Latest features in Whatsapp: Keep your Whatsapp Profile Picture more secure

Do you think that your Whatsapp messenger Profile picture is safer and nobody can download your picture? Then you are wrong! Now anyone can download your profile picture if he has your number. But Whatsapp had also added a feature to keep your profile picture more secure. Check this article to know how it will be done. And also read about other new features introduced in new Whatsapp.

As we all know that Whatsapp messenger is presently number one instant messaging app in the Android market and it was downloaded more than 40 million times and that's the same reason why Facebook had bought it with a huge sum of money. The main success of Whatsapp messenger is its integration with contacts in phone-book. You could message your friend on Whatsapp (only if they had a Whatsapp account) just if you have his number saved in your phone book and had installed Whatsapp messenger in your phone. It's so simple with no ads and it is free up to 6 months. Contacts will be updated once you had saved the numbers. The messages are sent very fast and it had became one of the best messaging apps.

Why your Whatsapp Profile picture is not safe now?

Previously people could only view profile picture of the person whose number is saved in his contacts and who had messaged in Whatsapp. But in recent updates for Android version of the application, Whatsapp added a new feature. This feature allows users to save the profile picture of their Whatsapp Contacts in their gallery. Users can even share those profile pictures with others also. Thus, now if anybody has your number, they can easily download your profile picture. Because of this change that images of people especially females, can be easily taken without their knowledge. But Whatsapp had added a new feature to keep your profile picture more secure. I will explain step by step procedure of using that feature.

How to keep your Profile picture more secure?

Whatsapp messenger had added an additional privacy option in settings in order to keep your Profile picture safe. Using that feature, your profile picture can be visible to people who are present in your Whatsapp contacts, while it will be invisible to others. Using this feature you can even make your profile picture visible to no one. This feature is available only with the latest updated Android version of Whatsapp messenger application. Here is the procedure to use that option.
  1. First update your Whatsapp messenger application in Play store to the latest version. If you had already updated the application then it's O.K.

  2. After opening your Whatsapp messenger, if you go for Options, you will notice "Settings" options in it. Select that option

  3. In Settings, go to "Account" setting.

  4. In Account setting, Select "Privacy" Option.

  5. There you can see an option "Profile Photo", Click on it, you can notice further 3 options.
    • Everyone: It is set by default. This means, anyone can see your profile picture and can download or share the picture with others

    • My contacts: If it was selected, your Profile picture will be visible to people only who are present in your Whatsapp contacts. To remaining all, it will not be visible. But your contacts can still download or share your picture.

    • Nobody: If this option was selected, your profile picture will not be visible to anyone

Other new features in Whatsapp messenger

In the latest update Whatsapp had also improved its other privacy feature. Previously several had complained that it has less privacy as anyone can see when the person was last seen on Whatsapp. Now Whatsapp had introduced the feature that it will be visible only to his/her contacts or it is not visible to anyone. To use that follow the first 4 steps I had mentioned above and in Privacy settings select "Last seen", there you can see similar options as seen in Profile Photo settings, there you can change as required.

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Guest Author: monika24 Aug 2014

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Author: Ashok Goyal11 Nov 2014 Member Level: Gold   Points : 6

The information is very much informative but what is the harm if you profile real photo is visible as it will make your call or message more reliable. Pictures are easy to remember as compared to Phone Numbers. Think positive. If you have not harmed anyone, no one is going to harm you by downloading your profile pictures. Rather the user can add the profile photo, so downloaded in Gallery, to you phone number in contacts so that it become easy for you to recognise the caller through profile picture.

Author: Abhinay V02 Jan 2015 Member Level: Silver   Points : 2

Regardless of whether the display profile picture is downloadable or not, one can always screenshot it which pretty much serves nearly the same purpose.

I mean look at snapchat, although it promises a lot of privacy there are still ways to bypass it.

Privacy on the web is a really tricky thing.

I wonder why this post is a zero-pointer, did it violate any rules? Just curious.

Author: Ashok Goyal02 Jan 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Now "Telegram" application is becoming the hotspot and competing with what's applications in terms of fast speed and many more other features. As regards security risk these were there in the past, also present in the present and remain in the future too!

Guest Author: Md Ashfi Haider18 Jun 2017

I have a number in my contact list and we chat often. The profile pic appears but share button on right top side does not appear. What to do?

Author: John Theo Sang09 Jul 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

It is very important to protect a profile picture. However, it is more wise to use an alternative picture edited by adding a water mark or patch the whatsapp app using Patched file to hide those stuff.

Honestly, I didn't find it helpful. Please update with patching tutorial.

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