Changing WhatsApp Profile Picture, Name and Status


You might be among the millions of people that seek to have a custom picture in the profile of your WhatsApp account. Through this short and concise guide, you will learn not only how to change this picture to whatever you choose, but also how to change your name and status in the profile as well. 

Below you are going to find a step by step guide to changing nearly all of the information in your profile on WhatsApp. Once you go through these steps, changing your picture, name and status should be a breeze.

Changing WhatsApp Profile Picture, Name and Status

This is not a complicated procedure that requires any real tech-savvy knowledge on your part. You will find that the process varies slightly from operating system to operating system, so below you will find instructions to accomplish this feat on either an iPhone or Android phone.

So, without further ado, let’s teach you how to change your picture, status and name on WhatsApp.


Customizing Profile Information On WhatsApp

iOS iconOn An iPhone

Changing Profile Picture

  1. Start by going to the WhatsApp application. Enter the “Settings
  2. Tap on your current profile picture. Tap “Edit” and then “Edit” again
  3. From here you can delete your current profile picture and replace it with a picture you take from your camera or from one you already have stored on your device

Changing Your Name

  1. Open WhatsApp and enter “Settings
  2. Tap on your profile picture and then tap on your name

It is important to know that this new name will only appear to those who do not have your profile information saved in their contacts already.

Changing Your ‘About’

  1. Open WhatsApp and go into “Settings
  2. Tap on your profile photo and then tap on “About
  3. You have the option of completely writing custom content or selecting a pre-filled option

You cannot leave this portion empty, though. So pick something.

Changing Your Status

  1. Go to the status screen in WhatsApp
  2. Tap on a dotted circle (Status Icon)
  3. You can take a new photo or video, or pick one of your existing options, and tap “Send

android iconOn An Android

Changing Your Picture

  1. Go into the WhatsApp application, tap the menu button, and go into “Settings
  2. Tap on your profile picture and then tap on the icon of a camera.
  3. Choose an existing picture from the gallery, take a new picture to replace your current image, or simply remove the current photo from here.

Changing Your Name

  1. Open WhatsApp, tap the menu button and enter “Settings
  2. Tap on your profile picture and then tap on your name.

Be advised again that this will only update information for those that currently do not have your information saved in their contact lists.

Changing Your ‘About’

  1. Open WhatsApp, tap the menu button and enter “Settings
  2. Tap on your profile photo and tap on “About
  3. Here you can choose a pre-filled option or entirely customize this section.

Note: You cannot leave your “About” section empty.

Changing Your Status

  1. Open WhatsApp and open the status screen.
  2. Tap on the dotted circle (Status Icon).
  3. Here you can take a new video or photo (or choose one from your gallery) and then select to send.


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You can always modify your security and privacy 👉settings to show who can see your profile picture, about section and status.

If you decide to block a contact, they will not be able to see your picture, status or about section anymore.

If you use your computer to access your WhatsApp account, there are also ways of editing this same information from the web. Read on to see how this can easily be done.

Changing Your Profile Picture Via WhatsApp Web

  1. Before you can do this you have to enable WhatsApp Web with your iPhone device.
  2. In WhatsApp Web, click on your profile picture.
  3. Hover overtop of the Camera Icon to see the option “Change Profile Photo”.
  4. You will be given 3 options: take a new photo, upload a photo or remove a photo.
    You can take a picture with your webcam by clicking on the first option. Once you have completed taking the picture, it will upload immediately.

Uploading a photo is as simple as clicking on this option and choosing an option from your computer you are on. Once you have clicked on the picture you want, it will be uploaded as your profile picture instantaneously.

Changing Status From WhatsApp Web

  1. Click on your profile picture. Click on the pencil (Edit option). Once you do this you will have a cursor and emoticons at your disposal.
  2. Write a status for yourself in 130 characters or less.
  3. Choose an emoticon by clicking the image you want.
  4. Click the Tick mark next to the emoticon icon.

By doing this, your status will be uploaded right away and the changed will be saved. This change will be universal to everywhere you access your WhatsApp account.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process or want to know more about changing things in your profile more expediently, drop a comment below so we can get in touch with.

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