Almost all smartphone users are Frequent WhatsApp users …isnt it? ya offcourse. But still i can bet many of us don’t know some of the hidden features of whatsapp.
Lets take a look at these features.
1) Two step Verification
WhatsApp recently rolled out two-factor authentication for its chat service. Earlier there was no username and password to use WhatsApp – you just need to type your phone number and verify it via an OTP SMS.
If your phone is stolen by someone, he may have access to your whatsapp account, even if your phone is locked they can use it in some other phone and get OTP verified. You might be worried about your security now , hold ONN whatsapp has got a solution for this also.
By enabling two-factor authentication, you can protect yourself, it will ask you to set a six digit passcode, which WhatsApp will ask every time you try to re-verify your account. And in case you forget your passcode, there’s a way to reset it via email too.
2) Listen to voice messages Secretly
Some People are Lazy and they hate typing messages so they send Voice messages often. The problem with this is that as soon as you hit the ‘play’ button, The voice message plays on the speakerphone by default. This may be a problem when you’re in a confidential or secret conversation.
Solution – Hit the ‘Play’ button and put the phone to your ear. It will automatically switch from speaker to the earpiece and play the WhatsApp voice message back there.
3) Format message text
There are certain things that need to be highlighted in a conversation like, Whatsapp allows you to Bold, Italicize and
Strikethrough the text.
To do so, you’ll need to add a couple special characters before and after whatever it is you want to format.
Bold text : use an asterisk before and after the text that you want in bold (*Bamuengine*)
italicize text: use an underscore before and after(_Bamuengine_),
Strikethrough text: use tildes before and after(~Bamuengine~).
4) Reply to a specific message in a group:
There are many people in a group nowadays and the groups are flooding with messages every now and then. Whatsapp has also increased the number of members to 256. So when your groups is flooded with messages and you join the conversation a bit later and suddenly replies in between, everyone gets confused, in which context you are talking about? SO if you want to reply to a particular message may be a Text , image or Video just press and hold on it and hit the backward arrow ( for android users) or Tap Reply on iPhone. Doing this will lets you quote the message you are replying to.
5) You can find out who read your message in a group
In a WhatsApp group, it’s not easy to tell who exactly from the group has read your message.But whatsapp has a way-out for this, and its really easy –
Press and hold the message and hit the ‘i’ button on the top on Android (‘info’ on an iPhone). Here, you’ll get to see how many people from the WhatsApp group have read this particular message. In iOS, you can also just hold and drag the message to the left to go to that menu.
6)Point out someone in the group
Whatsapp also provides a feature similar to Facebook and Twitter @mentions. Adding an “@name” in a WhatsApp group conversation lets you alert other users that they’ve been mentioned inside a group.
7) Star a message
In so many conversations there are messages that are important, which you might need to refer back again. its hard to remember who sent you that message in the crowd. Whatsapp provides a “starring” feature to mark & keep your important messages.
Long-press on the message, then tap on the Star icon.
To view your starred messages, on iOS select the Star tab along the bottom of your screen. Android users need to tap on the Menu button, then Starred Messages.
8) Who do you chat with the most?
you might be curious now!! You can know who is your favourite person on whatsapp
its easy to figure out on an iPhone.
Go to Settings > Data and Storage Use > Storage Use. A list will populate, in order of who is using the most storage on your phone. Tap on each contact to view more detailed stats, such as number of messages exchanged, images, GIF’s, Videos etc.
Android users can go to Settings > Chat > Chat History > Email Chat to view the same info.
9)Time: Delivered & Read?
Many times its important to know when your message was Delivered & read? you can long press or double tap and Swipe to the left on a message you sent and select info to view those stats on your iPhone.
Android users can long-press on a message, then tap on the “info” icon at the top of your screen.
10) Mute a conversation
Bored of some Business marketer or a friend who keeps buzzing. Don’t worry you can mute that person for a 8 hours upto a 1 year.
Android users can long-press on a chat, then tap on the crossed-out speaker icon at the top of the screen.
iPhone users need to open a conversation, then tap on the contact or group’s name at the top of the screen followed by Mute.
11) Hide your last seen status
Don’t want your friends to see when you were last seen on whatsapp.
Open Settings > Account > Privacy > Last Seen.
WhatsApp provides three options: Everyone, My contacts, Nobody.
12) Whatsapp on computer!!!!
YES !! you heard that right, you can use whatsapp on your Computer as well.
Select WhatsApp Web within the mobile app, visiting web.whatsapp.com on your computer, and scanning a QR code with your phone.
13)Export a conversation
Many Times You may face a situation to delete a chat, but it might be important to you. At this time you can export that chat to you email and keep it backed up there with the media or without the media. you have both the options available
Android users can export a chat by going to the particular chat, then Menu button followed by More > Email Chat.
iPhone users need to go to the chat, tap on a contact at the top of the screen, then scroll down to the bottom of the Contact Info page and selecting Export Chat.
Here’s hoping you discovered at least two useful WhatsApp features that will make your usage better. Have any tricks of your own to share? Let the world know via the comments section below.
Comment down how many were new for you 😊