What does last seen and online mean exactly?

Online and last seen tell you if your contacts are online, or the last time they were using WhatsApp.

  • online means that contact has WhatsApp open and is connected to the internet. However, it does not necessarily mean they have read your chat.
  • last seen refers to the last time the contact used WhatsApp.

Through our Privacy Settings, you have the option to control who can see your last seen. Please note you cannot hide your online status. Read more about Privacy Settings on Android | iPhone | BlackBerry | Nokia S40 | Nokia S60 | Windows Phone | BlackBerry 10.

There are a few reasons why you may not be able to see a contact's last seen:

  • They may have set their Privacy Settings to hide this information.
  • You may have set your Privacy Settings to not share your last seen. If you do not share your last seen, you cannot see other people's last seen.
  • You may have been blocked.

Cheers,
WhatsApp Support Team