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.

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

    1. I PREFER THE OLD STATUS FEATURE. The new one is boringgggggg and not nice at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Hie
    I am using the new whatsapp version on a Huawei P8 lite and the green circle with a chat bubble in the middle on the bottom right-hand corner of the main WhatsApp screen is not there.


  2. Maybe this might be a good opportunity to switch to a secure alternative, e.g., Threema or Signal, don’t you think?

  3. Status is the only was Facebook can monetise WhatsApp because they dropped the model of it being a paid app. Do not kid yourself Status is here to stay, soon you will start seeing ads that you can reply to.

  4. I hate it when software thinks it knows better than I do what I want. I WANT MY CONTACT LIST BACK!!!!!!

    And that green circle that is supposed to allow me to start a new chat is not there, so I have to use the search feature to find a contact.

  5. This article didn’t help at all. New WhatsApp is USELESS. Pushing chat button didn’t do anything. WhatsApp is seriously going to lose customers.

  6. I absolutely hate it, Totally useless feature and now i cant access my contacts at all. Are you bloody kidding me? Im switching to viber.

  7. Well, not one on here that loves it? I think this was totally unnecessary…and I want my contact list back too…grrrr.

  8. I hate it too!!! It is now being forced as a daily message post to the contacts. Very cumbersome, very intrusive & very retarded!!! The developers are all f***ed up!

  9. somethings are better left undone, am wondering who the hell disappeared my contact list. guys should let our peace be and get more productive staff to work on.

  10. I knew Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook were going to destroy this great app. Maybe BBM should just be reworked to a more clean and simple interface, WhatsApp is becoming really shitty!

  11. I want my WhatsApp status feature back please through that we could share our feelings n thoughts bt this new status feature is useless please make it s before please we all requests u

    1. I stopped liking WhatsApp when they were bought by Facebook. (The good thing, though, is that I’ve been a happy Threema user ever since. ;-))

  12. 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

  13. 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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