Highlights

  • WhatsApp rolls out new Status feature on its desktop interface
  • Users can view and upload statuses via WhatsApp Web
  • Status icon is available in WhatsApp Web next to profile picture

There were a few people in almost everyone’s WhatsApp contact list who had never changed their default “Hey there! I am using Whatsapp” status. Those who did, used to either quote some striking one liners or use other default statuses like “At the Gym” or “Busy”. Bringing an end to the standard status lines, WhatsApp first introduced its status feature update on its 8th birthday in February this year. The update allowed users to use image and videos as their status update via WhatsApp Web, sharing feelings in a more creative manner.

Now, WhatsApp has introduced the Status feature to its Web Service as well. For those who do not know, WhatsApp allows you to connect with your friends from a desktop or laptop as well using the WhatsApp Web feature.

WhatsApp Web

Unlike the mobile app, the status icon is placed on top next to the ‘New Message’ icon in WhatsApp Web. You can tap on the icon and you will be redirected to a new screen with a black background with your status update that you want to put up on the right. Now, on the left side of the screen, a list of your WhatsApp contact list, who have uploaded their statuses, will also appear. Viewing status update is similar to the mobile app, and you can also reply to those status updates.

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The status feature on Whatsapp Web will also allow users to upload photos, videos, GIFs, with emojis along with adding a caption to it. The status will be visible to your WhatsApp contacts for 24 hours similar to the mobile app’s parameter.

WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp recently reached a milestone being used by one billion active users with around 55 billion messages exchanged through it daily. It further claimed that about 4.5 billion photos and about a billion videos were exchanged every day. On this account, the company is also expected to introduce the Whatsapp Instant Pay feature allowing the app to be used as a payment gateway, similar to PayTM.

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