How to Save WhatsApp Status to Gallery

WhatsApp recently implemented a new feature that’s taking the world by storm. And that’s WhatsApp statuses. This is the app’s response to Snapchat and more and more people are starting to use this feature. In fact, WhatsApp is overtaking Snapchat and it might end up leaving Snapchat in the dust. Nevertheless, there is a downside to using status, and it’s the fact that you can’t simply save statuses to your gallery.

But don’t worry, I can help you with how to save WhatsApp Status to Gallery. And we can accomplish that with just a few steps. But before that, let’s talk about what’s the benefit of using WhatsApp status.

WhatsApp with WhatsApp status?

When you upload a status, it lasts for 24 hours, and after the 24 hours, it’s gone. And there’s nothing that you have to worry about when it comes to security. It’s because your statuses are encrypted end to end. What that means is that no one will be able to intercept or see your status unless you want to.

This is great because you’ll be able to share pictures for just a limited time. And you can be sure that your status is only visible to the privileged. And you’re definitely free to do whatever you want with this feature. Personally, I don’t want people to keep copies of my pictures and just want to share my pictures with special people only. Which is why I make the most of this feature when sharing my food pictures and travel pictures.

But then again, there are times that you want to save your friends status. Whether you’re doing it for a restaurant reminder, or it’s something controversial that you want to save for good. However, the way the way that WhatsApp statuses are done, you won’t be able to save it.

Unless we take advantage of some apps. Here’s how to save WhatsApp status to the gallery using two methods.

How to save WhatsApp Status to Gallery

When saving your friend’s WhatsApp Status, you can either use a specialized app or a good file explorer. Basically, there are specialized apps that can find WhatsApp statuses saved on your phone. While there are some file explorers that can help you find where these statuses are actually saved. You will be able to easily navigate to these hidden files with the right tools.

Using the Status Saver App

As I’ve said, there are apps that can help you find WhatsApp status saved on your phone. Right now, we are going to be using the Status Saver App and it’s frankly one of the apps best apps to do the job. The reason why I say that is because it doesn’t beat around the bush. You’ll see how fast you can download a friend’s status once we jump into the steps. But download it first.

Done? Let’s dive right in.

  1. Open Status Saver and you’ll immediately see all the statuses your friends have posted.
  2. Find the status that you want to save. At this point, you can click on the downward arrow to start downloading. But if you want to view the picture some more, you can click on it.
  3. Clicking on the picture will enlarge it, which can be useful if you’ve got several pictures with minor differences. In any case, just click on the + button at the lower right of the screen.
  4. After clicking, you’ll be asked how you want to proceed. Whether it’s to save the file or to share it. Make your selection.
  5. If you choose to save the file, the picture or status will be conveniently saved to your local storage. There will be a floating box that would inform you as to where the file is saved.

After following the steps above, the status should already be saved on your device.

One of the caveats that I have about this app is that it has some ads in it. They’re not intrusive unlike other apps but it does have to be mentioned. If you’re the person that doesn’t mind some ads every now and then, well, this app is perfect for you!

But if you’re easily distracted by ads, then there are other methods available. It’s not as easily accessible as this method, and I don’t recommend it to Android beginners. But, this other method is definitely worth a try if you’re the adventurous tinkering type. It’s not as intuitive as using the Status Saver App but it also gets the job done easily.

Using a File Explorer

You might already know this fact, but WhatsApp actually saves statuses on your local storage. It makes loading the pictures quick and easy. However, if it’s saved on your local storage, that means that you can easily access it with a file explorer!

Well, yes and no. The file is saved on the local storage but it’s hidden. Meaning to say, not all file explorers will be able to see the files. You’ll need a special file explorer so that you can view your friend’s WhatsApp status permanently. One app that I’ve used throughout the years and has never ceased to satisfy me is ES File Explorer. Even way back in its Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0 ICS), it’s already had all the features you would need in a file explorer.

I highly recommend you download ES File Explorer unless you have a better alternative sitting on your phone. Please note that stock File Explorers do not have the ability to see hidden files. Whether you’re using ES File Explorer or a different file explorer, here’s how to save WhatsApp status to the gallery.

  1. Open your File Explorer App.
  2. You might need to navigate to your app settings. For ES File Explorer, I had to click on the menu button.
  3. Look for the setting “Show Hidden Files” or something similar to this. If the app that you’re using does not have the feature, you might want to use a different one.
  4. After you’ve Shown hidden files, you would need to navigate to the directory below:

Device Storage > WhatsApp > Media > .Statuses

  1. Once you’ve navigated to the directory, you’ll be able to see all of the statuses on your phone. Transferring it to your gallery would be really easy to do.
  2. Done!

Other Methods

There are other methods that you can use but they’re not as effective as the ones above. Some suggest taking a screenshot of the picture, while others suggest using a screen recorder. They’re all valid methods but they might be tedious or they might reduce the quality of the picture or video you’re trying to save. Obviously, it’s still up to you to utilize the different tools that are available to you.

But if all these methods are within your grasp, why not use them? They will definitely save you a lot of time. Now you don’t need to do some awkward hand positions to save WhatsApp statuses. You also don’t need to have that floating window in the screen if you saved the status using a screen recorder.

Word of Caution

Just to be clear though, there are reasons as to why the posters of statuses chose to post them as a status. Just make sure that if you’re saving a file, you’ve got the consent of the person posting it. You wouldn’t want to get in trouble because you’re saving an unauthorized file.

In any case, it might just shock your friends that you have a copy of their status. They’ll obviously be curious and you can share with them how to do it. It’ll make you look both smart and cool. But as Uncle Ben said in the original Spiderman movie; with great power comes great responsibility. Make sure that you save statuses responsibly.

In Brief

And that’s it! Those are all of the methods that you can use to save WhatsApp status of your friends and loved ones. You can take advantage of the Status Saver app, which is honestly the quickest way to save files for the complete beginner. Or you can utilize special File explorers that will allow you to navigate the WhatsApp directory.

You can even go and just take a screenshot of the status. Basically, you’ve got a lot of options and it’s up to you to choose. Pick one method mentioned above and see how easy it is!

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