How to appear offline on WhatsApp: iPhone, Android, web

How to appear offline on WhatsApp: iPhone, Android, web

WhatsApp does not allow users to control their online or offline status. Each time a user opens the application, they are shown as "online" to all of their contacts. Luckily, for users who would like to use the application in "offline mode," there are several possible workaround solutions which we explain below.

Appear Offline on WhatsApp for Android

  • Android users who want to appear offline can do so by simply disabling their internet connection.
  • Alternatively, the W-Tools application can be used to achieve an offline status on WhatsApp.

Appear Offline on WhatsApp for iPhone

  • iPhone users can achieve an offline status through a quick tweak to their user settings.
  • Launch WhatsApp, and head to your Settings tab, located in the bottom right hand corner.
  • Next, go to Chat Settings/Privacy > Advanced. Toggle the Last Seen Timestamp option to OFF, and then, select Nobody to disable the application timestamps. This method will allow you to continue in "offline" mode.

Note: This process can be reversed by simply toggling the Last Seen Timestamp option to ON.

Appear Offline on WhatsApp for Web

For this you will need to be using Google Chrome.

  • Go to the Chrome web store and search for the WAIncognito extension. 
  • Install the WAIncognito extension.
  • Go into the WAIncognito settings and choose to not send read confirmations, and not to send last seen updates.

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