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How to hide your WhatsApp online status – new trick lets you use ‘stealth mode’

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WHATSAPP now lets you hide your online status – so others won’t know when you’re active.

Dubbed “stealth mode” by users, the feature will prove extremely useful for fans of privacy.

You can finally hide your online status on WhatsApp

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You can finally hide your online status on WhatsAppCredit: WhatsApp / The Sun

Previously it was impossible to hide the fact that you’re online on WhatsApp.

All you could do was conceal your “Last Seen” status.

Then WhatsApp began testing the ability to hide your activity on the app.

And now it’s finally possible – with the latest WhatsApp update – to hide your online status completely.

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The new feature will be available in Settings > Privacy > Last Seen & Online.

But remember: you won’t be able to see when other people are online if you hide yourself.

To get it, make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of WhatsApp first.

WhatsApp has been criticised in the past for not allowing users to hide their online status.

“There may be different reasons why people want to use WhatsApp in stealth mode,” WhatsApp blog WABetaInfo previously said.

“Some users want to use WhatsApp without being disturbed by other people.

“Or they feel stalked by someone.”

If you want to try new WhatsApp features before everyone else, follow our guide on joining the beta below.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m In” button and then click “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

Joining the WhatsApp beta on iOS for iPhone is more difficult, and has limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s guide here.

Bonus WhatsApp trick

If that’s not enough for you, here’s a clever WhatsApp trick that you might enjoy.

Simply open your WhatsApp on iPhone, enter a chat and type out a message.

Then highlight a word (or sentence, or an entire message) and hold your finger down.

A pop-up menu will appear: now tap the BIU symbol.

This lets you change the style of your font – potentially confusing pals.

Of course, that’s not the only way to achieve this effect.

To make text bold, all you need to do is place an asterisk either side of the word or phrase you’re trying to embolden, like so: *text goes here*

Similarly, it’s also possible to make WhatsApp message italics, which is great for emphasis: italics.

It works in exactly the same was as the bold trick, but using different symbols.

You need to place an underscore on either side of the word or phrase you’re trying to edit, like this: _text goes here_

The strikethrough features draws a line all the way through your text: strikethrough.

It’s usually used to signify that something is wrong, or should be ignored.

To get a strikethrough, place a tilde (that’s that squiggly line symbol) either side of your message, like this: ~text goes here~

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