WhatsApp recently rolled out a new update that removed the tab for viewing contacts’ status updates. This change has made it harder to quickly view the latest statuses from your connections.
If you rely on statuses to keep up with WhatsApp contacts, this guide will show you how to search for and view status updates from specific people with the new interface.
Understanding the WhatsApp Status Update
First, let’s briefly recap WhatsApp statuses for context.
Status updates only appear at the top of the chat list. Previously, they were also visible in the Status tab.
With statuses, you can share casual temporary moments without cluttering chats. Contacts can view your updates by tapping on your profile photo.
Why the Status Tab Was Removed
WhatsApp stated the status tab was removed to simplify the interface and direct focus to more used features like chats and calls.
Statuses are still a core part of WhatsApp. But the app wants to streamline by displaying them within the main chat list rather than a separate tab.
This approach mirrors other apps like Instagram or Snapchat centered around statuses posted atop messaging.
While an adjustment, this change doesn’t take away the ability to share and view contact statuses with the right techniques.
How to Search for Status Updates
With the status tab gone, how do you check if a specific contact posted a status update?
The key is using WhatsApp’s search bar, which remains fully functional.
Here is the step-by-step process:
- Open your WhatsApp chat list.
- Pull down on the chat list to reveal the search bar.
- Type the name of the contact whose status you want to view.
- In the results, tap on their name.
- This will open their contact profile where you can view their latest status if posted.
That’s all it takes! Just repeat the search steps for any contact status.
Using Contact Info to View Status
An even quicker way to search for a status update from your chat list:
- Tap and hold on the contact you want to check.
- Select “View Contact Info” from the menu.
- You will see their profile with their latest status at the top if they have posted one.
This avoids having to type names into the search bar every time.
Viewing Status from Chat Windows
If you already have an existing chat window open with a contact, you can also view their status right there.
Simply tap their name at the top of the chat window to open their profile with status visible.
This is handy when already chatting with someone but want to check their status updates.
WhatsApp Web/Desktop Options
The latest WhatsApp update also applies to WhatsApp Web and desktop versions synced to your mobile account.
On Web/Desktop, here are two ways to search for a status:
- Click the Search icon at the top and type the contact’s name to reveal their profile and status.
- Right click their name in your left sidebar chat list and select View Contact to see status.
Similar to mobile, keep these techniques in mind when using WhatsApp on your computer.
If you’re still having issues viewing a specific contact’s status, try these troubleshooting tips:
- Double check spelling when searching names or usernames.
- Make sure you have an internet connection and try reloading WhatsApp.
- Force close and reopen the WhatsApp app if search results don’t load.
- Update WhatsApp to the latest version from your mobile app store.
- Restart your phone if WhatsApp is freezing or glitching out.
- Reinstall WhatsApp as last resort if search continues to malfunction.
Following standard troubleshooting steps helps identify any app issues on your end.
Status Privacy and Security
While statuses provide an easy way to share casual moments with connections, it’s important to remember:
- Set your status privacy in WhatsApp settings. Choose contacts who can view status.
- Be thoughtful about oversharing personal or revealing information publicly.
- You have full control to delete any status updates at any time.
- Others may screenshot your status without you knowing in advance.
Utilizing WhatsApp’s privacy controls keeps your account secure.
WhatsApp Status FAQs
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about searching and viewing WhatsApp statuses after the tab removal:
Is there still a way to see all my contact statuses combined?
No, now you have to search each contact individually to view their status updates.
How long do statuses stay visible for?
Shared text, photos, videos remain available for 24 hours and then disappear.
Can I save someone else’s status if I want to keep it?
Yes, you can take a screenshot of any status to save it, but the contact will not be notified.
Where did the status tab go in my WhatsApp app?
WhatsApp removed the dedicated status tab to streamline and simplify the user interface. Statuses now only show in main chat list.
Why can’t I view someone’s status updates anymore?
If their profile shows no status, it means they either have not posted anything new, or have privacy settings enabled to block you.
Is there a way to download someone else’s status?
No, WhatsApp does not allow saving or downloading other users’ statuses directly. You have to screenshot to keep them.
Although WhatsApp removing the status tab makes it less obvious how to view contact updates, this guide outlined simple ways to search and find their latest statuses.
Using WhatsApp’s search capabilities along with the contact info shortcut and chat window options enables you to continue keeping up with status shares from your connections.
The takeaway – don’t let the missing status tab deter you from posting and discovering ephemeral status moments on WhatsApp!
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