How to Disable WhatsApp Status On Android

Last Updated on October 12, 2017

The most recent WhatsApp update has this Status updates feature. This feature is similar to how Snapchat stores work.


I use WhatsApp for its simplicity and I don’t like how after every update, it is becoming bloated and messy. Now that there are better apps than WhatsApp on the Play Store, I think that it’s time to switch.

If you want to disable WhatsApp Status on your Android, then try this method. Keep in mind that you’ll require a rooted phone for this to work. This is because you will need to edit a file called com.whatsapp_preferences.xml in the /data partition of Android.

Disable WhatsApp Status on Android [ROOT]

  • Download any file explorer which supports root browsing. Something like the Solid Explorer is a good choice.
  • Go to Settings > Apps. You’ll see a big list of all the apps currently installed on your phone.
  • In this list, find WhatsApp and tap on it. This will take you to the Application info screen on WhatsApp.
  • Tap on the FORCE STOP button. This will stop WhatsApp from running and syncing data in the background.
  • Open the file explorer (root) and go to the following directory.
  • Here, select the file named com.whatsapp_preferences.xml and open it in a text editor.
  • Look for the phrase status_mode. Set this to 0 to disable the WhatsApp Status Feature. To enable the Status feature, set this again to its default value of 1.

The line initially should be like this:

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

After making your changes, it will look like this:

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

For this to work correctly, you will need to restart WhatsApp. If you don’t like to force stop the app, you can also try restarting your phone. But, that’s quite unnecessary.

This method works right now with the app version 2.17.81 and beta. For keeping the Status feature on WhatsApp disabled, you will need to do this repeatedly after each update.

Quite annoying, if you ask me. Although this works nicely, the effort required to edit the file each time seems too high. I wouldn’t do that. If you think that it’s not your cup of tea, then wait for the developers to do something about this.


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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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