WhatsApp Status’ are a cool addition to the social communication app which a lot of people are still struggling to understand properly. We thought we would remedy that by explaining exactly how they work, how you set them up and how you can edit or delete them. To start things off fairly simple, we’ll explain what they are:
What Are WhatsApp Status Updates?
Have you ever used Instagram Stories? What about Snapchat Stories? WhatsApp Status is pretty much the exact same thing. You summarize a feeling, event, emotion or phrase and display it for the world. A lot of people tend to use imagery such as photos or gifs, whereas others opt to create little videos.
Whatever route you take, the outcome is the same. You’ll create a status for your WhatsApp account that people will be able to view. We know, you’re already excited! Every status you create will last for 24 hours and then it will reset and disappear. The content you shared (for example a photograph) will still be on your device, but people won’t see it attached to your status on WhatsApp.
Who Can See Them?
Who can see your WhatsApp Status? Well once you’ve set it up on your mobile app, anyone who is a contact can in theory be able to look at it. This applies regardless of whether they’re using the Android app or the desktop version of WhatsApp. It’s possible to change the privacy settings regarding this though. To do so, simple open up WhatsApp.
- Once open, tap on the “Status” button
- Tap on the three vertical dots in the top right corner
- Tap on “Status Privacy”
- Change your settings accordingly
Interacting With A Status
It’s very easy to interact with a status that someone has set on their account. First of all you’ll need to open the app and then tap on the “Status” button. From there simply find a status you want to interact with and then slide up from the bottom of the screen (where it says “reply”).
That’ll allow you to write a message, which you can fill with text, gifs, photos etc just like you would a normal message. The contact will then get a little snippet of their status sent to them with your message attached.
Creating A Status Of Your Own
There are two ways you can create your very own WhatsApp Status.
- Tap on the ‘Pencil’ icon
—> This will let you write a status that you want to share with everyone.
- Tap on the ‘camera’ icon
—> This will allow you to take or choose a photo which you can then edit and adjust accordingly before you set it. You’ll be able to add effects or even record videos if you wish. You can also add stickers here, rotate the image, add text and apply different filters.
The best thing to do is play around with both options. Using the text only option will let you type whatever you want and then you can add stickers and a few cool effects to the finished result.
Alternatively by opting to use a photo you can adjust, crop, and play with many different features and options until you’re completely satisfied with the result. Spending the time experimenting with your options is the best way for you to gain the experience you need to create an amazing WhatsApp Status.
What are your thoughts on the WhatsApp status? Do you use them much? Do you have tips and tricks to offer? Do you hate the concept? Let us know in the comments below.
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