WhatsApp tricks you might not know about

WhatsApp tricks you might not know about Whatsapp has lots of features which are really useful for our usage however, people are not aware of all the features of WhatsApp and some important features have remained under-utilized or hidden.

WhatsApp tricks you might not know about

WhatsApp tricks you might not know about

WhatsApp tricks you might not know about Below are those few vital features that you must know about –

How to find out whom you’re talking to the most

Who is really your favorite person? It might not be who you think. There is a way to find the people you send the most messages to and how much storage each person takes up, among other things.

To begin with, iOS & Android open WhatsApp and tap on the Three Dots on the top right corner – Settings > Data and Storage Usage > Storage Usage > Select Contact. 

The ranking of users and groups is according to the data consumed by the chats, which will also allow you to keep a tab on your data usage.

Search all your chats

Someone might have sent you their address or you might remember talking about a specific program or film but you don’t want to scroll through all your messages to try and find what you’re looking for.

At the top of all your chats on iOS, there is a search bar. On Android, there’s a search icon.

You can type anything into the search bar, from the start of a town name if you’re looking for an address to a specific word and all the chats with that word will appear below as specific messages.

Clicking on a respective result will take you to that part of the chat conversation you had.

Search a specific chat

If you want to search a specific chat rather than all of your chats, this is possible too. Maybe you had a conversation about a specific meeting place, or they sent you their other contact number or their address for example.

iOS: Chats > Specific chat > Tap on contact info at the top > Chat Search > Type in the search bar that appears at the top of that specific chat. 

Android: Chats > Specific chat > Open the menu top right > Search > Type in the search bar that appears at the top of that specific chat.

Find out your closest friend

WhatsApp tricks you might not know about You can have hundreds of people in your friend list but there’s always that one person you chat with the most.

There is a mystery trick that will help you to find that special friend by ranking them according to the amount of data you’ve burned up for them. 

Visit Settings> Data and storage usage>Storage usage to see the list of people or groups you message the most.

Save your data allowance

If you’ve got a limited data allowance, you don’t want WhatsApp munching it all away. Thankfully, you can customize when media is allowed to download, as well as ensure calls use as little data as possible.

iOS & Android: Settings > Data and Storage Usage > Media Auto-Download > Switch to Wi-Fi only to save your data.

Auto answer WhatsApp messages

If you use WhatsApp for professional reasons and wish to add an automatic reply message to WhatsApp conversations, there are several apps you can use to achieve that.

One app you can try is Auto Reply For WhatsApp. 

Create shortcuts to conversations

There are always certain people you chat with the most and it can get cumbersome to open the app every time you want to send a message.

To make the process simpler, WhatsApp allows you to create a shortcut of your friend on your home screen. Just tap and hold a chat to select it.

Tap on the hamburger menu and select ‘Add chat shortcut’.

Schedule WhatsApp messages

To schedule WhatsApp messages for groups or individual contacts, you can download the Scheduler app for WhatsApp.

After granting it Accessibility permission, you can fill in the required fields and schedule your message.

Send your location to your WhatsApp friend

Giving directions on the phone is difficult. However, WhatsApp promises to take over from you and help your friends find their way to wherever you are.

Tap on the attachment menu in your friends chat page and select ‘Location’. Choose your exact location or the live location from the list. Duration times are set at 15 minutes, 1 hour or 8 hours.

iOS: Chat > Specific chat > Tap on “+” to the left of the message box > Location > Share Live Location > Select time frame.

Android: Chat > Specific chat > Tap on the paperclip to the right of the message box > Location > Share Live Location > Select time frame.

Assign different priority and sound to different notifications

WhatsApp has added support for ‘Notification Channels’, an Android Oreo feature that can be used to set priority for different types of notifications coming from the same app.

So, you can decide if you need group messages to pop up or not. You can also assign them a priority level to determine how often they make it to the notification panel.

To avail the feature, you will need Android Oreo support. If you are running Android Oreo, just go to app info page (you can also do this by long-pressing app notifications) and then select manage notification option.

You can also assign a different sound to different types of notifications from here.

Bookmark messages

WhatsApp tricks you might not know about WhatsApp allows you to bookmark specific messages so you can quickly refer back to them later.

To star or bookmark a message, Tap and hold the message you wish to star. Tap the Star icon that appears on top of the screen.

To view the list of messages you’ve starred – tap drop-down options mean and tap ‘starred messages’.

Stop people seeing your messages

Those who don’t want that their friends or closed ones view their messages you can turn off message previews on iOS so only the contact’s name will appear, rather than their life story, or you can turn off notifications altogether.

iOS: Settings > Notifications > Toggle off Show Preview / Settings > Notifications > Toggle off Show Notifications.

Android offers a range of notification controls. Within the WhatsApp app itself, you can turn off high priority notifications – those that will pop-up at the top of the screen. Or you can control the notifications at a system level to keep details private or remove them completely.

Android: Settings > Notifications > Toggle off Use high priority notifications.

Mark messages to answer later

WhatsApp tricks you might not know about If you have read a message but wish to answer it later, you can simply long-press the conversation head in the ‘Chat’ tab and select ‘mark as unread’ option.

This won’t erase ‘Blue ticks’ or read receipts but will mark the message with a bloated green dot that will serve as a reminder. You can later answer the text at your own volition.

Change automatic image and video saving preferences for specific chats

It’s also possible to change the automatic image and video preferences for specific chats.

You might want to make sure images are always saved from your family for example, while you’d prefer not to have all images from a group chat in your gallery or camera roll.

All chats are set to default unless you change them individually but there is the option to always save images and videos from contact or never save them.

iOS: Chat > Specific chat > Tap on contact or subject at top of display > Save to Camera Roll > Set to Always or Never. 

Hide a WhatsApp chat

People whom you have recently talked to appear closer to the top in your WhatsApp chat list.

If you don’t want a particular conversation to be conspicuous, you can hide it as “Archive”.

Just long-press the conversation and select the Archive button on the top. This particular chat will now disappear from the list.

You can access is by scrolling all the way to the bottom.

Reply to a group message privately

It’s possible to reply to a group message privately in your one-to-one chat, without having to find the one-to-one chat you have with that particular person.

iOS: Press and hold a message in a group chat > Select More > Reply Privately. The message will appear in your one-to-one chat with the text box below, as it does if you reply to a specific message like above.

Android: Press and hold a message in a group chat > Select the three buttons in the top right corner > Reply Privately. The message will appear in your one-to-one chat with the text box below, as it does if you reply to a specific message like above.

Reply to a specific message

Ever been talking about multiple things in a WhatsApp chat and need to reply to a specific message?

WhatsApp allows you to reply to a particular message, presenting it above your reply to make it easy for the person or people you are messaging to see what you are replying to.

iOS: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Swipe left to right on message > Type in your reply and hit send.

Android: Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Long Press > Hit reply.

Find out the exact time of reading your Whatsapp message

If you want to see exactly when a particular person read your Whatsapp message then Blue ticks notify you that your message has been read, but they don’t tell you when exactly your contact read the message.

Long press the particular message you wish to inquire about.

Now press the ‘i’ icon in the top bar and you will see when the person read your message.

Transfer files between PC and Phone using WhatsApp

You can also transfer files between PC and mobile phone using Whatsapp.

First, send the file you wish to share with any contact. Now open WhatsApp web on your PC.

From here, you can download media or other file types from the chat window to your PC. Or upload a file and then access it on your phone.

Pin a chat or make shortcuts

If you wish to keep a particular contact or conversation on top.

If you’re prone to forgetting to reply to messages, you can also pin a chat so it appears at the top of all your chats, including above new and unread chats, rather than just marking it as unread.

It’s only possible to pin three chats though so don’t get too complacent with your replying.

iOS: Chats > Swipe left to right > Pin Chat.

Android: Long press chat > Press the pin at the top of the screen.

Send long duration audio recordings

WhatsApp has added another new feature that lets users send long Audio messages.

You can now press and hold the microphone icon and then slide it to a lock button. Now you can record long messages hands-free.

Get Siri to read your last message, reply or send a new message

WhatsApp tricks you might not know about Apple users can get Siri to read any unread WhatsApp messages, once you have followed the steps to give the personal assistant access.

You can also get Siri to reply to the message with your voice or start a new message to a contact.

iOS: “Hey Siri, read my last WhatsApp message” > “Hey Siri, send a WhatsApp message to (contact)”.

Send a public message privately

Ever had a free evening and wanted to ask several of your friends if they are around without having to open up each chat to ask them separately?

You can send a broadcast message to a list of contacts with it appearing as though you’ve asked them individually. Great for saving time, terrible if they all reply yes.

iOS: Chats > Broadcast Lists > New List > Add contacts.

Android: Chats > Menu > New Broadcast. 

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