When you receive a message on WhatsApp, the normal thing to do is to read it. But as soon as you do this action, according to WhatsApp's default settings, you appear as active in the messaging app. But if you want to read a message without being online in WhatsApp, the app has a few ways to achieve this, from obviously tinkering with the privacy settings to using other less common shortcuts and features. We are going to give you three of them:
How to read a WhatsApp message without appearing online
Activate WhatsApp widgets
What will happen when you receive a message? You will see that the widget screen will display the name of the contact and the entire message. In fact, if we receive several messages from different contacts, they will all appear and we just have to scroll. The advantage is that this way we do not have to go into WhatsApp to read them as we do it through the widget, and therefore it will not appear in the app neither that we have read it nor that we are online.
Replying from notifications
Another similar way is to enable notifications on your mobile for the WhatsApp app specifically. To do this:
When you receive a WhatsApp message, you will see it reflected on the mobile screen and you can read it either from the notification center or from the lock screen of the mobile. And you can also answer them from there, which means that you will not have to enter the app to read and/or answer them, and therefore you will not appear online.
Activate the Popup Window
WhatsApp has several functions to notify a user that they have received new messages. And one of them is the pop-up window. It appears in the middle of the mobile screen when it is activated and you receive a message. This window can appear when the mobile is on, off, and even on the lock screen.
But the best thing is its customization, since it can either be activated for all contacts by going to Settings > Notifications > Pop-up window, or only for those we want to see without activating the confirmation, otherwise known as custom notification. Mind that, this method is only for smartphones with Android version 9 or earlier