WhatsApp Ghost: use WhatsApp without being shown as online

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 4, 2014
Updated • Jul 17, 2019
Apps, Google Android

Whenever you open the WhatsApp messaging application on your mobile device, your last seen counter is updated to reflect that.

What this means is that any contact that you have in WhatsApp sees when you were online the last time when they open the app on their device.

While that may not be an issue all of the time, you may sometimes want to avoid that your last online date and time is updated, for instance if you do not want someone to know that you read their message, or that you did not reply to their message the moment you read it.

It is possible to read messages on WhatsApp without being shown as online to others. I have outlined how that is done without software before.

whatsapp hide last seen

Basically, you disable all network connections before you open the WhatsApp program. You can read all messages that have been downloaded to your system, and since you do not have a network connection at that time, your last seen date and time won't be updated as a consequence.

Update: WhatsApp Ghost is no longer available and a comparable app is not available. Note that you may disable Last Seen in the WhatsApp settings; this will disable last seen entirely, however, so that you won't be able to check last seen time and date either as well. To make the change, open Settings > Account > Privacy and change "last seen" on the page to Nobody or "My contacts". End

WhatsApp Ghost is a useful application for Android devices that automates that process for you. Instead of having to disable the network connections manually, it does so automatically for you when you run the software.

Even better, it displays all of your contacts and messages right after you run the Ghost application, so that you can read the messages comfortably without having to tap again to start WhatsApp manually.

Once you have read all the messages that you wanted to read, you can hit the back button. This displays a basic interface which you can use to turn off Ghost Mode again. If you do, all network connections are established again.

The WhatsApp Ghost application terminates Wi-Fi and wireless connections on your mobile device and launches the original WhatsApp application afterwards.

The only thing you have to change is to tap on the Ghost application icon when you want to use it instead of on the WhatsApp icon. Everything else remains the same.

Note that it hides the last seen status of your WhatsApp contacts, but that cannot be changed unfortunately and is not caused by the app but by how the WhatsApp application handles this.

Closing Words

WhatsApp Ghost is a handy app for Android if you want to check WhatsApp messages regularly without being shown as online to contacts.

If that is something that you only need to do occasionally, then it may make sense to use the manual way instead, as it avoids having to install another application on your device that you do not use a lot.

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WhatsApp Ghost was an application for Google's Android operating system that would hide the user's last seen time automatically.
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  1. Howgeekis said on May 2, 2020 at 12:29 am

    A lot of people on WhatsApp have tweaked their privacy settings to turn off Last Seen, Read Receipts etc but the chat app cannot hide your online status. Hence this hack.

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  3. Abed said on June 15, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Heloo guys. Am getting confuse ilev above says the whatsapp ghost isn’t working and Dentistas still recommending the whatsapp ghost?
    I just want to be sure of this before I cause I any mess

    1. kajal said on October 8, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      There is no WhatsApp ghost its all wrong. You are right a mess will be created this is all wrong information that is being given I don’t believe if there is WhatsApp ghost when there is no ghost in the world.

  4. Dentistas en Castellón said on March 16, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    “Whenever you open the WhatsApp messaging application on your mobile device, your last seen counter is updated to reflect that.
    What this means is that any contact that you have in WhatsApp sees when you were online the last time when they open the app on their device.”

    So there is WhatsApp Ghost… pretty good issue… in order to preserve discrecionality… not everybody needs to know what are you doing and when are you doing that… Privacy is such a valuable treasure.

  5. Alex said on February 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Is there anything similar for telegram?

  6. Swarup said on February 5, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Personally I am using https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hiktek.wSpy which is not a bad

  7. mma173 said on February 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I wish that someone will create an Xposed Module for this. This would be the best way.

  8. Maneck said on February 5, 2014 at 11:52 am

    A better solution is to use Whatsapp+ which has the option to hide your online status.

    Link: http://www.whatsapp-plus.net/download.php

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      That’s unofficial though I assume?

      1. Maneck said on February 5, 2014 at 1:27 pm

        Yup, I guess so. It’s a modified version of Whatsapp.

  9. GK said on February 5, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Is there a way to prevent anyone from knowing completely that I have WhatsApp installed? As soon as you install it, contacts in your phone show with its icon next to it telling everyone who else has WhatsApp installed.

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  10. SK Wong said on February 5, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Notification History android app may alternative way which records all notifications and read through all the messages inside this app without open WhatsApp messenger.

    Its does not appear on messenger shows the message has been read or update the latest time on WhatsApp.

  11. ilev said on February 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    It is worse than that. Every time you open WhatsApp and start typing a message, everyone on you list can see that you are online in the app.

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