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. Also Read - WhatsApp is soon to change the way your data is backed up: What it means?Also Read - WhatsApp introduces 'Papa Mere Papa' stickers to celebrate Father's Day: How to download, send?
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. ALSO READ: WhatsApp crosses 200 million monthly active users in India; looks to integrate payments Also Read - Father’s Day 2021: Here's Best WhatsApp Happy Father’s Day stickers, wishes, GIFs, messages, quotes and more
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. ALSO READ: WhatsApp Status Feature: First Impressions
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. ALSO READ: WhatsApp is testing a feature that lets businesses talk to customers directly: Report
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.