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WhatsApp is an instant messaging platform that lets you communicate with your friends and family members with ease. However, did you know that WhatsApp also acts as a social media platform with its WhatsApp status feature? This article will teach you how to save WhatsApp status on any Android device. Read further. 

For better or for worse, WhatsApp is a popular messaging platform on Android. Its Status feature doubles as a kind of mini social networking platform, allowing users to post a status that expires after a certain amount of time, like your Facebook and Instagram Stories (although users can also make it permanent).

These WhatsApp statuses can at times be funny clips or memes, and if you want to get your hands on them, there is a way to do it without asking your friends. Here are the steps. But before everything else, let us learn what a WhatsApp status is. 

What Is A WhatsApp Status?

On the main interface of WhatsApp for Android, you get three chief headings for each section of the app: Chats, Status, and Calls. As mentioned earlier, statuses are similar to Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook Stories. A user uploads a picture, video, or text that WhatsApp keeps for 24 hours or until the user decides to delete it. 

WhatsApp Status is a feature that lets you post status updates that disappear after a day of you uploading them. You can share photos, videos, text, links, and GIFs. If you are familiar with Instagram Stories, this is somewhat similar. You will quickly pick up how to check a friend’s or relative’s WhatsApp status and update your own. 

Moreover, by default, WhatsApp Status is only activated between two users who have one another’s contact details saved in their respective address books. If you do not have someone’s number saved in your contacts, they cannot see your Status message. 

According to our research, it was in 2017 when WhatsApp Status was released, then a new and modified feature to the application. With this update, users are this time allowed to share their status as photos, videos, and GIFs, plus more, that show for 24 hours in the status area. 

If one of your WhatsApp friends has updated their WhatsApp status, then it will be visible for a day, and you can see it by tapping on the contact icon, but normally, there is no option to save the status to your smartphone if you want to keep the memories. This is in general because WhatsApp cares about user privacy. 

But fortunately, there are tools that will let you save WhatsApp statuses on your Android device, and you will learn about the steps here. But first, why would you want to save a WhatsApp status aside from keeping the memory? 

Why Would You Want To Save A WhatsApp Status?

Has one of your contacts ever uploaded a video or a particular funny picture you want to share? WhatsApp, unfortunately, does not make it particularly easy for you to do this. Without the tools, you may have to ask a friend to send you the media and screen capture it yourself. You may need to download an application that saves the statuses for you. However, this is a waste of time since WhatsApp already downloads the media onto your phone (and hides it) when you view it (unless, of course, you have told it not to). 

How To Find And Copy WhatsApp Statuses

Note that we did this tutorial on Android 10, which is a little more restrictive than the previous versions. You used to be able to find the WhatsApp status folder using the default Files app. But these days, you will have to use a third-party app, as it has become a hidden folder. 

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will use the ever-reliable Total Commander file manager app. Still, really, you can use any of your favorite Android file manager apps, and they will do the job.  

Using Total Commander, of the file manager of your choice, go to “/storage/emulated/0″, also known as “Internal shared storage,” then navigate to “/WhatsApp/Media/.Statuses/”.

Here you will see all the statuses your friends post that are stored on your phone like other WhatsApp images. You can save them one by one, or select multiple statuses to save, just like doing it with photos on your phone or files on your PC. 

That simple. Now, here are the frequently asked questions about the topic. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why Can’t I Find The Status In My Downloads?

If you cannot find the status of your friend in the folder mentioned above, then the most likely reason is that you have turned off the “auto-download” of media on WhatsApp. To turn this back on (even if temporarily), head over to your “WhatsApp Settings > Storage and data”, then in the “Media auto-download” section, tap the type of connection you want the auto-downloads to work under (whether on data, Wi-Fi, and the like), then make sure that “Photos” and ‘Videos” are set to auto-download. 

2. Can My Friend See If I Have Looked At Their Status?

To answer this question, by default, yes, but in a slightly roundabout way. You can make yourself invisible when viewing others’ status. To do this, you need to disable “Read receipts,” which primarily stops the double ticks appearing when you have read messages. 

Go to “WhatsApp Settings”, then “Account”, then “Privacy”, and toggle the “Read receipts” slider to the “Off” position. 

3. Can My Friend See If I Have Saved Their Status?

Worried about your friend being weirded out when they find out you have downloaded their status? Do not be. Seeing as the status downloads automatically as soon as you look at them, they will not know that they are saved locally on your device.

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