Invisible on WhatsApp: How to go invisible on WhatsApp without deleting it

WhatsApp has been one of the biggest messaging applications we use for keeping in contact with people on a regular basis. Though it's all quite convenient, due to the endless notifications and stupid forwards, it tends to get annoying sometimes. Now let's see 6 simple steps to go invisible on WhatsApp.


by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 23, 2020 11:03 IST

Tags: App News Tech
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Here's what you need to know

There are six simple things you can do to make yourself invisible for some time. At any point in time, you can turn those back on and resume daily operations as usual. It is going to cover a notch above your 'Last Seen'/'Online' status and your 'Read Notifications' - not only do you appear offline with these measures, but you do not get alerts or end up opening the app unless you wish.

1. Record a silent clip and set as WhatsApp notification tone: You can't have a notification tone for WhatsApp, and you can't always keep your phone silent, so the next best thing to do is record silence on your phone and use it as a WhatsApp ringtone. It's easier on Ios, a little harder to pull off on the iPhone, but you'll do it if you want to.

2. Disable WhatsApp notifications: Record your phone's pin-drop silence for a few seconds, save it under a proper file name (Silent ringtone maybe, you can always be creative). Open WhatsApp, go to Settings, then Notifications, and choose Silent Ringtone as your Notification and Call Ringtone. If you get a message on WhatsApp, no updates will be received, and the message does not show up on your phone. The app icon can show unchecked messages, but it doesn't matter if you pick up your phone to check.

3.  Turn off notification light: After you have turned off WhatsApp notifications, switching those off for WhatsApp as well if your phone comes with LED notifications. This will ensure you are not intimated about a message or call on WhatsApp. 

Open WhatsApp, go to Settings, go to notifications, choose light, then choose None. You may also remove the WhatsApp shortcut from your home screen so that when you open the main app tab, you do not see the alerts. You can continue to receive your messages, so when you want to, you can check them out.

4. Turn off mobile data: You should turn off mobile data for WhatsApp just to take the extra step and make sure you don't get any messages until you want them to. 

Go to Settings on the phone, open Apps, open Apps list, pick WhatsApp, and press on Force stop.

5. Disable background data: That only works for devices running Android. Under Phone Settings, disable Background Data within the data option and revoke all WhatsApp app permissions. All this does is disable the app without removing or uninstalling it. Nonetheless, this will start working again the very moment you open the app-but we've already taught you how to ignore notifications.

6. Do not open WhatsApp after Force Stop button is on: If you don't want the sender to receive a 'Double Tick' notification showing that the message was sent (and received on your device), don't open WhatsApp after hitting the ' Force Stop' button. 

You can undo all of those steps as and when you select Protection Status