How to change your privacy settings

Web and Desktop
By default, WhatsApp sets your privacy settings to allow:
  • Any user to see your profile photo, read receipts and when you’re online.
  • Your contacts to see your status updates, about and when you were last seen.
  • Any users to 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. Click
    > Settings > Privacy.
  2. You can change:
    • Who can see your Last Seen and Online
    • Who can see your Profile Photo.
    • Who can see your About information.
    • Who can see your Status updates.
    • Whether Read Receipts get sent.
    • Who can add you to Groups.
    • Which calls get silenced.
    • Who can call you.
Alternatively, you can change your privacy settings through privacy checkup. Learn more about privacy checkup in this article.
  • If you don't share your last seen or online, you can’t see other users’ last seen or online.
  • If you turn off read receipts, you won't be able to see read receipts from other users. Read receipts are always sent for group chats.
  • If a contact has turned off read receipts, you can’t see if they’ve viewed your status updates.
  • 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 when you’re last seen and online.
  • There is no way to hide your phone number when using WhatsApp. Your phone number will still be visible even if the recepient has not saved your number in their contact list.
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