WhatsApp users who had felt bitter after the Mark Zuckerberg owned messaging service had taken a step too far in its attempt to create a ‘Snapchatish’ feature can now go back to the text status mode. According to reports by Android Police, the users of the app can now update the app to Android v2.17.107 from the play store to receive the feature. The user can tap on the options button, which, for the uninitiated are the 3 dots on the right corner. Go to the settings next and you can find the option to add text as status is present in the ‘About’ section. Although, the last status update made from the previous feature can also be seen. This feature has already been made available for Android users with the latest update. Although, it seems that iOS users will have to wait for the return.
What is interesting is that WhatsApp has decided not to get rid of the disappearing multimedia staus update. It will still disappear after 24 hours. According to other reports, WhatsApp is also known to have been testing its ability to add GIFS directly via Google Gboard Keypad. The feature can actually be found in WhatsApp beta 2.17.110 and can be downloaded from APK Mirror. The user can get the newest beta updates by joining the Play store beta and once they become a beta tester, they would get updates before it gets rolled out into the market.
The last disappearing status update had been brought forward by WhatsApp last month but had not really been appreciated by many users who seemed sad to see the text update go. They had pointed out that such features were already available in Snapchat and Instagram. The company with 1.2 billion users keeps on providing new updates for its users, like video calling, GIF and call forwarding among other things.