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WhatsApp is one very popular messaging app that is used by over 900 million smartphone users. The now-Facebook-owned instant messaging app, in fact, has become the preferred app over the default messaging app called SMS. It is due to the app's simple interface and features that it gained popularity in no time to become the most used apps across platforms.
With time, WhatsApp welcomed many changes in the form of upgrades in its interface, features and usability that have made this app even more useful and addictive, as well as competitive to its rival apps based on similar theme. The instant messaging app now also has a browser version and added voice calling capabilities to its platform, but that is not it! There is much more in the app that you may still not know about.
We give you some very interesting tricks and tricks for WhatsApp that will improve your user-experience by making it more interesting. Take a look:
Group chats can be annoying at times. Taking care of the same, WhatsApp allows its users to mute the Group chat notifications for a few minutes, couple of hours or longer by simply choosing the right option:
On Android, if you in a group chat, tap the Menu > hit Mute > choose the time-frame for which you would like the group to be on the mute mode or totally disable notifications for specified time period. Also, you can do the same directly from the notification centre. This feature works on the web browser too.
On iOS, go to Group Chat, tap the group subject to reveal the Group Info screen, and now select Mute. Choose the duration for which you want the notifications to be muted.
Check read messages in group chats
It is easy to check whether the recipient has read your messages, which is indicated by two blue ticks, when you chatting with one contact. However, on group chats, you don't see the read receipts. To find out who has read your message on group chats on your Android smartphone, you can long press on a message sent by you and check if an 'i' with a circle around it appears near the text. If you tap on the icon, it will show you who the message was delivered to, and read by. On iPhone, you can do so by swiping your message from the left to right to see delivery and read notifications.
Do you know that you can disable media on WhatsApp from getting downloaded on your phone? The messaging app allows you to specify whether the media content should be downloaded on mobile data, or on Wi-Fi.
To activate it on Android, Go to Settings > Chat Settings > Media Auto-Download > specify when you want the service to download images, audio and videos.
Apple iPhone users can go to WhatsApp Settings > Chat Settings > Media Auto-Download.
Change profile picture from Web app
Do you know that you can now change your WhatsApp profile picture even from Web? The company recently updated its Web app and added the capability to let users do so by simply tapping on the profile on the left hand corner to use laptop camera or webcam, or a photo on your drive.
WhatsApp Web for Apple users
This is tricky considering that you will have to jail break your phone to use WhatsApp Web on their Apple iPhone. The jailbreak on the BigBoss Repo on Cydia lets users to use WhatsApp Web on Web.
Disable Last Seen, Read Receipts
WhatsApp lets other users know the last time you used the app, and let senders know if you have received and read their message. However, you can hide your last seen timestamp, profile photo and status message by opting for either Everyone, or My contacts, or Nobody. To do this, go to Settings > Account > now change Privacy settings. This works on both iPhone and Android. To disable Read Receipts aka Blue Ticks, however this will also stop allowing you to see read receipts from other people.
You can broadcast a message to send a message to different people at the same time, and receive replies that will be visible only to you. Android users can do this by going to Menu > New Broadcast > Select all the contacts you would like to send the message to. iPhone users, on the other hand, can select the Broadcast Lists option at the top of the Chats screen > New List > select contact from list > tap Create.
You can import WhatsApp details to a new number, when you change your SIM card. To import your account information, groups and settings from old number, first make sure that your new SIM is active to receive SMSes and calls. Now Android users can Tap on Menu > Settings > Account > Change Number > enter the old phone number followed by the new number in the second box. Apple iPhone user can do this by going to Settings > Account > Change Number > enter old phone number in the first box, and new number in the second box.
If you can't type or don't want to type at the moment, try sending a Voice message, or let Google's speech to text engine transcript voice to text for you. Apple iPhone users can press the mic icon to activate iOS dictation feature.
You can explore hotspots like restaurants and other hotspots around you by tapping on the Send location icon. Go to attachment pane to identify interesting hotspots around you, including local tech start ups to restaurants, marked as blue dots.