WhatsApp last seen is an extremely useful feature to see the last time when someone was online. While it is a very beneficial feature for you to identify the time when someone was last online, you may not want to share your last seen data. In that case, you can follow this guide and its steps to disable the last seen feature provided by WhatsApp. Do not worry, it is extremely easy to disable this feature as WhatsApp itself provides an inbuilt functionality. So you do not have to use any extra applications or tools to make this possible.
Steps to disable Last Seen in WhatsApp
- Open WhatsApp.
- Tap the Menu button (three vertical dots at the top-right corner).
- Tap on Settings.
- Tap Account.
- Then go to Privacy.
- Tap on Last Seen.
- You will be given three options:
- Everyone: Anyone using WhatsApp can see your last seen status without any restrictions. This is the default option that you get while installing WhatsApp and making no changes to your privacy settings.
- My contacts: Only those who are on your phone contact list will be able to see your last seen status. For example, if you delete someone from your contact list, they will no longer be able to view your last seen.
- Nobody: This is most probably what you are looking for. It will simply disable this feature whether they are in your contact list or not. No one will be able to view your last seen status.
- Choose Nobody if you do not want anyone to see your last seen status.
- That’s it. You have successfully disabled last seen on WhatsApp.
You can revert the settings anytime you want and set it to other options as you wish. You might have also noticed that you can also control other privacy features on the same screen including your profile photo, status, about, read receipts, location, etc. So if you want to take your WhatsApp security to the next level, also be sure to play around with these settings.
What will they see after disabling it?
As soon as you disable the last seen feature, the area used for displaying the last seen will be empty without anything shown there. They will not be notified that you turned off this feature, but of course, they will notice that the last seen isn’t displaying anymore. So if you are in trouble you might want to turn it back on. There is no other way around that.