Earlier this month, WhatsApp users reported discontented with the revamped WhatsApp Status a few weeks after it was officially rolled out to its mobile app. Users provided mixed feedback over the SnapChat and Instagram Stories lookalike, which really didn’t make sense and preferred the old-text-based status.
After having received the feedback, WhatsApp soon started testing the old-text status in Android beta program. 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.
Locating the feature is easy, via menu on the top right corner, go to 1. settings option, and then 2. tap on you profile to open the 3. About and phone number section you will definitely see the old status option back (The old-text status will be the status you last used before the revamped status). On selecting the About and phone number section, it comes with the old default options under the 4. Select your About section and more won’t disappear in 24 hours just like the video status. Scroll through to choose you text-based status or customize your own.
Your contact list will be able to see the status message by opening your contact, when starting a new chat thread, or by viewing group info.
Notably, the revamped WhatsApp status ain’t going anywhere and will remain a constant in a separate tab.
The feature is still available for Android users iPhone users should also get it soon.
Editor’s Note: The feature is rolling out gradual, so you may not see it immediately.