When you view status updates from your contacts on WhatsApp, usually they get an indication that you have seen it. But sometimes, you might secretly want to check out their status without actually letting them know. On WhatsApp, Facebook pitched the feature as an enhanced version of WhatsApp Status, which could only be textual earlier. It gave users new ways to share what’s happening in their life among other things that could be as random as a GIF of kittens playing in your house.
This is the only official way in which you can view your contacts’ status updates on WhatsApp without notifying them. Note that, with this option, you also lose access to read receipt indicators (blue ticks) in WhatsApp chats. If you don’t mind that, this might just be the perfect method for you. As a bonus, your contacts also don’t get read receipts for the chats you read.
Alternatively, you might also consider temporarily turning off read receipts for a while. Status updates have a lifespan of 24 hours, and so is the lifespan of the tracking activities associated with them.
Usually, if you view a status with read receipts turned off, and later turn it on before the status has expired, the particular contact would eventually be notified of this activity. However, if you keep read receipts turned off until after the status has expired, the fact that you viewed the status would remain a secret.
1. Open WhatsApp on your Android smartphone.
2. Go to Settings >> Account >> Privacy, and turn off Read Receipts.
3. Now, go to the particular contact’s status and view their updates.
4. Keep Read Receipts turned off until after the particular status has expired.
This option will also hide views on your Status posts so you will not able to see who all have viewed your WhatsApp Status.