How to Fix Someone’s Last Seen Not Updating on Whatsapp

There are tons of interesting features on Whatsapp that make this app quite exciting and reliable, but one thing that people really appreciate is the “last seen” function. It has become so easy for people to check the last time the person had opened Whatsapp.

fix someone's last seen not updating on whatsapp

Let’s say you sent a message to a Whatsapp user, which is still not read but delivered. You are eager to know if they were online recently and ignored your message on purpose or if they did not check Whatsapp at all.

Last seen gives you a lot of information about the user. It tells you whether they are online and how long they stayed up using Whatsapp.

But, what if you can’t check the last seen of a user on Whatsapp? or
Whatsapp last seen not updated but the message was read.

If you have been using Whatsapp for a while now, you must already know that the last seen feature does not update for some users.

Have you ever received an error saying “last seen not updating on Whatsapp”? It may seem like a technical issue, but there can be many common reasons why the feature is not working on your device.

In this post, iStaunch will show you a few ways to fix “last seen not updating on Whatsapp”.

Let’s get started.

How to Fix Someone’s Last Seen Not Updating on Whatsapp

1. Switch to Wi-Fi

If you are using your mobile network that is unstable or slow, try switching to Wi-Fi. Sometimes, a technical glitch can cause the error, making it really difficult for you to update your Whatsapp last seen. That’s one of the reasons why it gets harder for you to get an updated last seen status of your desired contact.

fix someone's last seen not updating on whatsapp

Try turning your data on and off a couple of times to see if the issue resolves. You could also put your phone on the airplane for a few seconds and turn on the internet after that to refresh your contacts and Whatsapp.

This trick might work for you if the poor internet connection is causing the glitch. If it does not work, consider switching to a different, preferably more stable network.

2. Change Your Last Seen Privacy

Sometimes, your last seen status privacy settings can affect your ability to check others’ last seen. For example, if you have disabled others to see your last seen or you have set the privacy settings for last seen to “nobody”, no one can see your last seen. This also means that you can’t see the last time somebody used Whatsapp.

fix someone's last seen not updating on whatsapp

So, check your last seen privacy settings to confirm that it is set to either everyone or my contacts.

If you were unable to see somebody’s last seen because of your privacy settings, chances are the issue will be resolved as soon as you change your privacy settings.

At the same time, there is nothing you can do if someone has set their last seen privacy settings to nobody. They can’t see your status and neither can you see the last time they checked Whatsapp.

All you can do is ask them to show you their last seen by changing the privacy setting, but that is not a viable option for Whatsapp users.

3. Update Whatsapp

Whatsapp keeps introducing new features that are designed to take your experience to a new level. With every new feature launching, the factory version may stop working altogether or some part of the app might not function. So, to fix the issue, you should update your Whatsapp from PlayStore.

Check your PlayStore and AppStore to find the “update” option and update your app from there. This may or may not fix the issue, since your WhatsApp updates do not have anything to do with the last seen.

fix someone's last seen not updating on whatsapp

But, there are times when the outdated version of Whatsapp no longer works. So, you should update the app to see if the problem is fixed.

4. Reboot Your Mobile

When your storage is full, your mobile starts to hang a lot. The best you can do is reboot your phone or delete heavy and large-sized apps to get your mobile to function normally. Whatsapp might be unable to update the last seen because of poor connection, insufficient storage space, or technical glitches within the app.

Reboot your phone to see if the problem is resolved. Do it once you have tried the above methods and nothing worked.

fix someone's last seen not updating on whatsapp

Why Can’t You See Someone’s Last Seen?

The last seen status shows the last time a user was active on Whatsapp. It’s a bit private thing, so you may not want people to know when was the last time you used Whatsapp.

  • Privacy Status: You might be unable to see someone’s last seen if they have made this privacy setting to “nobody”, even if you are in their contact. So, the first and most common reason why people are unable to see the last seen status is the privacy settings.
  • You are Blocked: If the user has blocked you, you cannot see their profile, status, and last seen. Send a message to the user to see if it is delivered to them. If there is only one tick, chances are the person has blocked you. You will be unable to see their status if you are blocked.
  • You are not in their Contacts: If the user has set their last seen status to “my contacts” and you are not in their contacts, you will not be able to see their last seen. So, you need to confirm that they have added you to their contacts.

As mentioned earlier, you can’t see someone’s last seen if you have disabled them from checking your last seen. So, you need to change your privacy settings if you want to see their last seen.

Conclusion:

These were the ways you can fix the “last seen is not updating” error on Whatsapp. The above-mentioned tips work wonders for those looking for the easiest way to check someone’s last seen. However, nothing will work if the error because the user has set their privacy setting to “nobody” for last seen.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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