WhatsApp always shows your contacts whether you’re online now, or when you were last online. Each time you log into WhatsApp, you are actually broadcasting your online status to the world. And when someone sees you online and texts you, it becomes really difficult to ignore that person and not reply back.
Maybe you just want to check your messages without letting others know you’re online. Or maybe, you just want to avoid some people on WhatsApp, and don’t want them to see your ”Online” or “last seen” status. Unfortunately, there is no option in WhatsApp to turn these features off.
This guide will show you, how to hide your online status and go invisible on WhatsApp in Android. So, be ready, to become a ghost on WhatsApp.
Step 1: Hide Blue Ticks and Last Seen on WhatsApp
You can disable blue ticks read receipts and last seen status in WhatsApp privacy settings. Blue ticks status shows your contacts, whether or not you’ve read their messages. And the ”last seen” status shows the last time you were active on WhatsApp.
Hide blue ticks in WhatsApp
You can modify your privacy settings to not inform your contacts when you have read their messages. Disabling blue ticks read receipts status in WhatsApp is simple. Open WhatsApp on your Android, and head to Settings > Account > Privacy. Now, turn off the toggle next to “Read receipts”.
Note: if you disable “Read receipt” on your phone, you’ll also not be able to see blue ticks on messages sent by you.
Hide last seen status in WhatsApp
Through the privacy settings, you have the option to control who can see your last seen. Here’s how to disable last seen status in WhatsApp.
On your Android phone, open WhatsApp, and go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Last seen. Now, set the “Last seen” option to “Nobody”.
Step 2: Hide Online Status in WhatsApp
WhatsApp doesn’t allow users to hide their online status. But, this doesn’t mean you are out of options. We’ve found 3 workarounds to hide online status from your contacts, while still being able to read messages. You can use any one of them.
Enable WhatsApp popup notification
When popup notifications feature is enabled, WhatsApp shows messages in a pop-up window. You can read, view, or listen to them without going online. But remember, if you try to reply from that popup screen, it will show your online status to the contact. To enable this feature, go to WhatsApp Settings > Notifications. Now, set the “Popup notification” option to “Always show popup”.
Turn on Airplane mode
When you turn on Airplane mode, your data connection is completely cut off. WhatsApp won’t work without the internet. So now, you can enter the application and check all your unread messages. After that, exit WhatsApp, and clear it from the recent tab on your phone. In this way, you can read your messages without going online, and also, your last seen will not be changed.
Use GB Chat Offline app
You can perfectly hide WhatsApp online status by installing a third-party app called GB Chat Offline on your Android. Using this app, you can check your WhatsApp messages, reply and send messages without appearing online. Also, while using this app, WhatsApp doesn’t record your last seen time. Here’s how to use GB Chat Offline application.
- Download and install GB Chat Offline from Google Play Store.
- After installation, open the app and give permissions to access your phone.
- Now, open GB Chat Offline application to check your unread messages. Remember, you shouldn’t open WhatsApp. Instead, you need to chat from GB Chat Offline app to appear offline while chatting.
So, you’ve learned how to appear offline on WhatsApp without disconnecting internet. Now, people can’t see when you were last online on WhatsApp. Got any other great ideas to become invisible on WhatsApp? Feel free to share them in the comments below.