WhatsApp’s made good on its promise to return back to text-only statuses after pledging to do so last week. The change is rolling out to Android devices as of now and should hit iOS soon.
To recap, news of the reversal first came to light last week when it was spotted lurking in WhatsApp for Android beta. The company later confirmed that it was bringing back the feature for good based on feedback from users who missed the ability to set a permanent text status that wouldn’t expire into thin air after 24 hours.
Individuals can now set a text status by heading to Settings and tapping on their name to open up their Profile page. There should be a new About and phone number section there. They can edit the former with a customized sentence of their own making or opt for classic options like Available or Busy.
It should be noted that the new media-centric Status feature isn’t going away and can’t be disabled. The tab inspired heavy backlash when it was announced, with many consumers less than enthusiastic about the Snapchat-esque feature invading WhatsApp.
In related news, WhatsApp for Android beta recently started allowing users to send GIFs directly from the Gboard keyboard. While GIF support arrived on the platform quite a while ago, people using Google’s app have been unable to search for and insert GIFs. This will likely change as and when the update makes the leap to the official version.
You can download WhatsApp via the Play Store and check out its beta avatar via APKMirror.