WhatsApp Status gets Snapchat-like features: Here?s how it works

WhatsApp revamps the Status feature. Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 21, 2017, 06.34 AM (IST)

WhatsApp has added a set of new functionalities to its basic text-only Status feature. The new WhatsApp Status feature is similar to Snapchat and Instagram stories, which let people share ephemeral posts.

The new Status feature on WhatsApp allows users to share photos, videos and GIFs with friends and other contacts in a secure way. Quite like stories on Snapchat and Instagram, status updates on WhatsApp also disappear after 24 hours. Users can also control who can see the status updates by tweaking the Privacy settings.

The updated version of the app features a separate Status tab where users can see the updates shared in the last 24 hours. Similar to messages exchanged on the instant messenger, status updates are also end-to-end encrypted.

“Even after we added messaging in the summer of 2009, we kept the basic "text only" status functionality in WhatsApp. Every year, when Brian and I would plan projects to work on, we always talked about improving and evolving this original "text only" status feature. We are excited to announce that, coinciding with WhatsApp's 8th birthday on February 24, we are reinventing the status feature,” says Jan Koum, CEO and co-founder, WhatsApp.

The company has already started rolling out an update to Status for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.