Best WhatsApp Text Tricks

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It is always surprising to use an application like WhatsApp almost every day, to discover new functions that you did not know existed. Hope you enjoy this fun today as this article explores some cool WhatsApp text tricks and some WhatsApp features you may not have heard of.

Bold, strikethrough, monospace and italic

If you highlight a piece of text, you can tap on the “More” option and you will get bold, strikethrough, monospace and italic options.

Some devices do not have the “More” option. In this case, you can use different symbols to indicate that you want a word written in bold, strikethrough, monospaced and italic.

Different types of fonts

For bold, you must use the asterisk symbol before and after the text. For italics, you must use an underscore before and after the text you want to italicize. The tilde symbol is used before and after the text to create the strikethrough effect. In order for the words to be written in monospace, you need to add three grave accents.

Grave accent (`)

tildes (~)

underline (_)


Reply to a single message point

Let’s say you’re chatting with someone on WhatsApp and that person writes a series of things at once. You may want to directly address a single message point with your response. You can do this by tapping on the message and tapping “Reply.”

Then at the top of the screen you will see a series of symbols.  Tap the arrow pointing left.

Reply to parts of a message

This will bring up the highlighted part of the message when you start writing your reply. The other person will then know which part of the message you are replying to. Write your message and it will appear under a small box containing the exact text you are replying to.

Change your font size

It is possible to change the text of your messages to a larger or smaller font. It only works for your device. For example, if you set your WhatsApp text font to a very large size, it will only appear very large on your screen. It will not be transferred to your recipient.

Open WhatsApp and tap the settings icon on the top right. Scroll down the menu and tap “Settings.” In the settings menu, tap on the “Chats” function. You’ll see other options, one of which says “Font size” and then tells you what font size you’re using. Tap the “Font Size” header and change the font size to your liking.

Add text to images

If you send a picture via Whatsapp, you probably know all about the pencil tool that lets you write on the pictures you send.  However, there is another option that few people know about: the Text function.

Add text to images

Go to WhatsApp and tap the Paperclip icon at the bottom of the screen. Next, choose to add an image from your gallery. Go to your image gallery and select the image you want to use. Once you’ve chosen your image, a small set of icons will appear at the top of the WhatsApp screen. Tap the icon that looks like a capital “T”. You can now add your text and adjust its color. Add your caption to the WhatsApp message, then tap the green button to send the message.

Stop preview text

When someone sends you a WhatsApp message, a notification appears on your phone’s home screen. It will tell you who sent the message, and it will show you some of the text.

That’s fine, unless someone sends you messages that you wouldn’t want other people to accidentally see. For example, if you put your phone down at your grandma’s house and your partner sends you a risque text, you probably don’t want the preview showing up on your phone’s home screen.

Stopping these previews is quite easy. Launch WhatsApp, but don’t enter a conversation, stay on the start screen where you can see your contacts. Tap the three vertical dots icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Look for the “Settings” function and tap on it. Then tap on the “Notifications” option, which will show your notification settings. From here, you can disable previews.

Some phones have a toggle switch that says “Notification preview.” Others may have an option like “Use high priority notifications”. Tap the button or toggle switch to turn off previews.

Find old messages

WhatsApp stores your messages, and lots of them. Chances are the company keeps them for as long as you use WhatsApp. They will only delete your messages if you go 30 days without opening WhatsApp once. In this case, they will start deleting your old messages.

There seems to be some confusion about whether WhatsApp stores your images and texts on their servers, but it is clear that they save them somewhere because you can recover very old photos and texts.

Either way, you can search through your old messages with the search bar at the top of the WhatsApp screen. This is especially handy if there is relevant information, like a link to a website, and you want to retrieve it.


You can highlight a single dot/piece of text in a WhatsApp conversation by tapping on it. You can then tap the star icon at the top of the screen. This way, you’ll bookmark that particular piece of text so that you can find it more easily in the future.

More tricks up our sleeves

These are the most common tricks you can do with WhatsApp text without using third-party apps and extensions. Do you know any other tricks? Were you surprised to learn any of the tricks mentioned in this article? Let us know in the comments.

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