How to Rollback to Old WhatsApp Status on Android

WhatsApp has been adding a ton of new features off late. The recent updates have brought features like video calls, two-step verification and it recently introduced its brand new “Status” feature, which is basically identical to Instagram Stories, which in turn was a rip off of Snapchat Stories. Unlike the previous text based Status updates, the new Status feature in WhatsApp requires you to post photos, videos and GIFs, which disappear after 24 hours. Well, not everyone is a fan of the new Status feature, including me. So, if you are someone who’d rather go back to writing song lyrics or emotional quotes as Status on WhatsApp, there are ways to rollback to the old WhatsApp status on Android smartphones:

Quick Note: I have tried the following methods and while they are working, as of now, I’m not sure if they will work in the future. 

Get Old WhatsApp Status on Non-Rooted Devices

On non-rooted devices, you can just install an older APK of WhatsApp to get the old Status back. I tried several older WhatsApp builds and the one that worked for me is 2.17.60. You can just download this version of WhatsApp from APKMirror and install it.

Download Older WhatsApp APK

Then, you can just set up your WhatsApp account, after which you should see the older WhatsApp home page with no Status tab in it.

Old WhatsApp Status without root

While this method works for now, WhatsApp may choose to remove support for older WhatsApp builds soon. In that case, there’s a workaround that should work with most WhatsApp versions.

Get Old WhatsApp Status on Rooted Devices

This workaround to get the old WhatsApp status back requires a rooted Android device. Also, it’s important to note that I tried this method on WhatsApp v2.17.77 and it worked out perfectly. You can check out your WhatsApp version in WhatsApp Settings->About and help->About. If you have a different WhatsApp version, you can still try out the process but if it does not work out, you can download the version I’m using from APKMirror.

New WhatsApp Status and Version

So, if you are all set, you’ll need a file manger app that includes support for root access. I’m using the ES File Explorer (free) but you can use the file manager of your choice. Now that you have the file manager installed, here are the steps to rollback to the old WhatsApp status:

1. First, head to Settings->Apps->WhatsApp and tap on “Force Stop“.

WhatsApp Force Stop

2. Then, head to ES File Explorer or the file manager you are using and enable “Root Explorer”. In ES File Explorer, you will find it in the left sidebar. The app may ask you to select the appropriate permissions for the Root Explorer, choose “RW” for everything.

File Manager Root Explorer

3. Once done, open up device files. In ES File Explorer, you can tap on “Local” in the sidebar and then, tap on “Device“. When the “Device” folder opens up, head to data->data->com.whatsapp->shared_prefs folder.

File Manager Root Files

4. In the “shared_prefs” folder, tap on the “com.whatsapp_preferences.xml” file to open it up. You’ll be asked to choose the editor to open the file. You can choose “ES Note Editor” or the text editor that comes with the file manager you are using. When the file opens up, hit the three-dot menu button and tap on the “Edit” option.

WhatsApp Shared Preferences Edit-compressed

5. In the “com.whatsapp_preferences.xml” file, you have to locate the text that says “status mode” value=”1″. When you find it, you just have to change the “1” to “0”. Do make sure to not edit anything else. Once done, save the XML file.

Get Old WhatsApp Status-compressed

6. Once done, just open WhatsApp and the Status tab will be gone. You will find the Calls, Chats and Contacts tab, just like you want it. You will also find the the “Status” option in the menu and you can just tap on it and set the same old text status in WhatsApp.

Old WhatsApp Status

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Rollback to Old WhatsApp Status Easily

Well, these are some simple methods to rollback to the old WhatsApp Status. While you can get the old WhatsApp Status back, you will not see any status for people who are using the new WhatsApp Status feature, nor they will be able to view your text Status update. If you can live with that, do try out these methods and get the old WhatsApp status. Do let me know if you face any problems in the process. Sound off in the comments section below.

comment Comments 5
  • Chamu says:

    hello rupesh,
    i jst wanna remove the status which I’ve put earlier (in words) in that old version..then i wanna use this prsesnt trying in this way…it won’t clear out my old chats right?

  • Ministro says:

    Thanks for the tip Rupesh, I used the method for rooted devices but unfortunately the app itself restores the value every 24hrs, is it any way to keep it changed? Thank you!

  • Nomsa Nene says:

    Comment:want my old whatsapp status

  • Aasim Shiningwala says:

    Hello Rupesh,
    The information you have provided is awesome but can you please help me how to roll back to old Whatsapp in iPhone.

  • Sayudh Mukherjee says:

    I tried downloading the apks many times. Unfortunately none of them worked ????

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