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Published on March 12th, 2024 | by Sandy Writtenhouse

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How to Change Your WhatsApp Last Seen and Online Status

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Like other communications apps, you can control whether others can see when you’re online in WhatsApp. In addition, you can show or hide when you were last seen in WhatsApp.

We’ll show you how to change your Last Seen and Online statuses in WhatsApp on your mobile device, in the desktop version, and on the web.

About WhatsApp Last Seen and Online

Before you change the Last Seen or Online status in WhatsApp, there are a few things you should know.

By default:

  • Any user can see when you’re Online.
  • Your contacts can see when you were Last Seen.
  • Users you’ve messaged previously or saved as contacts can see your Last Seen and Online statuses.
  • If you hide your Last Seen and Online statuses, you can’t see others’ Last Seen and Online statuses.

Change Last Seen and Online Statuses on Mobile

When you’re ready to change your statuses, you’ll head to the Privacy settings in WhatsApp on Android or iPhone.

  1. Open WhatsApp and select the following per your device type:
    • Android: Three dots > Settings > Privacy
    • iPhone: Settings > Privacy
  2. Tap Last Seen & Online at the top.
  3. Choose an option for Who can see my Last Seen. You can pick Everyone, My Contacts, My Contacts Except, or Nobody.
  4. Choose an option for Who can see when I’m Online. You can pick Everyone or Same as Last Seen to match the above setting.
Last Seen and Online settings in WhatsApp mobile

Note: If you choose Everyone for either setting, only users you’ve called, messaged, or saved as contacts can see your statuses.

Tap the back arrow on the top left when you finish and once more to return to the main Settings screen.

Change Last Seen and Online Desktop

Maybe you prefer to use WhatsApp on your desktop so you can chat while you work or play. You can adjust your status settings in just a few steps.

  1. Open WhatsApp and select the Settings icon (gear) in the lower left corner.
  2. Choose Privacy.
  3. Pick Last Seen & Online on the right.
Last Seen and Online in the Settings on desktop
  1. Select the options for Who can see my Last Seen and Who can see when I’m Online from the same choices as in the mobile app.
Last Seen and Online settings on desktop

You can then use the arrow on the top left to go back or simply select a tab to exit.

Change Last Seen and Online on the Web

If you like to use WhatsApp on the web, you can change your Last Seen and Online statuses just as easily as on your desktop.

  1. Visit WhatsApp on the web and sign in if you haven’t already.
  2. Go to the Chat screen, select the three dots at the top of the sidebar, and pick Settings.
Settings in the WhatsApp menu on the web
  1. Choose Privacy and then Last seen and online.
Privacy with Last Seen and Online settings on the web
  1. Select the options for Who can see my Last Seen and Who can see when I’m Online. Again, you have the same choices as in the mobile app and on the desktop.
Last Seen and Online settings on the web

You can use the arrows on the top left to exit the settings and return to your messages. 

Whether you want everyone to know you’re available or keep your statuses to yourself, its easy to make this change in WhatsApp on any device.

For more, look at how to create custom WhatsApp stickers to add more fun to your messages.

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has a BS in Information Technology and worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, Department Manager, and PMO Lead. She then decided to follow her dream and now writes about technology full-time.



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