✎ Key Takes:
» You can observe a blank WhatsApp profile picture if someone removes it or blocks you, preventing visibility.
» Try using a different phone number or Profile Picture Copier app to view the blocked person’s profile picture on WhatsApp.
» If you notice a reappearing display picture, it suggests the person has re-added their photo, adjusted privacy settings, or unblocked you on WhatsApp.
- Why Does Someone’s WhatsApp Picture Disappear And Reappear:
- What Does it mean when someone’s WhatsApp picture goes blank:
Why Does Someone’s WhatsApp Picture Disappear And Reappear:
It’s mainly due to these reasons:
1. Removed DP or Re-Added
If you find that a WhatsApp user’s profile picture has reappeared after disappearing for some time, it might be simply because the person has previously removed his profile photo after which he has re-added it.
If this is the case, all his WhatsApp contacts will be able to see his new profile picture except for the ones he has blocked.
2. Maybe Changed His Privacy Settings
Reappearing of profile pictures on WhatsApp can also mean that the owner of the WhatsApp account has changed his profile photo privacy settings.
He may have previously changed his profile photo privacy in a way that it was not visible to you by setting it to be viewed by Nobody, or My contacts except… However, there is a good chance that he has now changed it to My contacts or Everyone so that it’s visible to you.
3. Maybe He Has Blocked you & Unblocked You
When you find someone’s profile has reappeared on WhatsApp after getting disappeared, it may indicate that the person has previously blocked you on WhatsApp but he has now unblocked you.
After you’re unblocked on WhatsApp your message will get delivered to the user’s WhatsApp inbox.
You’ll find two gray tick marks next to the messages that you’ll send to the user seeing which you’ll be able to confirm that you’ve been unblocked.
What Does it mean when someone’s WhatsApp picture goes blank:
These are the following things you will notice:
1. Person Removed His DP
If you see that a user on WhatsApp has no Display Picture, you should not immediately assume that the user has blocked you. The user may have just removed his profile photo from his WhatsApp profile which is why it’s showing gray and blank to you.
You can ask any other contact to check if he can see the user’s profile picture or not.
If the contact report to you that the person is not able to see any profile picture of the user then you can be sure that the user doesn’t have any display picture but if he reports to you that he’s able to see a profile picture then you should know that he hasn’t removed his profile photo but it’s either of the following reasons.
2. Your Number Was Removed From His Contacts
It’s possible that the user has a display picture on his WhatsApp profile but you’re not able to see it because it’s set to be available to My Contacts. This happens if the person has removed your WhatsApp number from his phone book or contact list.
Sometimes not intentionally but accidentally, contacts get deleted from the phone book which is when you’ll not be able to see the person’s profile photo as you’re not in his contact list anymore.
You can check it yourself by calling the person or sending a message to him on WhatsApp. If he needs your introduction and can’t understand that you’ve called/ messaged him, you can be sure that the person has deleted your phone number either by mistake or intentionally.
3. Person might have Changed Privacy Settings
Even if the person has changed his profile photo’s privacy on WhatsApp, then it might not appear to you especially if he has excluded you. It’s possible that the user hasn’t removed his profile photo but he has just set his profile photo privacy to Nobody so that no one on WhatsApp can see his profile photo even if they’re on his contact list. In that case, you or anyone else won’t be able to see his profile photo.
However, if he has set his profile photo privacy to My Contacts except.. and added you to the list of exceptions then you won’t be able to see the profile picture whereas other users who are from the contact list of the user but aren’t added to the list of exceptions, will be able to see the profile picture.
4. The Person Blocked You
The most common and possible cause of being able to see someone’s profile picture on WhatsApp is that the user has blocked you. In that case, his profile photo will only disappear for you whereas others who aren’t blocked by him will be able to see it.
You can find out if the person has blocked you or not by checking a few of the other indications. Look for his last seen and online status. If it’s not visible to you then there is a good chance that the user has blocked you.
Send a message to him on WhatsApp and see if it gets delivered or not. If it doesn’t get delivered even after waiting for hours or days, you can be quite sure that the user has blocked you. If you’re not able to see his WhatsApp status updates, or About information, it’s pretty confirmed that you’re blocked by him.
5. Person’s WhatsApp Account Deactivated or Deleted
When you’re seeing a blank display picture or no DP of any WhatsApp user, it might also indicate that the person has deleted or deactivated his WhatsApp account and hasn’t blocked you.
If an account on WhatsApp is deactivated you’ll find that none of your messages are getting delivered to the user. All the messages that you’ll send will get stuck at Sent and will have one gray tick mark next to them.
Even none of your calls will reach the user as there’s no WhatsApp account associated with the number anymore.
Although you’ll be able to find the previous chats of the deleted account on your chat list, if you search for the user on the WhatsApp contact list, the user’s account won’t show on the list. Instead, it will be shown under the Invite to WhatsApp header as the number doesn’t have a WhatsApp account associated with it anymore.