Protect your privacy in WhatsApp for Android.

Maintaining your privacy is an important part of staying safe online. Not everyone needs to see your profile photo or know that you are online right now. Let's take a look at how you can protect your privacy in WhatsApp.

How to change your last seen privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

Last seen tells other users when you were last online with WhatsApp. Don't confuse it with Status, which lets people know when you are online and have WhatsApp active on your phone. Think of it this way: Last seen is about the past, while Status is about the present.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

    Launch whatsapp, tap more options, then tap settings

  4. Tap on account. It will be the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

    Tap account, then tap privacy

  6. Tap on Last seen It's the first setting in the under "Who can see my personal information" section of the privacy screen.

  7. Choose whatever option you want.

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users get Last seen updates about you.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list get Last seen updates.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users will no longer get any Last seen updates about you.

      Tap last seen, then tap option of choice

Note: If you turn off the Last Seen feature, it also removes your ability to see other people's Last Seen data.

How to opt out of sharing your WhatsApp information with Facebook

Note: If you have already agreed to the terms of service, you have 30 days to use the second method below to opt out.

How to opt out of sharing your WhatsApp information with Facebook in the WhatsApp terms of service

When WhatsApp updates, you'll have to agree to its terms of service all over again, but before you tap agree, you can read more and opt out of sharing your information.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the upward arrow in the bottom right corner to read more.
  3. Tap the checkbox to opt out of sharing your information with Facebook.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap the upward arrow to read more, tap the checkbox

If you go looking for the Share my account data option in your settings afterward, it won't be there, since you've already opted out.

How to opt out of sharing your WhatsApp information with Facebook if you've already agreed to the new terms of service

If you've already tapped "Agree", you can still opt out:

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your home screen or the app drawer.
  2. Tap the more button in the top right corner. It looks like three vertical dots.
  3. Tap Settings.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap the more button, tap Settings

  4. Tap Account.
  5. Tap the checkbox next to Share my account info.

    Tap Account, tap the checkbox next to Share my account info

Now you're opted out and Facebook isn't getting your phone number, and won't share any information with its parent company to influence the ads you see.

How to change your profile photo privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

This setting governs who can see your profile photo, if you have one.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

    Launch whatsapp, tap more options, then tap settings

  4. Tap on account. It is the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

    Tap account, then tap privacy

  6. Tap on Profile photo. It's the second option under the "Who can see my personal information section of the privacy screen.

  7. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users can see your profile photo.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list can see your profile photo.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users can't see your profile photo.

      Tap profile photo, then tap option of choice

How to change your status privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

Status lets people know when you are online and have WhatsApp loaded and open on your phone. Don't confuse Status with Last seen, which only tells people when you were last online.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

    Launch whatsapp, tap more options, then tap settings

  4. Tap on account. It is the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

    Tap account, then tap privacy

  6. Tap on status It's the third one on the list under the "Who can see my personal information" section of the privacy screen.

  7. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users get Status updates about you.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list get Status updates.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users will no longer get any Status updates about you.

      Tap status, then tap the option of choice

How to block a user in WhatsApp for Android

Did you meet someone recently and you added them to your contacts, but now they won't stop bugging you over WhatsApp? This setting lets you to block them from contacting you via WhatsApp. Unfortunately, they can still contact you other ways, but hey, life's not perfect.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

    Launch whatsapp, tap more options, then tap settings

  4. Tap on Account. It is the third option down from the top of the Settings screen.

  5. Tap on Privacy. It is the first option on the Account screen.
  6. Tap on Blocked contacts under Messaging. It is roughly halfway down the screen.

    Tap account, then privacy, then blocked contacts

  7. Tap on the add button. It is a picture of a person's head and shoulders with a plus sign above their right shoulder and it is in the upper right corner of your screen.

  8. Tap on the name of the person you want to block.
  9. They are instantly added to your blocked list.

    Tap the add button, tap user to block

How to change your phone number in WhatsApp for Android

Changing your phone number is sometimes the only way to get some sanity back in your life. WhatsApp has a simple process for linking your account to a new phone number.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It's the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on Settings. It is the last choice in the pop-up menu.

    Launch whatsapp, tap more options, then tap settings

  4. Tap on Account. It's the third option from the top of the list and had an icon of a key to its left.

  5. Tap on Change number. It's the third option up from the bottom of the list on the Account screen.
  6. Tap on NEXT. It's in the upper right corner of your screen.

    Tap account, then tap change number, then tap next

  7. Enter your old phone number in the field provided.

  8. Enter your new phone number in the field provided.
  9. Tap DONE. It's in the upper right corner of your screen.

    Type your old phone number, then, type your new phone number, then tap done

That's all you have to do to change your phone number in WhatsApp. Pretty easy, right?