WhatsApp is the world's most popular instant messaging app, and for good reason - it gets a steady stream of updates, has a long list of features, and supports a wide range of devices. No wonder it has reached a billion users. Here is a list of a few tricks worth using.
How to make text bold, italic or strikethrough.
A lot of people don't know about this neat WhatsApp trick. Just put an asterisk (*) at the beginning and end of the word or sentence you want, and you can make it bold. So, if you want to make the word biscuits bold, you must type * biscuits *. The same goes for italics, only with an underline (_) on either side of the desired text. To cross out the text, you need to add a tilde (~) at the beginning and end of the passage you want. There is also an option to create monospaced text by adding three accents (`) on either side of the text.
Quote the message in your reply.
In order to quote someone, just swipe right on the desired message and it will appear at the top of the text box. This will include your answer in the quoted text (or photo) for everyone to see. You can hold the message and tap on the arrow icon on the left to do the same.
Stop mobile data auto download.
There are several ways to save data to WhatsApp while receiving notifications and messages. First, disable the app's ability to download media to mobile data. This is done through Settings> Data & Memory Usage> While Using Mobile Data. In this section, you can check or uncheck photo, audio, video and document download via mobile data. Thus, you have to tap on the file to download it. Videos in particular are huge amounts of data, so we recommend that you leave it unchecked.
Email the chat logs to yourself.
WhatsApp already allows you to back up your chat history to the cloud, but what if you want to send someone a certain chat log or maybe you just need confirmations? You can always send the chat log via WhatsApp. To do so, go to Settings> Chats> Chat History and then tap Export Chat. This is where the chat menu will appear, allowing you to select the chat history of a specific contact or group. After selecting the desired chat, WhatsApp will ask if you want to attach media or just send text and emoticons. Choosing the latter option is recommended if you want to keep the final file size under control. After making your decision, you will be able to choose how you want to send the file. If you choose email, the chat log (in light .txt format) will be automatically attached to the new draft message.
Activate two-step verification.
By default, WhatsApp asks for a number and a one-time PIN when changing devices. However, turning on 2-Step Verification means that unauthorized people are less likely to hit your account. To enable this, you'll need to go to Settings> Account> Two-Step Verification. This is where you'll be prompted to create a six-digit PIN code each time you add WhatsApp to a new phone. Also add your e-mail address in case you forget your PIN code.
Add a contact to the home screen.
WhatsApp also allows you to add contacts to your home screen - perfect for your loved ones and other people you interact with frequently. To add a chat to your phone's home screen, open the relevant contact or group and then touch the three-dot menu in the upper right corner. From here, go to More> Add Shortcut. Then just tap Add Automatically or hold the icon to place it on your home screen.
Disable read receipts.
If you'd rather remain anonymous, you can turn off read receipts (aka blue stamps) by going to Settings> Account> Privacy and unchecking the Read receipts box. Remember that this works both ways, so your contacts won't see when you read their messages, but you can't see when they read your messages at the same time.
Turn off last seen function.
Do you have a stalker? You can customize the Last Seen feature, which shows when you last appeared on the internet. To do this, you need to go to Settings> Account> Privacy. Then tap the Last Seen field and adjust it as needed. This can be changed to Everyone (whoever has your number can see when you last were online), My Contacts, or Nobody.
View the list of blocked contacts.
On your WhatsApp account, so you can ban anyone you want. However, if you want to see the full list of blocked people, go to Settings> Account> Privacy. Then, you need to scroll down to the Messages section and select Blocked Contacts. You can also add contacts to the blocked list by tapping the icon in the upper right corner. It will take you to the Contacts page where you can use the banning hammer.
How to use live location tracking?
Sending a location pin in WhatsApp is fairly simple, just tap the paperclip icon in the message field and select Location. But what if you want your partner or parents to track your movement in real time? You can do this by tapping the paperclip icon. Then tap Location> Share Live Location and specify the tracking period, from 15 minutes to eight hours. Don't worry, you can manually end location tracking at any time.
Create a custom notification for a contact.
The average WhatsApp user has tons of contacts, so it's understandable if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed with message alerts. To create a custom notification, you need to chat with the selected contact and select notifications. Once in this menu, check the Use custom notifications checkbox and scroll down to the next field to customize the alert. Customization options include changing the message sound and customizing the LED notification color for the contact.