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

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.? For example, 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 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 ensure you are not using your phone number for WhatsApp if you are concerned with privacy. You can find your WhatsApp number in the profile. Just click on your profile picture, which will show your number below your profile photo and name.

WhatsApp Privacy Settings

Before moving into the details, one more thing needs to be noted. Some people are using WhatsApp Status downloader to view and download WhatsApp Status, in the case where the official app is not showing the Statuses. You could try that method also if nothing worked. Now move on to the Privacy setting.

If you check the privacy settings in your WhatsApp (Open WhatsApp and click on the menu. Then go to 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 accounts.

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 the 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 can they see their friend’s profile picture 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 WhatsApp on your phone, click on the menu. From the list goto, settings >> accounts >> privacy >> profile photo); here, you can see three options.

  1. Everyone
  2. My Contacts
  3. Nobody

Everyone – If it is set in this option, anyone who has WhatsApp can see your profile photo, there is 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 you can see it; no other person can see it.

So, in general, WhatsApp status by default (once an account is 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 mainly works in all cases; however, for some users, the status is still unavailable for their friends, or their friend’s status is not available. 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 your google account, you can check the article.

FAQ Related to WhatsApp Status Showing Issue

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

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 an 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 your contact.

Why the WhatsApp Status Suddenly Disappeared?

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

How to Know if Someone Saved your Number on WhatsApp?

There is no direct option to check whether you saved your number on WhatsApp. But we can check it by WhatsApp status. To do so, save the number you want to test in your contact. Next, Post a WhatsApp status in your account (ensure 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?

Some people ask, can people see my number on whatsapp? The answer is yes. WhatsApp works with mobile numbers only. So if someone initiates a chat with you, they have your number. So obviously, they can see the number and your name as well. WhatsApp uses numbers to identify; any communication can be done only with a mobile number. 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, click the menu, then go to 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?

Though many people know this, we still receive 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 sets 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, there is no option to view the Status. So, there is no trick involved in viewing a hidden WhatsApp Status.

Is WhatsApp status not showing due to Server issues?

In the past few years, we have seen that the Facebook services, including 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 your friends’ status, first make sure that WhatsApp is working now. For that, you need to do the following steps.

To check whether WhatsApp is working, follow the below steps.

  1. Make sure your mobile has a working internet connection; you can use any non-Facebook services like YouTube or Google app, etc.
  2. 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.

Does WhatsApp Show Your Number?

Yes, As mentioned before, WhatsApp uses the number as the account id. Therefore, WhatsApp will display the number within the profile section. Unfortunately, there is no option to hide the WhatsApp number. If you need to hide the number from others, the best option is to try an alternative messaging application like Telegram.

Is there any issue with the WhatsApp Beta version?

Mainly, there won’t be any issue in using the beta version, which 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 changes that the beta version is the cause of the status issue.

If you are on the WhatsApp beta version and believe 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.

Whatsapp Status Seen by Unsaved Number, is that possible?

WhatsApp status can only be seen for a saved number, and it is not possible to view the WhatsApp status of an unsaved number. If you try to delete a contact from your phone after stating the WhatsApp status, that particular status will be visible to the deleted contact. However, any new status after deleting the contact won’t be seen by the deleted contact.

How to Find My Whatsapp Number?

Suppose you are using an iPhone; open WhatsApp and tap on the Setting option at the bottom. Then, from the settings section, tap on the profile image. On the next screen, you can see your currently registered WhatsApp number.

If you are using an Android device, open WhatsApp on your android mobile and tap on the menu icon (3 dots) at the top right corner. From the popup menu, select settings. Tap the profile image from the settings section to find the currently registered WhatsApp number.

Can Anyone Download My WhatsApp Status?

Yes, there are several third-party applications available to download WhatsApp status. So anyone in your WhatsApp contact can download your WhatsApp status freely with the help of the WhatsApp downloader app. However, there is no official way to download WhatsApp statuses.

Can I Download WhatsApp Status Using WhatsApp Status Viewer Without WhatsApp Account?

No, you can view and download any WhatsApp status using WhatsApp status viewer with a valid WhatsApp account only. This is because WhatsApp profiles are not publicly available and are based on the phone number; any user with a valid WhatsApp account can only view and download any other WhatsApp status directly and by using any WhatsApp status viewer.

Fix WhatsApp Status Privacy Issue

If you have restricted the WhatsApp status privacy to contact or only to selected people and it is not working as expected, you can try the following quick fix for the WhatsApp status views problem.

Step 1: Goto WhatsApp Settings

Step 2: Then Accounts section and then Privacy

Step 3: Set the WhatsApp status privacy for Everyone or My Contacts. Similarly, the Last Seen & Online option to Everyone or My Contacts.

Step 5: No, close the settings and restart WhatsApp. Now the status will be visible for you.

Step 4: You can change the privacy settings to your preferred option.

Can I Download WhatsApp Status Directly to iPhone Gallery?

On iPhone, it is not possible officially to download any WhatsApp status to the phone gallery. Currently, neither WhatsApp nor iPhone provides the option to download the WhatsApp status directly to the phone gallery.

Why can t i See My Friends Updated Status on Whatsapp

If you cannot see your friend’s latest updated status, it might be an issue syncing the status posts. Usually, once the status post is added to someone’s profile, it will be available instantly to all the other WhatsApp users WhatsApp. If such posts are unavailable to you, it might be an asyncing issue. In that case, make sure you are connected to the internet and check whether your friend’s contact number (WhatsApp user) is still saved in your phone.

Whatsapp Status Not Showing – Possible Reasons

Apart from the abovementioned reasons, like the number not being saved in your contacts or not saved in your friend’s mobile, other reasons can cause the Whatsapp Status Not Showing issue. As a part of the privacy, now a user can restrict the status viewing option.

WhatsApp users can allow or restrict others from viewing their status. Any WhatsApp user can set their WhatsApp status to show only to selected users. Or they can restrict a selected person from viewing the status, etc. In short, any WhatsApp user can block or allow any user from viewing the WhatsApp status at any time.

51 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.

    • Hello,
      Open WhatsApp settings
      Go to Accounts
      Click on Privacy
      Last Seen – change this to everyone.

      Only now you can see other’s status too.

  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.

  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.

  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

  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.

  17. Hi I just noticed an unusual thing, some number that is not saved and not even on whatsapp viewed my status. I save the number because I wanted to see who the person is but the number doesn’t have WhatsApp.

    • That is strange. It won’t be possible if the number does not have a WhatsApp account. Maybe the number is on WhatsApp but may not be updated with your contacts.

  18. My friend saved my number and I saved hers too, I can see her status and she complains she can’t see mine or else she open my pics before she can see mine so she deleted my number and re saved it and I did too but still she can’t see my status and I can see hers


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