WhatsApp is undoubtedly the best messaging app with more than 1 billion active users sending and receiving messages worldwide. This free messaging application is acquired by Facebook and got so popular that the developers are working restlessly in developing and improving the app day by day. WhatsApp has released a lot of features that you may or may not be aware off however if you try these WhatsApp tricks, you may consider using them on a regular basis.
Top 15 WhatsApp Hacks
1. Pin Chat
15. Type Using Voice
We get numerous WhatsApp messages on a daily basis. Keeping a track of important messages or most important messages becomes a hurdle. Now stop scrolling down the entire list to find out the most important messages and Pin them to the top of the list.
Swipe left on any chat thread, tap on the Pin and that particular conversation will always remain on top of the list with a tiny pin icon. In Android, we need to tap and hold the conversation and we would be able to see a Pin icon on the top. Just tap on the pin chat icon and it will remain on the top of the list.
Further, if you want to secure your pinned WhatsApp chat on Android devices you can try using Group Chat Locker For Whats Chat App. This app securely locks your group WhatsApp chat and intervene prying eyes from taking a look when you are not around.
You may not wish to send messages with the regular font at times. Yes, you do have the option to send messages with Bold, Italics or Strikethrough formats. Use asterisks for Bold (*hello*), underscores for italics (_hello_) and tilde for strikethrough (~hello~). This feature is similar in iOS and Android devices.
Control Your Privacy
Surely, privacy is what we all look for and when it is WhatsApp then we don’t want to risk it. To secure your WhatsApp chat on Android devices you can use Locker for Whats Chat App – Secure Private Chat.
This app is light on system resources. It allows to hide personal chat, and further can secure your WhatsApp chat by setting up a simple PIN.
In addition to this, if you don’t want your contacts to know when you last checked your WhatsApp, turn off the ‘Last Seen’ option. Go to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Privacy’ ‘Last Seen’. Moreover, toggle between ‘Read Receipts’ to enable or disable ‘Blue Ticks’ on your messages. Here, you can even choose who can view your profile pic.
While doing so, keep in mind if these options are disabled, you too will be barred from viewing the same from other contacts.
For Android devices head to Settings -> Account -> Privacy options.
Use WhatsApp On A Computer
You can use WhatsApp on a computer as well. All you need to do is go to your browser and type in https://web.WhatsApp.com/ to address bar. Open WhatsApp on your phone and go to ‘Menu’ -> ‘Settings’ -> select ‘WhatsApp Web’. Scan the QR Code on the webpage with your phone and you are all set. Your entire WhatsApp chats will be shown on your browser. Downloading standalone software of WhatsApp for PC from https://www.WhatsApp.com/download is again an alternative to use WhatsApp on a computer.
Read WhatsApp Messages Without Blue Ticks
When you read a WhatsApp message, a read receipt is sent to the sender (Blue Ticks). When the sender sees those ‘Blue Ticks’ the sender gets to know that you have read the message. If you don’t want the sender to get a read receipt, you can use this trick.
Before reading a message, simply disable all data networks connected to the phone or put it in ‘Airplane Mode’ Now you can open WhatsApp and read your messages. Once you have gone through the messages, close WhatsApp by killing the process and clean it from the memory as well. You may now turn ON your data again. This might look like a tedious task for some users. This method is same in iOS and Android devices.
Alternatively, you can add a WhatsApp Widget to pop up a message on your desktop. Whenever a message arrives, just have a look by scrolling the message on the Widget keeping in mind that if you click on the notification, it will open WhatsApp and will send a read receipt to the sender with a blue tick on the message.
Add Shortcuts For Individual Chats To Your Homescreen
If you chat with a friend on a regular basis, instead of initiating WhatsApp and hunting down the contact, you can create a shortcut on your home screen to trigger the conversation. Just go to WhatsApp and hold down the contact and tap on ‘Add chat shortcut’ from the menu. An icon will be added to your home page screen. You can create a shortcut on your PC as well however this feature is not available in iPhones.
Protect Your Chats – Disable Notification Preview – Customize Notifications
As soon as a message is received, a notification preview appears on your screen regardless your phone is locked, or WhatsApp is open or not. Your sensitive information can be compromised by peeping eyes. To avoid such a situation, you can simply go to phone settings and disable notifications for WhatsApp. You can also go to WhatsApp settings and disable notification from the settings menu. This method is same in iOS and Android devices.
If you want to get notifications from a particular contact to ensure he/she doesn’t blend into the crowd, you can change their notification alert tone to be notified.
Stop Auto Download Of Photos And Videos To Save Data
If you are running short of data or not using Wi-Fi or on roaming, you can simply turn off Auto-Download option for Photos, Audios & Videos to save Data usage. To perform this, go to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Data Usage’ and turn off auto-download option. Similarly, you can also disable images and videos appearing in your gallery. You just need to navigate to Settings -> Chats -> Toggle off ‘Save to Camera Roll’ / ‘Show Media in Gallery’ in Android or iPhone respectively.
Turn WhatsApp Into A Diary Or A Notepad
As we use WhatsApp on a regular basis and we tend to forget things, we can simply use WhatsApp as our personal diary to keep notes. We can jot down quick notes for our references sorted by date. All you need to do is create a WhatsApp group by adding any member and then remove the remember once the group is created. The group will act as a diary to keep notes, photos, videos or documents for your future references. This method is same in iOS and Android devices.
Pull Back Accidentally Sent Messages
At times we send an incorrect message or use a wrong window to send a message. As soon as we realize that the message was not intended the way or to whom it was sent, we can roll it back and the receiver can just see a deleted message notification if received has not seen the message. If the message is already opened by the receiver, you can still delete it though there is no point doing it. All you need to do is to tap the message and select ‘delete for everyone’. This option is only available for an hour, post which the message can only be deleted for you and not for the receiver. In group messages, if everyone in the group has gone through the message, it can’t be deleted. This method is same in iOS and Android devices.
Block / Unblock People And Spammers
There can be several reasons why you want to block a particular contact. It’s a simple process to stop receiving calls/messages from any contact. The blocked sender would be able to send a message however they won’t appear on your screen. Even if you unblock the sender, you won’t be able to see any messages sent during the time they were blocked. To do this, open Chats -> Specific chat ->Tap on the contact subject at the top -> a list will appear, Scroll down to the bottom -> Block Contact. This method is same in iOS and Android devices.
Send Your Location With Maps
This is a very interesting and helpful trick to send your location with a map to any of your contact. It’s always easy to follow navigations and reach out places rather than calling again and again for landmarks. All you need to do is, click on ‘Attachments’ -> ‘Location’ -> ‘Send Your Current Location’ You need to be careful as normally people tap on ‘Share Live Location’ instead of ‘Send Your Current Location’. This method is same in iOS and Android devices.
Star Messages – Save as Favorites
Normally it happens that important messages blend into the dump of unwanted messages and we struggle to find them whenever it is needed. To avoid such situations, you can simply hold down the message and select ‘Star’ and the message is set is favorite. Even if you wish to delete an entire conversation, it gives you the option to choose between ‘Delete All Messages’ OR ‘Delete All Except Starred’. The same can be done in Android by holding down the chat message and tapping on Star on the top of the screen.
Share Live Location
It’s always advised to share the live location of family members so that you can always keep an eye on your loved ones if they are at the right place or not. To do this, you can open your family member’s phone -> Open your contact -> go to ‘Attachments’ -> tap on ‘Location’ -> ‘Share Live Location’. It will prompt you to enable sharing for 15 Minutes / 1 Hour / 8 Hours.
This is most useful when you send your kids alone to an unknown place. This method is same in iOS and Android devices.
Type Using Voice
If you are tired punching in keys to text messages, you can use the keyboard’s inbuilt feature of ‘Speech to Text’ conversion. This command will dictate messages as you speak given that you speak in the right accent and AI understands it properly. At times it might type in funny messages if it doesn’t understand your accent. All you need to do is tap on the voice-typing icon, which looks like a microphone and speak-up your message. This method is same in iOS and Android devices.
There are several other WhatsApp hacks which you may be aware off however don’t use as they are not in practice. Please write in comment if you need assistance in any of the tricks and we shall be able to assist you.
- Share Documents On WhatsApp
- Add Dates To Your Calendar From Messages
- Send Messages To Yourself For Keeping Notes
- Transfer Files Between PC And Mobile
- Backup Messages To Google Drive
- Backup/Export Media And Chats To Email
- Change Wallpaper Of A Particular Chat
- Change Different Languages For Chat
- Get Early Updates Before They Are Old
- Send And Receive Money Using Freecharge
- Use More Than One WhatsApp Numbers On One Phone
- Use Same WhatsApp Number On Multiple Phones
- SEND Doc, Xls, PDF, APKS, ZIP FILES on WhatsApp
- Listen To Voice Recordings Privately
- Hide Important & Private Chats
- Share Multiple Contacts At Once
- Transfer WhatsApp From Old Phone To A New One
- Know Who Has Read Your Messages In A Group
- Direct Reply From Notification Bar
- Mark Messages As Unread
- Delete Multiple Chats In One Go
- Make Free Voice & Video Calls on WhatsApp
- Broadcasting A Single Message To Multiple Contacts
- Save Data When Using WhatsApp On Mobile Network
- Mute Notifications Of Annoying Chats And Groups
- How To Turn Off Last Seen
- Bypass The Blue Ticks While Reading Messages
- Hide Your Profile Picture From Unknown People
- Disable Auto Download – Stop Images/Videos Appearing In Your Gallery
- Change Automatic Image/Video Saving Preferences For Specific Chats
- Reply Privately To Group Messages
- Figure Out How Long You’ve Been Ignored For
- Let Siri Read Your Last Message, Reply Or Send A New Message Using Siri
- Create Shortcuts To Specific Conversations
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