WhatsApp recently introduced a very Snapchat-esque Status feature، complete with its own tab on the app’s main screen. In doing so، WhatsApp also removed the plain-old text statuses، much to the dismay of us old farts who can’t be bothered with the full screen bonanza of the new design.
Fret no more. As spotted by Android Police، WhatsApp has brought the text status back into the picture in its latest Android beta. As before، it can be found under your profile settings، listed under the “About and Phone Number section.” It seems WhatsApp is transitioning it more into a simple bout blurb than an actual regularly updated status message. Then again، I’m not sure I’ve ever updated my WhatsApp profile since I first joined، so maybe there’s a reason for the new 24-hour design.
And no، this isn’t getting rid of the new status، or its new tab، though I wonder how long that feature will last in its current form. For all Facebook is intent on copying Snapchat – it introduced a nearly identical feature for Messenger just yesterday – I’ve not seen any of my friends post one of the new statuses on WhatsApp yet.
You’ll have to sign up to be a beta tester in the Play Store to try it out، or grab the apk.