Bytes: WhatsApp seems to have listened to its users, and is set to bring back a much-requested feature. With the launch of Snapchat-like ephemeral status updates on WhatsApp, the text status updates were discontinued, much to the disappointment of users. But the latest beta update hints at a return of this feature.
As you can see in the above photos, WhatsApp Android beta app (version 2.17.95) brings back the old status update feature. So basically, you can now type out a status message, which will be visible on your profile page. More importantly, this status feature won’t disappear after 24 hours.
To set a status, tap on the three dots on the top-right corner and head over to Settings. Next tap on your own photo, and then tap on ‘About and phone number’. Just like old times, you will get a set of default status messages you can choose from, including Available, Busy, At school, At work, and more. Alternatively, you can tap on the pencil button to type out your own status message.
Do note that this status feature is currently only reflecting on the WhatsApp Android beta app. There’s currently no word on when the company will officially roll out the feature for everyone. In case you want to use the feature now, you will have to enroll for the beta program.Not surprisingly, some of the beta users who noticed the new feature are quite happy about its return.