How to Hide Last Seen from Specific Contacts on Whatsapp

In today’s digital world, if there’s one thing everyone likes, it’s privacy. Be it digital or physical, everyone prefers to have their privacy, no matter how extroverted they might seem. However, this is a recent development; when the internet was introduced into the world, people didn’t know the potential damage that’d happen if their private data was leaked.

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Reputed social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram have been involved in numerous scandals regarding their users’ data privacy. Nonetheless, today, these platforms are some of the most secure in the world.

Besides social media platforms, there are many other ways to ensure complete internet privacy, such as VPNs and burner computer systems. After all that knowledge and resources, most people don’t bother to take extra measures to ensure their privacy. Instead of protecting ourselves from people above who are tracking all our data continuously, most of us like to protect ourselves from each other.

In today’s blog, we’ll talk about something similar. We all use WhatsApp for different intents and purposes. So, we’re all aware that by default, anyone can see our Last Seen on WhatsApp or the last time that we’re seen using the platform. However, to protect our privacy, WhatsApp has rolled out a feature where we can turn off our Last Seen.

If you want to learn how to turn off your Last Seen, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn all about it.

Can You Hide WhatsApp Last Seen from Some Contacts?

Let’s first discuss if it’s even possible to hide your WhatsApp Last Seen from certain people. Well, we like to be the bringers of good news, so yes, you can do so.

The latest update by the WhatsApp developers’ team also included an option to show your Last Seen to your contacts except for certain people.

You’re all set if you have the latest update on your device. All you need to do is read on for a step-by-step guide that’ll help you activate that setting.

If you don’t have the newest update, go to the Play Store/App Store and install the WhatsApp update. If you can’t install the update on your smartphone for any reason, then don’t worry; we’ve got a solution for that, too.

You can delete the phone number of those certain people from your smartphone and then activate the option which only shows your Last Seen to your contacts.

How to Hide WhatsApp Last Seen from Some Contacts

Here’s how you can hide your Last Seen from certain people on WhatsApp. 

Step 1: Launch WhatsApp on your smartphone. 

Step 2: At the top-right corner of the screen, you’ll see the icon of three dots arranged vertically. Tap on it. 

Step 3: On the drop-down menu that appears, tap on the last option on the list called Settings. 

Step 4: On the Settings page, tap the first option, which says Account. 

Step 5: In the Account section, tap on the first option, Privacy. 

Step 6: In the Privacy section under the sub-heading Who can see my personal info, tap on the first option that says Last Seen. 

Step 7: By default, the toggle button next to Everyone is turned on. What you need to do is to tap on the third option that says My contacts except… .

Step 8: On the next page, you’ll see a list of all your contacts. Choose those contacts, and tap on the green icon at the screen’s bottom right corner. 

There you go. Now your Last Seen on WhatsApp is hidden from all those people.

Hiding Last Seen on WhatsApp without the latest update

If the latest update is not/cannot be installed on your device, then don’t worry; we have a solution for you, too. Here’s what you’ll have to do:

Follow steps 1 through 6. 

Step 7: Tap on the option that says My contacts. That way, your Last Seen will only be visible to the people on your contact list. 

Delete the numbers of the people from who you wish to hide your Last Seen, and you’re good to go.

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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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