The new WhatsApp Status

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Hello WhatsApp users. We’ve been using this ubiquitous app everyday since 2009. We’ve seen updates coming up every now and then – and now the latest to hit the WhatsApp shores is the new STATUS. After years of using the boring textual statuses that could at best do only emojis – now you can have completely animated statuses.

WhatsApp Status allows you to share photos, videos and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. Your status updates however are only visible to the contacts you have saved in your phone’s address book. In addition to the usual tabs like Chats and Calls – you now have a new ‘Status‘ tab. so now you can not only only view a contact’s animated status – but also comment on/reply to it.

To view someone’s status update, tap the Status tab and select a contact’s status. To reply to one of your contact’s status updates, tap Reply at the bottom of the screen while viewing their status.

Here’s how it works:

Adding your own status update

To add a status update:

  1. Go to the Status screen.
  2. Tap the status icon.
  3. You can take a new photo or record a new video, or choose an existing one from the picker, then tap the send button.

You can also add a caption and personalize your status updates by adding emojis, text and free-handed drawings to your photos and videos.

Changing your status privacy:

Your status updates cannot be seen by people whose numbers are not saved in your phone’s address book. You can choose to share your status updates with all of your contacts, or with selected contacts only. By default, your status updates are set to be shared with all your contacts.

To change your status privacy:

  1. Go to the Status screen.
  2. Tap the Menu Button > Status privacy.
  3. Choose who can see your status updates.

Note: Changes to your privacy settings won’t affect status updates that you’ve already sent.

If you have disabled Read Receipts, you will not be able to see who’s viewed your status update.

Manually deleting a status update:

Status updates automatically disappear after 24 hours. You can also manually delete a status update, which removes it from your contact’s phones.

To manually delete a status update:

  1. Go to the Status screen.
  2. Tap the three dots next to My status > tap and hold your status update.
  3. Tap the trash can icon > Delete.

Muting a status update

You can mute the status updates of a particular contact so they won’t appear at the top of the status list anymore.

To mute a status update

To un-mute a status update

  1. Go to the Status screen.
  2. Tap and hold your contact’s status update.
  3. Tap Mute.
  1. Go to the Status screen.
  2. Scroll down to see the Muted statuses and tap and hold your contact’s status update.
  3. Tap Un-mute.

How to draw, add text or add emojis to photos and videos?

WhatsApp allows you to personalize your photos and videos by adding emojis, text or freehand drawings. To use these features:

  • Tap on the quick camera button on the text field.
  • Take a new photo or video or choose an existing photo or video from the picker.
  • Choose what you want to add to the photo or video.

Adding an Emoji

When you add an emoji to a photo or video, you can rotate, resize and move the emoji.

  • Choose the Emoji button in the top right.
  • Tap to select an emoji.
  • Hold down on emoji to drag it to any part of the media.
  • To resize the emoji:
    • Pinch in on the emoji to make it smaller.
    • Pinch out on the emoji to make it larger.
  • To rotate the emoji, pinch and turn the emoji.

Adding Text

When you add text to a photo or video, you can change the size, font type, rotation and color of the text you add. Here’s how:

  • Choose the “T” button in the top right
  • Type in the desired text in the text field
  • To select a color, slide your finger up and down the color selector on the right
  • To select a font type, slide your finger from the color selector on the right to the left. Lift your finger when you decide on a font type
  • To resize the text:
    • Pinch in on the text to make it smaller
    • Pinch out on the text to make it larger
  • To rotate the text, pinch and turn the text


Like to draw freehand on photos and videos?

  • Choose the Pencil button in the top right corner
  • To select a color, slide your finger up and down the color selector on the right. You can select the color for each line that you draw

Once you have added all of the desired emojis, text or drawings, tap the send button. Now, to discard emojis and text, drag them to the top of the screen towards the trash can and release. To delete drawings, tap the back arrow.

I guess that too much download for a day – so I’ll let you live. Die Another Day. Till then… Bye!!!


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Kottayi Amith

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