How to Get The Written Status Back on WhatsApp

It’s no secret that updates are meant to improve things and when WhatsApp was upgraded that’s what everyone expected. No one probably thought that they were going to get rid of the written status most of us were happy with or have the two-step verification. Then that update came and simply destroyed our happiness (at least with the app).

The good news is that there is a way you can have the written status back on WhatsApp. You can finally say goodbye to this Snapchat Stories rip off and finally go back to the status we all know and loved.

Recover the Old WhatsApp Written Status

If you have a non-rooted Android device, you’ll need to install an older APK of WhatsApp. There are different versions you can try, but the one I recommend is 2.17.60.

How to Get the Old WhatsApp Status back

Once you’ve installed it, go ahead and set up your WhatsApp account like you did the first time. After the setup, you should be looking at the old WhatsApp design with the tabs: Calls, Chats, and contacts. You can use this method for now, but it wouldn’t come as a surprise if WhatsApp stopped supporting older versions.

How to Get The Old WhatsApp Status on Rooted Android Devices

Since rooted devices don’t work the same as non-rooted Android device’s, you’re going to need a different version. In this case, you’ll need to install WhatsApp versions v2.17.77. Once you have the older WhatsApp installed, you’re going to need a file manager app that has support for root access.

I recommend you use ES File Explorer app, but the final choice is up to you. Now that the file manager is installed you will nee to do the following.

  1. Go to Settings > Apps > WhatsApp > Force Stop
  2. Open The ES File Explorer > Tap the hamburger icon > Toggle on Root Explorer. If you’re asked to choose the appropriate permissions for the Root Explorer feature choose RW for all.

How to get old whatsapp status for rooted phones

3. Tap on Local in the sidebar and then tap on Device. After the Device folder appears go to data > Data > com.whatsapp > shared_prefs folder.

4. Once you’re in the shared_prefs folder tap on the com.whatsapp_preferences.xml file.

5. When you’re asked to choose the editor that opens the file select ES Note Editor, or you can choose the text editor that came with your file manager. When you see the file open, tap on the three-dor menu button and choose Edit.

Old WhatsApp Status for rooted Android phones

6. In the com.whatsapp_preferences.xml file you’ll need to find the text that says ¨status mode¨value=¨1¨. Once you’ve located it replace the 1 for a 0. Be careful not to change anything else. Don’t forget to tap on save.

Once you’ve completed the above steps, you shouldn’t see the Status tab anymore. It should be like the good old days where it would only say Calls, Chats, and Contacts.

If you tap on the three vertical dots, you should see the Status option. This time, it’s going to allow you create a written status like before.


Rolling back to the older version of WhatsApp is easier for non-rooted phones, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. You’ll now be able to enjoy the old WhatsApp status and have it last as long as you want. How much do you hate the current WhatsApp Status? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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