How To Disable or Remove New WhatsApp Status Stories Feature on Android

In this tutorial check out how to Disable or remove new WhatsApp Status Feature on your Android device

Recently WhatsApp has rolled out the new WhatsApp Status feature similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories. This change made many WhatsApp users sad as they got used to old WhatsApp status and they loved it. We value their opinion as there is no point in adding a feature which is already available on other apps, which is popular. The new WhatsApp Status feature allows you to add animated GIF’s, videos and photos which will disappear after 24 hours, it is similar to Instagram Stories. If you are one who is not a fan of new WhatsApp Stories, then follow the steps listed below to disable or remove new WhatsApp Status feature on your Android phone.

Disable or Remove New WhatsApp Status Feature on Android

So without any further ado, let’s jump to the pre-requisites and to the steps on how to disable WhatsApp Status feature on Android.


  1. Your device must be Rooted.
  2. Download and Install ES File Explorer or Preferences Manager.

How to Remove or Disable latest WhatsApp Status Feature:

Step 1: Force Stop WhatsApp from Settings > Apps > WhatsApp.

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Step 2: Open ES File Explorer and enable Root Explorer.

Step 3: Now navigate to ‘/data/data/com.whatsapp/shared_prefs/com.whatsapp_preferences.xml

Step 4: If you are using Preferences Manager then select ‘WhatsApp‘ and then ‘com.whatsapp_preferences.xml

Step 5: Find the ‘status_mode‘ and change its value from ‘1‘ to ‘0‘ and save the file.

<int name="status_mode" value="1"/>


<int name="status_mode" value="0"/>

Step 6: If any backup file is created, delete it or move it to your internal storage.

Step 7: Open WhatsApp and you will see new WhatsApp Status feature is disabled.

If this tutorial worked for you, then don’t forget to share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus etc.

Do you like the new WhatsApp Stories feature? Do let us know in the comment section below.

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