WhatsApp brings back ‘Text Status’ for Android users; coming soon on iOS

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 21, 2017 9:27 am

WhatsApp rolled out its new Status update last month and it failed to impress a lot of users. The feature got mixed reactions from its users globally.

Good news for WhatsApp users: The text-only Status feature has made a comeback on Android. Users can update the WhatsApp app to the stable Android v2.17.107 from Google Play Store to get the feature. To use the old Status feature, click on the three dots on top right in the WhatsApp app. Next, click Settings and click on the profile picture. The ability to add text to Status is present under the About and phone number tab.

Users will see the last update that they posted before WhatsApp took down the feature. It can be changed to a new customised Status or the familiar, ‘Hey there I’m using WhatsApp’, or ‘Available’, ‘Busy’, ‘At work’, ‘Can’t talk’, etc from the list. The feature is already live for Android users, and it is unclear when it will be rolled out for iOS, though WhatsApp has promised iOS will be getting this soon.

However, the update doesn’t mean WhatsApp is doing away with its disappearing Status feature. The Snapchat-styled WhatsApp Status that lets users upload videos and photos that disappear in 24 hours, is right where it was in the app.

Another minor change in the new WhatsApp version is the ‘Add attachment’ icon has shifted to the text box where…

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