WhatsApp is one of the most popular online messaging applications that is used by people all over the world. It offers many useful features such as voice messaging, multimedia, free and cross platform text, video and voice calls and so on! Although many people might have been using this powerful messaging app for quite a long, very few, know the things that can take WhatsApp to the next level! If you are looking for such features, tips and hacks, then this guide will help you to know the things that you probably didn’t know existed on WhatsApp:
Disappearing Messages feature:
A long chat history might give you a lot of trouble clearing it up! With the help of WhatsApp’s new Disappearing Messages feature, the chats will be automatically cleared after seven days. You can activate this feature for each of your contacts separately. If you enable this feature, the messages will disappear for both parties. However, if you want to enable this feature for a group, you need to be an admin! Here are the steps to enable the Disappearing Messages feature:
- Open the contact for which you want to enable this feature.
- Tap on the name.
- Scroll down and tap on Disappearing Messages.
- Select Continue> Toggle the On button to enable this feature.
Background wallpaper in chats:
The default WhatsApp wallpaper is quite boring! How about a change?! You can set a much more vibrant and exciting wallpaper from the three types of wallpaper that WhatsApp offers: bright, dark and solid colors. You can even set the wallpaper from your gallery. Here is how to change it:
Select the ‘three-dot icon’ at the top right corner of your screen. (For Android only)
Go to Settings> Select Chats> Select Wallpaper> Select Change.
Please choose your desired wallpaper from Bright, Dark, Solid Colors and My Photos.
You can even swipe left and right for a preview of various wallpapers!
Use different font styles in WhatsApp chats:
By using some symbols, you can activate bold, strikethrough and italics for your text fonts. This can make the text much more enjoyable! You can even use this feature to a part of a phrase or some specific words.
Bold: write your word or phrase within two asterisks. For example, *Hello* will be shown as Hello.
Strikethrough: write your word or phrase within two underscores. For example, _Hello_ will be shown as Hello.
Italics: write your word or phrase within two tildes. For example, ~Hello~ will be shown as Hello.
Use the typewriter font in WhatsApp chats:
Plain text can get boring. But you can make your text stand out by using WhatsApp’s typewriter font, which is unique and old school! To get this font, type in: “`.
Make sure that the apostrophe style is precisely similar as shown above, i.e.; it slants from left to right diagonally.
Reply to specific messages in the chats:
It can get challenging to reply to a specific text or question when there is a series of conversations that have already happened. Be it in group chats or personal chats, and you can use the new feature of WhatsApp to reply to a specific line of text! Replying to a specific text is very easy; follow the below steps:
Swipe from left to right in the specific line of text that you want to reply to.
If you are using WhatsApp on your computer, right-click on the text line and select ‘Reply’ from the various options available.
Pin a specific chat at the top of your chat screen:
There are specific contacts or group chats that you access daily. But does it get lost or goes right at the bottom due to various other chats? There is a simple solution to avoid that! Use the ‘Pin’ feature of WhatsApp to pin your specific chats at the top of the screen to access them quickly! Here is how to pin a chat:
Tap and hold the chat that you want to pin.
From the top of the screen, select the ‘Pin’ icon.
After your chat is pinned, you can unpin it by tapping and holding the same chat again.
Broadcast your message to multiple chats:
On various occasions, you need to send the same message to multiple contacts on your phone. Copying and pasting the message is not a viable option, neither is forwarding the message to multiple contacts if you have a long contact list! Here comes the ‘Broadcast’ feature in WhatsApp. With this feature, you can send an important announcement or seasonal greetings to various contacts without them being able to see who else received it! Here is how to do it:
iOS: on the top left corner of the screen, tap on ‘Broadcast Lists’> Tap on ‘New List’> Select the contacts you want to broadcast with> Type your message.
You should now be able to see the number of recipients and your message in the Broadcast List.
Android: tap the ‘three-dot icon’> Select New Broadcast> Select the contacts you want to broadcast with> Type your message
You should now be able to see the broadcasted message on the top of your chats.
Read a message without seeing it or use read receipts:
There are certain instances when you want to give yourself time to think before replying to any message. There are two ways to do it:
Turn on message preview: in the iPhone’s app notification, you can turn on the message preview to view it in your lock screen without opening the message. To enable this: Go to Settings> Click on Notifications> Toggle ‘Show Preview’ on.
In Android, open Settings> Go to Notifications> Toggle notifications ‘on’ for WhatsApp. You should now be able to read the message from the drop-down notification bar.
Turn off read receipts: by turning off read receipts, the messages you send and receive will remain delivered. The blue ticks would not appear.
Go to Settings> Select Account> Go to Privacy> Toggle Read Receipts off.
Set custom notification tone:
To distinguish the notification tones of a specific group or chat, you can enable the custom notification tone.
Tap the contact or group> Go to Custom Tone/ Custom Notifications> Select your desired tone.
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