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Using Status

WhatsApp Status allows you to share photos, videos and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. In order to send and receive status updates to and from your contacts, both you and your contacts must have each other's phone numbers saved in your address books.

To view someone's status update, tap the Status tab and select a contacts' status. To reply to one of your contact's status updates, tap Reply at the bottom of the screen while viewing their status.

Adding your own status update

To add a status update:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to Status screen.
  2. Tap the Status or (+) add icon.
  3. You can take a new photo or record a new video, or choose an existing one from the picker, then tap the send button.

You can also add a caption and personalize your status updates by adding emojis, text and freehanded drawings to your photos and videos.

Changing your status privacy

Your status updates cannot be seen by people, whose numbers are not saved in your phone's address book. You can choose to share your status updates with all of your contacts, or with selected contacts only. By default, your status updates are set to be shared with all your contacts.

To change your status privacy:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to Status screen.
  2. Tap More > privacy settings.
  3. Choose who can see your status updates.

Note: Changes to your privacy settings won't affect status updates that you've already sent.

If you have disabled Read Receipts, you will not be able to see who's viewed your status update. If a contact has disabled Read Receipts, you will not be able to see that they have viewed your status update. For more info on Read Receipts, please read this article.

Manually deleting your status update

Status updates automatically disappear after 24 hours. You can also manually delete your status update, which removes it from your contacts' phones.

To manually delete your status update:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to Status screen.
  2. Tap More beside My Status.
  3. Tap Trash icon > Tap delete to confirm.
Muting a status update

You can mute the status updates of a particular contact, so they won't appear at the top of the status list anymore.

To mute a status update:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to Status screen.
  2. Long press a contact's name > mute.
  3. Tap mute to confirm.

To unmute a status update:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to Status screen.
  2. Scroll down to see the muted statuses.
  3. Long press a contact's name > unmute.
  4. Tap unmute to confirm.

Learn more about WhatsApp Status on: Android | iPhone