If you like the way Snapchat or Instagram Stories allow you to post photos, videos, and text messages in some kind of fancy slideshow to share with your friends and family, you can essentially do the same thing on WhatsApp too. It’s called WhatsApp Status, where you can share content and see what’s new from your contacts. Here’s what you need to know to use WhatsApp status.
If you’ve used a Stories-style feature in a social media app like Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook, you’ll likely feel right at home with WhatsApp Status. Anything you add to your status expires after 24 hours. This means that everything you post is ephemeral, and thanks to WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption, it’s safe too.
How to view and reply to a WhatsApp status
WhatsApp reserves a tab dedicated to states. To see all current status messages from your contacts, go to the Status tab. On iPhone, tap the tab State at the bottom of the screen. If you have Android, tap State up.
You should see your status and under all your friends’ posts. To see a status, tap the entry. If there are multiple status updates, they’ll play one after the other, so you’ll see the next contact’s updates in the list.
You have some controls after touching a state:
- To pause an update : Touch and hold the screen.
- To go to the next update : Tap the right side of the screen.
- To return to the previous update : Touch the left side of the screen.
- To respond to a state : scroll up. You can type a message, send a sticker or send photos and videos using the icons in line with the text field.
How to create and share your WhatsApp status
You can create your WhatsApp status with photos, videos and text. To get started, go to the Status tab. On iPhone, tap the tab State at the bottom of the screen. If you have Android, tap State up.
At the top of the Status screen, tap The my state . This opens the camera view, where you can take photos, record videos, and select photos from your photo gallery. To take a photo, tap the shutter button, but hold the shutter button to record the video. Do you want to enlarge? Drag your finger up on the screen while recording, drag down zooms out.
Tap the tools at the top of the screen to edit and customize your status. You can rotate, add stickers, type text on the image or add a caption at the bottom of the page.
When you’re ready to share your status, tap the button Send bottom right.
To add to your status, simply go back to the Status tab and tap on Camera or the Pencil . On iPhone, these buttons are located in the My Status section at the top of the page. On Android, you will find the buttons at the bottom right of the screen. Anything you share will be added to the previous state you posted.
How to delete your WhatsApp status
If you don’t like something you’ve posted or need to retire it for some reason, it’s easy to delete a status. You can selectively delete only the states you don’t like, so you don’t have to delete everything at once.
On iPhone, it’s very simple: on the Status tab, tap The my state to view a list of each status item. Swipe a status left to see the Delete button, then tap Delete .
On Android, start at the Status tab, then tap the three dots to the right of My Status. When you see the list of status posts, tap the three dots to the right of the entry you want to delete, then tap Delete in the drop-down menu.
How to disable someone’s WhatsApp status
If you’d rather not see the status of a particular contact, WhatsApp gives you the option to mute it.
To mute a contact, start from the Status tab and, in the section Recent updates , find the contact you want to deactivate. On iPhone, swipe the contact left and tap Turn off sound . On Android, touch and hold the contact until Mute status appears, then touch Mute .
After you mute a contact, the contact will be hidden in a new Muted Updates section. To unmute the contact, follow the same steps you used to mute the contact and choose Reactivate .
How to hide your WhatsApp status from certain people
Do you have contacts that you prefer to hide your status updates from? WhatsApp allows you to be selective about who to share.
On iPhone, tap Privacy at the top left of the Status tab. On Android, start from the Status tab, tap the three-dot menu in the top right and choose State privacy in the drop-down menu.
Now choose who you want to share your updates with. You have three options.
- My contacts : This is the default: everyone you know will see your updates.
- My contacts except : Choose this option if you share with almost everyone, but there are some people you want to exclude.
- Share only with – This is the option to choose if you have a relatively short list of people you want to see your updates to.