Why WhatsApp Status of My Friend is Not Showing to Me ?

Are you also facing Whatsapp Status not Showing Issue? Many people are asking me why the status of their friends is not visible for them even if they saved their number in the contacts. It is not an issue or a technical problem. The answer is simple, ‘your friend doesn’t have your number saved in their contacts.’ As per WhatsApp privacy, our status can only be made available to those who are in our contacts.

Before proceeding, you should know that WhatsApp is based on your actual phone number. So if you chat with someone, your WhatsApp number will be visible to that person. Similarly, the number of the other person will be visible to you also. So, in short, WhatsApp will show your phone number to the other person. So keep that in mind and make sure you are not using your phone number for WhatsApp if you are so concerned with privacy. You can find your WhatsApp number from the profile. Just click on your profile picture, and your number will be shown below the profile photo and name.

Also Read: How to Download WhatsApp Status Video

WhatsApp Privacy Settings

If you check the privacy settings in your WhatsApp (Open WhatsApp and click on menu. Then goto, settings >> accounts >> privacy >> status), you can see only 3 options.

  1. My Contacts
  2. My contacts expect…
  3. Only share with…

The first option will let you make your status available to all the numbers saved in your contact, who have WhatsApp account.

The second option will let you make it available to all the numbers in your contact except the selected people.

The third option is mostly some private mode, and you can select only those who like it so that people can only see your status.

Also Read: Is it possible to remove a member from a WhatsApp group without notifying them ?

So as we mentioned, WhatsApp does not have an option to make your status available to the public. So you can only see it if your friend has your number saved in their contact. It does not have any relation whether or not you have their number saved on your contact.

Regarding this same matter, a second question comes from many users. If it is like the way mentioned above, then why they can see the profile picture of their friend if they don’t have your number in their contacts.

It is also different and not related to the status. One more time, you can check WhatsApp status privacy settings (Open the WhatsApp on your phone, click on the menu. From the list goto, settings >> accounts >> privacy >> profile photo), here you can see 3 options.

  1. Everyone
  2. My Contacts
  3. Nobody

Also Read: How to Activate WhatsApp Animated Stickers

Everyone – If it is set in this option, anyone who has WhatsApp can see your profile photo, no need to save the number in the contact.

My Contacts – It is the privacy mode, and in this option, your profile picture will only be visible to those numbers saved in your contact.

Nobody – Here, your profile picture is hidden, and only you can see it; no other person can see it.

So in general, WhatsApp status by default (once an account created first) is set to My Contacts and profile picture to Everybody. It can be changed at any time if you need it. The above method mostly works in all the cases; however, for some users, the status is still not available for their friends, or their friend’s status is not available for them. In this case, before reinstalling or hard resetting the application, try refreshing the contact from WhatsApp from your and your friend’s handsets.

One more thing to be noted is that WhatsApp offers an option to send messages to other WhatsApp users without even saving the number, In that case, if you receive a message, you won’t be able to view the profile picture as well Status.

If that also doesn’t work, there is one more step. You need to remove and add the google account in which your contacts were synced. If you are not sure how to resync your contact with google account, please check the article.

FAQ Related to WhatsApp Status Showing Issue

Following are some frequently asked questions by our readers regarding WhatsApp Status.

Can someone who didn’t save my number see my WhatsApp status?

No, WhatsApp status is only available to the saved numbers in your contact. So, If any WhatsApp user who didn’t save your number can’t see your Status on their WhatsApp.

How to know if my Whatsapp status is seen by unsaved number

As mentioned above, in a usual scenario, WhatsApp status won’t be available for unsaved numbers. So no need to worry about the issue. Your status won’t be visible to anyone other than the one in your contact.

Why the Whatsapp status Suddenly Disappeared?

Some WhatsApp users reported the issue multiple times. If a Whatsapp status Suddenly Disappeared, it means that the user who posted the status deleted it. One more reason is the expiry time. All the WhatsApp status gets disappeared after 24hrs.

How to know if someone saved your number on WhatsApp?

There is no direct option to check whether a person saved your number on WhatsApp. But we can check it by WhatsApp status. To do so, save the number you are looking to test in your contact. Next, Post a WhatsApp status in your account (make sure your WhatsApp status privacy settings to Contact or Everyone). In the next 24hrs, you can see whoever saw your WhatsApp status. For example, if the person mentioned above/contact viewed your Status on WhatsApp, we could ensure that your number is saved on their WhatsApp Contact.

How to set Whatsapp status privacy only share with Contacts?

It was mentioned above in the Steps. Open WhatsApp, and click menu, then goto settings >> accounts >> privacy >> status. From there, set the option to My Contact. Now, your status will be visible to your contact only.

Who Can See My Status on WhatsApp?

Your WhatsApp status will be visible to those whose phone number is saved in your phone, and at the same time, they should save your number in their phone book also. As said above, you can set the privacy as Selected Contact or All Contacts.

Can I Set Status only to a specific Whatsapp Friend List?

Yes, While setting the status privacy, you can select a particular contact and the contacts you wish to make your status visible. So that only your specific WhatsApp friends from your contact list can see the status.

How to see WhatsApp status?

Open WhatsApp on your mobile and click on the Status Tab. There you can see all the new and already viewed WhatsApp statuses. All viewed status will be listed under Viewed Updates, and all the latest WhatsApp status that is yet to be viewed will be listed under Recent Updates. Click on each so that you can see the WhatsApp status.

Why WhatsApp DP Not Showing to Me?

If the DP/Profile picture is not showing, it is not related to the status. But most probably related to privacy. That particular person/contact might not show the DP with you. It can also happen due to contact sync issues.

How to See Hidden Status on WhatsApp?

Suppose anyone set the privacy to a specific contact. Then, those contact only can see the WhatsApp status. And if you are not within the particular contact list, unfortunately, there is no option to view the Status. So, there is no trick involved in viewing a hidden WhatsApp Status.

46 thoughts on “Why WhatsApp Status of My Friend is Not Showing to Me ?”

  1. Hey there,
    In my friends contacts my number is saved and there’s isn’t any privacy but still i m unable to see their status. I also asked him about it and he said that he specially uploaded that status for me keeping the thing in mind that my number is saved and status must show to me but still not showing. Please help..!

    • Hi Andy,

      Normally, the status should be visible to you. It is recommended to ask your friend to refresh his/her contact. And try is it working.

  2. Hey there,
    I changed my WhatsApp number and since I have been unable to see my contacts statuses and they didn’t see my dp as well

    Please what can I do?

    • Hi Bisola,

      Your friends needs to have your new mobile number in their contact to see the statuses and the dp as per your privacy settings. If still problem persist, please refresh your whatsapp contact list.

  3. Same problem with my friend phone, I’m sitting right in front of his phone and mine, He can send me messages and I can send him messages too. But I can’t see his status nor can he see mine. His number is saved in my phone, so is mine in his but the problem is still persisting. Annoyed AF!

  4. I am with my fiance phone rn, he uploaded and I can’t view his upload and he can view mine. Also all setting is good.

    • If your number is saved in other party’s mobile, you can see their status (you should not block them from viewing your status). If still issue, kindly refresh the contact list and try again.

  5. I can’t see any others whatsapp status in my phone now a days, I have to see whatsapp status of my all friends, what will I do

    • Try to refresh your contact list and try. Or you can remove the google account and add it back. once the contact is synced it might work.

  6. I have uploaded a status and one of my friends saw my status but in status viewed contacts his number is not visible

  7. Hello.. I recently formatted my phone, and reinstalled WhatsApp, but since then I’ve not been able to see anyone’s status update. The funny part is that they’re actually viewing mine, while I can even see theirs.

    • The issue may be due to the contact sync issue. Please restart the device and refresh the contact list from WhatsApp.

  8. Hi. My whatsapp contact status don’t show anymore. My last seen show everyone, status should be viewed by contacts and read receipt is on. The statuses disappeared and new ones didn’t show anymore. But when i put a status everyone views it

    • make sure the contact number is saved on both of your device and if so, try refreshing contact list in the WhatsApp.

  9. All setting properly done but I can see one of my friend status but he can’t see my status what’s wrong

  10. My friend status. Last seen. And profile not show… When I open what’sup in another number so its shows all. Status profile last seen.
    Why its not show in my number..
    Even I reset my phone. I uninstall what’sup. But still problem is there

    • Even if after resinstalling the app, the problem still exist is strange. We will look into the scenario and will post the solution if found.

  11. Hi , today i noticed that someone who isnt on mu contacts list saw my status and the weird thing is that my privacy is set to be seen oy by my contacts and that person is not my contact nor know her personally. Help! This is scary

  12. Hello, the whole thing is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is sharing
    information, that’s genuinely good, keep up writing.

  13. I have made my status available to my contacts will it be seen even if thay did not save my number will it be available to them (ps: there is masseges between us)

  14. Yesterday, I saw a very strange thing in my WhatsApp. I saw many of my friends’ about phone status to be ‘Hey there! I am using WhatsApp’ but in fact they have different about status. What is the reason for it?

  15. I saved someone’s no and i seems they didn’t( coz i cant see their dp or status) so my question is will they be able to see my dp and status without saving my no or they will have to save it to see my dp since my status and dp is restricted to my contacts.

    • If you set the privacy as ‘Contact Only’, then they can’t see it. If you set the privacy for DP as public, anyone can see your picture even without saving the number.

  16. Hi,
    I cant see last seen / online of any of my contacts when I am checking there profile information but I can only see there last seen or being online when I am in there Chat.
    Is it a whatsapp Issue or my phone issue ? I have reinstalled my whatsapp but the problem is still there.

    • If you set the last seen in your account as Nobody, then you can’t see others too. So make sure you set the option to My Contacts or Everyone


Leave a Comment