If you’re one of the guys who’s hating the new “WhatsApp Status” feature like me, this thread is for you!!

1. ROOTed device
2. Any Root File Explorer or SharedPreferences Editor


0. 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 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. It may require you to do these steps again….

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Founder and Chief Editor of Colabyte, Jitendra Malviya likes to keep on top of technology and loves to help people around him get through the day to day trouble they face with technology. So that, they can love technology as much as he does!

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