Finally after a long Beta testing period Whatsapp officially rolled out Whatsapp status feature more like a SnapChat Story feature clone. Its now available to both iOS and Android based Whatsapp users. Now instead of the text based status which mentions as your busy or available users can add images, Gifs, and short videos and emojis. This feature is also protected by end-to end encryption.
When will I get Status feature?
Users doesn’t have to update or install a new app, new status bar will be available when u access your Whatsapp account next time. You’ll know if you have access to Status on iOS when the Contacts tab gets replaced with a camera icon (see photo above), and the far-left tab reads “Status.” Android users will see a new Camera icon to the left of the Chats tab, next to a new Status tab.
Who can see my Status?
By default all your contacts can view your status but Whatsapp allows you to change your privacy settings according to your requirements.
With the Status tab selected on an iPhone, tap on Privacy. Android users, tap the menu button > Status Privacy.
You are given three options:
- My Contacts: All of your WhatsApp contacts can view your Status.
- My Contacts Except…: Select the people you don’t want to show your Status to. This still shares your Status with the rest of your Contact list.
- Only Share With..: Select only with the contacts you want to show your Status to.
If you change your privacy settings after uploading a Status, keep in mind the new settings will only impact future updates.
How to view friends status?
Viewing your friends status is lot like in SnapChat.
Here are the basics:
- To view a Status uploaded by your friend, open the Status tab. A list of friends who’ve shared a Status will fill in.
- Touch the screen to pause a Status, giving you more time to view it, tap to skip through a Status, or swipe left to go to the next person.
- Swipe up on a status to reply to the the Status you are currently viewing.
How to add a new Status?
- To add a photo or video to your WhatsApp Status, open the app and tap the camera icon. Take a photo or video, or pick one from your camera roll.
- You can draw, write and place emojis on the photo. There’s also an option to add a caption that will be shown on the bottom of the photo or video as your contacts watch it.
- Finally, tap the paper airplane icon. You can either send your Status directly to a friend, as a photo or video within a conversation thread, or you can tap My Status at the top of the list to update your Status.
Quick Look at other Key Points
- Status Videos have a maximum time limit of 45 seconds.
- Status will appear for 24hours only before it gets dumped automatically.
- You can see who all viewed your status.
- Be alert and safe with sharing your status as unlike in SnapChat Whatsapp Status doesn’t notify you when anyone takes screenshot of your status.