What whatsapp can do: What Is WhatsApp? How It Works, Tips, Tricks, and More

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What Is WhatsApp? How It Works, Tips, Tricks, and More

  • WhatsApp is a free, multiplatform messaging app that lets you make video and voice calls, send text messages, and more — all with just a Wi-Fi connection. 
  • With over 2 billion active users, WhatsApp is especially popular among friends and family who live in different countries and want to stay in touch. 
  • WhatsApp’s global popularity is due in large part to its accessibility, cross-platform functionality, and simple, straightforward features.
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WhatsApp might be a little-known messaging app in the US, but in many parts of the globe, it’s an essential part of everyday life. The Facebook-owned app is easily one of the most popular messaging services in the world.

To understand WhatsApp’s popularity, you need to understand it was one of the first mobile apps to offer free, internet-based messaging. Instead of sending texts using cellular-data networks, where fees may apply, WhatsApp primarily relies on a Wi-Fi connection to send and receive messages and calls for free. 

Fast forward to now: WhatsApp is preferred by over 2 billion users for its ability to streamline communications, no matter their device or location.

Not only is WhatsApp simple to use, it also offers far more features and customizations than traditional SMS messaging — all for free. If you’re already familiar with the app, you may be interested in our favorite WhatsApp tips and tricks.

But if you’re a newbie, you’ll want to check out our guide below. From how to sign up to WhatsApp’s best features, here’s everything you need to know to get started.

How does WhatsApp work?

WhatsApp can help you stay connected to your loved ones, no matter how far apart you are.

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The main draw of WhatsApp is it allows you to send and receive calls and messages using only an internet connection, which means it’s virtually free to use and ideal for international calling. There are no fees to sign up, and no data plan allowances to worry about. 

While WhatsApp is similar to other messaging services like iMessage or Messages by Google, it still offers a few key advantages, the most significant being cross-platform functionality (between Android and iOS, for example). 

At a glance, WhatsApp may seem like nothing more than a text messaging app, but it can do much more. Here’s a brief rundown of WhatsApp’s core features:

  • Voice and video calls: In addition to voice calls, WhatsApp also offers video calls, including a group function, which allows up to eight participants on one call.  
  • Voice messaging: You can record and send voice messages to individual chats or group chats.
  • Secure messaging: WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption, a secure communication standard where only the people who are messaging can read the messages. 
  • Photos and video sharing: You can send videos, photos, and GIFs without worrying that your images will be pixelated or not downloadable, which can sometimes happen across SMS messages between different mobile platforms and wireless carriers. 
  • Document sharing: WhatsApp lets you send all kinds of documents, such as PDFs, spreadsheets, and slideshows without the hassle of email or separate document-sharing apps. 
  • Desktop access: WhatsApp offers a desktop version for Mac and for PC. 
  • WhatsApp Business: WhatsApp’s dedicated business account is designed so entrepreneurs can showcase their products and connect with their customers on a platform that’s convenient and familiar.

How to use WhatsApp

Getting started

To get started using WhatsApp, you’ll need to download the app (for iOS or Android) and create an account. 

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After downloading the app, you’ll notice you need your phone number to create your account. Unlike some other platforms, WhatsApp doesn’t use special usernames. Instead, WhatsApp identifies people by their number. This means anyone who uses WhatsApp is automatically added to your contact list, which makes set up a breeze. 

Once you’re up and running, you’ll want to get familiar with what you can do with WhatsApp, from making international calls to sending voice messages.  

Sending messages and joining groups

You can send text and voice messages to family and friends from the “Chats” screen.

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Once you set up your WhatsApp account, you can begin sending messages through the platform either to individual contacts, or to groups. 

Starting a chat is easy: In the app, select the “Chats” icon from the menu at the bottom of the screen, then select the “New Chat” icon in the top right corner. From there, you’ll just need to select a contact. 

If you’re keen on getting a group chat started, you can host up to 256 participants. Learn how to start a WhatsApp group chat, whether you have an iOS or Android device. Conversely, you may want to know how to join a specific WhatsApp group chat. 

Making voice and video calls

Place video and audio calls on WhatsApp for free.

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In addition to text messaging, you can also make voice or video calls on WhatsApp. 

There are several ways to make calls on WhatsApp, though you can only place a call from the mobile app version of WhatsApp, not the desktop version. You can place individual calls or group calls, in both audio or video, for free on WhatsApp.  

Making free international calls

Make international calls using only a Wi-Fi connection.

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As mentioned, free worldwide calling to family and friends is WhatsApp’s most popular feature. As we outlined in our guide to using WhatsApp internationally, if you have access to Wi-Fi, you’ll never have to worry about international restrictions or fees.

Even if you use WhatsApp without a Wi-Fi connection, you’ll simply be dipping into your data usage, rather than accumulating SMS or cellular charges. And with so many mobile plans today offering unlimited data, you might not even need to worry about finding Wi-Fi access. 

Sharing photos and other media

You can send all types of media, such as photos and videos, on WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp is a convenient and free way to send all kinds of media to your friends and family. You can send photos and videos via any individual or group chat, and because WhatsApp uses the internet rather than a cellular-data network, the images will maintain their original resolution quality. 

Files you can send on WhatsApp include:

Sending voice messages

You can send quick voice messages when you don’t have time to text.

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In any individual or group chat on WhatsApp, you can send voice messages — a convenient feature if you’re not able to type text, or if you prefer to record your voice to get your point across.

To send a voice message, go to any WhatsApp chat, and hold down the microphone icon to the right of the type text box. You’ll see the timer begin to tick upward as you record. Once you release your finger from the button, your message will immediately send. 

Read more about sending voice messages on WhatsApp. 

Your list of contacts appear in the “New Chat” screen.

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Now that you’ve got the basics down, WhatsApp offers a lot of features for managing your contacts and conversations. For example, you may notice one or two check marks appear beside your messages on WhatsApp. The number and color of the check marks indicate whether your message has been sent, delivered or read.

Here’s a short list of some other useful tips: 

  • How to change the chat background: For those who prefer a customized experience, WhatsApp allows you to change the backgrounds of your messages. 
  • How to hide your online status: If you’re concerned about privacy, you can hide your online, or “Last Seen” status.
  • How to block a contact: If you no longer want to receive messages or calls from a specific contact, there are a few ways you can block them, whether or not you’ve already chatted with them. On the flip side, there’s no way to know for sure if someone blocks you, but there are ways you can make an informed guess.
  • How to find a contact: What’s a messaging app without friends? 
  • How to add a contact on WhatsApp: Because WhatsApp uses phone numbers, contacts should automatically pull from your contact list. If not, you can manually add in a contact at any time.
  • How to delete a contact: If you prefer a neat and organized contact list, you can delete any contact on WhatsApp from the “Chats” screen. Keep in mind that number will also be deleted from your phone’s contact list.
  • How to delete a group chat: If you are the administrator of a group on WhatsApp, you can delete that group, but only after you’ve removed every member of the group chat individually. 
  • How to delete a message: You can delete any message to remove it either just from yourself, or from everyone in the chat. If at any time you would like to recover deleted messages, you can do that, too. 

WhatsApp data usage

Manage your data and storage usage from the “Settings” menu in WhatsApp.

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While WhatsApp’s claim to fame is that it uses an internet connection to send and receive messages, you do have the option to use mobile data if you’re without Wi-Fi.

This is when it pays to keep a close eye on your settings. Luckily, WhatsApp makes it easy to control your data usage. 

If you have a limited amount of data and don’t want to be charged data overage fees, you can turn off WhatsApp’s ability to use cellular data, so that it’s only accessible when you have internet access.  

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To check how much data the app is using, go to the app’s “Settings” menu and select “Data and Storage Usage.” Here, you can change the settings for “Media Auto-Downloads” so that media such as photos, videos, audio, and documents only download when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. 

You can also choose to use WhatsApp on a “low data” setting by toggling the “Low Data Usage” switch to “on.” For a more detailed breakdown of your data usage, click “Network Usage” to see how much data you’re using by category, such as messages sent or received, bytes sent or received via chat media, and more. 

Privacy and security

You can change your privacy and security settings from the “Account” page.

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One of the reasons WhatsApp is so popular is because, unlike SMS, it uses end-to-end encryption, which means nobody other than the message recipients can view your messages. When you make a call on WhatsApp, third parties are unable to listen in to your conversation. 

If you want added security, you can set up two-step verification in WhatsApp’s settings menu. Here you can choose to add a PIN, or personal identification number, to prohibit anyone from maliciously accessing your account.

You can also share your location on WhatsApp, whether you’re trying to meet up with friends or want someone to know exactly where you are. To share your location on WhatsApp, simply tap the “+” icon to the left of the type text box in any chat, and choose “Location.” 

The bottom line

WhatsApp helped shape modern communications as we know it, and it continues to roll out updates that will only improve the experience. And as Facebook’s second-biggest property with billions of dedicated users, it doesn’t look like WhatsApp is going anywhere any time soon. 

Once you’ve got the basics down, be sure to check out our roundup of the 20 essential WhatsApp tips and tricks.

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45 secret WhatsApp tips and tricks you might not know about

(Pocket-lint) – There are now heaps of messaging services around, but WhatsApp has stacks of features and is extremely widely used – the Facebook-owned app claims to have over two billion users worldwide, which is pretty staggering.

So here are some secret tips you might not know about, mixed in with a few standard tips for those new to WhatsApp.

WhatsApp general tips and tricks

Send your location to a contact

WhatsApp allows you to send photos and videos to contacts, as well as share a contact or document, but you can also send your location. This is very handy if you’re meeting a friend somewhere, especially if you opt for Share Live Location, which allows your contact to see your Live Location for the duration you choose so they can track you. Duration times are set at 15 minutes, 1 hour or 8 hours.

iOS: Chat > Specific chat > Tap on “+” to the left of the message box > Location > Share Live Location > Select time frame.

Android: Chat > Specific chat > Tap on the paperclip to the right of the message box > Location > Share Live Location > Select time frame.

You can see everyone you are sharing your live location with by opening Settings > Account > Privacy > Live Location.

Search all your chats

Someone might have sent you their address or you might remember talking about a specific programme or film but you don’t want to scroll through all your messages to try and find what you’re looking for. At the top of all your chats on iOS there is a search bar. On Android, there’s a search icon.

You can type anything into the search bar, from the start of a town name if you’re looking for an address to a specific word and all the chats with that word will appear below as specific messages. When you tap on the Search bar, you will also see a list of options, from Photos to Audio, allowing you to minimise your search.

Clicking on a respective result will take you to that part of the chat conversation you had.

Search a specific chat

If you want to search a specific chat rather than all of your chats, this is possible too. Maybe you had a conversation about a specific meeting place, or they sent you their other contact number or their address for example.

iOS: Chats > Specific chat > Tap on contact info at the top > Chat Search > Type in the search bar that appears at the top of that specific chat. 

Android: Chats > Specific chat > Open the menu top right > Search > Type in the search bar that appears at the top of that specific chat.

Make a video or voice call using WhatsApp

WhatsApp isn’t just for instant messages, you can use it to make video and voice calls too. WhatsApp calling uses your internet connection rather than your plan’s minutes. 

iOS & Android: Chats > Specific chat > Press the call icon or video icon in the top right corner.

Find who you talk to most

Who is really your favourite person? It might not be who you think. There is a way to find the people you send the most messages to and how much storage each person takes up, among other things.

iOS & Android: Settings > Storage and Data > Manage Storage > You’ll see a list of contacts at the bottom in in order of which is using the most storage.

Quickly delete all photos, GIFs, videos, messages or stickers from a certain chat 

It’s possible to delete all the messages, photos, or videos, GIFs, contacts, locations, voice messages, documents and stickers in one chat. For example, you can delete all the messages in a specific chat or group chat, but leave all the photos. 

iOS & Android: Settings > Storage and Data > Manage Storage > Select Contact > Manage > Select > Tick the boxes next to what you want to delete (videos or images) > Tap on the bin to delete.

It’s possible to sort by which files are taking up the most room, the newest and the oldest if you tap the circle in the bottom left corner after you tap on the contact.

Quickly review and delete items to help clear storage

WhatsApp has made it easier to manage what is taking up storage on your device. Not only can you see which chats are most storage as above, but you can also see which files are larger than 5MB and which files have been forwarded multiple times.

iOS & Android: Settings > Storage and Data > Manage Storage. Under the Review and Delete Items section you can click on either the larger than 5MB tab or the forwarded multiple times tab and then select the ones you want to delete. As with the individual chats, you can sort by tapping on the circle in the bottom left corner.

Save your data allowance

If you’ve got a limited data allowance, you don’t want WhatsApp munching it all away. Thankfully, you can customise when media is allowed to download, as well as ensure calls use as little data as possible.

iOS & Android: Settings > Storage and Data > Media Auto-Download > Switch to Wi-Fi only for each option to save your data.

Find out how much data you’re using

If you’re worried about your data usage, you can find out exactly how much you are using. You’ll get a breakdown of total number of sent and received messages, as well as data sent and received.  

iOS & Android: Settings > Storage and Data > Network Usage.

Use WhatsApp on the web and desktop

WhatsApp isn’t limited to your mobile phone. There’s a web app that syncs everything from your phone and there’s a desktop app too. Go to https://web.whatsapp.com/ or download the desktop app from whatsapp.com/download/

You’ll then need to open WhatsApp on your phone > Settings > WhatsApp Web/Desktop > Scan the QR code on the browser or Desktop app > Follow the instructions.

Both the web and desktop app will serve up chats and alerts on your computer, allowing you to reply quickly and easily. Your phone will need to be connected for it to work though so if you lose your connection, the web app will stop syncing until you get your phone connection back. Read more about how it works in our separate feature.

Change the wallpaper on your WhatsApp chat screen

WhatsApp has a standard wallpaper, which will appear as a background on all of your chats. You can change this wallpaper though, with options including solid colours, your own photos as well as a collection of images from WhatsApp itself.

iOS: Settings > Chats > Chat Wallpaper > Choose Wallpaper Library, Solid Colours or Photos. 

Android: Settings > Chats > Chat Wallpaper > Choose Wallpaper Library, Solid Colours, Gallery, Default or No Wallpaper.

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WhatsApp privacy tips and tricks

Turn on Disappearing Messages

Turning on Disappearing Messages will make any new messages in a chat disappear after seven days. Remember the messages can still be saved elsewhere though. You can read more about Disappearing Messages in our separate feature.

iOS & Android: Specific chat > Click on the person’s name at the top of chat > Disppearing Messages > On.

Send a disappearing image or video

It’s possible to send an image or video that disappears once the recipient has viewed it once. This is great for photos of a password or bank details for example that contain sensitive information. When the recipient closes your picture, it will disappear, though remember, they can screenshot. You can read a full breakdown of the feature in our separate feature.

iOS: Specific chat > Tap on the “+” next to the message input field > Choose ‘Camera’ to take a photo or ‘Photo & Video Library’ to select a photo > Choose the photo > Tap on the “1” next to the blue send arrow > Press the blue arrow to send.

Android: Specific chat > Tap on the paperclip next to the message input field > Choose ‘Camera’ to take a photo or ‘Gallery’ to select a photo > Choose the photo > Tap on the “1” next to the blue send arrow > Press the blue arrow to send.

Require Face ID or Touch ID to unlock WhatsApp

If you want double security on your WhatsApp chats, it’s possible for iOS users to set their WhatsApp account to require Face ID or Touch ID authentication when opening WhatsApp, even when your device is already unlocked.

You’ll still be able to reply to messages from notifications and answer calls if WhatsApp is locked. It’s also possible to set the duration of time you want the Screen Lock feature to kick in.

iOS: Settings > Account > Privacy > Screen Lock > Toggle on Require Face ID / Require Touch ID > Select the time duration (Immediately, after a minute, after 15 minutes or after an hour).

How to see and turn off last seen

WhatsApp’s last seen feature allows you to see when someone last checked WhatsApp, as well as allow users to see when you last checked. If a contact hasn’t disabled last seen, it will appear under their name at the top of an open chat. To disable last seen:

iOS & Android: Settings > Account > Privacy > Last Seen > Switch to Nobody.

Hide the blue ticks

Those blue ticks can get you in a whole world of trouble, especially when you don’t reply instantly and someone sees you have read their messages. You can turn them off, but it’s worth noting that if you do, you won’t get read receipts for your messages either.

Apple users: If you get Siri to read the message, the blue ticks won’t appear so this could be a good way to read a message without the sender knowing you have. Android users: If you read your messages in notifications, the sender won’t get the blue ticks.

iOS: Settings > Account > Privacy > Toggle off Read Receipts.

Android: Settings > Account > Privacy > Untick Read Receipts.

Stop people seeing your messages

Ever passed your phone to a friend and instantly panicked about the messages they might see come through? Yeah, we haven’t either. For those who have, you can turn off message previews on iOS so only the contact’s name will appear, rather than their life story, or you can turn off notifications altogether.

iOS: Settings > Notifications > Toggle off Show Preview / Settings > Notifications > Toggle off Show Notifications.

Android offers a range of notification controls. Within the WhatsApp app itself, you can turn off high priority notifications – those that will pop-up at the top of the screen. Or you can control the notifications at a system level to keep details private or remove them completely.

Android: Settings > Notifications > Toggle off Use high priority notifications.

Hide your profile picture

You might not want everyone to see your profile picture, especially if you’re part of several groups where you don’t know everyone in the group. Or perhaps you just fancy being a little mysterious for the day. Either way, you can choose if everyone, no-one, or only your contacts see your picture.

iOS & Android: Settings > Account > Privacy > Profile Photo.

How to block a WhatsApp contact

There are plenty of reasons why you might want to block a contact so we won’t ask why. We will just let you know that if you block a contact, you won’t be able to send or receive messages, or make or receive calls from them and even if you unblock them, you won’t see any messages sent to you whilst they were blocked.

iOS & Android: Chats > Specific chat > Tap on contact subject at the top > Scroll down to the bottom > Block Contact. 

Stop images and video appearing in your gallery

Sharing photos and video on WhatsApp is great, but you might not want it added to your phone’s gallery. On Android, a folder is created in the gallery by default, while on iOS, it saves to your camera roll. If you don’t want that, you can turn it off.

iOS: Settings > Chats > Toggle off Save to Camera Roll.

Android: Settings > Chats > Toggle off Show Media in Gallery.

Change automatic image/video saving preferences for specific chats

It’s also possible to change the automatic image and video preferences for specific chats. You might want to make sure images are always saved from your family for example, while you’d prefer not to have all images from a group chat in your gallery or camera roll.

All chats are set to default (off) unless you change them individually but there is the option to always save images and videos from a contact or never save them.

iOS: Chat > Specific chat > Tap on contact or subject at top of display > Save to Camera Roll > Set to Always or Never. 

Download and view your WhatsApp data report

If you want to download and view the data Facebook-owned WhatsApp collects on you, you can download and view a data report.

iOS and Android: Settings > Account > Request Account Info > Request Report. 

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Reference and reply to a specific message

Ever been talking about multiple things in a WhatsApp chat and need to reply to a specific message? WhatsApp allows you to reply to a particular message, presenting it above your reply to make it easy for the person or people you are messaging to see what you are replying to.

iOS: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Swipe left to right on message > Type in your reply and hit send.

Android: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Long Press > Hit reply.

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Reply to a group message privately

It’s possible to reply to a group message privately in your one-to-one chat, without having to find the one-to-one chat you have with that particular person.

iOS: Press and hold a message in a group chat > Select More > Reply Privately. The message will appear in your one-to-one chat with the text box below, as it does if you reply to a specific message like above.

Android: Press and hold a message in a group chat > Select the three buttons in the top right corner > Reply Privately. The message will appear in your one-to-one chat with the text box below, as it does if you reply to a specific message like above.

Turn words bold, italic or strikethrough

Sometimes certain words need more emphasis and shouty caps just don’t cut it. Don’t worry, WhatsApp allows you to make whichever words or phrases you want bold, italic, or strikethrough them altogether.

iOS & Android: Add an asterisk either side of the word or phrase for *bold*. Add an underscore either side of the word or phrase for _italic_. Add a tildes to either side of the word or phase for ~strikethrough~.

Send a voice message

Don’t have time to write out a lengthy reply or just can’t be bothered to? No problem. WhatsApp allows you to send voice messages to your contacts which is great if you’re walking somewhere for example, making constant typing a bit of a pain.

iOS & Android: Chats > Specific chat > Tap the microphone on the right of the message box > Press and hold the microphone while you record your message. Warning, it send automatically after you lift your finger off.

Send a voice note without hands

If you want to send a voice note on WhatsApp, rather than writing out a message, you can press and hold the microphone on the right of the message input box. It’s also possible to lock the microphone button down so you can record your message without having to hold your phone.

iOS & Android: Chats > Specific chat > Tap the microphone on the right of the message box > Press and hold the microphone > Swipe up to the lock. The microphone will then be locked on record until you send the message.

Speed up playback of a voice message

You can speed up playback of a voice message by 1.5x or 2x, allowing you to listen to longer messages quicker. It’s simple to do and it doesn’t change the pitch of the person’s voice.

iOS & Android: Chats > Specific chat > Tap the play icon next to the voice message you want to speed up > Tap on the 1x icon that appears to make it 1. 5x > Tap 1.5x to make it 2x faster > Tap the 2x icon to change back to 1x.

Mark chats as unread

Ever been out and about, read a chat and then completely forgot to reply? We do it all the time. There is a way to mark important chats with dot to remind you to go back to it though.

iOS: Chats > Swipe left to right > Mark as Unread.

Android: Long press chat > Open Menu > Mark as Unread.

Pin a chat to the top

If you’re prone to forgetting to reply to messages, you can also pin a chat so it appears at the top of all your chats, including above new and unread chats, rather than just marking it as unread. It’s only possible to pin three chats though so don’t get too complacent with your replying.

iOS: Chats > Swipe left to right > Pin Chat.

Android: Long press chat > Press the pin at the top of the screen.

Mute a chat or group chat

Group chats can be the worst. You might not be able to leave the conversation, but you can mute notifications so you aren’t awakened every time someone throws in their two cents.

iOS: Chats > Open the group chat / chat > Tap the subject to get the Group Info / Contact Info screen > Mute > Select how long you want to mute it for.

Android: Chats > Open chat > Menu button > Mute.

Archive your chats

Archive Chat allows you to hide a conversation from your Chats screen. It does not delete the chat – it just allows you to remove it from your main chat screen without losing it, helping you organise your conversations.

You can archive groups or individual chats, and they will disappear until you pull down from the top of the Chats display and tap the Archived Chats tab. You can also archive all chats.

iOS: Chats > Specific chat > Swipe right to left > Archive / Settings > Chats > Archive All Chats.

Android: Chats > Long press on chat > Press the archive folder at top right of the screen

Back up your chats

To make sure you don’t lose any of your chats if you lose your device or you switch devices, make sure you back up your chats to iCloud or Google Drive. Unfortunately if you are switching between iOS and Android and vice versa, there is no simple way to move your chats over so be prepared to lose them. Also, be aware that archived chats are no longer encrypted.

iOS & Android: Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Back Up Now.

Clear all chats

If you want to keep all the contacts you are chatting with on your WhatsApp but you want to clear all your messages, WhatsApp gives you an easy option to do this. 

iOS: Settings > Chats > Clear All Chats.

Delete all chats

Want a clean WhatsApp slate? Start from scratch by deleting all of your chats. It means you’ll get rid of everything though, not just the content of the chats but you’ll have to start a new chat for every contact too.

iOS: Settings > Chats > Delete All Chats.

Delete or clear a specific chat

If you want to clear or delete a specific chat without losing all of your chats, then it’s possible to do this too.

iOS: Chats > Specific chat > Swipe right to left > Tap the three dots > Clear Chat / Delete Chat.

Android: Chats > Specific chat > Tap the menu top right > More > Clear Chat

Bookmark important messages

Some messages are more important than others. Whether it’s a date you need to remember, or a good restaurant you’ve been recommended. It’s possible to bookmark these messages and find them all easily in the Starred Messages section.

iOS: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Double tap or hold down and press star.

Android: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Hold down and press star.

Delete a specific message within a chat

Just as you can star a specific message within a chat, you can also delete a specific message within a chat. You can also “delete for everyone” but you have to do this within 1 hour, 8 minutes and 16 seconds.

Choosing delete for everyone will also result in a message appearing in the chat saying the message has been deleted which although looks suspicious, could be better than whatever message you sent in the first place.

iOS & Android: Chats > Specific chat > Press and hold on specific message you want to delete > Press Delete.

Send a public message privately

Ever had a free evening and wanted to ask several of your friends if they are around without having to open up each chat to ask them separately?

You can send a broadcast message to a list of contacts with it appearing as though you’ve asked them individually. Great for saving time, terrible if they all reply yes.

iOS: Chats > Broadcast Lists > New List > Add contacts.

Android: Chats > Menu > New Broadcast.

Find out how long you’ve been ignored for

There is nothing more annoying than seeing those blue ticks appear without a reply following soon after. If you want to torture yourself a little more and find out when your message was actually read and how long you’ve been ignored for, you can. We don’t advise it though.

iOS: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Swipe right to left.

Android: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Press and hold > Tap the info “i” icon at the top.

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Get Siri to read your last message, reply or send a new message

Apple users can get Siri to read any unread WhatsApp messages, once you have followed the steps to give the personal assistant access. You can also get Siri to reply to the message with your voice or start a new message to a contact.

iOS: “Hey Siri, read my last WhatsApp message” > “Hey Siri, send a WhatsApp message to [contact]”

See recent chats without opening WhatsApp

Apple users can see which contacts they have unread messages from without opening the WhatsApp app by adding the WhatsApp Recent Chats widget to their device. Up to four of your latest chats will appear within the recent chats widget when you swipe left to right from your main home screen or lock screen.

The widget shows the circular profile picture icon with a number of how many unread chats you have from that particular contact. You can then click on the chat you want to read and WhatsApp will open on that specific chat.

iOS: Swipe left to right from your lock screen or your main home screen > Scroll down to the Edit icon at the bottom > Add the WhatsApp Recent Chats icon > Rearrange the order of your widgets.

Customise notifications

There might be certain contacts you want to know instantly if they are calling or messaging you. To make sure they don’t blend into the crowd, you can change their specific alert tones so you recognise when that particular person has sent you a message or is WhatsApp calling you.

iOS & Android: Chats > Specific chat > Tap on contact name at top > Custom Tone.

Get shortcuts to specific conversations

Do you have a few extra special people you talk to all the time via WhatsApp? We do too. You can create a shortcut for specific conversations on Android, making it easier to access those chats you need all the time.

Android: Chats > Specific chat > Menu > More > Add Shortcut or Chats > Press and hold individual chat > Menu > Add Chat Shortcut.

Add dates to your calendar automatically

If you’re prone to forgetting dates mentioned in various chats, it’s possible to automatically create an event directly from WhatsApp on iOS.

iOS: Press and hold date within chat > Create Event. 

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How to use WhatsApp

Want to save money on your mobile phone bill? Then switch to WhatsApp. The free mobile messaging app lets you send messages, and make voice and video calls from your smartphone over the internet rather than your mobile network – for free. As long as you’re connected to wi-fi, wherever that might be, it won’t cost you a penny to keep in touch. Here’s everything you need to know about how to use WhatsApp.

What is WhatsApp?

WhatsApp is a free app for iPhones, Android smartphones, Macs and Windows PCs. It allows you to send messages, pictures, videos and even voice recordings, and to make voice and video calls over the internet for free, rather than paying to do the same using your mobile network. iPhone owners can do this already with users of other iPhones, iPads and Mac computers using FaceTime. However, as FaceTime doesn’t run on Android phones or tablets, WhatsApp is ideal if you want to communicate with someone who isn’t using an Apple device.

It’s worth noting that if you’re not connected to wi-fi, WhatsApp will use your mobile data connection. This means that the data you use by using WhatsApp may be deducted from the allowance included as part of your contract (as a guide, a 10-minute video call uses 5MB of mobile data). If you mainly use WhatsApp on mobile data rather than wi-fi, it may be worth considering a contract that overlooks messaging tools when calculating your data usage. Virgin Mobile, for example, allows you to send messages, photos, audio files and attachments without eating into your data, although voice and video calls aren’t included in the deal.

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Can I install WhatsApp on my laptop and my phone?

Yes. To install WhatsApp on a smartphone, head to the app store and search for WhatsApp then follow the instructions. Want to get WhatsApp on your computer? Then visit the WhatsApp website and download it from there.

How do I send a message with WhatsApp?

If you’re using an iPhone, open WhatsApp and press the Chat button at the bottom of the screen (two speech bubbles), then the Compose button in the top right (it looks like a pen on a square of paper). On an Android phone, tap the Chats tab at the top of the screen, followed by the speech bubble at the bottom.

Now, on either phone, scroll through your contacts list or use the search box at the top of the screen (iPhone) or magnifier icon (Android) to find the person you want to message. You’ll be presented with a chat screen. Tap on the white box and type your message. You can attach pictures, videos, documents or even a person’s contact details by pressing the + symbol to the left of the white box. Press the arrow to the right of the white box to send your message.

GHI TIP: Don’t want to type? Press and hold the microphone button to the right of the white box and speak your message, which will be sent as a voice note. Alternatively, dictate your message. Tap on the white box to bring up your keyboard, then press the microphone button and dictate your message. The phone will automatically transcribe this into the message box.

Once you’ve sent your message, you will see a combination of coloured ticks in the bottom right-hand corner:

  • One grey tick indicates the message hasn’t been received yet (possibly as the recipient doesn’t currently have an internet connection).
  • Two grey ticks means it’s been received but not read
  • Two blue ticks means it’s been read
  • A grey clock means you don’t currently have an internet connection so the message can’t be sent at present but it will be sent as soon as you get back online.

    Anyone sending you a message will see the same series of ticks, so they’ll know whether you’ve read what they’ve sent. If you want to turn this off, return to the WhatsApp chats screen, then tap Settings at the bottom of the screen (on an iPhone), or the three dots at the top of the screen (Android), followed by Settings. Now tap Account, followed by Privacy and use the slider next to Read Receipts to turn it off. The status ticks will be disabled when this slider is to the left.

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    Can you delete a WhatsApp message after it’s been sent?

    Sent a message by accident? If it hasn’t yet been read by the person you sent it to, then you can delete the message. Just press and hold, then select Delete and remove it from the chat. However, the recipient will see a message that says ‘This message was deleted’.

    How can I send a disappearing message in WhatsApp?

    WhatsApp also offers the option to have messages, including pictures and videos, disappear for all recipients seven days after they were sent. (Do note, though, that if the pictures or video have been saved on a smartphone or tablet, they won’t disappear from that device – only from the message stream.) The disappearing messages option needs to be turned on for each individual chat. To do this, open a chat and tap the person’s name, then tap Disappearing messages and select On or Off.

    How can I stop people seeing I’m online in WhatsApp?

    WhatsApp shows your contacts when you were last online using a timestamp. To see this, they just need to open the chat they have with you and, below your name at the top of the screen, will be the time you were last in WhatsApp. If you’re using the app at that moment, the status line will read ‘online’, and will be replaced by the word ‘typing’ if you are writing a message. If you find this too intrusive, you can turn it off by heading to Settings. Choose Account, then Privacy, followed by Last Seen and choose Nobody.

    How does WhatsApp group chat work?

    Want to message a number of people in one go so you can all converse? Create a group chat. To do this on an iPhone, start by pressing the Chat button at the bottom of the screen. On Android, tap Chat at the top of the screen, followed by the speech bubble at the bottom. Now tap New Group and select the contacts you want to talk to. Tap Next and you’ll be able to add a subject for the group and even an icon, which will appear where the contact’s photo usually does. Then you’ll be free to type a message as usual.

    How do you set up a WhatsApp voice call?

    WhatsApp also allows you to make video and voice calls. Press the Calls button (phone icon) at the bottom of the screen on an iPhone, or the Calls tab at the top of the screen on Android. If you want to call someone in your contacts list, press the icon showing a phone beside a + symbol, then scroll through your contacts. From the screen that appears you’ll be able to turn on video by tapping the video call button (it’s an audio call by default).

    GHI TIP: Want to talk to more than one person? Press the Add Participant icon (an outline of a head with a + symbol) when you’re on a call. Scroll through your contact list and select the person you want to invite to the call.

    How can I change my status in WhatsApp?

    You can post images, videos and GIFs as a status that disappear after 24 hours, just like Instagram stories. Press the status icon in the bottom left hand corner when you open WhatsApp on an iPhone, or the Status tab at the top of the screen on Android. Now press Add to My Status (on iPhone) or My status (on Android) and you’ll be able to select a picture from your phone or take a new image. You can even annotate it.

    How do you share your live location in WhatsApp?

    WhatsApp lets you share with other users exactly where you are – it’s a handy feature if you’re driving somewhere as they can see if you’re stuck in traffic without you having to make a call. Open WhatsApp and press Chats. Tap the chat you’re having with the person you want to share your location with and then press the + button on an iPhone or the ‘paperclip’ if you’re using Android. Choose Location and then Share Live Location followed by the length of time you want to share your location for. Now press the arrow icon on the right to send your location.

    Can you stop pictures and videos in WhatsApp being saved to your phone’s memory?

    WhatsApp automatically saves photos and videos you’ve been sent via the app to your smartphone, but this can take up valuable space. If you’re struggling to accommodate all the media you get sent, go to Settings, Chats and then switch off Save to Camera Roll. On Android phones this is sometimes called Media Visibility.

    GHI TIP: Shared a picture, document or link with someone over WhatsApp in the past and desperately want to find it again? Rather than scrolling through your messages tap the person’s name at the top of the chat window and choose Media, Links and Docs. You’ll be able to see separate tabs for each of three categories containing just those items and not any messages, which makes it easy to find an old image, link or doc.

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    How can you back-up WhatsApp?

    If you’re moving to another smartphone, or you need to factory reset yours, backing up WhatsApp will ensure you don’t lose any of your messages or call history from the app. Press Settings, Chats, Chat Backup, then press Back-up Now (on iPhone) or Back Up (on Android). From here you can also opt to have WhatsApp back-up daily, weekly or monthly automatically. iPhone users will need to have iCloud Drive turned on for Chat Backups to work (you can do this in the main iOS Settings app by tapping your name followed by iCloud and then use the slider to turn on iCloud Drive).

    How can I see how much data I’m using?

    WhatsApp requires an internet connection to send and receive messages. If you’re connected to wi-fi this isn’t a problem, but when you’re out and about, the app uses your mobile data connection. Because of this, it could easily eat through your data allowance.

    To keep track of your usage, go to Settings, then ‘Storage and data’ followed by Network Usage. You can also adjust whether images, voice clips, videos and documents can be downloaded when you have both connections or only via wi-fi in the previous menu. If you use WhatsApp to make calls, you can reduce the amount of data this function uses by turning on the option to ‘Use less data for calls’.

    Is WhatsApp updating its terms and conditions?

    At the end of 2020, Facebook announced that it was changing the terms of service under which it makes WhatsApp available and that, as a result, the service would be able to collect various pieces of background data about you and the device you’re using. The idea is that this data will improve shopping and other business services offered to users through the messaging service.

    Unfortunately for WhatsApp, the proposed changes spooked some users, who started downloading alternative communications tools. In the UK, Signal and Telegram, which are both available for iPhone and Android, gained a lot of new users as a result. However, as these are incompatible with WhatsApp, anyone who made the switch would need to convince all their contacts to do the same if they wanted to keep in touch.

    WhatsApp has pushed back the date it plans to implement the new terms of service to later in 2021 and, in the meantime, it’s published a web page clarifying the changes and what they mean. It’s worth reading it so you’re fully clued up when a pop-up eventually appears asking you to agree to the new terms.

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    9 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do On WhatsApp

    We’re huge fans of the WhatsApp messaging service. Offering free, cross-platform text, multimedia, voice messaging, and free voice and video calls, what’s not to like? Chances are you’ve been using it on your phone for a while now, but you may not have spent any time tinkering under the hood to get next-level good at WhatsApp. We’ve taken some time to really drill down into the app to find its special tips, tricks, tweaks, hacks, and secret features so you can become a WhatsApp expert.

    1. Make WhatsApp messages automatically disappear

    Poof! Say goodbye to your WhatsApp messages.

    While we wouldn’t suggest activating this functionality for your bae’s message history, the ability to have WhatsApp messages automatically disappear after a certain period of time is useful to keep more noisy chats manageable.

    It is possible to change a setting that means all future messages in a certain chat will be automatically deleted from your phone after seven days. Do be aware though that this doesn’t mean someone hasn’t screenshotted or shared any messages in the meantime. 

    To enable this feature, go into the WhatsApp chat you want to change the settings for, and at the top of your screen click on the person’s or the group chat’s name. In the menu screen that next appears, scroll down until you see the “Disappearing messages” option and tap it to toggle it on.  

    This means the messages will disappear for everyone, but do note that you can only activate this option for group chats where you are the admin.

    2. Change your WhatsApp chats background

    A lovely selection of WhatsApp background.

    If you’re still stuck with the default WhatsApp wallpaper for your chats, then ya basic! It’s super simple to change it out for a more interesting choice. 

    To do it, go into WhatsApp and click on the cog-shaped Settings icon. Select Chats from the next menu screen that appears, then tap on Chat Wallpaper. This will then bring up your further options.

    Find some other background options here.

    You can choose to use one of WhatsApp’s preloaded images from its gallery (it’s worth having a browse, there are some pretty sweets pics), change your wallpaper to a solid color, or use an image from your own photos. 

    If you select one of WhatsApp’s images you will be prompted to select whether you want the image to remain still or move slightly by choosing the “perspective” view.

    3. Use bold, italic, and crossed out text in WhatsApp chats

    The good old ~strikethrough~ feature.

    You can make your WhatsApp text messages more interesting — and get your points across better — by using bold text, italics, and even crossing text out with a strikethrough. 

    For bold text, simply add an *asterisk* to either side of the word or phrase. Adding an _underscore_ to either side of the word or phrase creates italic text. To strikethrough text, add a ~tilde~ to either side of the word or phrase.

    4. Use the secret WhatsApp typewriter font

    Make your messages stand out with this secret font.

    Did you know WhatsApp has a secret font you can use to make your messages stand out from the crowd? You can use a special sequence of symbols to activate an old school typewriter-style typeface. 

    To do it, you simply need to add three slanting apostrophes: “`.

    Calling all iOS users.

    Note that on iOS this is not the standard apostrophe you will see in your main keyboard view. You have to press and hold the apostrophe sign to see the correct symbol to use — you want to select the first one that slants diagonally downwards from left to right.

    5. Reply to a specific message within a WhatsApp chat thread

    This feature can help stop messages from getting lost in the group chat.

    Group chats on WhatsApp can get seriously noisy, and messages can come flying in from all directions when things get a bit busy. If someone messaged something that you want to reply to that would not make sense to post in a chronological way, you can go back to that past message to highlight it and reply directly. 

    This makes the original message, with your reply beneath, appear at the bottom of your chat screen. To do this, press and hold on the message until a menu pops up from which you can select Reply.

    Alternatively, and a quicker method, is simply to swipe on the message you want to reply to from left to right.

    6. Pin a WhatsApp chat to the top of your chats screen

    Save those really good messages for easy access later.

    This is a really useful hack to keep a chat thread visible at the top of your Chats screen. If you want to give any of your chats top billing, simply swipe on the chat from left to right and tap on the drawing pin icon that appears. 

    This will move that chat to the top of your chats screen so it’s always immediately visible. This also adds a pin icon to the chat so you know it’s been pinned. To undo this action, simply swipe the chat again to unpin it. You can pin up to three chats at one time.

    7. Broadcast a personal WhatsApp message to multiple contacts

    This feature truly comes in handy for big announcements.

    It’s possible in WhatsApp to send the same message to multiple contacts without them being in a group chat or even seeing who else received the message. Useful if you want to share important news with an announcement, or if you want to wish everyone seasonal greetings. It’s quick and simple to do. 

    From your chats screen on iOS, tap on Broadcast Lists at the top right of your screen, then New List at the bottom, and then add the recipients you want to get the message. On Android devices, you need to choose New Broadcast from the chats menu. 

    Any messages you send using this method will be received as individual messages in WhatsApp chat threads. 

    8. Give yourself more time to read WhatsApp messages before they are marked as read

    Previews give you time to digest the messages before the sender even knows you’ve read them.

    We all know that those two ticks below WhatsApp messages turn blue when the message has been seen, which puts you under pressure to reply. On iOS, if you want to get a sneak preview of a WhatsApp message before it’s marked as read, you can tweak your notification settings to ensure a preview of the message appears on your home screen and stays there until you manually dismiss it.  

    To set this useful feature up, ensure that you have message previews enabled in your WhatsApp settings menu. Check this by going to Settings, then Notifications, then toggling Show Preview to on. 

    To show preview or not to show preview?

    Next, go to your iPhone settings menu and select Notifications, then scroll down to find WhatsApp. In the next screen, ensure your notifications are enabled, then tap on Banner Style and change it to Persistent.  

    Choose your preview notification style.

    This now means the previews of any WhatsApp messages you receive will remain on your iPhone’s home screen until you dismiss them and the person who has sent the message won’t get the blue ticks to say you’ve read it until you actually go into the app. 

    9. Customize alert tones for different WhatsApp chat threads

    Check out those custom WhatsApp tones. You might love them!

    You can customize the sound alert tone you hear when you receive a WhatsApp message from any contact or group. This is very useful because it means you can differentiate between group chats that you might not necessarily need to keep up with in real time and important direct messages from your loved ones. 

    To give a WhatsApp group or contact a custom tone, go into the chat and tap on the person’s or group’s name at the top of the screen. Scroll down to Custom Tone and click through. You can then change the default tone to one you know you’re either safe to ignore or one that you know means you need to grab your phone stat. 

    What’s up on WhatsApp

    Hopefully, you’ll have found some useful tips, tricks, tweaks, and more within this list. From buying yourself time to reply to messages, to making your messages stand out with a different font, there are some great tricks here for all users of the popular WhatsApp messaging platform. 

    27 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn’t know about

    We’ve rounded up some top tips for everyone’s favourite instant messaging service

    There are over a billion WhatsApp users worldwide right now. The bad news? Your mum has already found her new favourite way to spam you. The good news? You can easily avoid her on the down-low, and that’s just one of the messaging service’s many secret tips you probably don’t know about.

    From disabling its ‘last seen’ feature to bookmarking messages you don’t want to forget about, there are loads of tricks to make your favourite IM app more useful than ever. You just have to be in the know.

    Fortunately for you (and indeed for us), we’ve scoured every inch of WhatsApp to gather up its most useful features. Read these top tips and you’ll be a pro in no time at all.

    1) Begone, blue ticks of misery

    We know how it is. You’re at figure skating practice, your phone buzzes, and you glance down briefly before nailing a spectacular triple axel.

    Clearly, you’ve not got time to respond immediately. But at the same time, you don’t want the sender to realise that you’ve already looked at the message, lest they think you’re ignoring them when you fail to reply for two more hours. That’s the privilege the blue ticks take away.

    Recently though, the chat app has realised the error of its ways and silently come up with a workaround. The liberty of message-mulling is ours again.

    How: In the Settings menu, go to Account, then Privacy and turn off Read Receipts. The only snag is you’ll no longer get them for other people either.

    Want to get sneaky? If you need to read something on the downlow without giving up read receipt privileges, simply put your phone in Airplane Mode before reading the message and you’ll dodge a blue tick. Just make sure you’ve closed the app before you turn your data back on. We won’t tell anyone.

    2) Figure out your BFFs

    In the year 2019, friendships aren’t measured on loyalty or time, it’s all about how much data you’ve shared. WhatsApp has that info – and you can use it to make your own ranked list of your favourite friends. No, there’s nothing weird about that at all. What’s more, if you click through you can mass delete stuff that’s taking up too much space.

    How: Head to Settings > Data and Storage Usage > Storage Usage and you’ll see a list of your most important groups and contacts ranked according to the data you’ve expended on them. Ah, the romance of modern living.

    3) See when your messages are read

    In group chats, those grey ticks only turn blue when every member of the group has read your message. But there lurks within WhatsApp a handy way to find out who’s neglecting you…

    How: On Android, hold down on a message you’ve sent and select Info, or on iOS, simply swipe left on the message you want the details on. It’ll show you who it’s been delivered to, who’s read it and when. This also works with individual chats.

    4) Hide your profile pic

    Batman. David Bowie. Pepe the Prawn. All people who have built their much-vaunted careers on an air of mystique and otherness. You can bet they’d have their WhatsApp profile pics set to private, instead of treating the world to a bedraggled photo of them and a bottle of Lambrini. So, as the saying goes, always be yourself unless you can be like Batman.

    How: Head to Settings > Privacy > Profile Photo > Nobody.

    5) Mute group chats

    With WhatsApp groups only capped at 50 participants, they can sometimes get pretty busy. Prevent yourself from being woken up by incessant messages by muting particular groups.

    How: Tap on the group chat of your choice, then the name to bring up Group Info where you will find the option to Mute the chat for either eight hours, one week or a year. Although if you’re choosing the latter, you might as well leave altogether.

    6) Get shortcuts to conversations

    If you’re on Android you can create shortcuts to popular chats and let them live on your homescreen: useful if there are certain people you chat to more often.

    How: Tap and hold on the chat (group or individual) of your choice and a tab will pop up. Select the Add Conversation Shortcut option and the chat in question will appear as the person’s profile photo on your mobile desktop.

    7) Send your mates your location

    If you’re trying to give directions to your mates on where to meet and getting nowhere, you can sling them a pin of your current location and get them to make their way to you using maps. If you’re not there yet, you can also send them a pin of where you’re heading to, or alternatively, share your ‘live location’ to let them track your movements en route.

    This will broadcast your location to them for a choice of 15 minutes, 1 hour or 8 hours. Changed your mind about wanting your whereabouts known? You can end it whenever you want by clicking the “stop sharing” option in the chat.

    How: On iOS, click the + icon to the left of the chat box, and choose Location. This will bring up all of your options for the above, though you will need to approve Whatsapp to know your location at all times if you want to use Live Location (it will prompt you to do this if you haven’t already). On Android, head to the Attach menu and choose Location in the same way – you’ll need to approve the app for similar location permissions here too.

    8) Go incognito

    You can’t get away with not replying to messages if people can see when you were last online, so turn off WhatsApp’s ‘last seen’ feature to go incognito. Now you can ignore people at your leisure…

    How: It’s in the Privacy menu, under Last Seen, and if you want you can hide from everybody, or only allow your contacts to see your activity.

    9) Send messages with your voice

    If you’re busy cooking, eating or juggling, replying to messages can be a real faff. But thanks to Siri on iOS and Google Assistant on Android, you can reply without touching your phone.

    How: Holler “Hey Siri” or “OK Google”, say “send a WhatsApp to Jonny” and you can dictate your missive about missing Jonny’s wedding because of your juggling practice instead.

    10) SEND PUBLIC INVITES PRIVATELY

    If you’ve got a generic announcement to make – an invite to a weekend BBQ or an intervention about your friend’s unhealthy obsession with KFC – and you don’t want to do it on the loudmouth platform that is Facebook, this feature works in pretty much the same way as BCC-ing people in an email.

    Your recipients will get the message as if it was a privately composed one, oblivious to the fact that you’ve sent the exact same invite to 342 other people. Sincerity? What’s that?

    How: On the top-left-hand corner of your WhatsApp Chats window, just below the search bar, you’ll notice a Broadcast Lists. Tap on it for the option to create a new list of contacts you want your message to go out to, and message away like you would normally. Nobody will be any the wiser.

    11) STAY SELECTIVELY NOTIFIED

    Not all group chats are created equal, with some filled with little more than white noise. But there is a simple way to avoid reaching for the phone every time you get a new notification. Just assign different tones to different groups or contacts on WhatsApp and you’ll know who’s posting without even having to pick up your phone.

    How: Go to the significant group chats, tap on the name to bring up Group Info and then Custom Notifications. There, you can select a custom message alert for the group chats of your choice. All you have to do now is remember which alert tone you assigned to which group chat. This customisation now works for both groups and individual chats.

    12) BACK EVERYTHING UP

    Worried about losing a year’s worth of messages? You needn’t be. WhatsApp knows how precious your chat history is to you and secures it all for you in the cloud.

    How: iPhone users get the option of backing their chat history to iCloud automatically on a daily/weekly/monthly schedule, and can choose to back up with or without videos. Head to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup to set your preferences for that.

    For Android users to do the same, go to Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup, which will let you set up an automatic Google Drive backup. The next time you install WhatsApp from fresh on any device, you can simply select the Google Drive backup option at the setup screen, to have all your up-to-date messages injected into your device, straight from the cloud.

    Just interested in the one conversation? Both operating systems allow you to just save the deets of one special chat by going into your chosen convo and selecting to send it to yourself. On iOS, click your contact’s name in chat > Export Chat, or on Android, click three dots > More > Email Chat.

    13) SAVE YOUR MEDIA (AND DATA ALLOWANCE)

    When you’re on a 1GB data plan, every byte counts; you don’t want to be slapped with a hefty bill at the end of the month from sending stupid shareable memes and screenshots of every little thing. Handily, there’s a way to make sure that all that heavy-duty image sending won’t eat up what little complimentary data you might have in your plan.

    How: On iOS, go to Settings > Data and Storage Usage and tweak the settings for how you want your received media to be downloaded. Choose Wi-Fi if you don’t want to overload your data plan. Alternatively, you can trigger downloads manually by switching Auto-Download to Never. You can also save the hassle of having to clean up your camera roll every so often by tweaking Save To Camera Roll off in the Chats menu.

    For Android, head to Settings > Data Usage for similar controls.

    14) DRAW ON YOUR PICS

    If a picture paints a thousand words, scrawling all over the top of them can only add a few more. Especially if the picture is of a load of sausages.

    How: Once you’ve picked the picture you want to send from your camera roll, use the icons at the top of the screen to add words, draw pictures, or chuck in an emoji or eight.

    15) STAR MESSAGES FOR LATER

    When dinner time rolls around, the last thing you want to do is scroll through 352 frivolous messages to find the address of the restaurant you’re meeting your friends at. Fortunately, WhatsApp lets you bookmark certain messages for easy access.

    How: On iOS, long hold or double tap on any message and tap on the star icon to mark it. To find it again, all you have to do is tap on the chat’s name, and tap on Starred Messages to see all the messages you’ve marked out.

    On Android, long hold on the message then click the star icon at the top of the screen. To find your starred messages, just hit the three dots icon in the top-right and got to Starred Messages.

    You can also see conversation context by either tapping on the arrow next to the message (iOS) on tapping on the message itself (Android). This will bring you back to the exact place in the chat. Messages can also be unstarred when you’re done with them, and viewed in their entirety in the main settings menu.

    16) MAKE CALLS

    WhatsApp is more than just a run-of-the-mill instant messenger: you can use it to make calls too.

    How: Hit the Calls tab along the top or bottom of the app (depending on whether you’re on iOS or Android), then click on the person you want to call. Alternatively, on Android, you can click on a person’s name in a chat and then call them via the pop-up box. Be aware the quality of the call will be very reliant on your data signal, and so calling when on wi-fi is hugely recommended.

    17) INSTANTLY ADD DATES TO YOUR CALENDAR

    It’s easy to forget appointments when you’re a busy bee. You make vague plans for drinks, settle on a date, then promptly forget about it as the conversation rolls on. This handy little shortcut makes sure you commit to an appointment.

    How: This one’s currently iOS-only, but you might’ve noticed that whenever anyone mentions a date in a WhatsApp message it automatically gets underlined and highlighted in blue. Just tap it and you’ll be given the option to immediately create an event on that date in your calendar, so there’s no longer any excuse for forgetting. It’ll also recognise words like ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’.

    18) REPLY TO MESSAGES ON YOUR LAPTOP

    You know what’s better than replying to WhatsApp messages on your phone? Doing it on a proper keyboard. And this one also has the added benefit of not using up any data. Well, assuming you’re at work, not any data you’re paying for.

    How: Go to web.whatsapp.com on your computer’s web browser, fire up the app on your phone and scan the QR code that pops up via the WhatsApp Web/Desktop option in Settings. Voila. Then commence chatting on the sly without downloading anything. Handy, and also very, very distracting.

    19) SAVE DATA ON CALLS

    Making calls via WhatsApp is a very convenient feature, but it can also consume a lot of data. Thankfully, there’s a new option to help those of us with data shortage problems.

    How: In the Data and Storage Usage menu (Data Usage on Android) you can toggle a setting labeled Low Data Usage, which, as you might have guessed, cuts down the amount of data used when making phone calls.

    20) PIN POPULAR GROUP CHATS

    If there’s one group chat you use more than any other you can make sure it’s always at the top of the list by pinning it there.

    How: On the main Chat menu, find the one you want to pin then, on iOS, swipe to the right; on Android, you do a long press then click the pin icon up top. That way you’ll never have to scroll through a bunch of others looking for it.

    21) QUOTE MESSAGES IN YOUR REPLY

    Group chats can get pretty hectic very quickly, and by the time you’ve typed your reply, what you were referring to can be as good as chat history. To give your reply the context it deserves, you can quote the message it is in response to and restore a bit of order among the chaos.

    How: On iOS, simply swipe right on the message you want to respond to. On Android, press and hold the message you want to reply to, and click Reply from the pop-up menu. In both cases, the quoted message will appear in a preview above the text input box.

    22) MARK MESSAGES AS UNREAD

    If you have a habit of reading messages but forgetting to reply, mark them as unread so you remember to come back to them later.

    How: In iOS, just swipe any of your chats to the right (like you do to pin them) and a blue dot will appear next to them. It’ll disappear next time you open the message, or you can repeat the process to unmark it. Android users can achieve the same thing by long-pressing on a chat, then selecting Mark as Unread from the top-right menu.

    23) KEEP MESSAGES SECRET

    Theoretically, all messages on WhatsApp are private – but not when you leave your phone on the table, and a new message notification pops up. However there is a way to turn off the preview part of the message, so the notification only reveals who’s messaged you but not what they’re messaging you about.

    How: Go to Settings, then Notifications, and disable Show Preview. Now you can gossip in peace.

    24) Reply directly from a popup

    Oh, new message! Swipe down the notification bar, tap the message and reply. Sounds simple, right? It is, but there’s an even faster way – cut to the chase and reply directly from a notification.

    How: Go to Settings, Notifications, then Popup Notification, and choose from four different options. You can change this setting for both individual messages and group messages respectively. Unfortunately, this feature is only available for Android. For now, anyway.

    25) Send an attachment

    Unlike EPMD’s hip-hop classic, WhatsApp’s ethos is by no means Strictly Business. If you do need to quickly send a document to a colleague, and email isn’t an option, it’s easily done. Just select the file you want from Google Drive, Dropbox or iCloud and WhatsApp will fling it onwards as a pdf.

    How: Tap the + symbol > Document > select your cloud storage service of choice and then the file itself. Done.

    26) SEND GIFS IN A JIFFY

    GIFs are the new message currency. Why use an emoji when you can send a GIF instead? Why send an static image when you can say so much more with a GIF? You get the gif – er, we mean gist.

    How: You don’t have to search the internet for appropriate GIFs. WhatsApp has its own collection of GIFs. Mind blown. Hit the ‘+’ sign as usual, go to Photo & Video Library. See that magnifying glass icon next to GIF?, tap that and you’ll find a collection powered by Tenor. Don’t see what you need? Just tap the search bar to look for the GIF that perfectly sums up your feelings.

    You can even star GIFs for future use and even overlay them with your own text and doodles.

    27) CLEAR YOUR UNREAD MESSAGE COUNT

    Reading all your messages can be hard, especially if your colleagues have the habit of contacting you via WhatsApp. So the buildup of unread messages is inevitable.

    But if you’re the obsessive-compulsive sort and our number of unread messages (99 at last count) is making your left eye twitch uncontrollably, there’s a quick way to reset the counter without having to go through each message.

    How: Hit Edit in the top left corner, and then Read All at the bottom. Ahh, that must feel good. You can stop twitching now.

    This is also where you can dump or archive multiple chats at once.

    21 essential and fun WhatsApp tricks and tips you must know

    WhatsApp is the world’s most popular instant messaging app, and for good reason — it gets a steady stream of updates, has a long list of features, and supports a wide range of devices. There’s little wonder why it’s hit the billion user mark. Want to get the most out of the platform? We’ve got a few essential WhatsApp tricks you should use.

    How to create bold, italicized, or strikethrough text

    It’s been around for a while now, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t know about this neat WhatsApp trick.

    Simply put an asterisk (*) at the beginning and end of the desired word or sentence and you can make it bold. So if you’d like to bold the word biscuit, you’ll need to type *biscuit*. The same goes for italics, only with an underscore (_) on either side of the desired text instead. To strike through text, you’ll need to add a tilde (~) to the beginning and end of the desired passage. There’s also an option to create monospace text, by adding three grave accents (`) to either side of the text.

    Want an easier way to do all this? Then highlight the word or passage in question, tap more and choose from bold, italicize, strikethrough, or monospace. This doesn’t work on all devices though, so you might have to do the long way.

    Quote a message in your response

    Whether your texting pace is just too fast or a group chat constantly sees new messages, quoting is one of the best WhatsApp tricks to manage context.

    To quote someone, just swipe right on the desired message and it will appear at the top of the text field. This will attach your response to the quoted text (or picture) for all to see. You can hold down on a message and tap the arrow icon on the left to do the same thing.

    Stop auto-downloading via mobile data

    There are a few ways to save data in WhatsApp while still receiving notifications and messages. First, disable the app’s ability to download media on mobile data. This is done via Settings > Data and storage usage > When using mobile data.

    How to backup WhatsApp: Never lose a message again

    From this section, you can check or uncheck the downloading of photos, audio, videos and documents via mobile data. This way, you need to tap on the file to actually download it. Videos, in particular, are huge data hogs, so we’d recommend leaving this unchecked.

    WhatsApp calls chewing data? Try this

    WhatsApp calls are a handy feature on the platform, but they can consume a fair bit of mobile data if you’re a heavy user or on a limited plan.  Thankfully we know of more WhatsApp tricks for improving data consumption. If you’d like to save some bandwidth, try visiting Settings > Data and storage usage > Low data usage and tick the box to lower the amount of data used in a call.

    Get a breakdown of WhatsApp data usage

    All Android phones from the last five years or so ship with a data usage tracker, allowing you to get an app-by-app breakdown of data usage. But WhatsApp also has a tracker, giving you a category-by-category look at data usage.

    To access WhatsApp’s data usage log, you’ll need to visit Settings > Data and storage usage > Network usage. Here, you’ll find data usage related to Google Drive, roaming, WhatsApp calls, status updates, messages and overall usage. The biggest downside is that there doesn’t seem to be a Wi-Fi versus cellular breakdown — it all gets lumped in the same category.

    View a breakdown of storage by contact…

    The storage usage functionality (Settings > Data and storage usage > Storage usage) can show some impressive stats.

    This feature allows you to view a ranking of storage used by contact. This is ranked by which contact or group uses the most storage on your phone. Simply tap on a contact/group and you’ll see a breakdown of messages, photos, GIFs, videos, and more.

    Then clear those files from your storage

    You can do more than just look at the contacts who hog all the storage. You can choose to wipe these files from your phone if you want to.

    All you need to do is visit the storage usage section once again (Settings > Data and storage > Storage usage). From here, you choose a contact or group and tap Free Up Space. You can then choose the categories in need of a cleanup within that contact/group. So if your friends group has 50MB of video clips, simply keep the Videos category ticked while unticking everything else. You’ll then want to hit the Delete Items button and choose whether starred messages are included in the wipe.

    Request your account info

    Much like Facebook and Twitter, WhatsApp allows you to request a ZIP file of your account information and settings. This doesn’t include your messages though, only collecting your profile photo and whether you agreed to that Facebook data policy, group names, and the like.

    To do this, you’ll need to visit Settings > Account > Request account info, then tap Request report. It takes between two and three days to get the report. However, the request will be cancelled if you choose to delete or re-register your account, or change your number or device.

    You can’t view this file in WhatsApp though, so try using another program on your phone or PC instead.

    Email chat logs to yourself (or someone else)

    WhatsApp already lets you back up your chat history to the cloud, but what if you’d like to send a specific chat log to someone, or maybe just need receipts? You can always email the chat log via WhatsApp.

    To do this, you’ll need to visit Settings > Chats > Chat history, then tap “Export chat.” From here, your chat menu will pop up, allowing you to choose a specific contact or group’s chat history.

    Once you’ve chosen the desired chat, WhatsApp will ask whether you’d like to include media or only send text and emojis. Choosing the latter option is advised if you want to keep the final file size in check. Once you’ve made your decision, you’ll be able to select how you want to send the file. If you select Email, the chat log (in lightweight .txt format) will be automatically attached in a new draft message.

    Activate two-step verification

    By default, WhatsApp asks for your number and a one-time pin when changing devices. However, enabling two-step verification means dodgy types can’t get away with accessing your account on a new phone, even if they have your SIM card.

    To enable this, you have to visit Settings > Account > Two-step verification. From here, you’ll be prompted to create a six digit pin for whenever you add WhatsApp to a new phone. You’ll also add your email address, in the event you forget your PIN.

    One rather massive oversight is that you don’t need to enter a PIN when trying to disable two-step verification from the original device. Odd.

    Add a contact to your home screen

    WhatsApp also lets you add contacts to your home screen — ideal for significant others and other frequently contacted people.

    To add a chat to your phone’s home screen, open the contact or group in question, then tap the three dot menu in the top right corner. From here, visit More > Add shortcut. You then simply tap Add automatically or hold the icon to place it on your home screen.

    Disable read receipts

    Ah, the infamous blue tick icon. For the uninitiated, this simply means that a message has been seen. If you prefer to dodge your contacts, you can disable read receipts (ergo the blue ticks) by visiting Settings > Account > Privacy and unticking the box labelled Read receipts.

    Remember this works both ways, so your contacts won’t see when you’ve read their messages and you can’t see when they’ve read your messages.

    See who read your group message

    One of WhatsApp’s niftier tricks is the ability to see who read your group text. All you need to do is hold on your message to highlight it, then tap the i icon or three dot menu then Info. From here, you’ll see who has and hasn’t viewed your dad joke, as well as when it was delivered to their device.

    It’s worth noting that someone may not appear on the list if they’ve disabled read receipts as above, or if they’ve blocked you.

    Turn off the “last seen” feature

    Have a stalker? You might want to tweak the Last seen function, which shows the last time you’ve appeared online.

    To do this, you’ll need to visit Settings > Account > Privacy. You then want to tap the Last seen field and adjust it accordingly. This can be adjusted to Everyone (everyone with your number can see when you’ve last appeared online), My contacts or Nobody.

    Bonus tip:  There are a few more WhatsApp tricks in the Privacy section to fight stalkers and general creeps, such as Profile photo adjustments and the About field. Both of these sections can be tweaked so they are viewable by everyone, only your contacts, or no-one at all.

    View your list of blocked contacts

    It’s your WhatsApp account, so feel free to ban whoever you want. But if you’re keen on seeing a full list of who you’ve blocked, visit Settings > Account > Privacy. You’ll then need to scroll down to the Messaging section and tap Blocked Contacts.

    How to block (and unblock) someone on WhatsApp

    You can also add contacts to the block list by tapping the icon in the top-right corner. It’ll take you to your Contacts page, where you can wield the ban hammer.

    How to use live location tracking

    Sending a location pin is pretty simple in WhatsApp, as you tap the paperclip icon in the message field and choose Location. But what if you want your partner or parents to track your movement in real-time? Fortunately, this is indeed a thing, being one of the best WhatsApp tricks for parents and people with helicopter parents.

    You can do this by tapping the paperclip icon. From there, tap Location > Share Live location, and specify a period of time to be tracked, ranging from 15 minutes to eight hours. Don’t worry, you can manually end location tracking at any time.

    Create a custom notification for a contact

    The average WhatsApp user has loads of contacts, so it’s understandable if you feel a little overwhelmed by message alerts. Fortunately, there’s at least one way to sort the wheat from the chaff, in the form of custom notifications.

    To create a custom notification, you’ll need to enter a chat with the desired contact. From here you have to tap their name at the top of the chat window and choose Custom notifications.

    Once you’ve entered this menu, you’ll want to tick the box labelled Use custom notifications and scroll down to the next field to customize the alert. Customization options include changing the message tone, and tweaking the LED notification color for the contact.

    Mute contacts or groups

    You probably have a group that constantly devolves into a constant stream of memes and viral videos. You could create a custom notification like in the previous tip, or you could just mute the group or contact.

    To mute the contact or group in question, tap and hold on them in the Chats menu. From here, you should see several icons in the top-right corner. Tap the mute icon (it’s a speaker with a line through it). You can then specify a mute period (eight hours, a week, a year), choose whether you’ll still receive notifications, and tap OK.

    Use WhatsApp on your PC

    If you prefer a full-size keyboard or just like the convenience of the big screen, WhatsApp Web is one of the best features for you.

    To get things started, visit web.whatsapp.com on your computer. The website will display a QR code, which can read on the WhatsApp mobile app. On your phone, tap the three dot menu in the top right corner, then select WhatsApp Web to launch the QR code reader. Now, scan the website’s QR code via your phone’s QR code reader and that’s it.

    The biggest downside to WhatsApp Web is that it’s completely tethered to your phone. Both devices need to be on the same network, so you can’t access it via your PC at work if you left your phone at home. Nevertheless, it’s better than nothing.

    Save things from your phone to computer (and vice-versa)

    WhatsApp Web might not be as flexible as I’d like, but one of the cooler WhatsApp tricks is the ability to share stuff between your phone and PC.

    If you’ve got two WhatsApp accounts, you can send the stuff from the second account to the one currently active on PC. Have a friend that doesn’t mind being the go-between? Then you can simply send files to them, hop on WhatsApp Web and click on their account to view/download the file.

    The inverse is true as well — you can send stuff from your PC (via WhatsApp Web) to your other WhatsApp account or long-suffering friend.

    Update: Twitter user Moshe Fasten has hit us up with a much easier way to share files across PC and mobile. All you have to do is create a group with one of your contacts, remove said contact, and the group remains. This way, you have a private hub for sharing stuff.

    Sign up for beta access

    To get new features first, you’ll need to join the beta program. This also means you run the risk of encountering bugs and other flaws, so do keep that in mind.

    To sign up for beta access, visit the WhatsApp page on the Google Play Store and scroll down to the Become a beta tester section at the bottom. Tap the I’m in button and you will then be enrolled in the beta program. Updating to the beta version works just like a regular Play Store app update, as you simply tap the “update” button to get the bleeding-edge version of the app.

    If you’d like to leave the beta, you can do so at any time by tapping the Leave button that replaces “I’m in,” as seen in the above image.

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    12 Hidden Functions of WhatsApp

    This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

    WhatsApp was born in 2009 and  now it’s the most engaged instant messaging service in the world. Over the years, the Facebook-owned platform has evolved to integrate more tools to connect its millions of users around the world. However, not all of them are well known.

    Telcel published on its blog a list of 12 hidden WhatsApp functions that you can use right now.

    12 hidden functions of WhatsApp

    1. Change the text format in WhatsApp

    You can add a different intention to your messages through bold, italics or strikethrough. You just have to add a couple of characters before and after the text: * bold * , _cursive_ and ~ crossed out ~ .

    2. Temporary messages

    These “self-destructing” messages serve to protect valuable information as they disappear after a while. To use this function, one of the newest in the application, you must:

    • Touch the name of the contact within the chat
    • Select the Messages option
    • Turn on the Temporary Messages switch.

    Related: What Happens if You Don’t Accept WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy?

    3. Highlight messages

    Do you want to leave a message at hand and not get lost in the sea of conversations? With the function “Highlight messages,” you can mark them with a star by pressing on them and leave them as favorites to locate them.

    4. How to know what time a message was read

    Do you need to know what time your message was read? All you have to do is press on it and slide your finger to the left. You can also select the Info option from the three-dot menu. In both cases, you will see what time a message was sent, received and read.

    5. Do not save photos and videos

    If you are tired of your cell phone memory being saturated with the photos and videos they send you, you can prevent them from being downloaded automatically from WhatsApp. You just have to go to the Settings menu of the app and select Chats. There, you just have to deactivate the option Visibility of multimedia files.

    6. Disappear your last WhatsApp connection

    If you don’t want people to know what time you last connected, WhatsApp offers you the option to deactivate this information. For that you must open the Settings menu, select Account and then Privacy to deactivate the Last Seen. You can also choose from all your contacts or select just a few. Remember that it is always good to have at least one contact who knows when your last connection was for security reasons.

    7. Mark a conversation as “unread”

    If you don’t want to forget to answer someone, you just have to click on the chat for a few seconds and select the option “Mark as unread.” 

    8. Know who your favorite contact is

    With this tool you will be able to know with which contacts you interact the most. It also allows you to manage your internal storage. You just have to enter Settings , then Storage data and finally Storage use.

    9. Listen to audios before sending them

    If you are not comfortable with your voice, you can review the audios before sending them. This trick is achieved when you start recording the audio and when you want to stop it, immediately exit the app while pressing the record button. When you re-enter the conversation, you will see that the audio is maintained and that you can listen to it, send it or delete it.

    10. Personalized notifications

    This is a great option to know exactly who is sending you WhatsApp messages thanks to the personalized tones. What you have to do is go to the chat in question, click on its name and look for the option “Personalized tone” and select the one you like the most.

    11. Custom backgrounds

    Also the funds to adjust one to each chat. It can be with a special image or with the ones that WhatsApp has included for the dark or light mode.

    To do this, you just go to the Settings menu, then to Chats and select the Wallpaper option. Here you will find all the available images and you can adjust the brightness of your screen.

    Related: WhatsApp: The 6 Big Changes Coming to the Instant Messaging Application in 2021

    12. Become a WhatsApp beta tester

    You may be interested in being a beta tester to be one of the first to test the new functions released by the app. You just have to click on this link and follow all the instructions.

    90,000 12 Hidden WhatsApp Features | Rusbase

    Format text

    You can add variety to WhatsApp messages by making the font bold, italicized or strikethrough. To do this, just put a couple of characters before and after the text:

    • * bold * ;
    • _ italic_ ;
    • ~ strikethrough ~.

    Send disappearing messages

    This feature deletes messages over time to help protect valuable information.Here’s how to turn it on.

    • Tap the name of the chat contact.
    • Select the “Messages” option.
    • Activate the “Temporary messages” function.

    Add messages to Favorites

    To keep an important message from getting lost, you can add it to Favorites. To do this, hold your finger on it, and then click on the star.

    Find out the time of reading the message

    To find out when a recipient has read a message, tap and slide your finger to the left.This data can also be found in the menu marked with three dots in the Data section. In both cases, you will see at what time the message was sent, received and read.

    Disable autoloading media

    Photos and videos sent to WhatsApp often clog up the phone memory. Fortunately, automatic downloads can be turned off. Go to Settings and select Chats. In this section, turn off the “Media Visibility” option.

    Hide the time of the last visit

    WhatsApp offers the ability to hide information about when you last logged into the app.To do this, open “Settings” and select “Account”. Then go to “Privacy” and turn off “Was (s)”. You can also keep this option enabled for multiple contacts. For security reasons, it’s best to show the last visit time to at least one user.

    Mark the correspondence as “unread”

    This function reminds you to reply to the other party. Just tap on a chat and hold for a couple of seconds, and then select the “Mark as unread” option.

    Find out your favorite contact

    This tool allows you to find out which contacts you interact with the most, as well as manage your internal storage. To do this, go to “Settings”, select “Data and storage” and “Storage management”.

    Play audio before sending

    This trick allows you to listen to a voice message before sending it. Start recording audio, and when you want to end it, exit the application while holding the record button.When you return to the correspondence, you will find that the message has been preserved. Now you can listen to it, send it or delete it.

    Personalize notifications

    This option allows you to set up personalized ringtones for individual contacts. Just go to the chat with the right person and click on his name. Open the section “Customized notifications” and select the desired ringtone.

    Customize individual backgrounds

    This function allows you to set a background for each chat.These can be both images and themes for dark and light modes. To do this, simply go to “Settings” and then select “Chats”. In the “Wallpapers” section you will find all the available images.

    Join beta testing

    Beta testers are among the first to get the opportunity to try new features of the application. To join them, follow the link and follow the instructions provided.

    Source.

    90,000 best tips for mod WhatsApp

    WhatsApp is without a doubt the real king of instant messaging .Despite the emergence of new alternatives for sending messages and sharing photos and videos, like Telegram or Signal, and the efforts of old acquaintances like LINE, WeChat or Facebook Messenger, no one can compare with the chat service created in 2009 by Brian Acton and Ian. Kum.

    And this is given the fact that many of the rivals who are trying to topple him from the throne are much more advanced, including highly requested features and characteristics. Regardless, its 90,008 over 1.5 billion users have made it the number one messenger in the world: not having WhatsApp practically means being estranged from society.

    But what can we do if we want to continue to be present on WhatsApp and benefit from ‘s much more complete and advanced features ? There is no choice but to resort to so-called WhatsApp mods, modified versions of the official client maintained and developed by Facebook that include exactly what users want: bigger and better features without giving up on the world’s most popular messaging service.

    There are dozens of mods, but there is one that stands out among all the others in popularity, performance and characteristics: WhatsApp Plus is the WhatsApp mod, the best of its kind .Developed by the Official Plus team responsible for other modified clients such as GBWhatsApp, OGWhatsApp, OGYouTube or Instagram Plus, has become a model for all other mod creators. And it does exactly what its name suggests: it complements WhatsApp.

    Among its most important features, it is worth noting the possibility of using two phone numbers on the same Android smartphone , installing themes to personalize the user interface, improving the security and privacy settings of the application, bypassing the restrictions set by the official developers regarding the file size limitation , prevent our contacts from seeing our status or profile photo, etc.All in all, all the features that we have always wanted to use in official WhatsApp.

    Of course, the APK of WhatsApp Plus cannot be downloaded from Google Play because it is unauthorized development by the owners of the source code. For this reason, downloading, installing and updating it is not instantaneous and deserves a brief explanation, which we include in this guide to tricks and tips. A small tutorial that also aims to teach the user how to properly configure the application in order to make the most of its functions and resolve any doubts and concerns that may arise regarding the legality and security of this mod, since no one wants his personal data exposed, or risk being banned.

    So we will learn together all the necessary tricks to carry out processes such as hiding our online or typing status, backing up our WhatsApp conversations to restore them to WhatsApp Plus, using two accounts at the same time on the same phone, and we will analyze all its advantages and disadvantages of , comparing it with its main competitors in the Android market. Do not forget to contact us for help if you do not find the answer to your questions about this mod.

    90,000 Useful Tricks for Using WhatsApp

    WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messengers. This does not mean that he is the best, on the contrary – he is one of the most uncomfortable and has many unpleasant features. But with messengers, this is the case: people have to work with the messenger that most of its subscribers use. So, as they say, there’s nowhere to go.

    Nevertheless, you can live with WhatsApp, especially if you know about some of its capabilities, which not all users know about.

    1. Desktop versions

    Agree, it’s disgusting to reply to WhatsApp messages from your phone by poking at tiny letters while sitting at your computer. Separate desktop versions of WhatsApp have finally been released, less than ten years have passed, and on the desktop you can use the browser versions of this messenger.

    For the browser version, you can simply enter the address https://web.whatsapp.com/ in the browser: a QR code will appear there, which must be scanned in the WhatsApp smartphone application by calling the WhatsApp Web item from the main menu.After that, a fairly tolerable version of WhatsApp will appear in the browser, in which it is more convenient to type text.

    Desktop version for Windows – download. You also need to scan the code from the phone, but this way WhatsApp will already be in the form of a separate application, and not a browser window, which is more convenient.

    Desktop version for Mac – download.

    I warn you right away that all these decisions are curves. Because they require a constantly connected smartphone.Plus, they are also buggy: they periodically lose connection with the phone and the connection is not immediately restored.

    You cannot share locations here either.

    But in general, you can live, I use it all the time, because I sit at the computer almost all the time.

    2. Stealth mode

    Many users are annoyed that their subscribers see when they are online, and that subscribers see when their message is read.

    Oddly enough, very many do not know that all this can be turned off: Settings – Privacy .

    The “Was (s)” item is just the message when the user was last on the Web. It can be shown to everyone, only to your contacts, to anyone.

    Well, “Read reports” – here you can disable these reports. But at the same time, you will not receive them either – in my opinion, this is fair.

    3. Backup

    Many users know that WhatsApp is able to backup chats – WhatsApp offers to restore data upon reinstallation.He writes this data to your Google Drive account, by default, copying is done once a day. But if he made a copy, for example, 23 hours ago, then you will lose the last messages when restoring, which may be undesirable. How can you avoid this?

    Go to Settings – Chats – Backups of chats and click the “Backup” button there. In the same place, check that only Wi-Fi is used for backup, and not mobile data.

    4.Translation of text in WhatsApp

    There is no built-in translator for text in WhatsApp. Nevertheless, it can be arranged. You need to go to the Google Translate application, there Menu – Settings – Quick translation – Enable . (For iOS, 3D Touch must be enabled.)

    Next, in WhatsApp, select the desired text, the “Copy” menu button.

    The translator icon appears on the right.

    Click on it – you get the translation.

    In a similar way, by the way, you can translate text in any other applications, this is the Google Translator function.

    Well, as an option, you can use the keyboard, which has the function of translating the selected text.

    5. Do not clog the smartphone memory

    There are groups in which they often send videos of rather large sizes. In order not to clog the memory of the smartphone, you need to go to Settings – Data and storages and there in the Wi-Fi section uncheck the “Video” checkbox – then only those videos that you want to watch will be downloaded to the smartphone.

    6. Desktop contacts

    Any contact from WhatsApp can be added to the smartphone desktop with a separate icon.

    On the contact, press Menu – More – Add an icon to the screen .

    7. Text embellishments

    Very few people know that WhatsApp text can be decorated with special characters. If you enclose the text in asterisks – * text * – it will be bold , in underscores – _text_ – it will be italic , and in tildes – ~ text ~ – strikethrough.

    8. Use quotes

    Again, few people know that WhatsApp has the ability to quote. You never know, suddenly a person will need to prove something by quoting his own words.

    To quote, highlight the message and press the left arrow in the top panel.

    After that, the quote will be inserted into the text.

    Well, and another way is much simpler: you just need to move the message to the right with your finger – it will be quoted.

    9. Notifications from groups

    It’s no secret that many groups can be very annoying when they receive a bunch of messages and at the same time you are constantly pulled by sound notifications.

    Not a problem, you just need to turn off the sound in the group settings.

    Moreover, you can cancel the sound for some time, and you can also disable the notification icons for this group.

    10. Find a picture or video in a group

    In order not to scroll through all the messages in the group, in the same group menu, select “Media groups”.And there will be media, documents and links in separate tabs.

    11. Do not show received photos and videos in albums

    A very useful option – do not show photos and videos received in WhatsApp in albums. It can be turned on very simply – you need to turn off the switch in Settings – Chats – Media visibility .

    12. Message to a group of people without creating a group

    WhatsApp has such a thing as “Newsletter”.If you need to send a message to a group of contacts without creating a group as such – press Menu – New mailing . And it will just be one-to-one chats.

    13. Favorite messages

    If you have received some important message that you will need to quickly find later, select it and click on the star at the top to mark it as a favorite.

    After that Menu – Favorites message – and there they are!

    14.When delivered when read

    To find out exactly when the message has been delivered and read (if this is not disabled for the subscriber), you need to click on the message and select it, then press Menu – Data . There will be details.

    15. Mark as unread

    There are situations when you receive an important message and cannot immediately respond. In this case, you need to select the chat with the subscriber, select Menu – Mark as unread .In this case, a notification will remain and you can return to the chat.

    16. Listening to a voice message

    Not everyone knows that if you bring the phone to your ear to listen to a voice message, the message will be played from the phone speaker, so that no one but you will hear it.

    Well, like all the main tricks. With them, WhatsApp will become much more convenient for you.

    90,000 10 useful tips for every WhatsApp user

    WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messengers with the help of which millions of people around the world communicate.At the same time, many users still do not know all the features of the service. And among the latter, by the way, there are very useful ones. Let’s talk about these.

    1. Set the visibility of personal data

    Go to the menu “Settings” → “Account” → “Privacy”. Here you can customize the visibility of personal data: profile photo, status and information about the last visit. If you want this information to be hidden from everyone, just select the “Nobody” option.

    For iOS, identical settings are found in the “Privacy” item in the account settings.

    2. Format messages

    Not everyone still knows that text in messages can be bold, italicized or strikethrough. To do this, you need to put a certain symbol in front of the word and after it.

    For bold type – an asterisk, for italics – an underscore, and for strikethrough text – a tilde. For example: * word *, _word_, ~ word ~.

    3. Respond to a specific message

    With active correspondence, the ability to reply to the desired message avoids confusion and misunderstandings.In WhatsApp, this feature is especially convenient.

    You just need to swipe on the message in the chat from left to right, and it will be attached to your next message, indicating exactly what you answered exactly.

    You can also just hold down the message and click on the arrow that appears in the top menu.

    4. Add messages to favorites

    Adding a message to your favorites will allow you to quickly return to it without using chat search. This is useful when you need to save some coordinates, a shopping list, a task, and so on.

    To add, you just need to hold down any message in the correspondence and select the button with the star. It will immediately be added to a special menu, which can be accessed on Android through the three dots in the upper right corner, and on iOS through WhatsApp settings.

    5. Use messaging

    Shared messaging is especially useful when you need to share something with a large number of users without grouping them into a group. The function is available in the menu by clicking the three dots in the upper right corner.The message will be sent to everyone you mark in your contact list. Their answers will only be visible to you.

    6. Check when the message was delivered and read

    Not everyone knows that in WhatsApp you can find out the exact time when a person received a message and when he read it. To do this, hold down the desired message in the chat, click on the three dots in the upper right corner and select “Info”. On iOS, after holding down, select “Data” from the menu.

    This function is very useful when you cannot contact a person and do not even know if he received your message.Note, however, that this only works if the user has not disabled the “Read report” in the privacy settings.

    7. Set up individual notifications

    Unlike many other instant messengers, WhatsApp allows you to set up notifications about new messages and calls for each contact or group individually. This allows, for example, not only to turn off the sound signal for messages from a certain person, but also to select a melody specifically for him.

    With this option, you can find out exactly who wrote to you without even looking at the smartphone display. To configure, you need to open the contact or group menu and go to the “Individual notifications” item. There, by checking the box next to “Use”, you need to edit the necessary items.

    8. Disable automatic media downloads

    Disabling this feature can be especially useful when roaming, since your mobile operator may charge you a significant fee for downloading data.

    Go to Settings → Data and Storage → Auto Upload Media. You will find three options: Mobile, Wi-Fi and Roaming. In each of these items, uncheck the boxes next to “Images”, “Audio” and “Video”.

    9. Change your mobile number without data loss

    If you have a new SIM card, this does not mean at all that you need to create another WhatsApp account. It’s much simpler. Go to “Settings” → “Account” → “Change number”. Confirm your old number, enter a new one, and you’re done.

    This will quickly transfer all your groups, settings and account information.

    10. Protect WhatsApp with a password

    Some things are not meant for prying eyes. In particular, your WhatsApp messages. And if you know that some of your friends or family members like to rummage through other people’s messages, then the best solution is to password protect WhatsApp. For example, through the ChatLock application.

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    Almost everyone has WhatsApp installed on their smartphones.But do you think you are using its capabilities to the maximum? If you don’t want your personal to become public or you want to become invisible to your contact list, as well as learn a lot of other tricks that many do not even know about, all you need to do is just look into the settings.

    Bright Side reveals 10 useful functions of this application that will make your life a little easier.

    1. How to become invisible in WhatsApp

    If you think that not everyone needs to know when you are online , view your statuses, profile pictures and information, use this trick:

    • For Android: Open the menu> Settings > Account > Privacy and change the visibility settings for personal data.
    • For iOS: Go to Settings by clicking on the gear in the lower right corner of the screen, open the section Privacy and change the settings.

    2. How to make messages more expressive

    In addition to pictures and emoticons, you can add accents in messages, using italics , bold or strikethrough .

    • To write italicized text , use _ underscores _ on both sides of the text.
    • Want to bold ? Put * asterisks * on either side of the text.
    • When you want to apply strikethrough to text, use ~ tilde ~ before and after the text.

    3. How to send messages to a group of contacts without creating a group

    To create a mailing list, start WhatsApp. Go to the screen Chats > Menu > New broadcast .Click on the “+” or enter your friends’ names to select recipients from your contact list.

    The message will be sent to everyone you tagged on the mailing list. In this case, the recipients of the mailing list will receive this message as a standard one. Their responses will not be sent to other members of the mailing list, they will only come to you.

    4. How to understand that you have been blocked

    There are several “symptoms” that indicate that may have been blocked:

    • You do not see the time of the last visit of the contact or the status “online” in the window chat.
    • You are not seeing any updates to your contact’s profile photo.
    • All your messages are marked with one check mark (message sent), but never with two check marks (message delivered).
    • You are creating a group and you cannot add a contact to it from the person who seems to have blocked you.

    Nevertheless, the listed signs do not give 100% certainty that you are in the ban list. Your friend could have just changed the visibility settings.

    5. How to save smartphone memory from autoloading media files

    Caring WhatsApp by default saves all photos that come during correspondence.Only now it often clogs memory a lot, and you don’t want to deny yourself the installation of new applications.

    Solution: just turn off autosave photos in the application settings. For Android: open Settings > Data and select media download options.
    For iOS: Settings > Data > Media .

    6. How to understand that the interlocutor is not who he claims to be

    Almost everyone can use the “temporary number” or a special application to receive an SMS activation code.To check if your friend has a real number, you just need to call him. Temporary virtual numbers are almost always inactive.

    7. How to silence the speakerphone while listening to voice messages

    It’s quite simple: hold the phone to your ear WhatsApp will turn off the speakerphone and whisper audio through the phone’s speakers. How does he know you put the phone to your ear? This app knows a lot more than you think.

    8. How to quickly find important messages

    It happens that you spend half an hour digging through the correspondence to to find an important message . Don’t waste your time: highlight the message you want and tap the star at the top of the screen. Now it can be found quickly by selecting line Favorite messages in the main menu.

    9. How to find out who is reading your private messages

    Open the menu and click on the line WhatsApp Web. If the application prompts you to go to web.whatsapp, scan the QR code and view WhatsApp from your computer, everything is fine. This means that no one else reads your WhatsApp from their computer using WhatsApp Web.

    If you see a tab Computers and a list of sessions (connections), that you did not create yourself (not to be confused with your own connections to WhatsApp Web), is a reason to suspect that someone else has used your smartphone and reads your WhatsApp from your laptop.

    10. How to get access to new “superpowers” earlier than the rest

    For activists, pioneers and athletes, WhatsApp has launched a beta version of the application. With it you can try out new possibilities before they become available to everyone. Please note that the beta version may contain bugs and you will have to test them yourself. To access, go to the WhatsApp Beta page, click on the “Become a Tester” button and download or update the app from the Play Store.

    We hope you will take advantage of the listed features to secure your WhatsApp and make your communication brighter.

    Hidden features of WhatsApp – Poster Daily

    In the “Hidden Capabilities” section, we talk about the non-obvious functions of services, programs and operating systems that will make their use more convenient and enjoyable. This issue will focus on the most popular mobile messenger – WhatsApp.

    Format text

    You can highlight important information in a message by choosing one of three spellings: bold, italic, and strikethrough.To make bold , add * at the beginning and end of a phrase or word; for italic – symbol _; for strikethrough text, the ~ symbol.

    Save messages to bookmarks

    Sometimes the other person may send you a message with important information, such as an address or phone number. In order not to lose it among the rest of the messages, you can add it to your bookmarks.A long tap and a button with an asterisk add the message to your bookmarks, and all marked messages can be viewed in the Starred Messages section of the settings.

    Disable automatic media download

    Hundreds of pictures and videos that your friends send to the general chat every day are saved in the memory of your smartphone and clog it up. By turning off automatic file downloads, you can optimize storage and only keep what you really care about.Go to Settings and in the Chats section turn off the Save Incoming Media item.

    Send documents

    With WhatsApp, you can send a document from a cloud service such as Google Drive. The corresponding item is in the menu for adding files. If you have other cloud services connected, they will also be available in the menu.

    Submit your message to

    If you want to ask something from several interlocutors and do not want them to know who else you sent the same message to, the mailing function will help.To create a new broadcast in iOS, go to the Chats section, in the upper left corner, click Broadcast Lists> New List> Add Contacts. Andriod smartphones: Under Chats, tap Menu> New Broadcast.

    Send correspondence from the messenger to mail

    Important correspondence can be sent by email: open the desired chat, then click Menu> Export Chat> Send to Mail.Correspondence can be sent with pictures and photographs or without them.

    Protect WhatsApp with a password

    If you have a lot of confidential conversations, the added security is welcome. However, password protection of chats is possible only on smartphones with Android and using the WhatsApp Lock application.

    Disable notifications for individual chats

    Chats with too much activity can be annoying.To turn off notifications, go to the desired chat, tap the name of the contact or group, tap “Do not disturb” and select the period of ignoring.

    Create event

    If your friend sent you a date or time, you can instantly create a calendar event with a reminder. This will require a long tap on this element from the message and the “Create event” button.

    Hide message preview in notifications

    If the screen of your device is often in sight, and you want no one to see what your interlocutors are writing to you, turn off the preview of messages in notifications: go to the settings, then in the Notifications menu, turn off the Show Preview).

    WhatsApp introduces new data processing rules

    The WhatsApp messenger introduces new rules for the processing of user data, which will take effect in February 2021. At the same time, it is reported that each user of the service is obliged to agree with the innovation – otherwise, his account may be blocked.

    WhatsApp will force its users to agree to the new privacy rules in 2021, Independent reports.

    If the user refuses to accept the new rules, he will lose access to the application. It is not yet known for certain what innovations will appear in the service, but it is reported that they will be associated with the process of processing user data. According to the first testers of the beta version of the messenger, WhatsApp intends to update its terms of service in 2021 – the new rules will take effect on February 8.

    “After this date, you will need to accept the new terms to continue using WhatsApp, otherwise you can always delete your account,” this is the message that WhatsApp users will receive after the next update.

    Usually, the administration of the messenger does not comment on functions that have not been officially released, but this time the company’s management confirmed to the Independent that all users “must agree” to the new rules if they want to keep their accounts.

    New features have been introduced to notify all users of changes to company policy, WABetaInfo, a portal specializing in WhatsApp news, reports.

    “Starting today, WhatsApp can send ads to its users.Note: these will not be advertisements, but likely announcements of features, changes, news, information, and the like, ”says WABetaInfo’s Twitter account.

    Starting today, WhatsApp can send in-app announcements to their users.
    Who knows what they are going to announce!

    Note: I don’t mean advertisements, I mean probably announcements about features, changes, news, information and similar.

    – WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) December 2, 2020

    The platform will start sending out the first alerts in the coming weeks.Informational messages will be a pop-up banner that can redirect to external websites or require a specific action from the user.

    In November of this year, a feature of disappearing messages appeared in WhatsApp.

    After enabling the new feature, messages in individual chats will be automatically deleted seven days after publication. In group chats, this feature can be enabled by the administrator.

    Self-deleting messages can be useful if the user needs to send personal information, such as personal photos or banking information, that should not be stored in the correspondence for a long time.According to the administration of the service, this function is intended to make the correspondence “more like live communication.”

    “We have set the interval at seven days, because we consider it optimal: within a week you can refresh your memory of previous correspondence, which will then disappear. The shopping list or store address that you received a few days ago will be at hand as long as you need them, and then disappear when you don’t need them, ”the company’s management said in a statement.

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