Frustrated by the WhatsApp Status feature and your disappeared contacts list? Here’s how you can access it


WhatsApp Status, the new feature from the insanely popular Instant Messaging service has received mixed reviews from users.


While some people are celebrating a new feature that resembles Snapchat Stories and the sort of engagement it creates (not to mention the “new content”), there are very loud cries about how it’s turning a stripped-down, simple chat application into a tie-up of way too many features.

This has also been followed by rumours that the old text only Status might be making a comeback soon.


One major complaint that’s stood out, though, is the way the contacts have “disappeared”. Users can’t just access their contact by tapping a tab specifically for that.

For users on Android devices, the Status feature has a tab in between “Chats” and “Calls” that’s at the top of their main screen. For iOS users,the centre icon which used to be for “Contacts” is now “Camera”.

So how are you supposed to find your WhatsApp contacts?

For both iOS and Android, one way is to access a new chat. First tap on the “Chats” tab. After this, you then tap on the new chats icon (that’s that green circle with a chat bubble in the middle) on the bottom right-hand corner of the main WhatsApp screen.

This will lead you to a list of everyone you can start a chat with and essentially your WhatsApp contacts list.

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39 thoughts on “Frustrated by the WhatsApp Status feature and your disappeared contacts list? Here’s how you can access it

  1. WhatsApp status is not good to my phone sumsung j1ice the status aren’t able to view all my contacts list help me how can I use my old contacts icon like calls—chats—contac

  2. On my old iPhone 4s the full contact list of those using Whatsapp appears when I tap the ‘New Chat’ (square with a pencil) icon at the top right hand corner of the ‘Chats’ screen. this to me is easier then having to go through the old ‘Contact Icon’ at the bottom.

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