About last seen and online

Last seen and online tells you if a contact is online and the last time they used WhatsApp. If a contact is online, they have WhatsApp open on their device and are connected to the Internet. However, this doesn’t mean the contact has read your message.

Change your last seen and online

You can change who can see your last seen and online:
  1. Tap
    more options
    > Settings > Privacy.
  2. Tap Last seen and online.
  3. Choose Everyone, My contacts, My contacts except…, or Nobody.

Can’t see someone's last seen or online

There are a few reasons why you might not be able to see someone's last seen or online:
  • You set your privacy settings to not share your last seen. If you don't share your last seen, you can't see other contacts' last seen.
  • You haven’t chatted with them before or saved them as a contact.
  • You might be blocked.
  • They set their privacy settings to hide this information.
  • They haven’t messaged you before or saved you as a contact.
  • There’s a temporary connection issue. Log out of WhatsApp and log back in to see if this helps.
Note: People online in a chat with you can see when you’re typing.

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