With more than a Billion monthly users, Whatsapp is undoubtedly the most popular messaging app in the world. It has become an integral part of our daily life yet we are not aware of some of the hidden features of Whatsapp. In this article, let’s take a look at Whatsapp secret tricks that could come handy in some situations.
Add formatting styles to WhatsApp message
WhatsApp Messenger lets you add formatting styles like bold, italics and strikethrough while messaging. Instead of selecting the text and applying the formatting style, In Whatsapp, this can be done by adding special characters before and after the text we want to format.
Adding an asterisk symbol (*) before and after the text will make it bold. Likewise underscores (_) for italics and tilde (~) for
Use Google Now to send Whatsapp messages
You can ask Google Now to send a message to someone when both your hands are busy.
Simply say ‘OK Google’ then ‘send a WhatsApp message to Techgizmag’, for example.
Google Now will ask about the content of the message to be sent.
After you’ve dictated the message, Google will ask “Ready to send this?”.
You can respond accordingly or use the onscreen popup to modify or send the message.
Make video calls on WhatsApp using Booyah
Unfortunately, there is no option to make video calls on Whatsapp which otherwise would have made it fantastic. However, there is an app for that called Booyah, which is available for android and iOS devices.
Once it is successfully installed, you will be able to make a video call to any of your Whatsapp contacts provided they also have Booyah installed on their device. Booyah also lets you make group video calls with many of your friends.
Open WhatsApp from your PC
- Visit web.whatsapp.com in your PC’s web browser.
- Open Whatsapp and select WhatsApp Web from the menu.
- Scan the QR code that appears on your browser.
- Once paired with a PC, all your Whatsapp chats will be displayed on the page.
- You can start using Whatsapp on your PC.
Mute annoying Whatsapp group chats
Sometimes, if you are part of a group with a lot of participants, and annoyed by the endless stream of notifications, you can silence them.
- Open the group chat which you want to mute.
- Tap the menu button and select Mute.
- You can choose to silence the chat for eight hours, one week or a year, and untick ‘Show notifications’ to stop notifications appearing in your notification area.
- If you have changed your mind simply tap the menu and select unmute
Know your Whatsapp message read time
Once you send a Whatsapp message you would have seen a symbol appearing next to your message.
One tick indicates that the message has successfully reached the server, two grey ticks show that the message has been successfully delivered to the recipient’s phone, and two blue ticks indicate that the recipient has read the message.
If you long-press a message, an ‘i’ button appears on the top along with some other buttons.
Tap the ‘i’ button to know the exactly delivered time and when the message was actually read.
Protect your personal info in WhatsApp
Launch the privacy settings from Settings → Account → Privacy.
From this screen, you can allow who can see your personal information including when you were last online on Whatsapp, your profile photo, and your Whatsapp status.
Setting the ‘Last seen’ option to ‘Nobody’ means you too won’t be able to see your contact’s last seen.
Add Whatsapp chat shortcuts to your home screen
Instead of opening Whatsapp and scrolling to a chat, why not open a chat with just a tap from the home screen of your smartphone.
From WhatsApp’s Chats tab, long-press the conversation you want to make a shortcut to and select ‘Add chat shortcut’. An icon will appear on your home screen, which will give quick access to your favourite chats.
Share your current location with Whatsapp contacts
We all know how arduous it would be to explain someone where we are based on the description of nearby surroundings.
With WhatsApp’s location sharing feature, we can share our precise location with just a tap of a button.
To share your location in a chat, tap the paperclip icon () and select Location, followed by ‘Send your current location’.
Refer to specific messages quickly on Whatsapp
If you want to refer back to a specific Whatsapp message such as a phone number or address, scrolling back through reams of messages to find it again can be annoying.
To avoid this, we can use the Starred Messages feature of Whatsapp that allows you to highlight a specific message and save it to quickly refer back to it in future.
- Open the chat you want to save and long press on it.
- Click the star icon on the top to save it. Your message will get saved in starred messages panel.
- Access starred messages from Whatsapp menu.
- You can find all the starred messages from a particular contact by long pressing it and select ‘View contact’.
Another expeditious way to access media from any contact is to go to the chat and select Media from the menu. It will list all the Media, Documents and Links shared between you and the contact you have selected.
Reduce mobile data usage when making free Whatsapp calls
To reduce the mobile data used during Whatsapp calls, Open Whatsapp menu, select Settings and ‘Data usage’ then tick the box for ‘Low data usage’.
Back up your Whatsapp chats
Whatsapp allows you to back up your messages and media to Google Drive so that you can restore them if you have accidently deleted data on your phone.
- Open Whatsapp menu and select Chats → Chat backup.
- You can select how frequently you want to back up your data to Google Drive.
- You’ll be asked to select a Google account to which you’d like to save your WhatsApp backups.
- Tap ‘Back up over’ to specify whether WhatsApp can perform backups over ‘Wi-Fi or cellular’ or only Wi-Fi.
- If you want to include videos in the backup, tick the appropriate check box.
Send documents to your Whatsapp contacts
Whatsapp has made our life easy by making it simple to share photos and videos. But, what if we want to share a document.
This new feature of Whatsapp allows you to send documents to your contacts just like photos and videos.
- Launch Whatsapp and open a chat.
- Tap the paperclip icon () at the top right of the screen to add an attachment to your message.
- Choose the document.
- To send press Send in the pop-up window.