WhatsApp is a free application that let you message and call friends and family. The world has shifted from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and voice messages. While it’s one of the mostly used App in the world for sharing of secure information with dual end encryption.

So if you want to use WhastApp like a pro then it’s a must read for you guys. Here are some WhatsApp Hacks and Tips that you can utilize.

Message Formats

Whatsapp message formats and whatsapp hacks

With the new update you can format your messages same way as you format text in any word processor. You can _italicize_, *bold* or ~strikethrough~ any part or all of your message just by selecting the text and clicking your desired format. Or you can also put special characters before and after the text to change the format.

Bold text: Use asterisks (*) before and after the sentence.

Italic text: Use underscore (_) before and after the sentence.

Strikethrough text: Use tilde (~) before and after the sentence.

WhatsApp Web

Whatsapp web hack

In recent past, WhatsApp has developed its web browser version which you can connect from any laptop or pc. To use WhatsApp Web on your PC/ Laptop you just have to open any browser and go to WhatsApp-Web. On your mobile device, open WhatsApp and click Options button at the top right hand side. Then press WhatsApp Web from the options and while using your phone scan the QR code shown on the web browser. Your phone will be connected to your PC’s WhatsApp and you can start messaging like you do on your phone. All the content on your phone will be synchronized on all connected devices. To log out of all connected devices, just go back to the Options > WhatsApp Web page and choose Log out.

Transfer Files

Whatsapp image sharing whatsapp hacks

The best thing about WhatsApp Web is synchronization feature. It means that you receive  everything what you receive on your mobile via WhatsApp. So, you can transfer files, images, documents, videos or anything that WhatsApp supports without using those twisted cables. Just send any document to any of your friends on your mobile. While open your WhatsApp Web to retrieve the document on laptop.

Backup Your Conversations

WhatsApp email conversation hacks

You can delete your conversations from mobile phone and keep a copy or backup of conversation to your email. You just have to click Options > More > Email chat. Follow the on-screen instructions. The annoying thing here is that you need to backup each conversation individually with or without media.

Backup Chats to Local or Cloud Storage

WhatsApp backup data hacks

Here’s the method by which you can backup complete data of your WhatsApp. The backup can be made to local storage as well as to cloud storage i.e. Google Drive on Android platform and iCloud on iOS devices.For this you have to go to WhatsApp> Settings > Chats > Chat backup and tap BACK UP.

Message Read Hack

WhatsApp read blue ticks

As we have long before know that grey ticks means the message has been delivered and blueticks indicate that the message has been read. In addition, there is an option that gives you the exact time when a message has been delivered and when it has been read. To see this timestamp, open a chat, tap and hold any sent message. Then tap the info or I icon from the top action bar. This is also one of the whatsapp hacks.

Stared Messages

Whatsapp starred messages

Here comes another one of the whatsapp hacks. Marking any message as Starred is the most ignored yet most useful habit to do so. To find any important message from WhatsApp is a hectic job. But if you have Starred important messages then Star Icon allows you to look for those messages easily.

Privacy Options

WhatsApp privacy options

WhatsApp has given user the rights of its privacy. Last Seen feature enables you to control when you were last on WhatsApp. For those of you who don’t want this to be enabled, you can change the settings at Options > Settings > Account > Privacy. Then, choose whether you want your last seen, profile picture and status to be seen by Everyone, My contacts or Nobody. You can also change read receipts by tapping on Options > Settings > Account > Privacy then unchecking the Read receipts option.

Broadcast Messages

whatsapp broadcast message speaker

If you want to send message to a large number of people keeping each other’s identity then you can Broadcast your message. Unlike adding all of your friends into a group (where everyone’s contact numbers are exposed to people outside their contact list) you can Broadcast your message. To create a broadcast list, go to the conversation list screen > Options button > New broadcast. Then choose the recipients for the new broadcast.

Tag People in Messages

WhatsApp Tag people

You can Tag people in group conversations using @, followed by the name (the names will popup as you have saved them in your contacts). The good thing is that the tagged person gets notified even if he has muted notifications for that group.

Direct Reply from Notifications

whatsapp bar reply notification hacks

WhatsApp now supports the latest notification feature that allows you to reply any incoming WhatsApp messages when you are outside the App. By enabling the popup notification, you can reply to the message from the notification bar. Go to the app’s Settings > Notifications > Popup notifications to change the Settings.

Minimize Internet Usage

whatsapp data usage

WhatsApp’s voice and video calls utilize a lot of data of your internet to deliver excellent voice and video call quality. For minimize your budget,  you can save your mobile data usage by going to Settings > Data usage > Call settings > check Low data usage.

Hide Notifications from Lockscreen

Hide notifications hacks whatsapp

Notifications in most of the mobile phones pop up even when your phone is locked. To prevent your messages from being read by people who have no access, you can disable the lockscreen notifications by opening Android’s Settings > Apps > WhatsApp > Notifications and toggle off Lock Screen Notification.

Archived Messages

whatsapp archive  unarchive messages

At times you want to keep conversations in your phone but not want them to show in WhatsApp then you can hide it with the archive option. Tap and hold a particular chat and click the archive button in the action bar to archive that conversation.

To view all archived chats you can simply scroll to the bottom in the conversation list screen then click Archived chats.

WhatsApp Media in Gallery

Whatsapp hide media rename

Here comes another one of the whatsapp hacks that most of you don’t know. At times you don’t want to save all the forwarding images and videos in your gallery. The n you can simply hide them using this basic hack. Open File Manager and browse to Internal storage WhatsApp > Media and Rename WhatsApp Images to .WhatsApp Images. Same holds good for WhatsApp Videos.

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