How to change your privacy settings

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.
Change privacy settings
  1. On:
    • Android: Tap More options
      > Settings > Privacy.
    • iPhone: Tap Settings > Privacy.
    • KaiOS: Press Options > Settings > Account > Privacy.
    • Desktop: Click Menu
      > Settings > Privacy.
  2. You can change who can:
    • See your Last Seen and Online
    • See your Profile Photo
    • See your About information
    • See your Status updates
    • See Read Receipts
    • Add you to Groups
  • If you don't share your last seen or online, you won't be able to see other users’ last seen or online.
  • If you turn off read receipts, you won't be able to see read receipts from other people. Read receipts are always sent for group chats.
  • If a contact has turned off read receipts, you won’t be able to see if they’ve viewed your status updates.
  • People online in a chat thread with you can see when you’re typing.
  • 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.
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