However, the changes are only available to those enrolled in the beta program and will likely roll out to everyone when they are ready. Although the WhatsApp Status feature is similar to Instagram Stories, it is not widely used in the app.
Therefore, the company wanted to make the feature more accessible and encourage its users. WABetaInfo reporting a new beta program changes things so a new Status update appears in the regular chat feed which makes it easier to spot. Similar changes have been made to the latest desktop beta version of the app.
“When a friend from your contact list publishes a Status update, it will also be visible directly in the chat list without opening the Status tab. Currently, muted status updates are highlighted in the chat list, but this may be temporary as this feature is under development and has not yet been rolled out. WhatsApp can change how the feature works before it’s released,” said WABetaInfo.
Quoted iMore, Wednesday (11/5/2022), the Status feature allows you to share updates of text, photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours and that’s also end-to-end encrypted. To send and receive Status updates to and from your contacts, you and your contacts must save each other’s numbers.