WhatsApp is long rumored to get an option to share the user’s status directly on their Facebook profile. It is now mentioned to be under beta testing and will soon get rolled out to all the users. There is no need for linking Facebook and WhatsApp accounts in order to share the status. According to the Verge, the status sharing option will use the iOS and Android data-sharing APIs which are also used by several other apps. There is no option to automatically share the WhatsApp Status on Facebook Stories.
The “Share to Facebook Story” button will now appear below the “My Status” section in Stories tab within the WhatsApp app. It was first spotted last month in the beta version (2.19.151) of WhatsApp for Android. However, it was then under development and isn’t made available for testing. Apart from the sharing to Facebook Stories, the users can alternatively tap on the share symbol to share their status anywhere else.
When the user tap on “Share to Facebook Story” button, the Facebook app will be opened to immediately share the same content from their WhatsApp status. While there is no confirmation, we think it will work for multiple statuses as well. As of now, the users can only forward their status to other WhatsApp users before they disappear in 24 hours. The company introduced the WhatsApp Status in 2017 and it became an instant hit with more 500 million daily users.
Facebook already announced to start showing ads in the WhatsApp starting 2020. It will first start showing ads in the WhatsApp Status section. WhatsApp is also getting ready for the commercial launch of WhatsApp Payments service in India. It was first introduced in early 2018 as a pilot project. Following the RBI guidelines, the company has also set up a data storage facility in India. The WhatsApp Payments service will be as NPCI’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more updates!