How to change your privacy settings

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You can adjust your privacy settings to control who can see your information and contact you. By default, WhatsApp sets your privacy settings to allow:
  • Any user can see your profile photo, read receipts and when you’re online.
  • Your contacts can see your status updates, about and when you were last seen.
  • Any users can add you to groups.
Note: Users you’ve saved as a contact or who you’ve messaged before can see your last seen and online.
Change privacy settings
  1. Tap
    more options
    > Settings > Privacy.
  2. You can change:
    • Who can see your Last Seen and Online, Profile Photo, About information, and Status updates.
    • Whether Read receipts are sent.
    • Who can add you to Groups or call you.
    • Which calls get silenced.
Privacy settings options
You can set your last seen and online, profile photo, about, or status to the following options:
  • Everyone: All users can see your profile photo, about, or status.
  • My Contacts: Only contacts from your address book can see your last seen and online, profile photo, about, or status.
  • My Contacts Except…: Contacts from your address book, except those you exclude, can see your last seen and online, profile photo, about, or status.
  • Nobody: No one can see your last seen and online, profile photo, about, or status.
Alternatively, you can change your privacy settings through privacy checkup. Learn more about privacy checkup in this article.
Note:
  • If you don't share your last seen or online, you can’t see other users’ last seen or online.
  • If you select Everyone in settings for last seen or online, only those you’ve called and messaged before, or who you’ve saved as a contact, can see your last seen and online.
  • If you turn off read receipts, you can’t see read receipts from other users. Read receipts are always sent for group chats.
  • If a contact turns off read receipts, you can’t see if they’ve viewed your status updates.
  • You can change your settings to silence calls from unknown callers.
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