The latest version of Whatsapp just killed the most notable feature of Whatsapp which is “Whatsapp Status” however whatsapp released a new way to share your Whatsapp status which is more like snapchat and probably many are hating the new feature. In this guide I am going to explain you two methods to get back Old Whatsapp Status Features and Disable the new Whatsapp Status feature

Method #1 (Required Root)

1. You need a rooted device for this method
2. Any Root File Explorer or SharedPreferences Editor


1. Force Stop WhatsApp before proceeding.

1. a. For Root Explorers, open the file ‘/data/data/com.whatsapp/shared_prefs/com.whatsapp_preferences.xml
b. For SharedPreference Editors, select ‘WhatsApp’ and then select ‘com.whatsapp_preferences‘.

2. Find the key name: ‘status_mode‘ and edit its value from ‘1’ and make it as ‘0’.

For text editors, change

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


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

3. Now, launch WhatsApp and you will not see the new Whatsapp Status Feature.

via xda-developers

Method #2

You cannot directly downgrade Whatsapp if you have updated to the latest version of Whatsapp, However you can do this via downloading Whatsapp Apk files.


Go to Settings > Security  and toggle on the Unknown Sources option that will allow you to install apps from third-party sources.


You’ll get a prompt warning you that installing apps from unknown sources could put your device at risk. Tap on OK.


Open WhatsApp on your device and go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup to take a complete backup.


Uninstall WhatsApp from your device.


Open your smartphone browser and go to this link. I tried several recent versions of WhatsApp, but version 2.17.60 worked perfectly fine for me. Download V2.17.60 APK file.


Go to the Downloads folder on your Android phone and tap on the downloaded APK file.


On the next screen, tap Install at the bottom right to begin the installation.


Once it’s installed, open the app, agree to WhatsApp’s terms & conditions, verify your phone number, restore the backup, and enjoy the old version of the messaging service.