Why the WhatsApp Status of My Friend is not Visible to Me ?

Many people are asking me the question of why the status of their friend 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’s privacy, our status can only be made available to those who are in our contacts.

If you check the privacy settings in your WhatsApp (from the application, settings >> accounts >> privacy >> status) you can see only 3 options

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  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 sort of private mode, and you can select only those who like so that people can only see your status.

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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, then 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 also different and not related to the status. One more time, you can check the privacy settings (from the application, settings >> accounts >> privacy >> profile photo), here you can see 3 options

  1. Everyone
  2. My Contacts
  3. Nobody

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Everyone – If it 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 still not available for their friends, or their friend’s status 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. What you need to do is, 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.

40 thoughts on “Why the WhatsApp Status of My Friend is not Visible 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?


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