How to Disable Google Hangouts Last Seen Feature

The last seen or last active feature has become a regular feature for most instant messengers and Hangouts is no different. However, the last seen feature is quite dreaded by some, due to the fact that people come to know when you ignore them. Thankfully, Google has been kind enough to give you an option to disable Hangouts’ last seen feature. So, if you are landing into trouble with the Google Hangouts last seen feature, here’s how to disable it on different platforms.

Disable Last Seen in the Hangouts Web Client or Extension

If you happen to use Google Hangouts through its web portal, you can just login to your Google account in the Hangouts web client. Then, hit the hamburger menu button to bring up the sidebar.


Here, click on “Settings“. In the Settings page, untick the option “Show when you were last online” to disable the last seen feature.


You can also disable Hangouts’ last active feature through its Chrome extension as well. You can just open the Chrome app, hit the hamburger menu button and from the options, untick the option “Show when you were last online”.


Disable Last Seen in Gmail Web Client

If you don’t use the standalone web client or extension of Hangouts and instead, you use Hangouts in Gmail, you can still disable last seen.

To do it, you can just click on your name and untick the option “Show when you were last seen online”.


Disable Last Seen in Hangouts App

On Android

To disable last screen in the Hangouts app on an Android smartphone or tablet, just open the hamburger menu and head to Settings. Here, select your account.


Then, tap on the “Share you status” option and just turn off the toggle for “Last seen”.


On iOS

If you are using Google Hangouts on an iPhone or iPad, you can just head to the Settings in the app and tap on the “Status” option.


Here, just turn off the “Last active” option to disable last seen in Hangouts.


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Easily turn off the last seen feature in Google Hangouts

Well, those were some simple steps to disable last seen in Google Hangouts. Be it your PC, Mac or your smartphone, Google lets you turn off last active in Hangouts from anywhere, which is certainly great.

While Google might be relegating Hangouts to enterprise users in the future, it’s not going away anytime soon. So, we hope this simple tutorial on Hangouts comes in handy for you.

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  • Rico says:

    Did this but my friends are able to see when I was last active. Weird.

  • Tom says:

    Is the “last seen” feature automatically put in place for all users, or is it first enabled by a user?

  • K says:

    Informative article.
    I’ve found another ‘trick’ by myself while using Hangouts on Android.

    To see a message without the other person getting a ‘Read Message Bubble’, follow this (most obvious) method:
    1. Open Hangouts while connected to the internet
    2. Turn off Wifi/Data once the app launches
    3. Open the conversation you wish to read
    4. Click on the RECENT APPS button once you’re done reading the message and clear Google Hangouts from the apps list.

    This method still works today for some reason while Messenger and Whatsapp don’t really let you get away.

    • Proxy says:

      Amazing tip cause what has been explained in the article doesn’t work AT ALL.

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