Looking for ways to get the most out of WhatsApp on your Android or iPhone? We have your back. For example, a new setting is being rolled out that will automatically delete your communications after a week. Sure, it’s a Snapchat-like feature, but who says it can’t be found in other apps? You can even format the text you send in a message to add some flair to a conversation that would otherwise be boring.
Alternatively, you can also use WhatsApp on your PC, which is possible. It’s also easy to set up and use. In the following paragraphs you will find information about a variety of WhatsApp’s secret features and gimmicks.
1. Add some flair to your messages by formatting the text.
Text can be bold, italic or strikethrough in WhatsApp. To do this, you need to add some special characters before and after the text you want to format.
Use an asterisk (*bold*) for bold text; an underscore (_italic_) to italicize text; and tildes (strikethrough) to generate strikethrough text in WhatsApp.
2. Make your text messages disappear
WhatsApp is currently testing a new feature that will allow you to enable message disappearance for specific conversations. If you enable it, all your messages in a conversation will be deleted after seven days.
Disappearing messages can be activated by tapping the contact or chat name at the top of your screen. Tap On after selecting Disappearing Messages from the list of alternatives.
Remember that any photos you transmit or receive are automatically saved on your or the recipient’s phone, so while the message containing the photo will be deleted, the image itself may remain.
3. Star a message so it’s easy to find later
By staring a message, you can quickly return to a memorable message, phone number, location, or article link that a friend sent you. Long-press the message, then tap the star icon. As you navigate through your discussion, a small star icon will appear next to the message so you can easily identify it.
On an iPhone ($499 from Apple), click the Settings tab and select Starred Text to view your starred messages. On an Android device, tap the menu button and then tap Starred Messages.
4. Go through your storage and see who you talk to the most.
Want to know who your WhatsApp BFF is? It’s easy to find out.
On your iPhone or Android phone, go to Settings > Storage & Data > Manage Storage. A list of contacts is displayed, sorted by who is using the most memory on your phone. You can find more specific stats like the number of messages sent, photos, and GIFs by tapping on each contact.
WhatsApp’s new storage section makes it easier to delete large items that are taking up space on your phone and allows you to see who you’re talking to the most.
5. View message details
Have you ever wondered when a message was read or delivered? To check such stats on your iPhone, swipe left on a message you sent. Long-press a message on an Android device, then tap the menu button, then tap About.
6. Mute a conversation
Use WhatsApp’s mute option to stop a chatty group conversation or a friend who isn’t getting the signal that you’re busy before heading to a movie or meeting.
Long-press a chat on an Android device, then tap the crossed-out speaker icon at the top of the screen. On an iPhone, swipe left on a discussion, then press the three-dot button, then press Mute.
You have the option to mute for 8 hours, a day or always.
7. Hide your last seen status
Knowing that people can see when you were last online can be stressful at times, and you feel obligated to respond to pending messages.
Don’t want your Last Seen time leaked to your friends or casual contacts? From the drop-down menu, select Settings > Account > Privacy > Last Seen.
Then choose between Everyone, My Contacts and Nobody.
8. Disable read receipts
You can even turn off read receipts in WhatsApp if you want to take it a step further. This will hide the fact that you have read a message from other users.
Uncheck the box or slide the switch next to Read Receipts to the Off position in Settings > Account > Privacy.
Note: If you turn off this feature, you won’t be able to see when a friend has seen your message.
9. Use WhatsApp on a computer
If you’re juggling multiple discussions or having a long chat with an old buddy, sitting down at your computer and using a full keyboard and mouse is a much better experience. And you can do it with very little effort thanks to the browser version of WhatsApp, PC or Mac apps.
We’ll walk you through the entire process, which shouldn’t take more than 3 minutes.
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