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Secretly View Someones WhatsApp Status

WhatsApp introduced status feature following snapchat and then instagram. The most popular social messaging platfrom provides a number of options as privacy features for stories, they let them hide whatsapp statuses from a particular of contact or a number of persons. You can thus control who views your whatsapp status.

But whenever you view somebody’s status update, they’re given a seen mark. This is not at all annoying or privacy breaching , however, if you want to view somebody’s stories without letting the other user being informed, here you’ve two slick tricks for you. Try both and see which one works out for you.

Method 1: Using WhatsApp read receipts option

WhatsApp in its privacy setting lets you turn off read receipts. This when turned off, will let you read anyone’s message without the blue read tick mark. Having said that, you’ll also loose the ability to see others’ read receipts. We can use this option to secretly view WhatsApp status.

What you should do:

  • Goto WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Privacy
  • In privacy settings, you’ll see an option to turn off read reciepts 
  • Done.
Turn off Read receipts.

Now whenever you view someone’s status they wont be notified. But there’s a catch, when you enable this option, you will not be able to see who viewed your status updates and also see message receipts. Additionally, if you re-enable the read receipts option within 24 hours, whats app will show the viewed receipt to the other person. So it is advised to turn off the read receipts only after 24 hours, the default expiry time for a whatsapp status.

Method 2 : Using File Manager

This method is a little tricky and may not work at all times. You need to have a file manager that has the option to view hidden files. examples: ES File Explorer

  • Open the file manager and browse to WhatsApp folder
  • Inside it, you’ll find a folder named Media
  • Now enable, the option view hidden files in your file explorer. If you’re running stock android, you don’t need to do anything.
  • Now you”ll see a folder named .Statuses
This is were all whatsapp stories are stored.

All statuses from your contact will be saved to this folder automatically by WhatsApp. Find the one from your contact, take a good guess based on the thumbnail you saw in WhatsApp status section.

For the second trick to work, Whatsapp need to download the status you’re trying to view. To make better chance, view the status of other contacts before and after the status of the person you’re trying to sneak into.

That was the two different ways to secretly view whatsapp statuses. If you guys are into any other sneaky little tricks, share it in the comments section.

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