Most users make use of WhatsApp more than any other social media, yet there is little you know about what WhatsApp does.
Whatsapp has a habit of sneakily delivering new features without you ever realising it.
From disabling read receipts to bookmarking important messages, there are plenty of not-so-obvious tricks you can learn to make your favourite mobile IM app more useful than ever.
We’ve scoured every inch of WhatsApp to gather up its most useful features, to turn you into a messaging pro:
1. BEGONE, BLUE TICKS OF MISERY
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: Users can just access Privacy via Settings and disable Read Receipts. There, now it’s time to iron out the kinks in your friendships that the blue ticks have caused.
2. SEE WHEN YOUR MESSAGES ARE READ
Think the double-blue ticks are the worst thing to happen to relationships since Tinder? Think again. Here’s another way you could annoy your loved ones.
In addition to finding out the exact time your messages are delivered, you can also choose to see the exact time your message was read (assuming you choose to stick with the ticks).
How: Go to any of your WhatsApp chats, tap and hold on any of the messages you’ve sent in that chat, followed by the Info option. For iOS users, you can also drag towards the left to reveal a window which will show the time your message was delivered and subsequently read.
It works for group messages too, with the window listing the time each participant read the message.
3. KEEP GROUP CHATS ON THE DOWN LOW
How: Head to Settings, Privacy, and then tweak your Last Seen, Profile Photo and Status to retain a bit of mystery. Choose to share them with Everyone, or only your Contacts, or Nobody at all. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do about hiding your phone number.
4. MUTE GROUP CHATS
How: To prevent yourself from being woken up by the constant lighting up of your smartphone screen, you can (a) either flip your phone over and ignore it or (b) mute the offending group chat. 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 eight hours to one week or a year. Alternatively, you can exit it altogether.
5. GET SHORTCUTS TO CONVERSATIONS
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. Unfortunately this only applies for Android users and not iPhone ones. Sorry guys.
6. FIND OUT THE TRUTH ABOUT WHERE YOUR FRIEND IS
How: The way the location appears is a clue. If it’s a real GPS-based location, the location share will appear as a dropped pin, but if it’s a location they entered, its address will appear beside the dropped pin. Feel free to call them out on it.
7. SEND PUBLIC MESSAGES PRIVATELY
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.
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