Recently, WhatsApp killed the 'Text Status' feature and launched a new Instagram and Snap Stories like tab to its interface. Now, there is a new Status tab in the home screen itself and every user can post the photos and videos as their status, which will disappear after 24 hours.
The update received criticism from many users who wanted the old text-based status message back. Now, WhatsApp rolled out a new update i.e. WhatsApp v2.17.95 for Beta testers and surprisingly the new update includes the old "Text Status" feature.
If you are a WhatsApp Android Beta tester, just update the WhatsApp Application. To view or set a status your old text-status
Just tap the three dots given at the top right corner of the WhatsApp interface > go to Settings > tap on the display picture > go to 'About and phone number' and you will be ready to set your status just like earlier.