10 Easy Tips and Tricks For WhatsApp users
With over 1 billion users around the world, WhatsApp is the most popular and widely used mobile messaging service app. In our previous article, we had mentioned how there are some hidden features and twists that we are not aware of. As a WhatsApp user, it becomes very important for us to be up to date with the popular messaging service regularly adding features discreetly.
In this article, we are going to provide some more WhatsApp tips and tricks that you can use in conjunction with our previous article.
Mark chats as unread
Have you ever read a chat and then completely forgot to reply? Not anymore. You can now go back to the important chats by marking with dot to remind you.
Android: Long press chat > Open Menu > Mark as Unread
iOS: Chats > Swipe left to right > Mark as Unread
Hide your profile picture
Is it one of those days that you don’t want anyone to see your profile picture or you want to remain unseen to certain people of the group that you are a part of. Either way, you can select if everyone, only your contacts, or no-one can see your picture.
iOS & Android: Settings > Account > Privacy > Profile Photo
Know whom you talk to the most
Do you know there is a way in iOS that lets you find out the people you send the most messages? It also lets you know how much storage each person occupies among other things.
iOS: Settings > Account > Storage Usage > Select Contact
Save your data allowance
It is important to limit your data allowance while you are using WhatsApp if you are on a data plan. In WhatsApp, you can customise and ensure that calls use as little data as possible, as well as at the time of media download.
iOS and Android: Settings > Data Usage
Know how long you have been ignored
Do you get impatient or annoyed when you see that the person whom you have sent a message have read your message (blue ticks) but not replied? While we would not recommend this, there is a way you can figure out in WhatsApp when your message was actually read and how long you have been ignored for.
Android: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Press and hold > Tap the info “i” icon at the top
iOS: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Swipe left to right
Get shortcuts to particular conversations
You can create a shortcut for specific conversations with regulars or extra special people on Android and easily access to those chats that you need all the time.
Android: Chats > Specific chat > Menu > More > Add Shortcut or Chats > Press and hold individual
chat > Menu > Add Chat Shortcut
Bookmark important messages
Whether it’s a meeting that you need to attend, or a birthday party to remember, there are some messages that are more important than others. However, it is now possible to bookmark these messages and find them all easily in the Starred Messages section.
Android: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Hold down and press the star
iOS: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Double tap or hold down and press the star
Send a public message privately
Want to catch up with your friends on a free evening but don’t want to send an individual message to everybody in your chat?
You can send a broadcast message to a list of contacts that would appear as though you have asked them individually.
Android: Chats > Menu > New Broadcast
iOS: Chats > Broadcast Lists > New List > Add contacts
Add dates to your calendar automatically
It is possible to automatically create an event directly from WhatsApp on iOS.
iOS: Press and hold date within chat > Create Event
There may be particular contacts you want to know immediately if they are calling or messaging you. For such contacts, you can change their specific alert tones so that you are able to identify 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 Notifications
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