Why WhatsApp not showing DP – Profile Picture of few Contacts

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No doubt WhatsApp is one of the amazing mobile messenger till date, its huge user base, easy & diversified functionality making it stand out of the crowed. Now we can say WhatsApp is close friend of everyone’s life. We all agree that WhatsApp making everyone’s life more attractive & enjoyable. But in this interaction we have to maintain our privacy too which is another serious factor of online world. WhatsApp already have few privacy control tools like blocking unwanted stuff etc. but it sill lagging in few issue.

[Update] : After lots of suggestions this hidden update was rollbacked by WhatsApp and now they introduced this privacy control feature in Application itself to control who will see your ‘Lastseen,Status and Profile Pic’!


Recently I was doing interaction in one of my WhatsApp group where we share some funny stuff, after browsing few data I navigated to main screen of WhatsApp and I was amazed ! most of my contacts DP disappear. I thought their is an issue with my mobile application, So I re-install it but still I faced same problem. I google a lot but didn’t get proper solution. I totally soaked-up as I was not getting why it was happened. I asked my fellow mates about this issue but nobody was facing such stuff. Then I correlated that it was happened because I rooted my Andorid :D

After few tweaking I realize that it was my myth and reality is WhatsApp roll-out security patch to enhance privacy of contact DP and its  result is here…. Ahh.. finally I got something genuine !!!

WhatsApp Contact pic not visible

WhatsApp has increased security for DP/ProfilePics

Now you can’t see others DP/ProfilePic till that person also add/save your number/name. It may seen in list becasue of system cache, but once you try to open it ,it will disappear. So now if u don’t want someone to see your DP/profilepic in WhatsApp, than just delete that name/number from contact list. That person can’t see your DP than after. This is applicable is in Groups also. Its good news for women who always have major concern about their privacy than men. :)

Their is no official announcement about this fix but I personally checked it and its working as expected.

Will this update create misunderstanding in people?

Yes absolutely, I know after reading this your mindset defiantly going to think differently, now you can know if that person have your contact saved or not. This might create wrong indication between people. Which is totally in favor of human physiology. But I suggest don’t judge someone from such crap stuff. Your trust is more important in this. I have few close friends who don’t have my numbers save in their mobile but it doesn’t mean they have some different intention.

Keep away your virtual world from your actual world, as we know WhatsApps is game of Psychology.

Its better to ask your Friends to add you into their contact list if they are comfortable.

This security patch seem to be legitimate & I suggest you to reproduce following step to update your contact list on WhatsApp database.

REFRESH your WhatsApp contact list.

1. In WhatsApp Main screen click on TopMostRight side ‘+’ button which is near to search button.

refresh waharsApp contact list

2. Then you will see list of contacts, simply hit OPTION key and click REFRESH option.That’s it everything is up-to date from your end.

refresh waharsApp contact list

Now-onward only your contacts can see your DP. Many people welcome & denied this feature as its having two sides of coins. I think WhatsApp need to take review of people before  persisting it permanently.

45 thoughts on “Why WhatsApp not showing DP – Profile Picture of few Contacts

  1. venomousmacharm

    I am facing the same “no profile pic” problem and i deleted and reinstalled the application then too the issue is not resolved. The new security clause suxx big time. I do want to check the dps of my contacts irrespective of me being added in their contact list or not. And i am sure others also want it to be this way.

  2. wow very nice information ,it’s more help to me.please keep posting like this.

    thanks & regards


  3. Awesome!! It’s just what I need!! Thanks!…………..

  4. Thank you! it worked

  5. FIXED: found the solution myself (for android)…nothing to do with the privacy policy glitch bullshit

    basically the ONLY PEOPLE who experienced this problem have all their contacts stored on their sim card and not on the phone’s internal memory. you just have to export them (or some) to the phones memory and then open up whatsapp and you would see everyones picture. after that you can go back & delete all the contacts on your phones memory and you sim card phone numbers would still be their as normal

    1. go to your phone contacts & select settings.
    2. select import/export.
    3. select import from sim card and then select the blue device icon.
    4. find the contact who’s pic you cant see & select done…the contact will copy, meaning you would have 2 of the same contacts in your list,
    one with sim card icon & another one with the blue device/phone icon.
    5. open whatsapp & you’ll see that the contact who didnt have a pic would now have their original pic up showning once again.
    6. if you want, go back into your contact list & delete the contact with the blue device/phone icon, leaving you with the sim card icon alone as originally. so you
    would have one of the contacts number in you phone instead of two.

    i rather have my contacts stored on my sim card rather than my phones internal memory, even though you can have both at the same time

    • Hi Killa thanks for this Update, it will defiantly help our readers.
      We can also enable these contacts from WhatsApp->Contacts->Tick(ShowAllContacts)

      But if your number is not at all in phone number then you never get DP of someone for sure :)

      • hello

        i heard about this. but i can see dp of some people just by saving their number in my mobile. . . .even though they dint save my number.

        • Seem to be good news for our readers. We just need more confirmation from few people.I tried it on my mobile but still facing this issue.
          I hope WhatsApp will do official announcement of same.

          I already raised this concern to their support team and after few research I guess Whatsapp roll-out this functionality as its an added feature in their competitor “TeleGram”

          I think WhatsApp don’t need to focus on these macro stuff, they are king of IM, with huge user base. I think because of this small stuff nobody will migrate to other IM services for sure.

  6. Useful trick for watsapp users. Thanks for sharing
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  7. Hi Saurabh,
    Really very very useful information Brother,i am facing same problem in my whatsapp,now i found correct solution,good work,keep it up…

  8. It has been fixed

    • Hey can you please share any official announcement about same, because their is no App update from WhatsApp and they never mentioned such stuff on their FAQ section too. Many people still facing same issue, let us know you find right fix for same. Thanks for your interaction.

      • This bug ( or maybe a test) has been fixed since yesterday midnight due to complains from people I guess. You just need to reinstall the app, OR delete and add-back contacts, OR simply copy the contacts from sim to device or from device to sim. All the pictures will show again.

  9. wow very nice information .

    thanks & regards


  10. wow very nice information .
    and i think whats app will no longer be in use .
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    • I dont think people will stop using it rather new update of WhatsApp help people to handle their Privacy precisely. Its like facebook settings you do in your network

  11. Thanks for sharing this great article.
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  12. well this is a brain teaser, how were we supposed to have guessed that ?
    so both, you and your friend must save each other’s numbers in your contacts in order for both of your display pictures to appear ?
    i thought it worked only from one side, if you save his number you can see his pic even without him having saved your number!
    but it’s good to know, i just wish Whatsapp would also do something about stopping all those spam messages and ads i get everyday, i wish if they would add a filter where you can chose who can send you msgs or not.
    Many thanks.
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  13. i loved the improved version of whats app as it allows me to hind my status and DP from the once whom i don’t want to show things
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  14. good information about whatsaap.Keep posting

  15. Hello sir, mere kuch cntcts ki dp and status ni shw ho re h…infact mai unki cntct list me b hu and privacy b my contacts….pls help me to overcome from this problem.

    • Hi charu,Look like those contacts kept their privacy setting as ‘not to show anyone’its not your problem they configure their setting in a such way that nobody will see their DP or Status or LastSeen.

      Another point if you OFF your LastSeen option then you will not able to view others last seen as per WhatsApps stds.

  16. But sir ,my frn save my number in there contact list and his privacy sttngs are slctd as my cntcts….but no dp is shwn to me…

  17. this prob have have nothing to do with the new privacy setting
    4 or 5 of my contacts dp last seen and status are not showing , and i hav asked them i am there in thier contacts list
    the thing is they have set thier privacy setting to my contacts and on changing thet to “everyone” they are visible to me on my watsapp
    i want to know is their some problem with my phone or their’s????

  18. I want to see d dp n last seen f my friend irrespective of my no saved in my friends contact list.. Plz help me

  19. Hi… I have added my frnd num in my contact list.. I am able to see his last seen status but not his Dp ..does it mean he has not uploaded his pic..or he as not saved my num in his intact list..ps help

  20. Am facing this same issue, can you tell me what to do ?>

  21. I cant see the dp of a contact saved in my phone, whereas if I save the same contact on other phone than I can see the dp. If the above theory is correct about the opposite person deleting my contact than the other number from which I saw the dp is nowhere related to the concerned contact or saved in that person’s phone. Help me with the answer for this?

    • Hi,
      Now whatsapp update come up with feature called ‘Privacy’, in this their are 3 options are available for Profile Photo Seen to 1. Everyone 2.My Contacts 3.Nobody. These options itself signifies that if other party did setting that not to show DP to everyone who dont have ur contact i.e 2nd option then we cant do anything for same. Look like ur 2nd no might be in his/her contact list
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  22. Actually i dont know all of a sudden how all my WhatsApp contacts are deleted. But all the contacts are there in my phone.may I know how to get back all those contacts on WhatsApp??

    • Hi Preeti,
      If you have all those contacts in phone contact list then just open your whatsapp,Click on +Chaticon sign at TOP Right of app, then at top click on … dot then click refresh ! You will get all those on your whatsapp.

      Let me know if you face any issue

  23. Hi, i am having a confusion. I am a iphone user. I saved someones num in my iphone but i have no idea even he saved mine or not. But in favorites when i opened his contact, his contact started appearing in chats too. My question is, is he also saved my num in his contact list too?
    Kindly help me with the answer

    • Hi Anaya,

      Thanks for asking this question, as per your discussion I conclude that, his contact is saved on your phone and its appearing in your WhatsApp chat. which is expected behavior by whatsapp. We unable to conclude whether that person saved your number or not. If that person set his privacy of Lastseen,Status and Display Picture to-> “Show Only Phone Contacts” then you might get whetherhe has your number or not. Try to check whether you’r able to see his DP,Status & LastSeen. It may give you 70% confirmation not 100% as Whatsapp have very customization settings.

      Another thing you can do, save that persons number in another phone which has whatsapp [After saving no. refresh contact list] and cross check his DP,Status and LastSeen & check whether its appearing over their or not. If you find difference in yours phone and other phone. You will get your full proof answer (100%).This might help.

      Let me know if you need more help.
      Good day
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  24. Hye.. My frnz dp last seen nd status are not showing.. They have saved my no… I hv reinstalled.. I have refreshed… There privacy settings are visible to everyone.. What to dl.. Ll, help

    • Hi Garima,
      Make sure you both using latest version of WHATSAPP not some 3rd party app like WhatsApp PLUS.
      According to your statement did u asked your freind to refresh his/her contact list of whatsapp?(REFRESH Option can be find in WhatsApp app only)) and if not then ask him/her to do same and also cross check whether he/she really have PUBLIC privacy settings i.e all things are visible to either contacts or all people.

      Let me know if you will not get solution.

      Great day !
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