I am always here to help you. Love and blessings.

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