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 iMessage Update Lets You Send Payments, Edit Photos, More

Apple iMessage Update Lets You Send Payments, Edit Photos, More

Until very recently, the thought of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) ever opening its applications like other companies for developers with APIs and SDKs wasn’t even contemplated. The company is notoriously protective of its platform, so when it announced third party developers would have access to several of its applications, including Messages, which is the company’s most used app, at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference 2016 it felt like the dawn of a new era.

The new Messages framework in iOS 10 lets you create app extensions so users can interact with you directly within messages.  What this means for businesses and developers is, they can now create and share content with more features as well as real world solutions such as making payments without ever leaving Messages.

iMessage Update Details

With iMessage, apps developers can leverage the full framework to interact with Messages. This includes: presenting a custom user interface; creating a custom or dynamic sticker browser; inserting text, stickers, or media files into the Messages app’s input field; creating interactive messages that carry app-specific data; and update interactive messages to create games or collaborative apps.

The fun feature is Stickers, which lets you express yourself in more ways. This includes buying stickers from the App Store created by artists and developers with many imaginative options. Once you buy the sticker of your choice, you can adjust the size, send it in a thread or place it on photos, bubbles or other stickers.

The new features in the new Messages app on iOS 10 are:

  • Handwriting capabilities and personalization
  • Written text can be automatically converted to an Emoji
  • Tapback feature to quickly and visually respond to a message
  • Website preview in Messages
  • Listen to Apple Music directly in Messages
  • New bubble animations
  • Fullscreen iMessage animations
  • Conceal images or text behind an invisible message
  • New stickers on iMessage speech bubbles
  • Search for images and videos directly through Messages
  • Take pictures directly from Messages

For businesses that want to add real world functionality to Messages, they now have access to one of the most popular apps in iOS. The first solution that was highlighted at the Worldwide Development Conference 2016 event was Square Cash, an app for sending or requesting money with instant deposits to your bank account.

Once Square Cash is downloaded on your device, you can access it from the new iMessage “App drawer.” Pick an amount you want to send to a friend or pay for a service and attach it to a message, and with a single tap it will be deposited to their bank account.

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This is not connected to Apple Pay, so the app has the limitation set by Square Cash. Make sure you read the instructions and bylaws carefully, because you are making your financial information available.

In addition to this payment system, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, demonstrated another iMessage app, DoorDash, an on-demand restaurant delivery service.

In the demo, Federighi was able to collaborate with a group to order lunch without leaving Messages. The order was then shared with everyone in the group through contacts in Messages and he added his lunch to the group ticket.

The iMessages features are in the development stage, so there weren’t many other apps made available during Worldwide Development Conference 2016.  There will undoubtedly be a large number of apps by the time the end user version of iOS 10 is available later in the fall.

Apple’s change in direction comes as the company is experiencing the first slowdown of iPhone sales in the company’s history. As hardware saturation continues to increase, Apple has to make itself more available just as Android has in order to give businesses more access to the iOS platform. We will have to wait and see what developers and businesses create, and whether Apple will make the rest of its OS available.

The developer page for iMessages is available here.

Images: Apple

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oogle Photos Update Makes It Easier to Edit Images

Google Photos Update Makes It Easier to Edit Images

Google has started rolling out an update to its Google Photos service that should help users edit images faster. The update however, is limited to the desktop version, only for now.

Users can now swipe between images while staying in the edit mode. As soon as the user moves away from the edit mode, the edits will be saved automatically and can be undone as well by clicking on “Revert to Original”. The change, announced on the Google Photos Google+ post, additionally brings a new aspect ratio selector for an exact crop. Users can choose from Original, Square, 16:9, and 4:3.

Last month, Google said it will be shuttering Picasa to shift its focus to the new Google Photos service launched less than a year ago.

Pictures or videos in Picasa online albums will be automatically available in people’s Google Photos accounts. Those wishing not to shift to the new service will still be able to view, download or delete photos in Picasa albums, but the software won’t be updated and adding images won’t be an option.

“As of March 15, 2016, we will no longer be supporting the Picasa desktop application. For those who have already downloaded this-or choose to do so before this date-it will continue to work as it does today, but we will not be developing it further, and there will be no future updates. If you choose to switch to Google Photos, you can continue to upload photos and videos using the desktop uploader at photos.google.com/apps… We apologize for any inconvenience this transition causes, but we want to assure you that we are doing this with the aim of providing the best photos experience possible,” said Google Photos chief Anil Sabharwal.

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