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How to appear offline on WhatsApp, disable app without uninstalling it

WhatsApp users can reply to messages without being seen online. They can also adjust settings to temporarily not receive or send messages without having to uninstall the app.

How to appear offline on WhatsApp, disable app without uninstalling it

Do you have unread messages lying on WhatsApp chat because you were too lazy to reply at that time? Disabling blue ticks or read receipts from your privacy settings can help you get away with “didn’t see your message” or “missed your message” but it gives away the avoidance part when your WhatsApp status says “online.”

Here is how you can appear offline on WhatsApp:

The process works fine if you want to use WhatsApp just to reply to messages and not see photos and videos. To appear offline follow the given steps:

  • The easiest and least tedious method to reply without appearing online is to reply directly from the screen.

For iPhone: Slide the new message to the left, tap on the view option and reply.

For Android: Tap the message on the home screen. The “Mark as read” & “reply” options will appear, tap on reply to send the message.

The quick reply feature in WhatsApp not only allows you to reply from the notification panel without even opening the app but also hides your online status from other contacts. So, only you and your preferred contact can chat now without anyone knowing that you are online.

  • Now, there is a little tedious process that involves the flight mode to appear offline when you send the message.

– Switch phone to Airplane mode.

– Open WhatsApp, go to the contact where you want to send the message, open it.

– Type the message, hit the send button while WhatsApp is running in the background.

– Turn off the Airplane mode. The message will be sent to the receiver without you appearing online.

  • If you are the kind of person who watches online shows or reads online articles through your mobile and prefers a little quiet on no incoming messages, you can shut the mobile data and WiFi exclusively for WhatsApp. Here is how:

For Android:

– Go to Settings option on your phone.

– Go to Manage Apps or Installed apps.

– Open WhatsApp app.

– Select Data Usage. Now disable mobile data or data usage, disable WiFi, and background data as well.

– Clear WhatsApp from recent apps.

For iPhone

– Go to Settings.

– Scroll down to open WhatsApp.

– Open it and deselect mobile data and background app refresh.

– Clear WhatsApp from recent apps.

iPhone users cannot disable WiFi for apps from their phones so they can consider switching it off.


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