WhatsApp does not need any introduction. Over the years, WhatsApp has introduced plenty of nifty features, one of which is posting statuses. WhatsApp Status allows you to post your status for it to be seen by your contacts for 24 hours. Every time you view someone’s WhatsApp status, it shows them who has viewed it. In this tutorial, we show how you can view a WhatsApp status secretly without anyone knowing.
1. Official Method
Let us begin looking at how you can view a WhatsApp status secretly with the official method. This is also one of the easiest methods.
First, open WhatsApp, then tap on the three-dot icon on the top-right corner of the screen. Click on the Settings menu option from the drop-down menu and head to “Account -> Privacy.”
Under Privacy, tap on the “Read receipts” option and disable it. This will allow you to view the WhatsApp status of your contacts secretly, and your name will never appear on the view list of your contact.
There is one drawback of this method. Once you have disabled this setting, you also won’t see who has seen your status. This setting will also hide the read receipt (blue tick) in normal messages.
2. Using a File Manager
This method requires you to have a File Manager application installed on your smartphone, especially a File Manager that has the option to view hidden files. There are plenty of File Manager apps in the Play Store that you can install, or follow our recommendations here.
Here we use the native File Manager app on a OnePlus device. Open the File Manager app and locate the WhatsApp folder in your device’s storage, then go to the folder named “Media.”
Under the Media folder, tap the three-dot icon and head to Settings. Inside the Settings menu, you need to enable the “Show hidden files” option. Once you have done that, you will see a new folder – “.Statuses” – visible inside the Media folder. Here you will find all the pre-loaded or WhatsApp statuses you have already seen.
3. Airplane Mode
This is another simple method and does not involve multiple steps. All you need to do is open the WhatsApp app and head to the Status tab. Once you are there, you need to pull down the notification bar and hit the Airplane mode icon. It will disconnect you from the Internet.
Tap on the status that you wish to view. When you are done, close WhatsApp and clear all the tabs. In this way, you will be able to view a WhatsApp status secretly without anyone knowing.
4. View Before Expiry
This method requires your brain cells. As you may already know, a WhatsApp status remains live for 24 hours. If you wish to view a WhatsApp status secretly, then you can keep track of the time when the target person’s status was uploaded, and just before the expiry, view it. Many people don’t bother to check how many people have viewed their status that late. It is not a fullproof method, but it is worth a try.
Note that these are the methods that are currently working to view a WhatsApp status secretly. Personally, it isn’t a problem if your name shows up on the viewer’s list of contacts, but it could come in handy if you want to stay anonymous.