WhatsApp chat application is probably the most used app on your smartphone. With over 1.2 billion users the popularity of WhatsApp is not in question. But despite it being such a popular app, I’m pretty sure that many of you don’t know its true potential.
Allow me to enlighten you. Below are some tricks you probably didn’t know about.
1. Send a broadcast list
Iam pretty Sure, you’ve got group chats for talking to your football team/work colleagues/Dungeons & Dragons group – but there are times when you might want to send a message to a bunch of people without having to add them to a conversation orgy.
That’s why Whatsapp chat application has Broadcast List – a function that allows you to send the same message to a list of contacts. “Meal starts at 7pm/Game kicks off at 3pm/Don’t forget to bring your robes”, that sort of thing.
From the Chats screen, on Android devices you will want to hit the Menu button (three dots) & select New broadcast. On iOS, there’s an option for Broadcast Lists at the top of the chat screen.
Simply Add the contacts you want to receive the message , write the message & bosh – mass communication without the need for a group.
2. Create homepage shortcuts for contacts
If you’re an iPhone user, you’ll want to skip this one: Whatsapp iOS doesn’t support the shortcut feature.
For the Android users amongst you, if you want to add a regular contact or group contact, open the Chat screen and hold your finger down on the contact you want to add a shortcut to. This screen should come up.
Click Add chat shortcut and bosh, there’s now a direct shortcut to that chat stored on your homescreen.
3. Create custom notifications
“Oooooooh! A new message! I wonder who it could possib… oh, it’s just Mum. Never mind.”
Kill off this familiar rise and fall of excitement by giving contacts their own particular notification.
Head into the chat of the individual or group you’d like to assign the custom notification for. For iPhone users, click the contact’s name – Android, click the three dot Menu button, then View contact. At this point, you’ll be given the option to add Custom notifications – or even mute the conversation altogether.
4. Stop automatically saving photos
An Apple fix.
If you’re constantly running out of room due to the vast number of photos kicking about on your Whatsapp account, you might want to turn off the app’s automatic setting to save to the camera roll.
Instead of adjusting this in the chat application, you need to head to your phone’s Settings, then Privacy, then Photos. Untick the Whatsapp option, and you’ll stop doubling up on photo storage.
5.Turn off read receipts
Do you Want to play it cool & avoid the grilling of “I am certain you saw my message, why didn’t you reply?”.
Head to your Account in the Settings menu. Then hit Privacy. From here you can turn off Read receipts – which will in turn render you unable to see when other people have read your own messages.
This will certainly not work for group messages… which means if you really want to get stalking, you can add the contact to a group chat with an extra number (eg. your work mobile). If they’re smart enough, they’ll leave the group – but it’s a sly trick for the desperate amongst us.
6.Use Whatsapp on your PC
Does your office have a policy of no mobiles at your desk?
You can still pick up your Whatsapp message via the service’s desktop system. Head to Settings and hit Whatsapp web. This surely prompt you to head to web.whatsapp.com – from where you’ll see a QR code (probably the only time this technology has served a useful purpose ever). Scan the code with your phone and boom – your contacts and chats will now be available in your web browser.
7. How to add bold text
Add an asterisks (*) before & after the words you want to be bold:
- *all of this will be bold* but this won’t
8. How to add italicised text
Simply Add an underscore ( _ ) before & after the words you want to be italicized:
- _this will be italicised_ but this won’t be
9. How to add strikethrough text
Add a tilde (~) before and after the words you want to be struck through:
this will be struck through~ but this won’t