We all have our reasons for wanting to remain unnoticed on WhatsApp. You might wish to avoid a lengthy conversation or simply need some peace and quiet. Whatever the case, this guide will help you respond to messages without the sender knowing you’re online.
Part 1: Use Notification or Smartwatch
One simple way to respond to messages without appearing online involves utilizing your phone’s notifications or a smartwatch.
1.1. Reply from a Notification
If you own a smartphone that runs Android Nougat or higher, you can reply directly from the notification. This method is straightforward.
- When you receive a message, pull down the notification bar.
- You’ll find a ‘Reply’ button. Tap on it.
- Type your response and hit ‘Send’.
Doing this allows you to respond without opening the WhatsApp application.
1.2. Reply from Your Smartwatch
If you own an Android Wear watch, you can use it to reply to messages and avoid appearing online. This can be done without clicking the ‘Reply’ button, by simply viewing the entire conversation on your watch.
Part 2: Responding Offline
If notifications or smartwatches aren’t an option, you can always reply offline. This method is a bit more involved, but it’s still quite manageable.
- Disable all internet connections (Wi-Fi and mobile data) on your phone.
- Open WhatsApp and navigate to the conversation you wish to respond to.
- Compose and send your message.
- Close the WhatsApp application.
- Reestablish your internet connection (turn your Wi-Fi or mobile data back on).
By following these steps, your message will be sent without you appearing online.
Part 3: Bonus – Reading Messages Incognito Using Unseen
While the aforementioned strategies allow you to reply without appearing online, you might also want to read messages without others knowing. This is where Unseen comes in.
Unseen is an application that lets you read messages from WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber, and Facebook Messenger without appearing online. It doesn’t allow you to reply to messages offline, but it does enable you to read them discreetly.
- When you receive a notification from any of your messaging apps, Unseen will send you an invisible alert. You can even customize these alerts with different colors.
- By clicking on the WhatsApp tab in Unseen, you can read the message without the sender knowing.
- They’ll only be alerted once you hit ‘Reply’ in WhatsApp, at which point you’ll be redirected to the app and appear online.
Please note that Unseen may not always work efficiently with group chats.
So, next time you find yourself in a situation where you need to reply but prefer not to appear online, consider these steps. Rest assured, even if you don’t respond right away, your messages are likely being read.