Beta testers get first look at WhatsApp's "Status Archive"

Kerem Gülen
May 29, 2023

WhatsApp is introducing a fresh addition named "Status Archive" that allows businesses to effortlessly share their past status updates with customers. This feature is currently being introduced to beta testers of WhatsApp Business for Android, and it will soon be accessible to a wider user base in the upcoming weeks.

While WhatsApp's primary focus revolves around redesigning the application, they are also dedicated to enhancing the app's existing features. Following the successful introduction of improvements to the Calls tab through the WhatsApp beta for Android update, WhatsApp is now directing its efforts towards enhancing the Status tab.

What is “Status Archive” on WhatsApp and how does it work?

As part of these ongoing efforts, certain businesses now have access to a new feature known as "Status Archive," which becomes available upon installing one of the latest updates from the WhatsApp beta for Android via the Google Play Store.

In the event that this feature is activated for your WhatsApp account, you will receive a notification banner within the Status section, as depicted in the accompanying screenshot shared by WABetaInfo. Once enabled, your device will automatically archive your status updates after a 24-hour period. Moreover, you will have the ability to customize your archive preferences and conveniently access your archive directly from the menu within the Status tab. It is important to note that the archive remains strictly private, meaning that only the respective organization can view their archived status updates.

Image courtesy of WABetaInfo

This feature is poised to become an invaluable asset for companies seeking improved customer communication, as it enables them to reissue past status updates stored in their archive. Users will enjoy the convenience of having these status updates preserved on their devices for a maximum period of 30 days, allowing uninterrupted device usage, including the ability to create advertisements for Facebook and Instagram or share the archived statuses.

As of now, there is no available information or reports on whether this functionality extends to regular WhatsApp Messenger users, suggesting that it is primarily designed for businesses.

Currently, the status archive feature is accessible to select beta testers who have installed the latest version of WhatsApp Business beta from the Google Play Store, with its availability expected to expand to more users in the upcoming weeks.

WhatsApp is working on new features

In a previous report this month, we shared information about an upcoming feature called WhatsApp Usernames found in the latest beta update. WhatsApp is introducing a special section within the app's settings where users can create distinct usernames for their accounts.

This new feature, known as WhatsApp Usernames, empowers users to personalize their presence on the platform. Instead of relying solely on phone numbers, users now have the option to select memorable usernames, offering an additional layer of privacy, accessibility, and security. The Android version of the app has been enhanced with a dedicated section, accessible via WhatsApp Settings > Profile, providing users with the ability to easily set up their preferred WhatsApp usernames.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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