We always receive several questions regarding WhatsApp statuses, including, who can see my WhatsApp status?, Why is my status not showing to my Friends? Why my friend’s status is not visible to me, etc. Are you facing Whatsapp Status not Showing Issue? Many WhatsApp users face the same issue and ask why their friends’ status is not visible 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 phone number. So if you chat with someone, your WhatsApp number will be visible to that person. Similarly, the other person’s number will be visible to you also. So, 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.
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.
- My Contacts
- My contacts expect
- 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.
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 relate to 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 three options.
- My Contacts
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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. 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, WhatsApp status won’t be available for unsaved numbers in a usual scenario. 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.
Can People See My Number on Whatsapp?
WhatsApp works with mobile numbers only. So if someone initiates a chat with you, definitely they have your number. So obviously, they can see the number and your name as well. WhatsApp uses numbers as the identification and any communication can be done only with the mobile number only. Currently, number hiding by username is available in Telegram and we hope a similar option be implemented in 2022.
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 WhatsApp Status?
Yes, though many people know this, still we are receiving questions from users asking who can see my WhatsApp status. 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 Whats App 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.
WhatsApp status not showing due to the Server issues?
In the past few years, we have seen that the Facebook services include WhatsApp went down multiple times, and in that case, you might not see any status. So, in the future, if you see that the WhatsApp status is not working and you can’t see the status of your friends, first make sure that the WhatsApp is working or now. For that, you need to do the following steps.
To check whether WhatsApp is working, follow the below steps.
- Make sure your mobile has a working internet connection; you can use any non-Facebook services like YouTube or Google app, etc.
- Once you verify that you have an internet connection, try to send a WhatsApp message to your friend. If the message is sent successfully and you can see a blue tick, you can confirm that WhatsApp is working and there is no issue with WhatsApp or its server. In that case, the problem might be with WhatsApp status. If the WhatsApp message is not sent or delivered, it might be an issue with the WhatsApp service.
Is there any issue with WhatsApp beta version?
Mainly, there won’t be any issue in using the beta version, and that won’t be the issue in not showing the WhatsApp status. However, the WhatsApp beta version might contain some unstable features and updates that might be buggy. So there are a few chances that the beta version is the cause of the status issue.
If you are on the WhatsApp beta version and belives that the WhatsApp status is missing due to the beta update, try to leave the beta program or reinstall WhatApp with the stable public version.