How to Disable WhatsApp Status Feature

Right ahead we explain how to disable WhatsApp status feature. We all know that WhatsApp has a feature called “Status” for all its Android and iOS users. The new feature arrived as an update, which was pushed automatically to all users. After updating, users were able to see a new ‘Status’ tab between Chats and Calls section. Within this new section are all status (picture / video) updates of your friends and also a button to post your own. These status pictures / videos vanish after 24 hours. It’s almost identical to Instagram stories, which was in turn just as SnapChat Stories. However, fortunately, you can disable WhatsApp status if you like.

WhatsApp has been pushing in some seriously interesting updates from the past few months. Most of the features being clones of features from other apps. Many of the users are happy with the update but there are few who considered it as inadequate and are waiting for something special and not by cloning. You may have many questions and one among them was ‘What happened to my old text WhatsApp status?’ For those people who don’t want to use the new feature ‘Status’, you can disable the update and get back to earlier version.

Disable WhatsApp Status

Whatsapp is enhancing its features to take down all others messaging apps gradually. One such step is Video Calling and the then ‘Status’ update. We have written a step by step guide with which you can Disable Whatsapp status on Android. You can try the most suitable method to do it given below but there is a requirement.

How To Disable WhatsApp Status Feature

Before we move on to the guide, make sure that you Android phone is rooted then continue reading the guide:

Step 1 – First, Force Stop WhatsApp App by going to Settings > Apps > WhatsApp and hitting the Force Stop button.

Step 2 – Now Open the file manager you are using and search for the folder /data/data/com.whatsapp/shared_prefs/ where you will find a file with the name under com.whatsapp.preferences.xml and open this file in a text editor.

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Step 3 – Find the Key Name ”Status_mode” which will be showing you some codes:

<int name="status_mode" value="1"/>

Step 4 – Now all you have to do is to change the value from 1 to 0:

<int name="status_mode" value="0"/>

Step 5 – Now save the changes you made and open the WhatsApp. The Status tab will disappear now.

You have now disabled the Status feature from WhatsApp. If you are still having problem, just drop a comment below.

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