After multiple complaints and feedback from users, WhatsApp has finally brought its old text-based ‘Status’ feature back. The app had done away with textual updates in a previous update, replacing them with disappearing photo and video-based statuses.We know that majority of you already know how to post text-based status updates in WhatsApp. But in case you can’t find the reintroduced feature, here are a few simple steps you can follow to set a text-based status.

Note: The feature is available in WhatsApp’s latest Android app version – 2.17.107. This feature also updated for iOS users later.

How to old Status Method (text-based Status) in WhatsApp?

Step 1: Inside the app, tap on the three-dot icon placed on the top right corner.

Step 2: Select the ‘Settings’ option.

Step 3: Tap on your profile picture or name, visible above other options such as Account, Chats, Notifications and more.

Step 4: Tap on the status message in the ‘About and phone number’ section.

Step 5: Finally, tap on the pencil-shaped icon and type in whatever status message you want to write.

            The old status feature comes with usual defaults such as Available, Busy, Battery about to die and more. It is worth noting that with the return of the old status, the company has not removed the recently-introduced photo/video status updates. They are still available via a separate ‘Status’ tab in the app.

            WhatsApp’s new ‘Status Stories’ feature was rolled out last month to iOS, Android and Windows 10 Mobile platforms. It allows users to share photos, GIFs and videos that can be overlaid with drawings, emojis and captions. These are only available for 24 hours, after which they disappear automatically.
            While the old status feature has started rolling out to general Android users, beta members have got a wider GIF library for the app. WhatsApp beta users, with update v2.17.110, can now use GBoard’s built-in GIF feature.
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