How to Create, Edit, Delete WhatsApp Status Updates

How to Create, Edit, Delete WhatsApp Status Updates

HIGHLIGHTS

  • You can now add photos or videos as WhatsApp Status updates
  • You can upload multiple images or clips as updates
  • The updates all disappear after 24 hours

When WhatsApp turned eight in February, it has launched a new feature that seems to be pointing to a future where the app moves away from text messages, and relies much more heavily on photos and short videos – the ephemeral status update. This newest feature from the Facebook owned messaging company bears more than a passing resemblance to social rival Snapchat, and the update hasn’t just added a new tab for the status in the menu on top of your screen, but also a camera button right in the middle of things, which can be used to update your status, or a contact, or group. It’s an exciting change, and it’s really straightforward too, but in case you have any doubts about how to use the feature, here’s what you need to know about the revamped WhatsApp Status updates.

What happened to my old text WhatsApp status?

You mean the line which most people completely ignored, leaving it on the default “Hi there, I’m using WhatsApp”? Well, that’s gone. Put the past behind you. According to some people the old text status is still visible, but it’s gone for the most of us, so try restarting the app if you’re still seeing the old status. Of course, the user backlash over the beloved text status made the company bring it back in March.

How can I set a photo or video as my WhatsApp status?

There are a couple of different ways to create a WhatsApp status you can do. Let’s look at them.

How to create a WhatsApp Status using the Status option:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap on Status.
  3. Tap on My Status. If you’ve already got a status, tap the little circle with a + sign on the top right.
  4. Take a photo by pressing the shutter button, or hold the button for a video. Or select one from the camera roll at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Add a caption if you want by tapping on Add a caption, and then tap on the Send icon at the bottom right.
  6. You can tap on it to view, or press the menu button on the right side to check how many people have seen the update, or to forward it. Tap on the eye icon to see the names of the people.
  7. The WhatsApp status will disappear in 24 hours.

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Here is another method to create a WhatsApp Status:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the camera icon on the top left.
  3. Take a photo or video, or select one from the camera roll.
  4. Add a caption if you want. Tap the green tick to finalise.
  5. Next you can either send it to a contact, or select My status to update your status. Tap the Send icon at the bottom right.
  6. You can now go to the Status tab to see your status, as above.

I messed up, how do I delete my WhatsApp Status?

Made a mistake? Don’t worry about it, you can easily delete these updates. This is how you can delete your WhatsApp Status:

  1. Open WhatsApp obviously.
  2. Go to the Status tab. Scroll to find the status you want to delete.
  3. Tap on the eye icon that shows how many people have seen the status.
  4. This will show a list of the people who viewed your status.
  5. Tap the trash icon, and tap Delete to confirm.

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There doesn’t seem to be a way to delete multiple WhatsApp Status updates in one go though, so don’t mess up too much!

How do I edit privacy settings of WhatsApp Status?

You can set it so that only specific WhatsApp contacts can see your status, or you can make a list of contacts who can’t see these, or set it to show to all your contacts.

This is how you can change the privacy settings of your WhatsApp Status:

  1. Once again, naturally, open WhatsApp.
  2. Go to Status and tap on the Three dots menu icon on the top right, and tap on Status privacy.
  3. Alternatively, you can tap on the menu button in the main chats screen and open Settings > Account > Privacy Status.
  4. There are three options here, My contacts, which is all your contacts; My contacts except.., which lets you pick contacts to exclude; and Only share with.., which lets you pick contacts to share with.

And that’s it, you’re done, that’s all you need to know about WhatsApp Status updates. To know about more things, do check out our How to section, and tell us what you think about this new feature, or ask us your questions via the comments below.

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Apple Patents a System That Can Broadcast Your Availability Status

Wouldn’t it be great if you could set your phone to “away” instant messenger style? To not just set your phone to vibrate but to actually let callers know that you are unavailable.

A new U.S. patent recently granted to Apple might do just that.

According to a recent AppleInsider report, future iPhones may come with the ability to automatically broadcast your operating status to contacts. Callers would then be able to access this information to determine if you are available to take their call before they ever bother dialing.

Apple patents can give some idea of future product features, but details remain sketchy. Right now it’s looking like this system will work by having your iPhone send automatic status updates to a central server. Information such as if your phone’s ringer is on, if it is in airplane mode, and details about battery life, location, and cell signal strength might be included. Callers could then see this information through an app and determine if it’s a good time to call.

This could be useful if you are traveling with poor signal strength or even in a different time zone. It could also be handy for those who have a lot of business meetings to attend.

On the flip side, this system is potentially convenient for those who make frequent business calls and need to know if it’s a good time to contact clients and partners.

Users would purportedly be able to limit the information shared through the apps settings. That’s a comforting feature as not everyone wants to broadcast their location or other information. Still, whether you can limit information shared or not, there will be privacy concerns from some users. Such a system might be better as an optional download rather than coming pre-installed.

It’s unlikely Apple will be adding this new capability to their iPhones in the very near future. There are potential risks and benefits but the system could be useful if implemented effectively and with proper consideration for users.

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TMC likely to get national party status soon, says vice president Mukul Roy

Vice President of Trinamool Congress Mukul Roy on Thursday said that the party is likely to get a national party status very soon, reported PTI. Roy said he has got an unofficial confirmation from the Election Commission.

According to the new rules of the Election Commission, a political party has to either win 2% seats in the Lok Sabha from at least three different states in the latest general election or it has to win 6% of the total valid votes in at least four states in a Lok Sabha or Assembly election, in addition to winning four Lok Sabha seats. It can also be given a national party status if it has been recognised as a state party in at least four states. Besides, the Election Commission has decided to review the status of political parties every 10 years instead of the five from now on.

Apart from West Bengal, where the TMC has formed the government twice, the party has presence in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. If TMC is awarded the status, it will be the seventh national party in India after the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Indian National Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Nationalist Congress Party, the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

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On return to India, inform bank of changed residential status

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I am 60 plus, and am returning to India after staying in the Gulf for 20 years. I have non-resident external (NRE) and foreign currency non-residential (FCNR) deposits, which mature at different times up to 2020. Considering that my status after return is resident not ordinarily resident (RONR) during the first 2 years (minimum), please advise on the following considering both income tax rules and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) regulations. i) Can I continue the NRE and FCNR deposits as such? If not, what options do I have? If I can continue, will the interest on these deposits be taxable? ii) Can I reinvest the maturing deposits during RONR status as NRE or FCNR deposits? If I can’t, while reinvesting them as resident deposits, can I avail the benefit of higher interest available to only resident senior citizens in banks and Senior Citizen Savings Scheme?

—Mohanlal R.

To answer your first question, when a non-resident Indian (NRI) returns to India, the onus is on him to notify his bank of the change in the status from non-resident to resident so that the bank account can be re-designated the bank accounts to resident account from NRE or FCNR. You have the option to re-designate these accounts either as resident account or transfer the funds to a Resident Foreign Currency (RFC) account. No penalties would be levied in the case of premature conversion of balances held in NRE and FCNR deposits into RFC accounts by NRIs on their return to India. Interest earned on the foreign currency deposit account is exempt till a person qualifies to be RNOR.

Also, the FCNR deposit accounts are permitted to be held till maturity of the deposits at the discretion of the bank.

The FCNR deposits on maturity will be converted into resident rupee deposit account or RFC account (if eligible) at the option of the account holder. The rate of interest on such account cannot exceed the rate payable on savings bank deposits held under RFC account scheme.

To answer your second question, under the exchange control law, you will most likely qualify as a person resident in India in the year of your return as you would come to stay in India with an intention to stay for an uncertain period. Hence, you will not be able to reinvest the matured deposits as NRE or FCNR deposits. As a resident senior citizen, you would be eligible for higher interest rates on the deposit accounts offered by the banks in India. For more details on the above, we recommend you to contact your bank.

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