WhatsApp did a big update by launching Snapchat-like WhatsApp Status a while back. However, it met with lots of criticisms from numerous users who wanted the old text-based status message back. Presently, with the latest beta of WhatsApp, the organisation is testing only that. In the most recent Android Beta version 2.17.95, users are presently seeing the revival of the old status message feature.
Still, the feature is being tested, but it indicates that it must come in the consistent version soon. If you want to utilise it instantly, we recommend you sign up for the WhatsApp Beta Community in Google Play. For Beta users, you’ll see the old status feature by pressing the 3 dot icon on the top right corner. Head to Settings, and in the ‘About’ and phone number section, you will see the old status option back. It arrives with the old default options of ‘Available’, ‘At School’, ‘Busy’ etc. and more significantly doesn’t disappear in 24 hours.
Significantly, these ‘About’ description and phone number sections are not visible to every Beta user as yet. The revival of the text status does not mean that the new WhatsApp Status feature will disappear. Still, it exists in a separate tab where you can add images and videos in 24 hours, simply like Snapchat. The tab additionally lists all the new upgrades from your contacts in the similar format as you see on Snapchat. Unfortunately, there is no way of disabling this feature totally.