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How to Fix WhatsApp Last Seen Not Showing?

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

"Hi, All of a sudden, I cannot see the last seen of my friends. Does anyone know why WhatsApp Last Seen status not showing?"

It's surprising many folks still do not know the "WhatsApp Last Seen". Well, it's a feature on WhatsApp that allows users to see the last time and date their contacts' got active online.

Perhaps you sent someone a message on WhatsApp that has been delivered but not read, the Last Seen feature can come in handy to know if they were online recently and intentionally ignored your message or haven't checked WhatsApp at all.

Sometimes, the WhatsApp Last Seen fails to update correctly, thus preventing you from seeing a contact's status. However, if you're in a similar situation right now, don't panic. This guide has covered all you need to know about Last Seen not showing in WhatsApp. Just keep reading to find out more.

fix whatsapp last seen

Part 1: Common Causes of WhatsApp Last Seen Not Showing

WhatsApp Last Seen not showing is not a technical issue. Perhaps you've made some privacy settings that are not allowing you to see your contacts' online activity, you're blocked, etc. Read on to see some of the common causes why WhatsApp Last Seen might not show.

a. Privacy settings

The first common reason is Privacy Settings. If you turn ON "Nobody" under Last Seen in WhatsApp Privacy settings, chances are you might not see the online status activities of all your contacts. It doesn't matter if they have you on their contact list.

b. Unstable Internet Connection

An unstable internet connection will hinder you from viewing WhatsApp Last Seen of a contact. So, It's essential you have a stable internet network if you want to see someone's Last Seen on WhatsApp.

c. You're Blocked

If the person has blocked you on WhatsApp, his/her Last Seen won't show. So you need to ask the person to unblock you if you want to start seeing his/her Last Seen again.

d. You're Not on Their Contact List

Unfortunately, it's impossible to view the WhatsApp Last Seen of someone who doesn't have you on his/her contact list.

Part 2: How to Fix Last Seen Not Showing in WhatsApp

You don't need technical knowledge to fix Last Seen not showing on WhatsApp. Here, we've explained five fantastic solutions that can fix this problem for you. So, don't hesitate to read on.

Fix 1: Switch to Stable Internet

Your internet connection could be why you're not seeing someone's Last Seen on WhatsApp. So, if this is the case for you, it's advisable you switch to a stable internet network or, if possible, connect to a stable Wifi network.

Fix 2: Update Your Privacy Settings

The WhatsApp Privacy Setting allow users to apply different types of privacy setting on their WhatsApp ranging from who could see their WhatsApp Last Seen, Profile Photo, About, Status, etc.

If under Last Seen, you've selected 'Nobody' or except certain people from seeing your last seen by selecting 'My Contacts Except', you need to change this setting to start seeing your contacts last seen again.

See how to update your Privacy Settings on WhatsApp below;

Step 1: Open the WhatsApp application on your Android or iOS device and navigate to 'Settings.'

  • For Android, tap the three-dot icon at the top right corner and select Settings from the drop-down, while on iPhone, tap the Settings icon at the bottom of the screen as shown in the screenshot below;

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Account, then choose Privacy.

choose privacy

Step 3: Tap on Last Seen from the new page. You'll see different options. This includes Everyone, Contacts, My Contacts Except…, and Nobody. Select Everyone.

select everyone

You should start seeing your contact's WhatsApp Last Seen afterward.

Fix 3: Update WhatsApp

If you've tried the above methods but still can't see WhatsApp Last Seen, then you might be running an outdated version of the WhatsApp app. With the outdated WhatsApp version, there is a high chance that bugs that won't let you see Last Seen on WhatsApp. For this reason, we recommend you try updating the WhatsApp application to fix the issue.

The process to employ this WhatsApp Last Seen not showing fix is explained below;

For Android

Step 1: Open the Playstore app on your Android phone and tap the three horizontal lines at the top-left corner.

Step 2: Tap on My Apps & Game.

tap on my apps and game

Step 3: Locate WhatsApp and tap Update to update the application on your phone to its latest version.

For iPhone

Step 1: Launch App Store on your iPhone.

launch app store

Step 2: Tap on the Profile icon at the top-right corner.

tap on the profile icon

Step 3: Scroll down to Available Updates and find WhatsApp, then tap Update to finalize the operation.

tap update

Fix 4: Restart Your Phone

Running too many applications on your phone simultaneously could cause it to start hanging, and WhatsApp might be unable to update Last Seen in such a situation. To fix the issue, you should restart your phone to refresh its memory and allows WhatsApp to start running smoothly again.

For Android

Step 1: Press the Power button on your phone.

Step 2: Tap on Reboot to restart your phone.

tap on reboot

For iPhone

Step 1: Press the Power + Volume Up button on your iPhone.

press button

Step 2: Slide to power off to turn off your iPhone, then restart it.

Fix 5: Clear WhatsApp Cache [Android]

Clearing the WhatsApp cache is another reliable way to fix WhatsApp's Last Seen not showing. As we all know, clearing cache is a great way to fix general problems affecting the functionality of any app or website. So, try clearing the WhatsApp cache to fix the problem.

Here is how to do that;

Step 1: Open Settings on your phone and select Apps & Notification. Locate WhatsApp and tap on it.

open settings

Step 2: Tap on Storage and Cache and select Clear Cache. You can also clear WhatsApp storage by selecting Clear Storage if needed.

select clear cache

Before clearing WhatsApp Caches or storage, it's advisable you back up your chats and other data to be on the safer side. MobileTrans is the ideal software to perform this kind of operation as it allows a fast and seamless WhatsApp backup from Android or iPhone to a computer for free.

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See how to use the MobileTrans to back up WhatsApp on a computer below;

Step 1: Install MobileTrans on your Mac or Windows PC.

Step 2: Launch the MobileTrans tool and select the Backup & Restore module, then click Backup under App Backup & Restore section.

backup and restore

Step 3: Choose WhatsApp from the list of apps displayed on your screen and connect your mobile device to the PC using a compatible USB cable.

select whatsapp

Step 4: Click on the "Start" button to begin the backup process.

begin the backup process

Step 5: Do not disconnect the phone during the WhatsApp backup process.

disconnect the phone

Part 3: FAQs

1. Will Someone Know If I Check Their Last Seen On WhatsApp?

Nobody can know if you check their WhatsApp last seen.

2. How to Check Last Seen on WhatsApp if It Is Hidden?

You can only use third-party apps to check if a contact's last seen on WhatsApp is hidden. Some of these apps include WhatsStat, WhatsDog, etc.

3. How to freeze the Last Seen on WhatsApp for one person?

Actually, there is no way to freeze your Last Seen for one person on official WhatsApp. You can only choose who can see your Last Seen status. However, you can try the MOD like GBWhatsApp to cutomize your privacy settings.

Conclusion

WhatsApp Last Seen is helpful when the need to stay updated with your contact's online status arises. Kudos to the dev for coming up with this excellent feature.

Nevertheless, if you encounter the WhatsApp Last Seen not showing error, the solutions introduced on this page are reliable to fix the problem. All you need is to choose a fix that suits your requirements.

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