Facebook-owned chat app WhatsApp has listened to feedback from their users, and reinstated Status updates via text.
Last month, the messaging app implemented a new way for its users to share updates with their contacts in a way that’s conspicuously similar to Snapchat. Called the Status feature, the update sharing operates just like Snapchat and Instagram Stories (another Snapchat clone), but the old-style, simple text message Status tool was lost in the process.
After receiving community feedback about the new Status feature, WhatsApp decided to bring the apparently much missed simplicity back. As a rep from WhatsApp stated, “We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we’ve integrated this feature into the ‘About’ section in profile settings.”
WhatsApp users can access the feature in the “About” section of the app. It’s as simple as navigating to the Status section and selecting one of the options, including “Available,” “At work,” and “Battery about to die.” Of course, you could always just type in a status of your own should none of the options apply.
Android users will see this feature return to WhatsApp in the next week, and the iOS version will receive the update shortly after that.