How to save ‘WhatsApp Status’ images and videos from friends

WhatsApp made the “Status” feature official back in February. It lets users share photos, videos, and GIFs which disappear automatically after 24 hours. The feature was initially called a “clone” of Snapchat Stories by users and experts worldwide. Nevertheless, the feature is slowly picking up and becoming popular amongst the users.

WhatsApp Status updates are perishable by nature. Hence, WhatsApp does not offer an “official” way to save these shares. Some users take a screenshot to save the image statuses, but how about the videos? Even the screenshots fail to keep the image in the same quality as it is on WhatsApp. So what is the best way to save the statuses? Let’s find out…

Save/Copy WhatsApp “Status” Photos and Videos

There are two ways to save the WhatsApp Statuses easily. The first way is using a dedicated app. However, if you need to save the image statuses occasionally, then you can follow the manual way.

Save status files manually (using File Manager)

WhatsApp saves the status files (photos/videos) locally on the phone. But these are erased after 24 hours. So, what you can do is to copy them out of the temporary folder and save them to a safe location. Here’s how:

Note: You will need a File Manager app to perform this. Most phones (like from Samsung, LG, Sony, Xiaomi, and OnePlus) have it installed by default. You can find it by looking for an app named “Files” or “File Manager”. If there is none (like on Nokia Android phones), you can download and use Solid Explorer or ES File Explorer.

  1. View the status which you want to save. This will make a temporary copy of the same on the phone’s storage.
  2. Open your File Manager app – Files, File Manager, Solid Explorer; etc.
  3. Enable “show hidden files”.
    You need to open the settings of your file manager and set it to show hidden files. Solid Explorer users can follow this guide to enable hidden files.
  4. Navigate to the WhatsApp folder – Internal storage > WhatsApp > Media > .Statuses.
  5. Copy the photos/videos which you want to save.
  6. Paste them into a different folder.

That’s it! The copied photos or videos will be stored forever. You can access them later by opening the folder where it was copied to.

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