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WhatsApp accepts its new status feature is not a 'hit'

Image result for WhatsApp accepts its new status feature is not a 'hit' Facebook-owned WhatsApp recently rolled out a big update to its 'Status' feature. The enhanced feature is quite similar to Snapchat's stories. But it seems that the new Status has turned out to be a flop.

WhatsApp’s biggest new feature: 8 things to know

WhatsApp’s biggest new feature: 8 things to know
WhatsApp now has a separate tab for status
You can add emojis, texts and doodles on your status
You can add emojis, texts and doodles on your status
You decide who sees your status
Your status updates disappear after 24 hours
You can delete your status updates
You can comment on people’s status messages
Feature not available on WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp’s biggest new feature: 8 things to know

On the occasion of its eighth birthday on February 24, popular instant messaging service WhatsApp rolled out a new ‘Status’ feature for all users. It lets users share images and videos as statues with their friends on WhatsApp, instead of just text-based statuses. Want to know more?

Here are a few things about WhatsApp’s latest feature that you should know about.

WhatsApp now has a separate tab for status

WhatsApp’s UI on Android now has four tabs. These are for messages, calls and the third one is solely dedicated to your status. This is where you go and set your status by clicking on the ‘+’ icon. The last tab is for photos.

You can click pictures and send to your contacts from within WhatsApp itself.

You can add emojis, texts and doodles on your status

While earlier you could only use text in your status messages on WhatsApp, now you can do a lot more. The messaging platform now supports photos, videos and GIFs as status updates. You can either select the content saved on your phone’s gallery or click pictures and videos from within the app itself, then using it as a status.

You can add emojis, texts and doodles on your status

Do you love doodling on your photos? Or sending emojis to your friends during conversations? WhatsApp’s new status feature is all you need. You can add emojis, texts and doodles on your photos easily, and even change their size and colour if you want to. So if you think that the heart-eye emoji would look better pink, you can now change it.

You decide who sees your status

We have always liked privacy settings on WhatsApp and the instant messaging platform has expanded them to the new status feature as well. You have the option of deciding who gets to see your status updates. There are three options to choose from – My contacts, My contacts except, and Only share with. So if you want certain people to not see your status, select option two and specify them. On the other hand, if you want only a few people to see your status updates, select the last option.

Your status updates disappear after 24 hours

It is worth noting that your status updates will disappear on their own after 24 hours. However, you can post as many status updates as you like.

You can delete your status updates

Did you accidentally post a picture of yourself you weren’t supposed to? Relax, as you can easily delete it. Just click on the ‘...’ sign right next to your status and you’ll be taken to the page where all your updates appear. Just long press the status you want to delete and tap the trash icon.

You can comment on people’s status messages

Did your friend post something really funny and you can’t stop laughing after seeing their status? Let them know by commenting on their status. When you see someone’s status, there will be an option of replying on it at the bottom. Just press on that and scroll up, and you’ll see a reply box appear. However, keep in mind that they will receive this reply in their personal chat.

Feature not available on WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp’s web version still hasn’t got the status feature update. Moreover, there is no word on whether or not the web platform will get this new feature.
WhatsApp’s biggest new feature: 8 things to know
WhatsApp now has a separate tab for status
You can add emojis, texts and doodles on your status
You can add emojis, texts and doodles on your status
You decide who sees your status
Your status updates disappear after 24 hours
You can delete your status updates
You can comment on people’s status messages
Feature not available on WhatsApp Web

Numerous discontented users have posted their disappointed and criticized the company for copying Instagram and Snapchat's features. Along with this, users also seem to be missing the old text-based status updates.

Keeping in mind the feedback received from users, it seems that WhatsApp is now working on bringing back the old status feature. This means that those users will be able to choose between old text-based status updates and the newer audio/video-based status updates.


According to WaBetaInfo (@wabetainfo), a Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp's beta builds, the 'Info' section in the app's beta version will feature an extended menu. Tapping on it will lead the users to the old status menu, which is now renamed as 'Info'.


It's been further mentioned that the new changes appear under the 'Profile' section. Earlier, the status was called Tagline but now, it has been renamed as 'Info'.Apart from the old status coming back, WaBetaInfo also revealed that WhatsApp has renamed the 'revoke' feature as 'unsend'. The option, which allows users to recall sent messages, is available under the three dot menu located on the top right corner of the app. Once users click on the 'Unsend' option, the app asks for a confirmation. When confirmed, the sent status changes to 'This message was unsent'.


The new features are likely to be rolled out to all WhatsApp users soon.

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