Why WhatsApp Not showing DP - Profile Picture of Few Contacts

September 1, 2019

No doubt WhatsApp is one of the amazing mobile messengers to date, its huge user base, easy & diversified functionality making it stand out from the crowd. Now we can say WhatsApp is a 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 in an online world. WhatsApp already has few privacy control tools like blocking unwanted stuff etc. but it still lagging in a few issues. We received many queries asking Why is my DP not showing on WhatsApp? Here are some methods to fix this issue, any of the below methods will help you to solve your WhatsApp DP not showing the problem on Android or iPhone.

Method 1: Delete Whatsapp Contact & Save it again with Different Name

If you are facing WhatsApp profile picture of some specific contacts not showing then here is a quick fix.

1. If you are not able to see DP of some specific contact on your WhatsApp irrespective both of yours Whatsapp Profile Picture visibility settings are correct and you verified from both ends then, you have to DELETE that contact number from your contact list & save it again with DIFFERENT NAME i.e if I saved it earlier as "Smith Kev" next time I'll save it as "KSmith". Then refresh the list. This may solve your issue if not follow 2 step

2. If the above process doesn't work for you then, you have to repeat the same process vice-versa i.e You have to ask your contact (Who's DP not showing ) to delete your number from their contact list and save it again using a different name. Like if your friend saved your name earlier as "Raymond Tom" then ask him/her to save it as "TRaymond" or any combination. Then do force refresh of both lists (theirs+yours). This will work as we already solved this issue of many of our readers. If not work for you follow the next method.

Method 2: Cleaning Whatsapp Data Storage

For a few of our readers, we did research & found that sometimes due to the limitation on WhatsApp data storage processing your WhatsApp image rendering get impacted its depend on your smartphone hardware and its active apps condition & storage. Please do watch the following video to fix this issue.

Also, make sure you are running an updated version of Whatsapp on your Android or iOS device & your device is not rooted or jailbreak. Now with the recent update of WhatsApp for android/iOS you can easily manage your storage by going inside of app settings. This enables you to clear most of cluttering data of WhatsApp, which will help to solve display pictures not showing issues.

no user whatsapp profile picture showing

Method 3: Recheck App Settings as WhatsApp has increased security for DP/profile pics

I also realize that WhatsApp roll-out security feature to enhance the privacy of contacts DP. This allows everyone to control the privacy of their personal data.

Now you can't see others DP/ProfilePic till that person also add/save your number/name. It may be visible in the list because 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/profile pic in WhatsApp, then just delete that name/number from the contact list. That person can't see your DP after that. This is applicable in WhatsApp groups also. Its good news for women who always have a major concern about their privacy than men. 🙂

WhatsApp Contact pic not visible

If you or your contact updated his/her whatsapp dp & you are not able to see updated one then you need to do manual refresh.

Still, Why can't I see people's DP on WhatsApp?

Do manual REFRESH of WhatsApp Contact List.

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

refresh waharsApp contact list

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

refresh whatsapp contact list

Now-onward only your contacts can see your DP. Many people welcome & denied this feature as it has two sides of coins. I think WhatsApp's move towards the privacy of the user is really commendable.

Spy Whatsapp of Friends

Will this update create misunderstanding in people?

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


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

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

This security update seems to be legitimate & I suggest you reproduce the above steps to update your contact list on the WhatsApp database. If your WhatsApp display picture still disappearing irrespective of this please comment with every detail we will try to fix your WhatsApp profile pic not showing the issue.

Post Tags: #whatsapp DP problem #whatsapp profile pic
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  1. 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.

        1. Hi Pawan I'm really sorry that you are not able to get solution.
          We can take TeamViewer access if you are willing to troubleshoot it from my end. I can help you in this. Let me know time and date.

    1. i am facing same problem that whatsapp not showing dp of few contacts.. i follow ur tricks but i do not get resolve from it..how can i get from here...

      1. ohh, try to reinstall it or try to delete cache of your whatsapp app from settings. Before doing make sure you email/backup your important chats of whatsapp

        1. i try it in all process bt my problem is not resolve....hv another process to continue it???

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

    thanks & regards


  3. 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

    1. 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 🙂

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

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