Status allows you to share text, photo, video, and GIF updates that disappear after 24 hours. In order to send and receive status updates to and from your contacts, you and your contacts must have each other's phone numbers saved in your phones’ address books.
Create and send a status update
Open WhatsApp > STATUS.
Text to compose a written status update. You can tap Emoji to add emoji or GIFs, T to pick a font, or Color to pick a background color.
Camera or My status to take a photo, record a video, or GIF or choose an existing photo, video, or GIF from the picker. You can also add a caption or make edits to the photo, video, or GIF, which you can learn how to do in this article.
Alternatively, you can create and send a picture, video, or GIF status update by going to the CHATS tab, then tapping Camera.
View or reply to a status update
To view a contact's status update, tap the STATUS tab. Then, tap the contact's status update.
To reply to a contact's status update, tap REPLY while viewing.