How to change your privacy settings on WhatsApp and protect yourself

Whatsapp logo phoneRafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesFor increased privacy or account security, there are several ways you can adjust your WhatsApp privacy settings.
  • You can change your privacy settings in WhatsApp to determine which groups can see your information.
  • By default, other users can see when you’ve last used WhatsApp, your profile photo, and your “about” information.
  • There are several other privacy-related WhatsApp features you can enable or adjust as well.
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WhatsApp is the mobile messaging app that allows you to send text messages and make phone calls and video calls to friends and family in different countries without paying international fees. 

 By default, the app has specific privacy settings in place that allow any user to see when you’ve last used the app (last seen), your profile photo, your “about” information, and read receipts. They also allow contacts to see your status updates, and any users can add you to groups. 

If you’d like more privacy on the app, these settings can be changed at any time. Here’s how to do it. 

How to change your WhatsApp privacy settings

1. Open the WhatsApp app.

2. Tap the gear “Settings” icon in the bottom menu.

3. Tap “Account.”

WhatsApp 1Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Business InsiderYou can find the Account menu in Settings above the Chats icon.

4. Choose “Privacy.”

WhatsApp 2Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Business InsiderPrivacy settings are the first option under the Account menu.

5. Tap on the privacy setting you want to change, including Last Seen, Profile Photo, About, Groups, and My Status. 

WhatsApp 3Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Business InsiderThere are numerous privacy settings you can adjust to keep yourself hidden on WhatsApp.

6. Select a group from the list of options for that setting: 

  • Everyone
  • My Contacts
  • Nobody
WhatsApp 4Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Business InsiderThese groups determine who can see you and parts of your activity and WhatsApp profile.

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