On Friday, as WhatsApp turns eight, it has also unleashed a cool new feature that seems to be pointing to a future where the app moves away from text messages, and relies much more heavily on photos and short videos - the ephemeral status update. It's an exciting change, but in case you have any doubts about how to use the feature, here's what you need to know about the revamped WhatsApp Status updates.
What happened to my old text WhatsApp status?
According to some people the old text status is still visible, but it's gone for the most of us, so try restarting the app if you're still seeing the old status.Rumour has it that it will make a comeback under the name of WhatsApp ‘taglines’ but that’s for another day.
How can I set a photo or video as my WhatsApp status?
There are a couple of different ways to create a WhatsApp status you can do. Let's look at them.
How to create a WhatsApp Status using the Status option:
-Tap on Status.
-Tap on My Status. If you've already got a status, tap the little circle with a + sign on the top right.
-Take a photo by pressing the shutter button, or hold the button for a video. Or select one from the camera roll at the bottom of the screen.
-Add a caption if you want by tapping on Add a caption, and then tap on the Send icon at the bottom right.
-You can tap on it to view, or press the menu button on the right side to check how many people have seen the update, or to forward it. Tap on the eye icon to see the names of the people.
-The WhatsApp status will disappear in 24 hours.
Here is another method to create a WhatsApp Status:
-Tap the camera icon on the top left.
-Take a photo or video, or select one from the camera roll.
-Add a caption if you want. Tap the green tick to finalise.
-Next you can either send it to a contact, or select My status to update your status. Tap the Send icon at the bottom right.
-You can now go to the Status tab to see your status, as above.
I messed up, how do I delete my WhatsApp Status?
Made a mistake? Don't worry about it, you can easily delete these updates. This is how you can delete your WhatsApp Status:
-Open WhatsApp obviously.
-Go to the Status tab. Scroll to find the status you want to delete.
-Tap on the eye icon that shows how many people have seen the status.
-This will show a list of the people who viewed your status.
-Tap the trash icon, and tap Delete to confirm.