How to See Hidden Status on Whatsapp

WhatsApp is a large social media platform built for instant communication between close family and friends only. This is why you need to have the phone number of a person to have access to their profile on WhatsApp. However, WhatsApp did not come this far without any efforts or drastic changes. Over the last couple of years, the platform has undergone a number of visual and privacy changes to better suit the needs of its users.

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Much like Instagram, WhatsApp had also introduced a Business Account feature, but it was removed due to a number of inconsistencies. To make up for that, WhatsApp introduced a different platform altogether called WhatsApp Business, which has 500 Million+ downloads.

Today, we’re going to talk about whether or not it is possible to see the hidden WhatsApp status of a person (when a person has chosen to hide their WhatsApp status updates from you).

We’ll also tell you how you can hide your WhatsApp status from your contacts. Lastly, we’ll talk about how you can mute your friend’s status updates and see their muted status updates when you need to.

Is it Possible to See Hidden Status on Whatsapp?

Before you get your hopes up, let us tell you that it isn’t possible for you to see someone’s status if they’ve chosen to hide it from you. WhatsApp is a large social media platform that values its users’ privacy above all else.

So, there’s no way for you to see their status from your device. What can you do to change this?

Read on to find the answer to this question.

How to See Hidden Status on Whatsapp

1. Talk to Them About it Directly

If you’ve just started talking to this person, then this option might not be the best choice for you. Talking to them directly about such a thing might even decrease the chances of you two being friends in the future.

However, if this person is a close friend of yours or if you’ve been seeing their status for a long time, then this is the best solution for you.If you go and tell them that you haven’t been able to see their status lately, they’ll understand that this has hurt you.

Moreover, they might’ve accidentally removed you from their status viewers list. If you don’t go and tell them about this mistake, then they might never find out about it. Talking to someone face-to-face about a problem is the best way to solve it.

2. See Their Status on a Mutual Friend’s Phone

If you’re reading this, we’re assuming that you’re not quite close to this person at all. In such a case, the best choice for you is to not worry about this.

They might not want to show you their status because they don’t feel that close to you yet. However, there’s no certainty that they’ll keep their story hidden from you forever, is there?

If you still want to see their story anyhow, then you can look into one of your mutual friends’ phones for their status updates. However, if you don’t have any mutual friends, then we’re sorry to say that there’s nothing else that you can do.

How to Hide Whatsapp Status from Your Contacts?

In this section, we’ll talk about how you can hide your WhatsApp status from your contacts.

Let’s imagine that the roles have been reversed, and it’s you who wants to hide your status from a few of your contacts. We’ve all been there, done that. This process is easily reversible, so you needn’t worry about never being able to show them your status. And the best part is that the other person will never be able to tell that you’ve hidden your status from them.

Here’s how you can customize your WhatsApp story updates’ viewers list:

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your smartphone.

Step 2: The first screen you’ll see will be your Chats list. Swipe left to go to your Status page.

Step 3: At the top-right corner of the screen, you’ll see the icon of three dots arranged in a vertical line. Tap on it.

Step 4: A drop-down menu will appear, with only two options: Status privacy and Settings. Tap on the former option.

Step 5: On the next screen, you’ll see three options for Who can see my status updates: My contacts, My contacts except…, and Only share with. By default, the first option will be selected, which is why currently, all your contacts can see your status updates.

If all you want to do is hide your status from a few of your contacts, then you can choose the second option. All you’ll need to do is select the few people from whom you wish to hide your status.

However, if you want to show your story to only a few people, the last option is the best fit for you. Here, you can choose the people who can see your story.

Let us suppose that you chose the last setting. Here’s what you have to do next:

Step 6: Tap on the Only share with option. On the screen that’ll appear, you’ll see a list of all your contacts. Customize your list according to your needs, and you’re good to go!

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when I show my status to a person again?

Let us imagine that you put updated a picture of you on your WhatsApp status. After updating it, you remembered to add one friend of yours to your status updates viewers list. Of course, you can simply go and add them to that list.

However, they won’t be able to see your current status because they weren’t on the list when you updated the status. The only way for them to see your status is for you to delete it once and update it again, this time with their name in the list.

Can I edit my status updates viewer’s list from WhatsApp Web? 

No, you can’t. While WhatsApp Web is integrated with all the basic features like texting and viewing updates, in order to change complex settings like editing your status updates viewer’s list, you’ll need access to your smartphone.


As we come to the end of today’s blog, let’s recap all we’ve talked about today.

No, it isn’t possible for you to see someone’s hidden WhatsApp status. You can either ask them to add you to their list or see their status updates on a mutual friend’s phone.

However, if you want to hide your status updates from someone, we’ve walked you through the steps of doing that. We’ve also discussed how you can mute a user and see their muted status updates on WhatsApp, with a step-by-step guide.

If our blog has helped you in any way, don’t forget to tell us all about it in the comments section below!

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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