[GUIDE] How to Disable “WhatsApp Status” Feature

WhatsApp has recently introduced a new ‘Status’ feature. This is quite similar to Instagram and Snapchat stories. Users can set pictures or videos as their status and these disappear after 24 hours. WhatsApp, unlike Instagram or Snapchat, is a more family oriented app. Considering that, people are understandably terrified of what this update implies. So, let’s have a look at how to disable this;

Prerequisites

  • Rooted Phone
  • Any Root File Explorer or SharedPreferences Editor

Disabling Status

Step 1

Force Stop WhatsApp. This is done by going to Settings -> Apps -> WhatsApp and then tap ‘Force Stop’.

Step 2

For Root Explorers, open the file: /data/data/com.whatsapp/shared_prefs/com.whatsapp_preferences.xml

For SharedPreference Editors, select ‘WhatsApp’ and then select ‘com.whatsapp_preferences’.

Step 3

Find the key name ‘status_mode‘ and make its value  ‘0’.from ‘1’.

For text editors, change

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

to

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

Step 4

Launch WhatsApp and see if there’s a difference.

NOTE: This is currently working in version 2.17.81. This may or may not work with future WhatsApp updates and might require you to do these steps again.

via: XDA Developers