How To Remove Last Seen On Microsoft Teams

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As a frequent Microsoft Teams user, I recognize the significance of maintaining privacy on messaging applications. A topic that has caused some debate is the “last seen” indicator, displaying the most recent activity of a user on the platform. While this feature may be helpful for certain individuals, others may want to keep their online status undisclosed. This article will provide instructions on how to remove the “last seen” indicator on Microsoft Teams.

Understanding the Last Seen Feature

The “last seen” feature on Microsoft Teams allows other users to see the timestamp of your last activity on the platform. This includes when you were last active, such as when you were last online or when you last sent a message. While this can be helpful for team collaboration, it can also invade your privacy if you prefer to keep your online activities private.

Step-by-Step Guide to Remove Last Seen on Microsoft Teams

  1. Launch the Microsoft Teams application on your device.
  2. Click on your profile picture or initials at the top right corner of the screen.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select “Settings”.
  4. In the “Settings” menu, navigate to the “Privacy” tab.
  5. Under the “Privacy” tab, you will find an option called “Show when you were last active”.
  6. To remove the “last seen” indicator, simply toggle off the switch next to the option.
  7. Once the switch is turned off, your online status and the last seen indicator will no longer be visible to other users.

It’s important to note that by disabling the “last seen” feature, you will also lose the ability to see other users’ online status and last seen information. Keep this in mind if you rely on these indicators for team collaboration and communication.

Personal Commentary:

Personally, I find the option to remove the “last seen” indicator on Microsoft Teams extremely useful. It provides me with a greater sense of privacy and control over my online presence. I can now focus on my work without the constant worry of others knowing when I was last active.

However, it’s worth considering the implications of disabling this feature. While it may enhance my privacy, it also limits my ability to see the online status of my colleagues and teammates. Depending on the nature of your work and collaboration, this trade-off may or may not be worthwhile.


The “last seen” indicator on Microsoft Teams can be a useful tool for team collaboration, but it’s not for everyone. If you value your privacy and prefer not to have your online activities visible to others, you can easily disable this feature in the settings. Just remember that by doing so, you will also lose the ability to see the online status of your colleagues. Ultimately, the decision to remove the “last seen” indicator depends on your personal preferences and the dynamics of your team.