WhatsApp text status feature is back following massive public demand

Next, click Settings and click on the profile picture. Users can upload pics and small video clips as their status, which will automatically get disappear after 24 hours. Also, it may be the rollout is gradual, so you may not see the feature immediately, but it should arrive on your Android device in a few days. The iOS users might have to wait a little longer to get back and enjoy the old status feature.

However, new WhatsApp update is not available for iOS users at this moment but will be rolled out for all soon.

The feature is still available for Android users iPhone users should also get it soon. Inside About and phone number you can write anything as your text and this time it will not disappear within 24 hours. Unfortunately, there's no way (yet) to disable this WhatsApp feature completely. Another minor change in the new WhatsApp update, but it is still something that is cool to have as a feature. Plus, users can now rotate profile pictures to left, right, top and bottom.

Separately, WhatsApp is also testing the GIF support on Google's Gboard keyboard app in the latest version of Android beta, Android Police reports. The company also came out to confirm its arrival last week, and now, the old text Status feature is now available via Google Play and rolling out to all Android v2.17.107 users officially, and you can check manually if it's activated for you or not.

This update is only in the beta version of Android. The new Status feature got mixed reactions from its users globally, with many disappointed with the fact they wouldn't be able to update text Status anymore. You can find this Android Beta update through the APK Mirror option for now. Once you become a beta tester, you'll get updates even before they are rolled out for everyone. To WhatsApp's surprise, this is actually angering its users rather than enhancing their experience. But if you prefer to share photos, videos, and GIFs on your status feature, you can still do so.

The reason why WhatsApp's user base didn't welcome this major feature is because the app has basically stayed the same for the last eight years.

  • Arturo Norris