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WhatsApp allows status updates visibility within the chat list, just like Instagram stories, but it is now available for some beta users

A while ago, we informed WhatsApp users that the instant chatting app is working on a feature that will allow users to see friends and family status updates within the chat list. If you ponder a bit, the feature is similar to another Meta-owned app, Instagram, in which stories can be seen from the direct message (DM) list.

Now, the feature is fully developed and is available for Android version 2.22.18.17 to limited beta users, as reported by the website responsible for WhatsApp updates, WABetainfo. The screenshot manifest how users can view a status update uploaded by a contact instantly within the contact lists while seeking chats. All you need to do is, tap on the display picture of the contact, which represents a green circle around it, and directly view the status update from there. Whereas, if you intend to chat with a contact, just tap on the chat cell to start a conversation like you normally do.


Moreover, it is not a big deal if you find the status visibility update within the chat list unsuitable. You can simply disable this feature by tapping the mute status updates option on WhatsApp. However, it is important to note that WhatsApp has not officially disclosed this update, but the feature is accessible for some beta testers. However, it is expected to be available for more beta users for iOS shortly.

Apart from this, several other updates are coming on WhatsApp, including an important update that will allow users to restrict the ability to take screenshots of those images and videos sent to the contact at a one-time. This screenshot blocking feature is under development, and we don’t know when it will be launched.

Furthermore, we have also heard that WhatsApp had released a Windows native application earlier. Specifically, they have done this to optimize desktop OS. Another thing is that WhatsApp has started rolling out the ability to recover deleted messages. This would help in getting back those messages that have been deleted accidentally. Along with this, WhatsApp had already provided complete control to the users to select whom they want to share their profile picture, Last seen, and status updates.

With all of such features, we can say that WhatsApp gives users a free hand to decide whether to hide or show their information on WhatsApp.

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