How to See who Viewed WhatsApp Stories

WhatsApp introduced Stories in 2017, similar to Instagram and Snapchat Stories that allow users to post photos, videos, and texts that disappear after 24 hours.

Why See Who Viewed Your Story?

There are several reasons why you may want to see who has viewed your WhatsApp story:

  • Curiosity – It’s only natural to be curious about who is interested in your life and viewing your daily updates. Seeing who has viewed your story lets you know.
  • Engagement – If you run a business or have an audience on WhatsApp, checking story views is an easy way to see who is engaging with your content. This can help you improve your future stories.
  • Privacy – While your story is public, you may only feel comfortable sharing certain life updates with close friends and family. Checking views lets you confirm your story is only being seen by people you trust.

How to See Views on Your WhatsApp Story

WhatsApp makes it easy to see exactly who has viewed your status updates. Just follow these simple steps:

Enable Read Receipts

To see views, you and the viewer must have read receipts enabled in WhatsApp settings:

  • Open WhatsApp and go to Settings > Account > Privacy
  • Turn on Read Receipts

Tip: If you only want certain people to see your story, you can hide it from contacts in WhatsApp settings.

Check Story Views

Once read receipts are on, you can see who viewed your story:

  • In WhatsApp, tap on the Status tab
  • Tap on My Status and select your story
  • Swipe up to reveal the list of viewers and when they viewed it

The number of views will show next to the eye icon. Remember it can take a few minutes for views to update.

Seeing Deleted or Expired Stories

Unfortunately, once a WhatsApp story expires after 24 hours or is deleted, there is no built-in way to retrieve or see the view history again.

However, there are a few workaround methods that may show recently expired stories:

  • Check the WhatsApp .Statuses folder in your phone’s internal storage
  • Use a third-party story saver app (use carefully to avoid privacy issues)
  • View the story shortly before the 24-hour expiry

But there is no guarantee these methods will always work.

Who Can View Your WhatsApp Stories

To recap, here is how WhatsApp story privacy works:

  • By default, your story is visible to all contacts who have your number saved
  • You can hide your story from specific contacts
  • Only mutual contacts (you have them saved and they have you saved) can view your status
  • Turning off read receipts also hides your views

So in most cases, your WhatsApp contacts list controls who can see and view your daily status updates.


Checking who has seen your WhatsApp story is easy and only takes a few taps once read receipts are enabled. This allows you to identify your most engaged contacts, get feedback, and confirm your story privacy settings are working as expected.

Just remember that stories expire after 24 hours, the views list won’t include everyone, and you should always respect the privacy of your contacts when enabling these options.

Use the built-in WhatsApp tools responsibly to improve your stories and connections without violating your contacts’ trust.


Based on the sources, here are the key points about viewing WhatsApp statuses:

  1. You can see who has viewed your WhatsApp status by swiping up on the eye icon when viewing your status. This shows a list of viewers and when they viewed it. However, both you and the viewer need to have read receipts enabled in WhatsApp settings (Source 1).
  2. You can hide your status from specific contacts in WhatsApp privacy settings under “My Contacts Except” (Source 1, 4). This allows you to control exactly who can view your daily updates.
  3. Turning off read receipts prevents others from seeing when you’ve viewed their status. But it also prevents you from seeing viewers of your own status (Source 1, 4).
  4. When read receipts are off or the person has an unrecognized number, WhatsApp does not show their name in your views list even if they saw your status (Source 4).
  5. You can see recently expired statuses for up to 24 hours by checking the hidden WhatsApp “.Statuses” folder in your phone’s internal storage (Source 2).
  6. Using a third party “status saver” app can work to view deleted statuses but may violate WhatsApp terms and poses potential privacy risks (Source 2).

In summary, while WhatsApp provides controls to see status viewers, there are limitations. Respecting privacy and using built-in tools responsibly is recommended over risky third party apps. Let me know if you have any other questions!