WhatsApp needs no introduction. It has become the most popular messaging app globally with more than 800 million active users using across multiple platforms.
We all know that the apps allow you to send messages, share videos and audios to friends, without any payment. The app comes with plenty of features providing the users the best messaging experience ever, but how many of us utilize WhatsApp to the fullest?
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 a 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.
Mute group chat notifications
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 in the mute mode or totally to disable notifications for specified time period. Also, you can do the same directly from the notification center. 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.
Who has read your message 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.
Stop WhatsApp Images Appearing In Gallery
If you get lots of stupid pictures on WhatsApp, and if you don't want them to appear in your gallery. Here is a tip for you. Download and install file explorer, such as ES File Explorer from the Google Play Store.
Now, open the app and navigate to sdcards/WhatsApp/Media and WhatsApp Images. Create new folder and rename .nomedia.
Switch your WhatsApp chat history between phones
WhatsApp has introduced new features to backup all your chats on Google Drive. If you have not received the update that allows Google Drive backup on WhatsApp.
You can easily restore all your chat history while switching your phone. Go to WhatsApp >> Settings >> Chats and calls >> Backup chats. Remove SD card and place it on your new device. Now install WhatsApp on the new device. That's it, now all your chats are moved to the new device
Hide Last Seen, Profile Photo, and Status
If you want to hide last seen, profile photo and status for making your appearance privacy. Here is a tip for you.
Go to Settings >> Account >> Privacy. Go through the Last Seen, Profile Photo, and Status Options and select depending on how much privacy you want.
Create a home screen shortcut for your favorite chats
If you have certain friends with whom you have constantly chat on WhatsApp, then you can create a shortcut icon to those conversations on home screen.
Tap and hold the conversation, which you want to create a shortcut. You'll get a list of options and tap on Add Conversation Shortcut.
Recover deleted messages
By default, WhatsApp backup all your messages every day at 4 am. To recover your deleted messages here is a tip.
Uninstall the WhatsApp from your device Reinstall the WhatsApp Setup your WhatsApp if it notifies that, a backup of your chats, tap on Restore to get your deleted messages back.
The only way to get a message quickly to more than one person has broadcast messages in Whatsapp. Just select the 'Broadcast message' option in the More menu and select the contacts you want to send it to. Now type your message and hit 'Send'.
Change you phone number
Have you changed your number, but not the phone? No worries. There is an option available, which lets to change your number without reinstalling it. Go to Settings > Account > Change number. Enter your old phone number at the top and your new number in the bottom field, press Done. Then follow the verification process.
Send Whatsapp Conversation history to someone
You can send an entire conversation history from via email to your friends. For Android users, click on the Menu->More->Email Conversation. Add the email address to whom you need to send.