Great WhatsApp Tricks That You Should Know

WhatsApp is one of the most used messaging service that has made BBM to look boring & text messages redundant. In spite of...

WhatsApp Tricks

WhatsApp is one of the most used messaging service that has made BBM to look boring & text messages redundant.

In spite of other messaging services that are available for smartphones, WhatsApp has had a massive head start on almost all of them & provides tonnes of useful features.

In this post I'll share some of the great tips & tricks that you must know.

Using iOS Siri to read & reply to WhatsApp Msgs

  • If you are an iPhone user then you can ask Siri to read any unread WhatsApp messages for you. For this to happen you have to allow Siri the personal assistant access.
  • You can also ask Siri to reply to the message using your voice command or to start a new message to a contact.
    • For e.g. "Hey Siri, read my last WhatsApp message"
    • "Hey Siri, send a WhatsApp message to [your contact name]"
Hiding those Blue Ticks
  • Ever encountered a problem wherein you read a WhatsApp msg of your friend and due to some reason you are unable to reply back immediately? and your friend sees those 2-blue tick marks letting him/her know that you read his/her msg and are not responding. Well it does becomes an awkward situation sometimes. But guess what, you have an option to hide WhatsApp 2-blue tick marks function. To do this
    • On your iOS, go to Settings>Account>Privacy>Toggle Off Read Receipts.
    • On your Android, go to Settings>Account<Privacy>Untick Read Receipts.
  • Just be aware that by turning Off the Read Receipts functionality you also would not be able to get 'Read Status' for your sent WhatsApp messages.
  • A plus point for iPhone user is that he/she can ask Siri to read the incoming WhatsApp message and by this those 2-blue ticks won't appear.
Using Bold, Italic or Strikethrough words
  • Sometimes you would want to emphasis on certain words while typing and using CAPSLOCK is not the only available option. WhatsApp allows you to make words or phrases in Bold, Italic or Strikethrough.
    • Adding an asterisk on either side of the word/phrase makes it *Bold*
    • Adding an underscore on either side of the word/phrase makes it _Italic_
    • Adding a tilde on either side of the word/phrase makes it ~Strikethrough
Marking Chats as Unread
  • Sometimes we try not to read a WhatsApp message so that it keeps on showing the 'Unread Notification' helping us to make sure to read and reply back on that message. We do it all the time. However, there is a way to mark your important chats/messages with blue-dot to remind you to go back to it though. To do this-
    • iOS: Chats List > Swipe left to right on your preferred chat > Mark as Unread.
    • Android: Chat List > Long press on your preferred chat > Open Menu > Mark as Unread
Save Your Internet Data
  • Well, this is not for those people who use Reliance Jio Sim as they get plenty of Internet Data on daily basis. This function is useful for those who are on other Network Providers with Less Internet Data.
  • WhatsApp allows you to configure when media is allowed to download and also ensures that your WhatsApp calls use as little data as possible thereby not impacting the quality of the call. To do this-
    • iOS & Android: Go to Settings > Data & Storage Usage > Tap on 'Media Auto-Download' & uncheck all the list of options.
Stop Friends To See Your WhatsApp Messages
  • Ever given your phone to your friend and instantly panicked about the messages they might see? Yes, I'm sure you haven't. But for those that have, WhatsApp allows them to turn off message preview on iOS devices, so only the contact's name will appear and not the full message. You can also turn off the notification from settings.
  • In Android however, it's not that easy, but you can stop private information to show up on your lock screen itself.
    • iOS: Go to Settings > Notifications > Select WhatsApp > Toggle Off Notifications
Create Shortcuts to Specific Conversation
  • For those special people to whom you chat with through WhatsApp most of the time, you can create a shortcut link for the conversation on Android. To do this-
    • Go to Chats > Specific Chat > Menu > More > Add Shortcut or Chats > Press & hold individual chat > Menu > Add Chat Shortcut
Sending Broadcast Messages
  • Ever had a free time wherein you thought of asking many of your friends if they are around without the need to open individual chat messages.
  • Guess what? WhatsApp allows you to send a broadcast message to a list of contacts with it appearing as though you've sent them individually thereby saving you lots of time. To do this-
    • iOS: Go to Chats > Broadcast Lists > New List > Add contacts
    • Android: Go to Chats > Menu > New Broadcast
Find Out For How Much Time You've Been Ignored

  • It's actually pretty much annoying to see those blue ticks appearing on your sent WhatsApp message and getting a response soon after.
  • And if you want to make yourself feel worse and want to find out when your message was read and for how long you've been ignored you need to the following-
    • iOS: Chats > Specific Chat > Select your Specific Message > Swipe left to right
    • Android: Chats > Specific Chat > Specific Message > Press & Hold > Tap the info "i" icon at the top
Customizing Notifications
  • Sometimes you might want to be aware of certain contacts if they call or message you.
  • To make sure that they don't get mixed up with the crowd, you can change their specific alert tones which will help you to recognize when a particular person has sent you a message or is calling you via WhatsApp. To do this-
    • iOS & Android: Go to Chats > Specific Chat > Tap on Contact Name at top > Select Custom Notifications.
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