After copying the Stored feature of Snapchat to Instagram, Facebook decided to put the same Story-like Status feature on WhatsApp. However, many people like me don’t like this new feature at all.

If you like to use WhatsApp in an old-fashioned way and you find the new status feature very annoying and want to restore the contact tab (which has been deleted along with the story-like status feature), then you don’t need to worry.


  1. Go to Settings > Apps > WhatsApp.
  2. Tap on Force Close and go back to the home screen.
  3. Now, open the app Preferences Manager.
  4. On the top, tap on search and search for “WhatsApp”.
  5. Tap on WhatsApp to open.
  6. Again, on the top, tap on search and search for “status_mode”.
  7. Then, tap on “status_mode” = 1.
  8. In the Value field change the value from “1” to “0”.
  9. Now open your WhatsApp again and the Status Tab will be gone.

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