WhatsApp: You should definitely change these three settings

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  • Stiftung Warentest recommends that you change three Whatsapp settings to protect your privacy.
  • This includes anonymizing your profile picture and getting rid of the read receipt.
  • You should also deny access to your photos and videos.
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Stiftung Warentest took a closer look at the popular Messenger Whatsapp and recommends users to change three settings to better protect privacy.

The profile picture

One of the first steps in setting up Whatsapp is inserting the name and creating a profile picture. What many do not know: Anyone who has the user’s phone number can see this picture. But you can change that.

To do this, you first need the Settings call and then on Account and privacy click. There you choose the point profile pic whereupon you can choose between three options: “Everyone“,”my contacts“Or”Nobody“. The field “Everyone“Shows the picture for everyone. Stiftung Warentest recommends the settings “my contacts“Or”Nobody“.

“Last online”

If you don’t want everyone to be able to see when you were last online, you should in yours Settings to change. For this you have to fill in the fields “Account and privacy” choose. There you will find the tab “Last online”. There you can from “Everyone” on “My contacts” or “Nobody” switch.

The read receipt

When you receive a message from one of your contacts, different checkmarks appear behind it. Their number and color is crucial, because they send different messages to your contact. A gray check mark means that the message has been sent. Two gray check marks mean that the message has arrived. Two blue ticks mean that the recipient has read the message.

If you do not want to send a read receipt, go to the Settings, Account, privacy and deselects the read confirmation there. This means that the recipient will no longer see blue ticks once you have read the message.

Stiftung Warentest also recommends that you revoke Whatsapp’s authorization, track your location or have access to your photos or videos.

This article was published by in December 2019. It has now been checked and updated again.


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