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How to see old WhatsApp statuses

Preliminary information

As already mentioned in the opening bars of the post (and as it should be) it is not possible to recover the old WhatsApp statuses. The statuses of the famous messaging app, in fact, are equivalent to the stories of Instagram and Facebook and were designed precisely to no longer be accessible after 24 hours; this is true, of course, also for their own states and not only for those of other contacts.


Anyway, if you've seen a status that you would have liked to save on your smartphone and you're sorry you didn't, know that all is not lost. There are, in fact, some suggestions that I am about to give you and that could still allow you to trace the contents of your interest, even if no longer officially available in the WhatsApp status stream.


First, let me point out the most trivial solution: if the status you intend to recover has been published by a person with whom you have a minimum of confidence, contact her directly on WhatsApp and ask her if she still has the photos or videos that you were interested in, in so you can have them sent to you privately.

Alternatively, if no more than a day has passed since you viewed the status of your interest on WhatsApp and you use a terminal Android, know that going to "browse" through the folders of your device, you may be able to recover the content in question even if this is no longer viewable on WhatsApp. I'll tell you more about it in the chapter of this guide dedicated to Android.

That said, what I mostly recommend you do is act in advance. This means that, if you see a status you like (and this applies not only to WhatsApp), you can take a screenshot, in the case of a photo, or record the screen, in the case of a video. This way, you will have saved your content in the Gallery and you will not have to “cry over spilled milk” or curse your forgetfulness when the content expires. This can be done on both Android and iPhone and in the next lines you will find explained in more detail how to act.



How to see old WhatsApp statuses

Clarified that see the old WhatsApp statuses is not a generally feasible operation, let's see how to put into practice the alternative solutions I mentioned earlier: the search in temporary files on Android (also valid for recovering statuses no longer available on WhatsApp, but in any case recently viewed) and screen capture, which can be performed on both Android and iPhone.

How to see old WhatsApp statuses on Android

Let's start with Android. As already pointed out above, on the Google operating system there is more room for maneuver than what can be done on the iPhone, as, once displayed, a WhatsApp status is saved in a folder freely accessible by the user (.Statuses) and typically stays there until it expires on the messaging app. However, if you do not use WhatsApp and therefore do not update the application's temporary files, you can be lucky and be able to recover even those states that, in reality, have already expired in the app.

Finding the folder is very simple, and although I'm going to explain the procedure to you using a smartphone Samsung us Android 10, know that the procedure to follow is almost the same on the various devices that use the “Big G” operating system.

Then start the File Manager that you use on your device (e.g. the Total Commander app or the default one named archive o File Manager), select the internal memory or the SD card (depending on where you have WhatsApp) and, if necessary, activate the display of hidden elements: the procedure to follow varies from app to app, for example in the Samsung file manager you have to press the icon with the three vertical dotsat the top right, select the item Settings and press on the item Show hidden system files.



Once this is done, to access the folder with the temporary WhatsApp files, go to the path WhatsApp> Media> .Statuses and, right inside it, you should find the temporary states that you can recover, copying them to another folder or transferring them to your PC.

If you haven't found WhatsApp statuses in your smartphone folders or, in any case, you prefer a simpler approach to the matter, let me explain how to record the statuses you can currently view by running screenshot e screen recordings on your device (an operation that can be useful for doing many other things and not only in cases like this).

Take screenshots on Android it's very simple: if your terminal has the key Home physical (the one usually found on the front of the device, precisely at the bottom), just press it together with the key Power, that is the button for turning on the phone. If, on the other hand, your terminal does not have a physical Home button, you will have to press the button Power together with the key Volume down. Whatever the key combination, remember that the device warns you when you have taken a screenshot as it emits a sound very similar to that of one shot with camera. The captured images can be found in the app Photo / Gallery of the phone.

I remind you that there are many other ways to take screenshots on Android: the producers, for example, have come up with very fast shortcuts, as I'll explain in detail in this study.


How do you say? You would also like to know how to record android screen because in the state you saw there was a video and not a photo? No problem: you should first see if your device has an integrated app, i.e. developed by the manufacturer, to avoid the hassle of downloading third-party apps. Finding it is very simple, and the procedure is more or less the same regardless of the Android model you have: open the app menu and look for generic words like "Screen", "Screen" or more specific words, such as "Record Screen", "Screen recorder" etc. If you should find the app in question, follow the procedure that is indicated and you will see that you can start recording what happens on the screen (including audio) in no time.


If, on the other hand, you do not find anything, you will have to download one of the many apps available on the Play Store and on alternative stores, for example ADV Screen Recorder, which allows you not only to record the screen but also to draw on it, write notes and much more. It is free, however it requires payment of 1,19 € for the removal of advertising banners. Pay attention: you will be able to use it if your Android is updated to version 5.0 or later.

Record videos with ADV Screen Recorder is extremely easy: once you open the app, you will see a 'teal icon with the + sign in the center; tap on it and select the item Start now; at this point, a will appear on the screen button with the camera inside which will be visible until you take it off. If you tap on the button in question, four icons will appear: press on the one with the dot in the center, to start recording the screen while the WhatsApp status you want to keep is playing.

At this point, the icons will disappear and only the initial one will remain, with a inside timer indicating the duration of the recording. To stop shooting, tap the icon, then the icon with the square in the center, to stop it permanently, or on thevertical equals icon, to pause it.

If you decide to stop it completely, a message will appear at the top that will allow you to choose between sharing the video, deleting it or cutting it. If you need more information on how ADV Screen Recorder works, you will find everything you need in this guide.

Finally, I remind you that there are also some app to save WhatsApp statuses that have not yet expired: they can be a solution to consider if you think that the manual screen capture procedure is too cumbersome; however, I tend to advise against them, as they are often full of advertisements and also potentially risky for privacy (as they provide access to WhatsApp via the WhatsApp Web QR code).

In any case, if you still want to use them, I have listed some of the most reliable in this study.

How to see old WhatsApp status on iPhone

As I told you at the beginning of the tutorial, I can't explain to you how to see old WhatsApp status on iPhone, since this possibility does not exist and, unlike Android, iOS does not give free access to folders with temporary app files. I will therefore explain to you how to take screenshots and how to record the screen in order to keep the states that have not yet expired.

Taking a screenshot on iPhone is super easy: if you have a iPhone with Face ID, press at the same time right side key + Volume up; if you have a iPhone with Home button, press instead Home button + Power button. You will find the captured images in the app Gallery. More info here.

As for screen recording on iPhone, great news: da iOS 11 onwards, the function is integrated in all "iPhone by". How to activate it? Really simple! Call up the Control Center swiping from the top right corner of the screen to the bottom (if you have an iPhone with Face ID) or from bottom to top (if you have an iPhone with a Home button) and press the button with the REC symbol. If you don't see it, go to the menu Settings> Control Center> Customize Controls, find the item Screen recording e fai tap sul pulsating + that you find in his correspondence.

Once you have tapped the button with the REC symbol, a countdown will start; when the latter ends, the button will turn colored and the recording will start. At the top of the screen you will see a red indicator, on which you will have to tap to make the command appear Stop, in case you no longer want to register.

Therefore, you just have to reproduce the status of WhatsApp that you intend to keep and record the screen as explained above. If you are looking for what you have recorded, know that you will find it in the app Gallery, precisely in the album Video.

How to see old WhatsApp status on PC

How do you say? You wanted to know how to see old WhatsApp status on PC and did you think it was possible? Sorry but, as for Android and iOS, also using Web WhatsApp or the WhatsApp desktop client, there is no way to recover the old statuses. It will be useful, however, to know how to take screenshots and record the screen on Windows e MacOS to avoid finding yourself in the same situation in the future.

Taking a screenshot on Windows is super easy: if you use Windows 10 or 8.x, you can capture the image using the key combination Win + Stamp or Prt Src o Print Screen. If you use Windows 7 or earlierinstead, you can do it by pressing the key Stamp, or the aforementioned Prt Scr o Print Screen.

In the first case, you will find your images in the folder Images / Screenshots of the system; in the second case, however, the image will be saved in the clipboard and later you'll have to paste it into any graphics software, for example Paint. In this guide I will explain everything in detail and you will also find other procedures to quickly take screenshots: regardless of WhatsApp, you will see that you will need to learn them!

An equally simple procedure, the one for Mac: all you have to do is press the combination cmd + shift + 3 on the keyboard and the image will be saved directly to the desktop; if you also hold down the button ctrl while capturing the screen (the combination would therefore be cmd + shift + ctrl + 3), the image will be copied to the clipboard and you can paste it wherever you like by pressing the buttons together cmd + v. In this tutorial I will explain the procedure in detail, also showing you other functions, such as how to take screenshots only on a part of the screen.

How do you say? Do you also want to know how to record screen on Windows and macOS? Yes, it is possible: in the first case, if you have Windows 10 you will be able to take advantage of the functions of the Xbox Game Bar, otherwise you can resort to really simple programs to use, as I suggested in another study. Equally simple is the screen recording procedure on Mac: even in this case, just use an integrated application, as I explained to you in this guide.

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