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You have seen your friends updating their Snapchat and Instagram stories. Now it’s time that you will see your parents and relatives do the same 😉



WhatsApp launched (or copied) a new feature called WhatsApp Status today which will now let you post story updates. This ain’t a feature that you are unaware about but getting it on the most widely used chat application Whatsapp is a good deal. This feature first appeared on Snapchat and has now been introduced in Instagram and WhatsApp. Adding a story means you are uploading a photo or a video of what you are presently doing or a place where you at. Or it can even be a meme or a funny picture.

People are going crazy over this update as there is a certain line between us and our parents & relatives. Someone posted on twitter about the difference between what our stories will be like on Snapchat and Whatsapp.


whatsapp update joke


And this was the funniest one

whatsapp story funny


But with privacy filter controls, the audience who can see our story can be manipulated. So it is very easy to keep the peeking eyes of your parents and relatives away. And you can still post your cool photos of doing anything that you like.

3 types of privacy modes are provided namely:

  1. My contacts
  2. My contacts except
  3. Only share with

whatsapp status privacy


In WhatsApp’s Status tab on iOS, there’s a privacy option right on top. A privacy filter can be selected from there. On Android, the Status Privacy option is under the settings. Just tap the three dots on top corner and you’ll see Status Privacy option on top.  Once again, you can choose from the three options.

It depends on what option suits you the most but choosing “Only share with” will be a wise choice. As you add new phone contacts everyday, they won’t be included in your privacy filter. So it will be wise to select “Only share with” filter. Just select your best buddies from the list and you are good to go.

WhatsApp Status Features

WhatsApp “Status” will allow you to post:

  1. Images
  2. Video
  3. Gif
  4. Video converted into a GIF

Just like Snapchat allows you to see how many people have viewed your story, WhatsApp again has the same feature. Tap on the “eye” icon at the bottom of your Status update to view the list of people who have seen your update.

To make it more social, you can easily reply to your friends WhatsApp Status. Just tap on the reply button and comment whatever you want. The person will receive this comment in the WhatsApp chat list. A different thumbnail will differentiate it from the normal messages.

Updating to this version of WhatsApp is easy. You just need to update your application from the playstore and you are good to go. It will be surprising to see how our elderly people use this feature who have never used Insatgram or Snapchat. For them it might be a cool feature or a completely useless thing. Let’s see!




Siddharth Sharma

Siddharth Sharma

Siddharth is a tech enthusiast, social media expert and loves everything about tech. Presently writing for TechPaver based in India and doing frequent YouTube videos for TechPaver. Apart from tech, he is a caffeine addicted Mechanical engineer who loves listening to music, riding his btwin and playing Table Tennis.
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