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?

Content Summary

Restrict Who Can View Status Updates
Prevent People From Viewing Profile Photo
Turn Off Last Seen Timestamp
Choose Who Can View About Message
Share Live Location
Hide Read Receipt Status
Blocking Contacts
Use Notifications to Read Messages in Stealth-mode
Reference

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

Reference

WhatsApp FAQ: Configuring your privacy settings