1. Add Formatting To Messages
After so many years of plain text support, WhatsApp has rolled out formatting support recently, enabling WhatsApp users to add bold, italicized, and strikethrough formatting options to their messages and conversations.
Here you need to simply open a chat and following these directions:
- For Bold: Mention asterisks to either side of the text (*bold*)
- For Italics: Add underscores to either side of the text (_italics_)
- For Strikethrough: Add tildes to either side of the text (~tilde~)
2. Hide ‘Last Seen’ Timestamp
This is the most annoying aspect of the messenger unless you disable the element, WhatsApp will display to all your contacts when you were last online – making it really hard to skip those annoying messages of your friends and colleagues. Don’t panic as there is a method to disable the timestamp and hide your presence, but at the same time, you won’t be able to see when any of your WhatsApp contacts were last online. I would consider it as a fair gameplay.
On WhatsApp, simply go to the Settings menu, then tap > Account > Privacy > Last Seen Timestamp and make sure ’Nobody’ option is selected. After that, you will be free to access WhatsApp without others seeing when you were last online.
3. Disabling Read Receipts
Well, similar to ‘Last Seen’ Timestamp. WhatsApp will also let your contacts know when you’ve read their messages and interesting part here is, this too can be disabled. But here the sad part is disabling the feature will mean that you won’t know if/when messages you’ve sent have been read by the recipient.
Here you can disable the ‘Read Receipts’ by visiting the Settings menu, tap Account > Privacy and toggle the ‘Read Receipts’ option off.
4. Easily Backup and Restore WhatsApp conversations
In case you don’t know, WhastApp has the functionality of backing up and restoring your conversations if you change (or loose) your smartphone. This is one on automated basis once every few days/every week, but you can also make a manual backup if want to do so.
The mechanism of backup is different on iOS and Android.
For iOS: You have to open the WhatsApp Settings menu and tap Chats > Chat Backup and tap ‘Back Up Now’ (select ‘Include videos’ if not already checked). The backup will begin shortly after.
For Android: Jump to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup and tap ‘Back Up’ to create a backup via WhatsApp servers, or log in with your Google account and backup via Google Drive.
You can also restore chats directly from a backup by simply uninstalling and reinstalling WhatsApp. When you open the app after the reinstall, you should be redirected to restore your most recent backup.
5. Use WhatsApp via Web (PC, Mac)
With the introduction of WhatsApp web, a simple web interface users to access their WhatsApp messages via an internet browser, users can now use WhatsApp on PC or Mac.
On your PC or Mac, simply go toand scan the QR code using the QR reader built into WhatsApp for iOS and Android. This will easily link your account with the PC/Mac and allow you to send and receive messages from your smartphone.
6. Send Reply To a Particular Message
This one is really helpful in few cases, there are moments when your friends ask too many questions in a chat, and to get rid of those confusions, you can easily to reply to a specific message by long pressing on the message (which you want to reply to) and then click on the reply button on top to add your reply.
7. Enable Two-Step Verification
This feature is optional but can actually protect your WhatsApp account from unnecessary security threats. The two-step verification feature provides added security to your account. By enabling two-step verification, any attempt to verify phone number on WhatsApp will require a six-digit passcode that is created by the user.
To enable two-step verification: go to settings > Account > open ‘Two-step verification’ > Tap on enable > on the next screen, enter six-digit passcode and re-enter for confirmation > optionally add your email address (it will allow WhatsApp to send you a link via email to disable two-step verification in case you ever forget your six-digit passcode)
8. Send Blank Message
This one is for fun purpose, in case you are looking to prank your friend by sending them a blank message, you can do so by typing (”’ ”’) to either side of the blank space.
9. Starred Message
We all are aware of that bookmark feature on a web browser to pin those important web addresses. You can do the same for important messages on your WhatsApp chat by long press on any message and mark it as starred in WhatsApp.
You can find this starred message at any time from mail Whatsapp windows. Click on three vertical dots from the top right side and click on the Starred message.
10. Add Shortcut Icon for Frequently Used Contact
It is very easy and simple to create a shortcut of your frequently used contacts in your home screen.
You can create the shortcut icon by long press on any WhatsApp chat for few seconds > click on the three vertical dots on the top right corner > tap on ‘Add Chat Shortcut’ and then its done.
11. Lock Your WhatsApp Account
We all are pretty much protective about our WhatsApp account as it is a significant part of our daily lifestyle. And it sometimes get really annoying, when your friends or family member attempts to spy on your WhatsApp chat. So here I’ll show you a basic trick to provide password security lock to your WhatsApp account.
From it, your WhatsApp account will be secure and no one can open it without your password.
As we all know, there are dozens of junk security apps available in the app store to secure WhatsApptsapp account but here I’ll show you the authentic one.
- Download WhatsApp lock from Play Store
- Install WhatsApp lock in your android smartphone and add a password to it. Now your WhatsApp account is secured to open with password only.
12. Know When He or She Read Your Message
Head to the conversation and press the message for few seconds > on the top, you’ll see ‘i’ symbol, click on it, you’ll see the read status of the message.