How to Configure WhatsApp Messenger Settings to Protect Account Privacy


Question: How do I change WhatsApp privacy settings to hide online status, profile photo, last seen, status update, About message, live location and Read Receipt Status?

Restrict Who Can View Status Updates
Step 1: Go to Settings > Accounts > Privacy > Status.
Step 2: Select Only Share With, click on the green check mark without selecting any contact.

Prevent People From Viewing Profile Photo
Step 1: Go to Settings > Accounts > Privacy > Profile Photo.
Step 2: Select Nobody.

Turn Off Last Seen Timestamp
Step 1: Go to Settings  > Account > Privacy > Last seen.
Step 2: Select Nobody.

Choose Who Can View About Message
Step 1: Go to Settings > Accounts > Privacy > About.
Step 2: Select Nobody.

Share Live Location
Step 1: Disable the location permission of WhatsApp in App Permissions setting.
Step 2: The Live Location in WhatsApp Settings > Accounts > Privacy > Live Location will show the message “You aren’t sharing live location in any chats“.

WhatsApp Account Privacy Settings

Hide Read Receipt Status
Step 1: Go to Settings > Accounts > Privacy > Read receipts.
Step 2. Uncheck it to turn off.

Blocking Contacts
Step 1: Click on the contact you wish to block.
Step 2: Click on their name to show their details.
Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Block.

WhatsApp Account Privacy Settings

Use Notifications to Read Messages in Stealth-mode
Step 1: Go to Settings > Notifications > Popup notification.
Step 2: Select No popups.

Use WhatsApp Notifications to Read Messages in Stealth-mode

Additional Reference: WhatsApp FAQ: Configuring your privacy settings