As one of the most popular messengers, WhatsApp is probably present on most smartphones around the world. It is a simple to use application that allows you to send SMS, send voice messages and call other users. You probably think you know pretty much everything about WhatsApp.
Well, you might be a tech savvy but you don’t know all the ins and outs of this popular app. The following tips and tricks are crucial if you plan to use WhatsApp to its full potential.
Hide read messages
There is an unspoken online etiquette regarding texting. It dictates that you shouldn’t leave anyone on “read”. We all know this, and we do our best to avoid reading these messages. Sometimes, in the minefield of notifications, you open the message in question and you’ll know what you’ve done. Now you have to read it and answer it, even if it was not the ideal time for it.
Yes, ignoring people is rude, but you might want to save reading the post for later. For example, let’s say someone asks you a complicated question. You can answer it, but you don’t want to do it now. Well, luckily WhatsApp allows you to turn off what they call “Read Receipts”.
This parameter is in the Private life section in WhatsApp settings.
Disable Last Seen
Disabling the Read Receipts option on WhatsApp is a handy tool. However, people who can tell you were online after receiving the message will still think you ghosted them. And yes, WhatsApp offers the Last Seen section, under the chat name.
Luckily, as you can see, WhatsApp is one of the few chat apps that values your privacy.
You can choose who you want to see when you last logged in on WhatsApp. Do it from Private life settings screen. You can choose between everyone, your contacts and nobody.
Now, this may sound a bit silly and unnecessary, but you can tag messages in WhatsApp. Have you ever had to search through a very long conversation to find that particular message you just knew do you need it at some point? Then this feature is perfect for you.
This option is called “Star”. To “star” a message, go to any chat, long press on any message and select Star.
It will put the message in the Favorite Messages category, allowing you to come back to it at any time. To access favorite messages on iOS, go to Settings and then to Starred messages. Alternatively, navigate to any chat, tap the chat’s name, then select Starred messages.
On Android devices, go to More options and select Starred messages.
You might be someone who does not use WhatsApp frequently and only communicates with a few friends using this app. If so, you don’t have to worry about this feature.
However, most likely you are an avid WhatsApp user and you are having trouble keeping up with the number of conversations taking place on it. Add more chat apps and it can give you a headache.
Although WhatsApp can’t do anything about other chat apps, it offers to put your most important conversations at the top of the list. This will save you all the unnecessary scrolling and searching.
Pinning a conversation to the top of your WhatsApp inbox is very simple. If you are an iOS user, swipe right on any chat and tap Pin. Android users can do the same by long-pressing any conversation in the list.
Set administrator rights
Sure, WhatsApp probably isn’t an app you use seriously, but some rules are always welcome. If you have created a group with your friends, they may go crazy and start renaming items, changing the group photo, etc. The more people in a group, the worse.
Fortunately, WhatsApp offers you to take control of your groups. If you’re an admin of a group, you can set it up so that only admins can make these changes. To do this, go to Group Information during a conversation, then select Group settings. If you are the admin, you can change the settings here, as well as set other admins.
Use the desktop app
Sometimes hanging up your phone can get tedious. Other times you have to write a lot in a conversation. Most people are much faster on their computer keyboards than typing on their portable devices.
Luckily, a WhatsApp desktop app exists. It’s built pretty well, so you can put your phone aside and focus on the computer screen when you set it up. The app pretty much mirrors what the phone app can do, which is great.
Post your status
Yes, statuses are still the most popular on Facebook. Twitter is an app that turned statuses into “tweets,” which are extremely popular these days. But did you know that you can change your status on WhatsApp?
Statuses make sense on WhatsApp. Your contacts can see them and decide whether or not it’s appropriate to nudge you at any given time.
To set your WhatsApp status, go to Settings, and tap your name. Then you will see your currently set option in the About section. Press it. In the next screen, you will see a list of predefined statuses. Select one or add a custom one, depending on what you’re doing right now.
Like most other apps, WhatsApp has a voice text option. Just hold down the microphone icon to start and release it to finish recording. However, swiping up while holding the record icon will enter locked mode. Now you can release the button and the app will continue recording.
The WhatsApp experience
To take full advantage of this fantastic chat application, use the tips and tricks mentioned above. You may have heard of it and just learned about it. Maybe most of them were new to you. Anyway, now your knowledge about WhatsApp is richer.
Which of these tips did you find the most helpful? Do you have any other tips to share? Feel free to hit the comments section below with all your thoughts, suggestions, and questions.