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Facebook-owned WhatsApp has got an all-new feature “Status” that is set to make the popular messaging app more exciting. It allows you to share disappearing photos, videos, GIFs with your friends, which automatically get expired after 24 hours.

In terms of functionality, WhatsApp Status feature is quite similar to Instagram and Snapchat Stories. You can find out who has seen your status and when. While viewing the status update of any friend, you get the option to send quick reply as well. And, if you no longer want to view the status of any contact, you can mute it. Let's find out more! (Also read: how to send disappearing photos and videos in Instagram on iPhone)

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How to Use Status Feature in WhatsApp on iPhone

How to Use WhatsApp Status Feature on iPhone

Send Disappearing Photos and Videos in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #1. First off, you need to update WhatsApp to the latest version. (Go to App Store → Updates). Then, launch the messaging app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Tap on the Status tab at the bottom.

Tap on Status Tab in WhatsApp on iPhone

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Step #3. Now, you need to tap on the status icon at the top right corner of the screen.

Tap on Status Button in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #4. Next, capture a nice selfie, photo or a video.

You can also select pics from your library. To do so, tap on the picker button at the bottom left corner of the screen and choose the pic you want to use.

Step #5. Next up, you can add emoji, text and draw on it → Finally, send the photo to your friend.

Add Emoji to WhatsApp Photo on iPhone

Change Status Privacy in WhatsApp for iPhone

By default, your status is shared with all of your contacts. However, you have the option to share your status only with selected contacts.

Step #1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone → Status tab.

Tap on Status Tab in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #2. Next, you need to tap on the Privacy at the top left corner of the screen.

Tap on Privacy in WhatsApp Status Tab on iPhone

Step #3. Now, you have three options—

  • My Contacts: To share your status with all of your contacts.
  • My Contacts Except: To share status with all the contacts except some people.
  • Only Share With: To let you share the status with only some people.

Privacy Options in WhatsApp Status Feature on iPhone

If you don't want to share your status with some people, choose My Contacts Except and select the people from your contacts. Then, tap on Done to confirm.

If you want to share your status with only some people, tap on Only Share With and choose the name of the people from the contacts. Tap on Done to confirm.

Note: The changes to your privacy status won't apply to the status you have already shared. Hence, I would recommend you to first set the privacy setting and then share the photo. You won't be able to know who has viewed your status if you have disabled Read Receipts (Settings → Account → Privacy → Read Receipts)

Manually Delete Status Update in WhatsApp on iPhone

If you don't want to keep any status update for any personal reason, you can delete it easily.

Step #1. Open WhatsApp → Tap on Status tab.

Tap on Status Tab in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #2. Next, tap on the three dots next to My Status.

Tap on 3 Dots in Status Tab in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #3. Then, you need to tap your status update.

Tap on Status Update in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #4. Now, tap on the arrow at the bottom center.

Tap on Up Arrow in WhatsApp Story

Step #5. Tap on the trash button and then tap on Delete to confirm.

Delete WhatsApp Status on iPhone

Find Out the Views of your Status in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #1. Open WhatsApp → Tap on Status.

Tap on Status Tab in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on the three dots next to My Status.

Tap on 3 Dots in Status Tab in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #3. Now, you will see the number of views of your status.

Show the Views of WhatsApp Story on iPhone

To know who has viewed your status, you need to tap on your status and then tap on the arrow button at the bottom. Now, you should see who has viewed your status and when.

View Who Has Seen WhatsApp Story on iPhone

View and Reply to Someone Status Update in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #1. Open WhatsApp → Status.

Step #2. Tap on the status update of any contact.

View Status Update of Any Contact in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #3. While viewing the status, tap on Reply at the bottom, write anything you want and then send it.

Reply to Story in WhatsApp on iPhone

Mute a Status Update of a Particular Contact in WhatsApp on iPhone

If you no longer want to view the status of any contact, you can mute it. Once muted, it won't appear at the top of the status list.

Step #1. Open WhatsApp → Tap on Status.

Tap on Status Tab in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #2. Next, swipe left from right on the status update on any contact you want to mute. And then select Mute.

Mute a Status Update of a Particular Contact in WhatsApp on iPhone

All the muted contacts are listed under Muted section.

Unmute Status Update of Any Contact in WhatsApp on iPhone

Later, if you change your mind and want to unmute the status update of any contact, you can quickly unmute it.

Step #1. Open WhatsApp → Tap on Status.

Tap on Status Tab in WhatsApp on iPhone

Step #2. Swipe left from right on the status update of the contact listed under Muted section and then select Unmute.

Unmute Status Update of Any Contact in WhatsApp on iPhone

The Bottom Line

Certainly, the Status feature has made WhatsApp more exciting. It's really cool to let everyone know what you are up to. The best thing about it is that the shared pic is automatically disappeared after 24 hours.

Recently, WhatsApp has got a number of interesting features such as, the option to forward a message to multiple users at one go, queue up messages in offline, Two-Step verification and the ability to delete specific media from an individual conversation etc.

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