WhatsApp is one of the most popular chat apps in the world, with more than 1.5 billion users as of July 2019. One common question about the app is whether it is possible to tell who has viewed your profile. Can you see if anyone is checking you out or stalking you on the app? Can you control who sees your status, updates or who can contact you? In this article, I will answer these questions and more.
Controlling Your Privacy on WhatsApp
- Controlling Your Privacy on WhatsApp
- Can I see who Viewed my WhatsApp Profile??
- Can I See who is Stalking me on Whatsapp?
- Will Someone Know if I Check their Last Seen on WhatsApp?
- Can you see When Someone Has Viewed your WhatsApp Story?
- Will Someone Know if I Check their WhatsApp Last Seen Status Often?
- How can I see Someone’s WhatsApp Status Without them Knowing?
- Can You Control Who Can Contact You on WhatsApp?
As with any social network, there are people who you don’t want to be in contact with online. How much control does WhatsApp give you over who can see your information? In fact, you have a great deal of control over this information. WhatsApp lets you control who can see when you were last online, who can see your profile photo, who can see your “About” information, who can see your status, whether or not you send read receipts upon request, and whether you share your live location. For the “who can see” questions, the available settings are everyone (anybody can see the information), contacts only (only your direct contacts in the app can see the information), or nobody.
Changing these settings is very easy.
- Go into the Settings.
- Select “Account.”
- Select “Privacy.”
- Make the changes you wish to your privacy settings.
Can I see who Viewed my WhatsApp Profile??
Seeing who viewed your profile is very simple in WhatsApp: you can’t.
WhatsApp does not maintain logs of who has viewed whose profile. Profile visits aren’t counted or displayed. There are apps (banned from the app store that you have to sideload onto your phone, which should tell you something) that claim to be able to provide this information, but they aren’t telling the truth. In all honesty, there are no apps for this because WhatsApp is such a basic use app. You can have a status, but it is not like you post photos or are trying to garner likes from the outside world. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your views on privacy), it’s simply not possible to see if someone has viewed your profile or not, other than by asking them.
Can I See who is Stalking me on Whatsapp?
Yes, and no. You can only see who is stalking you if they’ve added you already. WhatsApp is a straightforward app. If someone wants to talk to you, they can call or send you a text if they have you in their contacts or if you can find you via a search. The most anyone can do to stalk on WhatsApp short of getting in touch with you (at which point you know they’re a stalker, obviously) is to check your profile out for changes. But WhatsApp isn’t a social media app in the way that things like Facebook are; generally, you put your status information on your profile and then forget about it. Other than watching your status, there isn’t any information for a stalker to collect, and there’s no way for you to see that they’re paying attention. If you are really worried about a stalker, then you can always try to figure out who it would be, stalkers are usually known to you, or you can just not use your status as a real-time update on what you are doing. No stalker is going to be able to use “Feeling Great Today!” to find out anythig about you other than that you’re in a great mood.
Will Someone Know if I Check their Last Seen on WhatsApp?
No, currently, no one can check if you’ve looked at their Last Seen on WhatsApp, and there are now no apps that let you track this. This is good news if you want to check who has also seen the other person’s story but isn’t useful for anything else. All you can see is who saw it, not how many times or the different features on the App. Only the person who put the photos on their story can see that information. If you keep checking their story, watch out because if you have receipts turned on, they can see how many times you viewed it.
Can you see When Someone Has Viewed your WhatsApp Story?
Absolutely, If you and the other person has turned on their receipts. Whatsapp works on the “it’s only fair” mantra. If they can see who’s viewed your story, you can see theirs. On the flip side, if you want to stay private, don’t turn this option on.
- Go to your “Privacy Settings” by going to your “Settings” tab.
- Go to the bottom of the page and click “Read receipts.”
After turning on “Read receipts,” both you and the other person who has turned on receipts will be able to see each other’s WhatsApp story. THIS can be handy if you are worried about a stalker, because if the other person has their read receipts on you can see how often they are looking at your story.
Will Someone Know if I Check their WhatsApp Last Seen Status Often?
The only way that someone can see if you’ve checked their WhatsApp Last Seen status often is if the person has enabled WhatsApp+. They would also have to enable the “Contacts Online Toast” feature. Since it’s unlikely that they have this (it’s a paid option), they probably won’t be able to see how many times you’ve viewed their Last Seen.
The WhatsApp+ feature lets you get a pop-up that gives a notification saying “[Your_Friend] Online” if your friend is online, and if they’ve seen your profile in the last 30 minutes. It doesn’t archive who has seen anything from your profile, or your Last Seen if they look after this window.
How can I see Someone’s WhatsApp Status Without them Knowing?
No, every time you see someone’s status, they will be able to tell who’s seen it, and how many times they’ve seen in. To check who has viewed your status follow these steps.
- Click status in the bottom left-hand corner.
- Then, click the status you want to view.
You can then click on the eye icon to view who has seen the status.
Can You Control Who Can Contact You on WhatsApp?
The basic way to control being contacted on WhatsApp is to keep your phone number private. If someone you don’t want to be contacted by gets your phone number somehow, you can block them. It’s straightforward and works right away.
- Open the profile of the person you want to block.
- Tap “Block” and “Report Contact.”
- Confirm the block.
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