Many people are asking me the question that, why the status of their friend is not visible for them even if they saved their number in the contacts. It is not actually an issue or any 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 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
- My Contacts
- My contacts expect…
- Only share with…
The first option will let you to 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 expect the selected people.
The third option is mostly some sort of private mode, you can select only those who like, so that people can only see your status.
So as we mentioned, WhatsApp does not have an option to make your status available to public. So you can only see it if your friend have your number saved in their contact. It does not have any relation whether or not you have their number saved on you contact.
Regarding this same matter, then a second question comes from many users. if it is like the above mentioned way, then why they can see the profile picture of their friend, if they doesn’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
- My Contacts
Everyone – If it is set in this option, anyone who have 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 be only visible to those numbers saved in your contact.
Nobody – Here you profile picture will be 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 anytime if you need.