Whatsapp is a free instant messenger application that allows smartphone users to exchange end-to-end encrypted chat, calls, voice messages, texts, images, GIFs, videos, locations, and contacts. Whatsapp has also an option of making groups where different users can have a group chat with each other. It uses internet to provide these Whatsapp features but still it makes is very cheap as compared to other communication methods. Now this app is acquired by Facebook since 2014 but it was developed by Brian Acton and Jan Koum in 2009. According to an estimate in February 2016, Whatsapp has one billion users all around the world.
Following are the most useful tips and tricks that are available to use Whatsapp messenger on your smartphone. You will get some guidance about those handy and little known features which you may not be aware of.
1. Whatsapp Checkmarks:
The tiny ticks appeared on your chat whenever you send a message. One grey tick means that the message is delivered, two grey ticks confirms that the message is received, and the two blue ticks signify that the message has been read. If you are one of those who want to dodge these ticks, than you need to open Settings > Account > Privacy > Read Receipts and uncheck the option. The person who send you message will haven’t find that you have read it. You need to keep one thing in mind that you can’t also check the receipt of your own sent messages.
2. Last Seen
This Whatsapp feature that helps you in finding out the last time when any of your contacts has used it last. If you want to hide your last login time then go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Last Seen. You need to uncheck this box in order to hide your time. This will also prevent you to finding about when anyone in your list has logged in.
3. Whatsapp Status
Now you can make you whatsApp status, this feature of whatsapp are popular now a days. It allows you to share photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. It shows the current activity or recent activity you did. Also share your feelings and thoughts to your friends that what are your thinking about. This is the best whatsapp feature to make your status visible for selected contacts. Go to Status screen > Menu Button > Status privacy.
4. Mute Conversations
Group chats and conversations are most often noisy and irritating. You can mute them easily by opening the group and tapping the Menu and hitting the Mute option. You can also choose that for how much time you need it to be muted.
5. Format Messages
Whatsapp has also the option to format any of the text included in your message. You can send text message with an entirely new look. If you want to write something in bold, simply put it between two asterisks, for example: *text*. If you need italics, then write the word between two underscores, for example: _text_. You can also strike-through a message by placing word between two tildes.
6. Compose a Message Without Hands
Yes! It is true that you can write a message without typing in Whatsapp. If you want to use this feature, you need to have an IPhone where you can command Siri to type for you. Unfortunately, this option is not available for Android users.
7. Whatsapp Web â€“ Whatsapp Features
You can download Whatsapp desktop client or browse it manually by visiting www.whatsapp.com on your computer. Go to menu/settings in your phone and scan the special QR Code with your phone. Now you can use Whatsapp web from your desktop too.
8. Send Conversations via Email
You can export the conversation to any email address embedded by Emoji through Whatsapp. You need to hit the conversation’s menu and later tap on more and then Email Chat.
9. Starred Messages
If you have received an important message and you want to place it on the top, then you can easily mark them with a star. You simply need to press the message for a long time, choose the star from the top menu bar to save it.
10. Google Drive Backup
Google Drive allows you to backup your messages, chats, and other media from Whatsapp. Open your phone and tap on Menu > Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup > Google Drive Settings. You can also get 1GB storage for free.