WhatsApp Rolls Out Overhauled Status Feature Globally

February 24, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

WhatsApp wasn’t exactly the messenger platform we are seeing today when it started its journey eight years back. Instead, it was a platform to let others make aware about what you are up to through away messages, or more commonly known as status.

It was the sole feature WhatsApp feature before it evolved into a messenger and video call platform, and the only feature which never saw a big overhaul. But that’s about to end, as WhatsApp is officially transforming its status feature into a Snapchat clone.

The upgraded Status feature, which was being tested in beta since November, is now getting launched officially. WhatsApp’s new feature is another mimic of Snapcat Stories that let users shoot and retrofit images with captions and drawings and put them as status that will disappear after 24 hours.

Users can decide to whom the status should be made available, and those who can view the status will also be able to reply to those. It wouldn’t however be possible to share Status contents through messages. WhatsApp has also taken a step ahead of the other ‘Story’ providers by making the feature end-to-end encrypted. Users will also be able to mute the status of the rest.

As of now, WhatsApp Stories are devoid of any ads, but it could bring those in the future. Snapchat and Instagram Stories currently include full-screen ads that are displayed in between Status of friends.

The feature is now making its way onto all smartphone versions of the app that include Android, iOS and Windows Phone. It’s a gradual rollout, so users will have to be patient to enjoy the new feature.

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