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How To Set Up Old Status On Whatsapp?

Whatsapp has disappointed the world since it announced the demise of the old status feature. But, the new status feature that was launched later, enabled users to share GIFs, videos, and photographs. This didn’t work really because many people started criticizing once they could only post textual messages.

So, as the company brought back the old status feature, the user can run the app just the way he wants. But, the complicated thing is that the process is quite different when you need to set up the Status. The case is not as similar to a dedicated tab called Status where you had to enter the desired message.

So, without thinking much, let’s look at the steps you need to follow for restoring the old status.

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6 Steps for Restoring Old Whatsapp Status on Non-Rooted Android Devices

In case you have recently updated Whatsapp, then you might not be happy with the new Status feature. But, for retrieving the old Whatsapp feature, you need to first install the older version.

Now, let’s check out the steps in detail.

Step 1: As you go to the ApkMirror website, you should download the older version of Whatsapp. You can always navigate other websites, but once you have downloaded the installable files, you should ‘Enable Unknown Sources’ under settings.

Step 2: After the app has been installed on the Android smartphone, you should disable auto-updates of the apps. For this task, you first need to go to the Play store settings and then select ‘Do not Auto Update Android Update’.

Step 3: Later, you need to launch the app and tap the three-dot icon. Such a type of icon is clearly visible at the top right-hand side corner.

Step 4: Once the drop-down menu appears on the homescreen, you need to go to ‘Settings’ and tap the profile picture.

Step 5: Once the option, ‘About and phone number’ appears on the touchscreen, you need to tap the text message just below the tab.

Step 6: Soon after you tap the pencil icon, you should write the desired message. Besides, you can select some predefined message options like Busy, At School, Available, At Work, Battery is about to die, and more.

Steps for Retrieving the Old Status Update on Rooted Android Smartphone

If you wish to get back the old Whatsapp status feature, then here are the steps you need to follow.

Step 1: Initially, you need to go to ‘Settings >> Apps’ and force stop Whatsapp background services.


Step 2: For enabling the old status feature, you need to Enable Root Explorer through the Es File Explorer.

Step 3: Once the system offers you root access, you need to tap ‘Root Explorer’ once again and select ‘Mount R/W’.


Step 4: Moving ahead, you must open the left Sidebar menu and then go to ‘Local >> Device’. Once you are able to access the Whatsapp folder, you should then go to ‘Data> Data> com.whatsapp’ followed by ‘Open shared_prefs folder’.


Step 5: Finally, you need to tap com.whatsapp_pref File for opening the text file. Later, you need to find status_mode and change its value from 1 to 0 and hit the back button.


Step 6: Soon after you are prompted to save the changes, you need to click ‘OK’ to confirm.

Now, the task is done because you would be able to observe the old Whatsapp status after opening the app. But, these steps won’t work once you update the messenger. You need to spend some time to carry out the steps all over again.

In case you are rooting the device for the first time, then you should always be careful. You should also know how you can bring back the smartphone after adjusting the settings.

Hardip Koradia

Written by Hardip Koradia

Hardip Koradia is a pro tech blogger with years of experience in writing resourceful articles on different tech topics like mobile apps, PCs, gadgets, software, how to guides, etc. His passion for technology inspired him to start Techbylws, a growing tech blog.