Back in February, WhatsApp introduced its new Status feature on Android and iOS to compete with Snapchat and this week, Facebook is now rolling WhatsApp Status feature for the desktop version of the app. The company has been working on this feature for the last three months and has now finally released it for WhatsApp Web.
The new Status feature is part of WhatsApp Web update version 0.2.5854. Users on WhatsApp Web will now see a circular icon placed next to their profile picture on the chat window. In order to view the status of their contacts the users just have to connect their phones to the desktop browser via QR code that is given, after you are connected and WhatsApp is fully set up, click on the icon (shown below).
After this, they will be redirected to a new screen with black background which will the Statuses of their contacts placed on the left side of the screen (see featured image above). The users can view the Status by clicking on the circular images. Same as the mobile version, the users will also be able to reply to the Status. The rate at which you view your friends status update is proportional to speed of your internet. In our experience the videos , GIFs and images take long to load.
The “Status” feature lets users share photos, GIFs or videos overlaid with drawings, emojis and a caption that will be visible to selected friends for 24 hours, before disappearing.