To be honest, WhatsApp status is no longer a status and has been transformed into Stories like feature similar to that on Instagram and Snapchat. You can follow our earlier article on the latest WhatsApp status update feature to know about it in detail. If you wish to hide WhatsApp status from specific people/contacts or show your WhatsApp status updates only to certain contacts on Android and iPhone then follow this easy guide.
With the latest Status feature, WhatsApp has not disregarded the privacy of users. They have given an official setting with which you can easily share WhatsApp status update with certain friends or block/hide the status update from particular contacts. If you are looking to accomplish this for your last seen or profile picture then you can go through hide last seen from specific people on WhatsApp.
Hiding a Status update is useful in a situation where you don’t want your manager or office colleagues connected with you on WhatsApp to know about your personal update. You do have an option to block users on WhatsApp but anyone can easily make out if someone has blocked them on WhatsApp. Of course, you don’t want to land in that uncomfortable situation.
So, it is in your best interests to follow the steps below and hide your status updates on WhatsApp from certain contacts without having to block them.
Block/Hide WhatsApp Status From Specific Contacts
There are 2 ways with which you can achieve it. One from the WhatsApp Settings and another way is under the Status tab on Android and iOS apps.
Let us take a look at both of them.
Method 1: Hide WhatsApp Status From Certain People
1. Open WhatsApp and go to Settings.
2. Under Settings, select Account followed by Privacy on the next screen.
3. Next select Status.
4. Now, it makes sense to choose My Contacts Except… if there are only a few contacts from whom you want to hide your status updates and select Only Share With… if there are only a few people whom you wish to show your WhatsApp status update.
5. After making the desired selection, select the Contacts from the list and tap Done.
That is all there is to it! You can always unhide/unblock them whenever desired by going to the same location and unchecking those contacts and saving the changes by tapping Done.
Important: Please note that the changes you make in the WhatsApp Status privacy settings won’t affect the Status updates you have posted already i.e. they will still be seen by everyone or according to privacy setting you had while posting that update. It will apply from the point of time you save the setting.
Method 2: Show WhatsApp Status Update to Certain Contacts
1. Open WhatsApp and select Status tab.
It can be found on the top for Android and at the bottom left for iOS as of now(Feb 2017).
2. iPhone/iPad users can tap on Privacy at the top left corner.
Android users need to tap on the three vertical dots at the top right corner and select Status privacy.
Next, you can follow steps 4 and 5 from Method 1 above. They remain the same.
If you are also on Instagram and Snapchat then we recommend you to read the following guides as well.
We hope that you were able to block certain people from viewing your WhatsApp status updates with these easy methods. Share the article with your friends on social media if you found it helpful.