New Delhi: Facing backlash and user anger at the new changes in the app, WhatsApp is reportedly bringing back the old Status feature. However, now the text status feature makes return with ‘about’ description.
It comes with the old default options of ‘Available’, ‘Busy’, ‘At school’, ‘At the movies’, etc, and more importantly does not disappear in 24 hours.
Few times back WhatsApp did a major change by introducing Snapchat like status feature. It was met with a lot of criticism from many users who wanted the old text-based status message back.
Now, with WhatsApp’s latest beta, the company is testing just that. In the latest Android beta version 2.17.95, users are now seeing the revival of the old status message feature.
The feature is still being tested, but this indicates that it should arrive in the stable version soon. If the users want to use it immediately, it is suggested that they should sign up for the WhatsApp beta community in Google Play. For beta users, users will see the old status feature by pressing the three dot icon on the top right edge. Head to Settings, and in the about and phone number section they can see the old status option back.
The revival of the text status doesn’t mean that the new WhatsApp Status feature will disappear. It still very much exists in a separate tab where users can add photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours, just like Snapchat. The tab also lists all the new updates from your contacts in the same format as users see on Snapchat. Unfortunately, there’s no way (yet) to disable this feature completely.
Facebook also introduced a similar Snapchat-like feature in Messenger on Thursday. Calling it Messenger Day, the feature lets users post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours as well.