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How to reply to a WhatsApp message without appearing online

How to reply to a WhatsApp message without appearing online

I won't ask you why, but I know some of you may need to reply to a WhatsApp message without appearing online. In this article, we’ll show you several ways to avoid this particular type of social pressure.

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.

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Reply from a notification (or from your smartwatch)

If you have a smartphone running Android Nougat or higher, 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.

Or, 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.

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Click Reply from within the notification or use your smartwatch to avoid your friends knowing you're online. / © AndroidPIT

Answer while offline

  1. Disable all connections to the internet (Wi-Fi and the mobile network) on your smartphone.
  2. Open WhatsApp and the conversation you're interested in replying in.
  3. Write and send your reply.
  4. Close WhatsApp.
  5. Reconnect to the internet (reactivate Wi-Fi or the mobile network connection).
  6. WhatsApp will send the message without you ever appearing online.

Bonus: Read a WhatsApp message in Incognito mode with Unseen

Unseen is an app that allows you to view WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber and Facebook Messenger messages without appearing online. This trick will not allow you to reply to messages while offline, but only read received messages without others knowing. You can then take your time before answering.

Each time you receive a notification from your messaging apps, you’ll receive an Unseen alert that you can customize with different colors. By clicking on the WhatsApp tab, you can read the message and your contact will only know you read the message when you click Reply in WhatsApp. You will then be redirected to the WhatsApp app and you will be visible again. Side note: the app doesn’t always work properly with groups.

If your friends have Unseen, know that even if you don't get an answer, your messages have most probably already been read.

Don't forget to check out our ultimate list of WhatsApp tips and tricks and check out the latest features from recent WhatsApp updates!

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  • hi your article is so informative so please keep sharing.


  • I wish all people in my acquaintance were Telegram users. I don't like WhatsApp because it is owned by Facebook. I don't like WhatsApp because its practices and operations are somewhat mischievous and developers don't have any humanitarian but rather financial motives (unlike Telegram) to operate it.


  • I wish all people in my acquaintance were Telegram users. I don't like WhatsApp because it is owned by Facebook. I don't like WhatsApp because its practices and operations are somewhat mischievous and developers don't have any humanitarian but rather financial motives (unlike Telegram) to operate it.


  • Aoki 4 months ago Link to comment

    I have 2 phones with Whatsapp installed. On 1 my contact was online and on the other 1 offline. How can this be? I there a trick for being online and active but "blocking" individuals without them noticing (ie. no Online and/or Last Seen status to be seen)? FYI if you complety block someone they will know because they can't see your profile picture anymore. So that ain't the trick either...


  • JeffD 5 months ago Link to comment

    Hmmmmm...instant, live communications thwarted. Why not just return to emailing?


  • What a cool trick this is!

    I have tried many times this trick. It works, what else does anyone need now?


  • storm 5 months ago Link to comment

    Better still, how to get out of the toxic dead end Facebook universe and stay out.


  • Really cool!!
    Is there any way to make the text not delivered!? :D

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