How to View Someone’s WhatsApp Status Without Them Knowing

Find out how to view someone’s WhatsApp status without them knowing. WhatsApp automatically notifies someone when you see their status. Sometimes, however, it might be possible for you to hide a status from others, depending on the circumstances. The following are a few workarounds that may be helpful.

With WhatsApp status, you can post a variety of stories to showcase your interests to friends, family, and acquaintances. Depending on your preferences, you can share different things in your statuses, such as pictures, jokes, important information, or anything else you like. WhatsApp contacts can view your status and reply if they wish. The viewers’ list lets you know who is viewing your WhatsApp story.

Similarly, you can also view the statuses of your friends and respond accordingly. If you open someone else’s WhatsApp status, your name will appear in their viewer’s list as well.

However, there are times when you may want to view a person’s status on WhatsApp without notifying them. Have you ever wanted to do something but didn’t know how to go about it? This blog will tell you how to view someone’s WhatsApp status without them knowing.

Can You View Someone’s Whatsapp Status Without Them Knowing?

Answering your question directly, yes, it is possible to view someone’s WhatsApp status without them knowing. You may not want to let the person know that you viewed their status for specific reasons.

All you need to do is follow some elementary steps. There are several methods to accomplish this, and we’ll outline them here.

How to View Someone’s Whatsapp Status Without Them Knowing

Your name will appear in the list of status viewers as soon as you view someone’s WhatsApp story. Following are the steps you will need to follow if you don’t want your name to appear on the list after viewing their story.

1. Disable Read Receipt

Using this method, you can check any of your contact’s WhatsApp statuses without letting them know.

Step 1: Open WhatsApp by tapping the icon in the menu grid of your phone. You will see a vertical line with dots on the top left corner of the screen after the app opens. Tap it.

Step 2: A list of options will appear. Choose Settings.

Step 3: After tapping on the option, you’ll be taken to a different list of options, where you’ll select Account.

Step 4: Next, select Privacy from the list of options.

Step 5: As you click on it, you will find a new space on your screen with another bunch of options. You’ll find one of the options as Reading receipts.

Step 6: Turn off the horizontal button beside it, and this way, read receipts will be turned off.

Using WhatsApp, you can view anyone’s status worry-free when you disable read receipts. The read receipts can be turned back on at any time. In this case, however, you won’t see the viewers for the statuses you put on your profile.

2. View Status After Going Offline

You can use this method to view someone’s WhatsApp story without notifying them.

Step 1: Disconnect from your Wi-Fi or mobile data connection.

Step 2: Open WhatsApp by tapping on the icon in the menu grid on your phone.

Step 3: Even though you open the app, you will not be shown online since you are not connected to the internet.

Step 4: View the WhatsApp status of the person you want, and they won’t see you in the viewers’ list.

This mechanism only works while you are offline. The person who is watching you on the viewers’ list can see your name when you come online. In order to avoid this confusion, you can view the person’s status offline just a few minutes before it disappears. Facebook statuses last for 24 hours. In this way, the person won’t know that you have seen their story, and you won’t have to be offline for long.

View Someone’s WhatsApp Status Without Letting Them Know on Android or iPhone

When you check someone’s WhatsApp status, they know that you’ve seen it. Don’t do this if you want to stay low-key or don’t want to appear on the list of status viewers.

When you disable read receipts, go offline, or check the hidden WhatsApp status folder, you can see your friend, family, or any contact’s status without letting them know. Below are all the methods.

1. Turn Off Read Receipts (Android, iOS)

Our guide to reading WhatsApp messages privately explained how disabling read receipts hides the double blue ticks. WhatsApp status works similarly.

  • You can open WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android device.
  • Select Settings from the three-dot menu at the top right corner.
  • Select Privacy under Accounts.
  • Disable the Reading Receipts toggle here.

The WhatsApp status can now be viewed without letting others know you viewed it- they won’t see your name. You can turn it back on once you’re finished.

If you disable read receipts, you won’t be able to see viewers on your WhatsApp status.

2. Go Offline (Android, iOS)

Another option is to turn off your mobile data or disconnect from Wi-Fi. After that, you can check out any contact’s status without letting them know.

When you’re offline, you’re invisible for a short period of time. As soon as you go online, the other person will see that you have seen their status.

This method should be used minutes before the status expires. By doing this, you won’t have to stay offline for too long. Android users can also force stop WhatsApp- you won’t appear on the viewer’s list, even if you go online.

3. From File Manager (Android)

WhatsApp automatically downloads status images and videos when you open the Status tab. You can find these files in a hidden folder on your phone’s storage. Here’s how you can access it:

  1. On your Android device, open File Manager.
  2. Go to Internal Storage > WhatsApp > Media.
  3. Open the “.Statuses” folder.

All the status images and videos shared by your contacts on WhatsApp can be found here. It won’t be obvious to the other person that you’ve already seen their status, since you’re not opening them directly on WhatsApp.

Can’t find the folder? You can enable “Show hidden files” in the file manager settings if you can’t see the folder.

The folder can be found in Internal Storage > Android > media > com.WhatsApp > WhatsApp > Media on Android 11 phones.

4. Read in incognito mode 

In addition, WhatsApp also tracks offline activity inside the application, so it keeps track of everything you do while offline on the browser or local storage of your mobile and syncs it with your online activity. People will know you read their status if you read it while offline but connected to the internet. 

The easiest way to avoid this is to open an incognito or ‘Private Tab’ in your browser on your PC.

5. Use Tweak Apps (Android/iPhone)

A tweak is a modified version of an official app from a third-party developer that provides additional functionality. WhatsApp Tweaks for Android and iOS add the ability to view someone’s Status secretly without disabling Read Receipts.

  • For more information on installing and setting up WhatsApp Tweak (GBWhatsApp) on Android, visit the GBWhatsApp website.
  • Learn how to install and set up WhatsApp Tweak (WhatsApp++ and others) on iOS (iPhone) without jailbreaking

Drawbacks of this method

  1. App tweaks are unofficial versions of apps that aren’t available on Google Play or Apple App Stores. Therefore, they should be downloaded from trusted app repositories. It is also difficult to install such tweaks on iOS.
  2. These apps aren’t officially supported, so they might break or become outdated when new versions of the official apps are released. These changes may not be regularly maintained by third-party developers.
  3. On some devices, tweaked apps cannot coexist with their official versions. It may be necessary to uninstall the official app in order to install a tweak.
  4. WhatsApp may take action against your account if you use such unofficial tweaked apps.

 Use Status Saver Apps (Android/iPhone)

In the Play Store or App Store, Status Saver apps allow users to view and save (download) WhatsApp Statuses outside of WhatsApp. As a result, such apps may allow you to view someone’s Status without being “seen” on WhatsApp


  1. From the Play Store, download and install Status Saver.
  2. Visit the Status section of WhatsApp. Some Status media might be downloaded as a result.
  3. Launch the Status Saver app. Statuses that have been pre-downloaded should appear here. Tap on the media to view it without being marked as “seen”.
Drawbacks of this method

Before a status is seen, Status Saver displays the pre-downloaded status content. As a result, if the media is not pre-downloaded, you won’t be able to view it in Status Saver.


  1. From the App Store, download and install Status Saver.
  2. Log in to WhatsApp using the Status Saver app (Link a Device) by following the on-screen instructions.
  3. You can explore and tap to view WhatsApp Statuses without being seen once your account is connected.
Drawbacks of this method
  1. This method requires a separate device to display the QR code so that you can log into Status Saver using “Link a Device”, which is inconvenient.
  2. Status Saver relies on the app developer to maintain it since updates from WhatsApp might break its functionality from time to time.

Wrapping Up

There are three easy ways to view someone’s WhatsApp status without letting them know. Please let me know if this helps. Please feel free to reach out via the comments section if you have any questions or doubts. Watch this space for more such tips and tricks.

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