WhatsApp Status Feature Gets Overhauled, Here’s How It Works

Did you know how people use one of WhatsApp Status? Actually, showing up your status of ‘Hey there, I’m using WhatsApp’, that many users have by default or putting something else they rarely change. Just before its eight anniversary later this week, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging app wants people to update their Status feature multiple times a day. As WhatsApp introducing a revamped Status feature that perhaps the biggest fundamental change now. Here’s everything you need to know.

Tweaked and overhauled

To get this overhauled feature, WhatsApp Status will no longer be a boring text message, instead you will be offered to express yourself using a short video that looks similar to Instagram Stories. Exactly, which is the same feature inspired by Snapchat.

You will be able to share photos, videos, and even GIFs as your Status, which are visible to all your WhatsApp contacts by default. By the way, WhatsApp Status updates disappear after 24 hours. With that said, WhatsApp Status roll out globally in phases, starting with Europe and will be available on Android, iPhone running iOS and Windows versions.

According to WhatsApp Product Manager Randall Sarafa, this new WhatsApp Status combines three existing features such as broadcast lists, media sharing, and the Status. With this new implementation, it represents to be moving away from the traditional messaging app model that WhatsApp had by and large stuck to until now. And of course, this new WhatsApp Status update is an attempt to add more social networking capabilities where you broadcast regular updates to your friends, who then shares their reactions and comments. Also Read: How To Delete An Instagram Account Permanently [Guide]

The only difference here with the new refined WhatsApp Status would be any replies that your friends send to Status updates are visible only to you. In your WhatsApp Chat with that friend, with a message that indicates which Status update they’re replying. Also Read: Instagram To Allow Users To Translate Posts With Button

The WhatsApp UI has also been updated with new feature additions. Video to be playing a big role of the WhatsApp experience thanks to Status updates. The built-in camera gets a prominent icon of its own. As per Sarafa, the idea behind that change is to get users share stuff with people “without thinking about which chat window to share it with”. Rather, first picking a chat and then triggering the camera from there like you generally do so, you are now encouraged to shoot first, and figure out the sharing options later. Also Read: Instagram Rolls Out 60-Seconds Video Length, Brings Back Multi-Clip Videos

What’s new here? Status gets a tab of its own, in between Chat and Calls. It’s very easy to create Status messages, particularly if you already have used the aforementioned Stories feature on either Snapchat or Instagram. Also Read: Facebook Now Lets You Create Own Snapchat-Like Frames For Photos And Videos


WhatsApp Status updates you create are very much visible to your contact list by default, though, you can change them to My contacts except… or Only Share with… as well. Within the Status tab, you will see various groups; My Status, which shows up your most recent WhatsApp status (you can even see who’s seen your Status, similar to messages); Recent Updates, which reveals new WhatsApp Status messages which your friends have created in 24 hours; Viewed Updates, which is a self explanatory; and Muted, which lists updates from users you’ve muted. Point here is that if you deleted a WhatsApp Status you created, it’s removed from the phones of all your contacts – even from ones who’ve already seen the Status. Also Read: Here’s Everything You Should Know About Snapchat Groups, Allows Chatting Up To 16 Members

More information will be updated if anything wrong or good comes out regarding WhatsApp Status revamped feature. Stay tuned.

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