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Update: WhatsApp update for Android brings back text ‘Status’ feature, retains Snapchat..
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WhatsApp update for Android brings back text ‘Status’ feature, retains Snapchat-like stories feature


Last month, WhatsApp rolled out a new ‘Status’ feature, which is similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories. The feature lets you update your status in the form of images or short videos that disappear in 24 hours. However, the addition to this feature led to removal of the old ‘text status’, which led to a backlash from users. WhatsApp was quick enough to address concerns, and has re-enabled the feature in the latest version (2.17.107). The update is now live and can be downloaded from Google Play store.

One of the benefits of the text ‘status’ is that it does not disappear after 24 hours, and the status that you set is visible on your profile page. To set a status, open WhatsApp, tap on the three dots on the top-right corner and tap on settings. You will be able to see your profile photo, name and the text status. To change the status, tap on your photo, and in the ‘About and phone number’ section, you can set a default status, or type out something of your own.

Interestingly, the Snapchat and Instagram Storie- like ‘Status’ feature has also been retained. So, essentially, you can have a permanent text status, as well as share the latest happenings with your friends in the form of photos and video status. You share this by heading over to the third tab called ‘status’ and click on the ‘add status’ icon on the bottom right corner.

Upon tapping on the ‘add status,’ the camera interface opens up along with strip of recent photos from the gallery. You can either click a photo or record a video, or choose from the existing one in the gallery. Next, you also get an option to crop, add caption, text and emojis or doodle over the photos. Once done, just hit send button at the bottom right and the status photos or videos will be sent to your friends.


A recent WhatsApp beta update also made it easier to initiate voice and video calls by separating the icons. The update also moves the add attachment ‘clip’ icon from top right to bottom, while also redesigning the bottom bar. However, these improvements are still a part of beta update and yet to rollout officially.

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