I’m not going to go into detail, but some of you may need to reply to a WhatsApp message without appearing online. In this article, we’ll show you how to tip-toe around your friends’ glances.
Have you ever ignored a WhatsApp message in order to prevent your contacts from seeing you online and asking you for signs of life? A contact who is waiting for your reply to their message sent a few hours ago, but you don’t intend to reply because you don’t want to start a long conversation? There is a way (or even two) to avoid this kind of situation, so here are two tricks that will allow you to reply to a message without appearing online in order to prevent friends (or an ex) from pestering you.
Here is how you can reply a WhatsApp message without appearing online
1. Reply from a notification (or from your smartwatch)
If you have a device running Nougat or Oreo, the easiest way is to reply to the message directly from the notification. Open the drop-down menu and reply to the message without opening the app, but instead by clicking the Reply button in the notification.
If you have an Android Wear smartwatch, you can respond to WhatsApp messages directly from the watch and be safe from appearing online. This is even the case if you reply to the message without clicking on Reply by just looking at the whole conversation.
2. Answer offline
- Disable Wi-Fi and the mobile network connection on your smartphone.
- Open WhatsApp and the conversation you’re interested in.
- Write the message.
- Close WhatsApp.
- Reactivate Wi-Fi or the mobile network connection.
- WhatsApp will send the message without you appearing online.