Top 10 WhatsApp tips and tricks you should know-Tech Flank

Top 10 WhatsApp tips and tricks you should know

How To Internet Social Media Tips & Tricks

1.Make Text Stylish

You can now send messages in bold, italics or strikethrough too. Simply use the special characters before and after the words to get the formatting of your choice. For example, use asterisk for bold (*techflank*), underscore for italics (_techflank_) and tilde for strikethrough (~techflank~).

2.See exactly when your message was read

There's always one person in a group chat who fails to commit to the communal plans – you know who they are. You can chase them up though by seeing not only who has read the message, but exactly when they read them.

Long press on a message you've sent and hit the 'info' tab when it pops up. This will break down who has read and who has received the message, with timings for both handily displayed.

3.Send a single message to multiple people at once

Broadcasting a single message to multiple people at once is possible. Simply click on the menu (three dot ellipse) and select ‘New broadcast’. You will get an option to send the same message to multiple people by adding the contacts in the recipient list. Click on the ‘+’ sign on the right and select the names from your contact list.

4.Backing up to Google Drive

You can back up your chats and media to Google Drive, so if you switch Android phones or get a new one, your chats and media are transferrable.

How to create a Google Drive backup:

  • Open WhatsApp.
  • Go to Menu Button > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
  • Tap Back up to Google Drive and set up the backup frequency to your liking.
  • You will be prompted to select a Google account that you will back up your chat history to. If you do not have a Google account, tap Add account when prompted. Please remember the Google account you are using for the backup.
  • Tap Back up over to choose the network you wish to use for backup. Please note that backing up over cellular may result in additional data charges.

5.See who’s read your messages

Long press on a message you've sent and hit the 'info' tab when it pops up. This will break down who has read and who has received the message, with timings for both handily displayed.

6.Hide your 'last seen' time

WhatsApp's double blue ticks are a backstabbing homing beacon for social snubbing. However, they're not the only notifier out to show up your message-dodging deceit. Your 'last seen' time is a second layer of unwanted attention when you're desperately trying to avoid an awkward conversation.

You can turn it off though. By heading to Settings > Account > Privacy > Last Seen, you can decide who, if anyone, you want to see when you've last been active. Finally, guilt-free ignoring is possible.

7.Save data when using WhatsApp on Mobile networks

If you are roaming, or if you are on a slow or expensive data network, you can choose to reduce your data consumption by selecting what you want to automatically download. You can choose to selectively download video, photo or audio when you are roaming. Additionally, you can also click on ‘Low data usage’ to reduce the amount of data used during a WhatsApp call.

8.Mute chats and groups

If you are on a group that sends too many messages across or if your friend sends you too many unwanted messages, you can simply mute the group or contact to stop alerting you. You can choose to mute the audio alert or the notification respectively. The messages will come in but will only show you when you start WhatsApp. Select the contact or group and choose the ‘mute’ option from the menu.

9.Mark chats as unread

you can mark a conversation as unread when you know you need to reply to it, but perhaps don’t have the time to at the moment. Android users can do this by long-pressing a conversation and tapping Mark as Unread in the menu, while iOS users can access the option by swiping from left to right on a chat.

10.Add shortcuts to your homescreen for individual chats

If you are constantly chatting with a few friends, or some important contacts, you can reduce the time to start WhatsApp and hunt for the name and start a conversation. Simply long press on the contact and select ‘Add chat shortcut’ from the menu. You can add the chat contact directly to your desktop and start chatting from there itself.