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Tech Tips: How to Hide Online Status on WhatsApp While Chatting

WhatsApp has already introduced a feature that we have all been waiting for. Last month, the instant messaging platform announced that users will soon be able to hide their online status even when active on the app. The meta-owned messaging platform said the official feature will be available in a bit more time. Now, if you can’t wait and want to hide your online status from your contacts, there is a workaround.

Notably, the tricks we are going to explain below work for both Android and iOS users.

–First, open the WhatsApp app on your phone.

–You will then need to go to the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.

— Users can just click the Settings menu.

–Now click on Account option and then go to Privacy option.

–You will be able to see the Last Seen option. There will be two options – My Contacts and Nobody. By clicking on the My Contacts option, your online status will only be available to your contacts. The second option, Nobody, will hide the online status from everyone.

Although this option solves the problem, it should be noted that clicking on the “Nobody” option will also hide the online status of others. Simply put, even you won’t be able to see your friend’s online status. Well, if you can get away with that, go ahead and enable the option right now. Or, if you can wait for WhatsApp to officially release the Hide Online Status feature in the coming weeks, do so for a better experience.

When announcing the feature, WhatsApp said the feature was added for those who want to keep their online presence private. The messaging platform confirmed that it would start rolling out the feature to all users in August, but that didn’t happen. So we can expect the company to officially roll out the online masking feature this month.

Once the feature is available, all you need to do is open WhatsApp and go to Settings > Account > Privacy. Now you will find a “Last Seen and Online” option at the top of the screen to hide your online status.

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