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How to create and send a status update on WhatsApp for Android

WhatsApp status updates disappear after 24 hours. Here is a step-by-step guide you can follow to create and send a status update on WhatsApp using Android.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jul 27, 2020 18:31 IST

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By India Today Web Desk: WhatsApp is one of the most used social media applications available in multiple languages which enables users to connect with friends or family across geographical, political or economic borders.

After the lockdown, the usage of social media apps has been increased drastically. More and more people are taking to their phones for entertainment and this has given rise to more status update.


Now, if you are a WhatsApp user and you want to create and send a status update on WhatsApp, then you can make use of this information as a reference.

For those who don't know, WhatsApp status updates allow you to share text, photo, video and GIF that disappear after 24 hours.

Here is a step-by-step guide you can follow to create and send a status update on WhatsApp using Android.

How to create and send a status update on WhatsApp

To create and send a status update on WhatsApp you can follow the below-given steps:

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your Android device.

Step 2: Next, go to the Status tab.

Step 3: Here you have options.

  • You can tap the Pencil icon to compose a written status update. You can even tap Emoji to add emoji or GIFs, T to pick a font or Color to pick a background colour
  • You can even tap the Camera icon or My status to take a photo, record a video or GIF or choose an existing photo, video or GIF from the picker.

After selecting or clicking a picture you can also add a caption or make edits to the photo, video or GIF.

Step 4: Once done tap Send icon.

Your status will be updated. Alternatively, you can create and send a picture, video or GIF status update by going to the Chats tab, then tapping the Camera icon.

Keep in mind that in order to send and receive status updates to and from your contacts, you and your contacts must have each other's phone numbers saved in your phones' address books.

In 2019, WhatsApp also introduced a feature that enables you to share your status updates on the app to Facebook stories. This feature to share your WhatsApp Status as a Facebook Story is available on both Android and iOS.

(Source: WhatsApp help)

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Edited By:

Megha Chaturvedi

Published On:

Jun 23, 2020

WhatsApp status: what it is and how to use it

Social media has created an obsession with everyone’s “status” — what are you doing right now? Since Facebook owns WhatsApp, it stands to reason that it wouldn’t take long for the status feature to also make its way to WhatsApp eventually. So what does the WhatsApp status feature look like, and how do you get your breakfast onto it?

First, though, we should explain what a status is. On WhatsApp, it can be a picture or video of what you’re doing, what you’re thinking, or something you’ve seen. It differs slightly from Facebook Stories and Instagram Stories in that the latter two are more feature-rich, including being able to “like” the status/story and leave comments.

Read more: How to use WhatsApp — a step-by-step beginner’s guide


To see and view someone's WhatsApp status, go to the WhatsApp mobile app and tap on Status at the bottom. If any of your contacts have made a recent status update, it will appear here. Just tap on it to view it. On the desktop and web browser versions of WhatsApp, click the broken circle logo next to your profile picture at the top-left to view someone's status.


  • How to find and view your contact's WhatsApp status
  • How to create a WhatsApp status
  • How to delete a WhatsApp status

How to find and view your contact’s WhatsApp status

Open WhatsApp on your phone, desktop app, or web browser. On the mobile app, tap Status at the bottom.

If you’re using the desktop and web browser versions, click the broken circle icon next to your user profile picture in the top left.

On the Status page, you will now see if anyone has left a status. This is shown under RECENT UPDATES. Just tap the circle to start the status.

A progress bar will move from left to right along the top as the status plays. You’ll be taken back to the WhatsApp status page when it gets to the end. Also, remember that if the status is a video, it’ll be played with muted sound by default. To enable the sound, tap once on the screen.

How to create a WhatsApp status

To create your status, tap on Status at the bottom of the screen. You will now see your WhatsApp profile picture at the top, with the message Add to my status. Tap the camera icon on the right for an image or video-based status. Or the pencil icon for a purely text-based one.

I decided to go for an image-based status, so I pointed it at a picture on my office wall and tapped the camera button. Alternatively, if you want to use an image on your camera roll, they appear at the bottom of the screen. Just tap the one you want to use.

A third option is to take a short video. Under the circular button at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see Hold for video, tap for photo.

Once the photo has been taken, you’ll see options in the top-right corner to personalize the status. The first one is to flip the picture around.

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The smiley face icon is to insert stickers and emojis. Tap on the one you want.

I selected a sticker, and it appeared on the screen. You can drag it around with your finger to where you want it to go. If you want to reverse anything, or delete the sticker completely, tap the Undo arrow on the far left.

The last two options on the top-right concern what text you’re going to add (if any). Select your color and then start typing. Again, you can drag the text to whatever part of the screen you want.

When you’re finished with the status, tap Status (Contacts) at the bottom to post it.

Your WhatsApp profile picture is now replaced by a circular thumbnail of the status you just created. To watch it, tap on the thumbnail. This circular thumbnail will also appear on the status page of your WhatsApp contacts so that they can watch it too.

How to delete a WhatsApp status

To delete a WhatsApp status, tap on it on the Status page (but not the thumbnail). On the following page, tap the three horizontal dots to the right and select Delete from the dropdown menu.


Twenty-four hours, then it disappears (unless you delete it sooner, obviously).

No, once it’s gone, it’s gone.

There doesn’t seem to be an iPhone solution, but on Android :

  • Download Google Files.
  • Tap on the menu icon at the top left corner of the app.
  • Tap on Settings and toggle on Show hidden files.
  • Go to the File Manager of your device. Then navigate to Internal storage>WhatsApp>Media>Statuses.
  • All the statuses you have viewed will show in this folder. Tap on the desired image or video. Long press on the selected item and save it to your desired location on the device.

Alternatively, see if the contact has synced the status to their Facebook account. You may be able to download it there.

You need to change your privacy settings in advance so your last seen status is not viewable. You can also go offline on the mobile app and watch it, but your contact will be notified once you go online again. A third option is to use WhatsApp Web and view the status update offline in Incognito Mode. But be sure to close the window before reconnecting to the Internet.

WhatsApp says on its Help pages that the maximum length of a status video is 30 seconds.

How to enable the new WhatsApp status feature on Android

Update : WhatsApp has released a new "Status" feature for all Android and iPhone users. The new feature comes as a server update, so you don't even need to update the app. It brings a new Status tab between your chats and calls. On the Status tab, you'll see all status updates, as well as a button to post your own. This is almost identical to Instagram Stories, which were in turn ripped off with Snapchat Stories. Like Snapchat stories, you can add emoji to your statuses, text, and even draw on it.

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WhatsApp has posted some very interesting updates over the past few months. Most of the features are clones of features from other apps like Snapchat. Apparently, after failing to acquire Snapchat, Facebook's parent company is trying to beat Snapchat at its own game. After introducing Snapchat-like image editing features, WhatsApp is now preparing to release a new feature called "Status" and this is not the status feature we are used to, it is a new feature similar to what Snapchat offers with stories that are too copied Instagram with the same "Story" nickname. So yes, Facebook is on the cusp when it comes to stealing Snapchat features.

This new status feature is not yet available for stable or beta, but if you have a rooted Android device, you can easily enable this feature on your phone. So here are the steps to enable the new WhatsApp Status feature in Android:

How to get the WhatsApp Status feature


  • Rooted Android device
  • WhatsApp Beta version 2.16.336 and above.

For this feature to work on your device, you first need to sign in to the WhatsApp beta program. You can enter the WhatsApp beta testing program here. Or you can get it from APKMirror.

To enable this feature, we will use an application called WA Tweaks . Since this feature is not yet available for public beta, we need to add custom code for it and WA Tweaks will do it for us.

Well, before making any changes, I would like you to first backup your WhatsApp chats and data to Google Drive. Since we are going to change the WhatsApp database on your phone, you may lose your data if something goes wrong. Actually, I would advise you to backup your application with Titanium Backup.

Once you're done, follow these steps:

1. Download and install the APK for the latest version of WA Tweaks.

2. Open the app and it will first check if you have root access. Tap on permission when prompted to grant root access.

3. Now we just need to enable a few options to make the status function work. First enable " Enable new home interface " option.

4. Then open the drawer on the left and click "More" . Here you need to click on "Inject WhatsApp Status Chat" .

Now you should open WhatsApp and see if it works. If it doesn't, try again. This will work after a few tries. If you want to return to the normal WhatsApp interface, just turn off the options in WA Tweaks.

A quick look at the WhatsApp 9 status feature0025

The new features in WhatsApp have been out of action for a long time, and since the new Status feature isn't even part of the beta build, it's no wonder it's pretty buggy. However, let's see how the new WhatsApp status works.

First, the user interface has some changes. Homepage tabs now have a Status tab . In addition, you will see the camera icon aligned with the tabs in the left corner.

In my opinion, it looks rather strange when the camera icon is tab-aligned. However, it may change when it becomes public. Let's move on to Status tab .

On the Status tab, your status will be called My Status. You can create a new status by clicking on the status icon in the top right corner. Creating a status is similar to sharing a photo and has the same user experience you get when editing photos on WhatsApp.

Once you have finished creating your status, you can choose who you want to share your status with. You can send it as a photo to specific groups or contacts, or select "My Status" at the top to share it as a status. You have full control over who can see your status on the status recipients page . You can set this by clicking on the settings icon while submitting to an activity. You can exclude contacts, if the ones you don't want to see in your status are few, or you can select specific contacts, if there aren't many that you want to show your status. However, you cannot set this every time for every status.

Status works the same as Instagram Stories. They are added to your current status and you can also check who has viewed your status.

Well, since it's still in development, it wouldn't be fair to compare it to other apps. So let's wait until we get it in public beta.

Did you like the new WhatsApp Status feature?

Over the past few months, we have seen many great features introduced in WhatsApp. Since video calling is already in beta and the new status feature is already in development, it will be a blast for all WhatsApp users. While you can only enable this feature on rooted devices, we can expect it to arrive in a beta build of WhatsApp soon. Well that's all on our end, let us know what you think of this new status feature. Also, if you have any questions regarding enabling this feature, please state them below in the comment section below.

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