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Do you want to know how to adjust your WhatsApp privacy settings? It’s simple. Just follow these instructions. (They are the same for iPhone and Android users.)

Adjust WhatsApp Privacy Settings with These Steps:

Once you have WhatsApp open on your phone:

Step 1

Go to ‘Settings’ (for Android users, you will find it after pressing the Menu button in the top-right corner; for iPhone users, you will find the ‘Settings’ button in the bottom-right corner).

Step 2

Tap on ‘Account’

Step 3

Press the ‘Privacy’ tab

Step 4 (for Android Users)

Click on ‘Who Can See My Personal Info.’

The 3 Things You Need to Pay Attention to on Your WhatsApp Screen

From this menu, you will see three main categories:
1) Last Seen
2) Profile Photo
3) Status

All three of these things have options for who can see them. Note that the default settings on your WhatsApp are set to ‘Everyone.’ This means that anyone can see your information, including people you don’t know.

See the iPhone example in the screenshot below.

WhatsApp Privacy Settings - Account

We recommend that you set all three of these settings to either ‘My Contacts’ or ‘Nobody.’ That way, online strangers won’t see your personal information.

Below, you’ll find an example of how your WhatsApp privacy settings should be set on Android.

Call to Action: Adjust Your Privacy Settings on WhatsApp Now

It’s very important to know how to keep your information private on WhatsApp, for a number of reasons.

As you can see in your WhatsApp privacy settings, people can see the information WhatsApp allows you to provide, including your profile photo and your status. If you change your status regularly, it’s very important that you only let your contacts know. If your information is kept public, others might know what you are doing and might use that information for malicious purposes.

So, if you use this app frequently, make sure you adjust your WhatsApp privacy settings right now to prevent online predators and cyber bullies from trying to find you.