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[GUIDE] How to Disable/Remove the new "WhatsApp Status" feature

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If you're one of the guys who's hating the new "WhatsApp Status" feature like me, this thread is for you!!

Requirements:
1. ROOTed device
2. Any Root File Explorer or SharedPreferences Editor

Note:
This trick was working only till version 2.17.81.. So, it will no longer work on newer versions. (All you can do now is switch to older versions to get rid of the feature)
WHY?
This status_mode sharedpref is like a remote config, which gets altered by changing the server-side parameter values.
It seems WhatsApp used this to enable the feature to all updated devices (of specific groups) at once when needed, instead of just immediately enabling the feature when it's implemented in the app.
Since it has seemed to them the feature is stable, the condition checking for status_mode was removed, and status feature has been made permanent.
Steps:

0. Force Stop WhatsApp before proceeding.

1. a. For Root Explorers, open the file '/data/data/com.whatsapp/shared_prefs/com.whatsapp_preferences.xml'
b. For SharedPreference Editors, select 'WhatsApp' and then select 'com.whatsapp_preferences'.

2. Find the key name: 'status_mode' and edit its value from '1' and make it as '0'.
For text editors, change
Code:
<int name="status_mode" value="1"/>
to:
Code:
<int name="status_mode" value="0"/>
3. Now, launch WhatsApp and see if there's a difference
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24th February 2017, 07:36 PM |#2  
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Working fine with latest beta. Thanks!
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24th February 2017, 07:40 PM |#3  
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No working for me
24th February 2017, 07:48 PM |#4  
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Doesn't work. WhatsApp version 2.17.79
24th February 2017, 08:01 PM |#5  
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when you update the app it will be enabled again, sometimes when you go to airplane mode and back it will be enabled again.

The files is updated server side and pushed to clients.
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24th February 2017, 08:02 PM |#6  
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works for me versie 2.17.79
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24th February 2017, 08:13 PM |#7  
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Thanks man!
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24th February 2017, 08:14 PM |#8  
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Works fine on official 2.17.79 version. You must do it properly and ensure your file is saved properly.
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24th February 2017, 08:34 PM |#9  
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worked on 2.17.80

but... does anyone see my old status, when he already has the new one??
good question...
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24th February 2017, 08:44 PM |#10  
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Perfect job. Thanks. If doesn't work or Status back after reboot device/airplane mode off - back to com.whatsapp_preferences.xml and change every attributes of file to read only. It helps for me when Status back after reboot.
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25th February 2017, 01:13 AM |#11  
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Whatsapp V2.17.82 Latest Beta

I think its removed from preferences. I can't find it.
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