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 with broadcast messages. 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 Instant Messaging app more useful than ever.
You just have to be in the know.
12 Whatsapp Features You Must Know For Android And iPhone
For a fact, though arguable, many do not know about these features and they use and claim they know whatsapp so well.
Luckily enough, we’ve scoured every inch of WhatsApp to gather up its most useful features.
So for the neutrals or ignorant ones, just to add a few to our knowledge about whatsapp messenger, i have in this post decided to share some important features you need to know about your whatsapp, take a look below, am sure you will have a few to say on this too.
Read these top tips and you’ll be a pro in no time at all.
1. Whatsapp Web
This means instead of constantly divided your time between your computer and your mobile phone to be checking your messages you Use WhatsApp on your computer by simply connecting your phone. You can either download the app to your computer or just use the browser version.
To use WhatsApp Web go to web.whatsapp.com on your computer and Settings > WhatsApp Web on your phone. Scan the QR code displayed on your desktop screen using your phone’s camera.
2. Whatsapp Documents Sharing
You can Send PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, slideshows and more, without the hassle of email or file sharing apps.
To do that just tap on the icon that looks like an office clip on pin and select documents. You can send documents up to 100 MB, so it’s easy to get what you need over to who you want.
3. Capture And Pictures And Videos Instantly
Aside from the file transfer of photos and videos you can even capture with built-in camera and send.
To do this tap the on the icon that looks like an office clip on pin then select ‘Camera’. Then long hold the cycle at the bottom (for android phones) to start recording. The cycle turns red and a timer appears at the top of your screen.
4. Formatting: Bold, Italics, Strikethrough
WhatsApp allows you to format your text by adding symbols in front of and after words to achieve a level of aesthetics or emphasis. You can format to bold, italics, and strike through.
For BOLD add asterisks to either side of a word or sentence, e.g. *bold* For Italics start and end the message with underscores. Example _italics_
For strikethrough text add tildes at the beginning and end of the word. Example: ~strikethrough~
5. (Most) Frequent Person(s) You Chat With
You can find out who among your contact you chat with most. For android go toSettings > Chat > Chat History > Email Chat to view your most chat up contacts. While for iphone Go to Settings > Data and Storage Use > Storage Use.
6. Track Your Whatsapp Activities (Statistics)
To know the number of messages received, sent, status, data consumed and other such statistics go to Setting > Data Usage > Network Usage. You can also reset this statistics. You can also limit the amount of data you use In the Data Usage menu by ticking the box.
7. Whatsapp Group: Stop And Mute Notifications
If you belong to some overzealous whatsapp group and it keeps getting you distracted you can mute it.
Go to open the group > select menu (three dot at top right)> choose duration from options.
You can also stop notifications using this same step just un-tick the box
8. Read Messages Without Blue Ticks Showing
In Whatsapp one tick means message sent, two tick messages received/delivered, blue tick message read.
If you don’t want to let your contact know you have read their messages go to menu > settings > accounts > privacy > untick read receipts. At this place for android users you can also modify your last seen, who see your profile photos etc.
9. Quick H-ck For Read Messages
Referring to number 8 if you deactivate your read receipts you also cannot see when they read your message.
So to eat your cake and still have it without having to deactivate your read receipt, once you have received the messages you want to read without letting them know, put your phone on airplane mode. Go to whatsapp, read the messages, when you are done close it then turn – off your airplane mode.
10. Stop Whatsapp Auto Download Of Media Files
To conserve data and or storage space you can stop incoming pictures and videos automatically saving to your phone just go to Settings -> Chats -> turn off Save Incoming Media.
11. Save Whatsapp Status
Yes you can save any whatsapp status of your choice, be it a video or picture, after viewing it, then you can save it on your phone gallery or any other folder of your choice for later purposes. You can do this by easily download a screen recording app from your app store/playstore and photos by simply taking screenshots.
12. Add a homescreen shortcut for individual chats
You can set up a homescreen icon that links directly to individual chats by tapping and holding on the chat and selecting Add Conversation Shortcut. An icon of the person’s profile picture will appear on your homescreen, but only if you have an Android phone.
Another Android-only shortcut is that you can reply to messages without opening WhatsApp. You can enable the feature by going to Settings -> Notifications ->choose Always show popup. The notifications that appear when you receive a message will give you the option to reply from the lockscreen.
For iOS you can enable a quick reply function by downloading a third party app.