How to Know Whether Someone is Connected to WhatsApp

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: July 28, 2023
How to Know Whether Someone is Connected to WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a popular instant messaging service designed for smartphones, relying on an internet connection to facilitate text messages, voice messages, and calls. One of its distinctive features, which initially set it apart, is the ability to track message delivery, read receipts, and response indicators. When it comes to important messages, whether for professional or personal reasons, you may be eager to ensure they have been received. This desire can stem from impatience, anticipation, or even the need to retract a message before it's seen.

In this article, oneHOWTO will guide you on how to know if someone is currently using WhatsApp on both iPhone and Android devices. However, it's essential to understand that this process may not be as straightforward as it once was due to certain changes and privacy settings on the platform.

You may also be interested in: What Happens When I Block Someone on WhatsApp?

Steps to follow:


If you're curious about how to check someone's online status on WhatsApp, the process is quite similar for both Android and iOS devices. The considerations you need to keep in mind remain consistent, and the crucial factor is the settings rather than the specific device you're using. There might be some minor operational and design differences, but the core steps are comparable.

Firstly, open your WhatsApp application on your device. For iPhone users, you'll find the "Chats" icon located at the bottom of your screen, while Android users will see it at the top. Once you're in the "Chats" section, you can select the person you want to communicate with from your message list by tapping on their name.

Upon clicking on the person's name, your conversation with them will appear on the screen. If you prefer, you can also utilize the 'write message' icon to initiate a new chat and search for the person's name from there. Additionally, if you've had previous conversations with this individual, you'll be able to see your chat history with them.

By following these steps, you can conveniently check if someone is online on WhatsApp and initiate a conversation with them. Remember that privacy settings on WhatsApp can influence whether or not users show their online status, so keep that in mind while using the app to communicate with others.

How to Know Whether Someone is Connected to WhatsApp - Step 1

Once you are in the conversation, direct your attention to the top part of the screen, right below the contact's name. If the contact is currently online, you will see the word "online" displayed there.

Moreover, if your contact is in the process of sending you a message, you will observe a status such as "typing" or "recording audio" on that same line of text. This indication informs you that your contact is actively engaged in composing a message or recording a voice note to send to you.

Discover what happens after you block someone on WhatsApp in this other article.

How to Know Whether Someone is Connected to WhatsApp - Step 2

If the person you are trying to reach is not currently using WhatsApp, you will see a different status displayed under their name at the top of the screen.

It will typically show a message like "last seen today at..." followed by a specific time. This indicates the last time the contact was active on WhatsApp, but it doesn't necessarily mean that they have read your message or are currently using the app.

This "last seen" status helps you understand when your contact was last active on WhatsApp, which can give you an idea of their availability or responsiveness. However, it's essential to remember that some users may have chosen to disable the "last seen" feature in their privacy settings, so you might not always see this information for all contacts.

Be sure to check out this article, where we discuss who can see your WhatsApp status.

How to Know Whether Someone is Connected to WhatsApp - Step 3

When you go to the "Chats" section in WhatsApp, you'll find a list of your recent chats, and there are several helpful symbols, known as "Read Receipts," that provide valuable information about the status of your messages. Here's what each symbol means:

  • Clock symbol: this indicates that the message has not yet been sent to the WhatsApp servers. It usually occurs when you are not connected to the internet at the moment of sending the message.

  • 1 gray tick: this means that the message has been sent to the WhatsApp servers but has not yet been received by the intended contact. The lack of reception is likely because the recipient has not been connected to the internet since the message was sent.

  • 2 gray ticks: this symbolizes that the message has been successfully delivered to the recipient's device, but it has not been opened or read yet.

  • 2 blue ticks: When you see this, it indicates that the recipient has received and opened the message. While it is likely that they have read the message, it's not an absolute guarantee, as smartphones often show push notifications with message previews without opening the app. In such cases, the blue ticks may not appear even if the recipient has read the message.

Keep in mind that the read receipts are a useful indicator of the message status, but they depend on the recipient's settings and connectivity at the time of message delivery. Some users may have disabled read receipts, in which case you won't see the blue ticks even if they've read the message. Additionally, if the recipient has turned off data or internet connectivity, the status may not update until they connect again.

Don't overlook this other article where we discuss how to recover deleted WhatsApp chats.

How to Know Whether Someone is Connected to WhatsApp - Step 4

WhatsApp employs end-to-end encryption, which ensures that messages are secure and can only be read by the sender and the recipient, preventing third-party access to the content. However, being owned by Facebook has raised apprehensions among users leading to concerns over data privacy and safety on the platform in general.

To address some of these privacy concerns, WhatsApp has introduced changes to its privacy settings. Users now have the option to control what information they share with others, particularly regarding their online status and last seen timestamp.

By navigating to the privacy settings, which are found in the top right-hand menu on Android and the bottom right 'cog' symbol on iPhone, users can choose to toggle off the "Last Seen" option.

By doing so, users can decide whether they want their online status to be visible to everyone, only their contacts, or nobody at all. Selecting "Everyone" allows any user who has your phone number to see your connection status, even if you haven't added them to your contacts. "My Contacts" limits this visibility to only those you have added, while choosing "Nobody" ensures that your online status remains invisible to all users.

It's important to note that if someone else has changed their privacy settings to hide their connection status, you won't be able to see when they were last online. This can create a fairness element in the settings, as those who choose to hide their connection status won't be able to view the online status of other users who have also opted for increased privacy.

These privacy settings offer users more control over their information and help address concerns about sharing online status and last seen details, allowing users to enjoy WhatsApp with a greater sense of security and autonomy.

Make sure not to miss this article where we discuss how to hide WhatsApp conversations.

How to Know Whether Someone is Connected to WhatsApp - Step 5

WhatsApp's privacy settings also allow users to control the visibility of Read Receipts, which indicates whether someone has read their messages. By going into the Privacy settings, users can find an option to turn off Read Receipts.

When Read Receipts are turned off, it means that others will not be able to see if you have read their messages. In turn, you will also lose the ability to see if others have read your messages. The messages you send will continue to appear with two grey ticks, regardless of whether the recipients have read them or not.

This setting offers users an additional layer of privacy and allows them to maintain a level of anonymity when it comes to reading messages. However, it also means that you won't receive the convenience of knowing whether your messages have been read by others.

You might find the other article interesting, where we discuss the issue of WhatsApp profile pictures not showing.

If you want to read similar articles to How to Know Whether Someone is Connected to WhatsApp, we recommend you visit our Internet category.

Write a comment
What did you think of this article?
eileen sordi
Haven't found the answer to above question.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Eileen,

We unsure which question you mean. Let us know some more info and we can try to help. Otherwise, the answer to the title question is in the article text.
I want to know my special user is online or not in whatsup
I have 2 friends who tell me they downloaded WhatsApp. They are not in my WA contacts list. Is there another way to know if they downloaded correctly?
OneHowTo Editor
Maybe your cache needs to be refreshed. Switch your device on and switch it on again.
They should appear on your whatsapp list then
Hope this helps
Anxel Torrente
This article didn't answer the question "How to know whether someone is connected to WhatsApp?". What it answered was the question "How to know if your whatsapp contacts are online?", which wasn't the subject. My last comment is "Do it again and do it correct!".
OneHowTo Editor
Being connected and online are synonyms
How to tell if someone is not connected to internet
OneHowTo Editor
Dear Lin, it's a bit more complicated to know if someone is connected to the Internet or not and it requires highly technical skills to do so, as well as not being very ethical. Hope our article on how to know whether someone is connected to WhatsApp is useful though!
1 of 6
How to Know Whether Someone is Connected to WhatsApp