12 useful WhatsApp features you probably don’t know yet
We have known WhatsApp for years, and it has now become a permanent part of our daily life. WhatsApp has more than a billion users worldwide. The app processes nearly 42 billion messages per day. Even if you know the app thoroughly, there are always things you don’t know about WhatsApp yet.
They regularly come up with new features. We have listed several unknown but very useful functions.
1. You can format texts on WhatsApp
Sometimes you want to emphasize certain words in an app. On word or when writing an e-mail, we do this, of course, by bolding or underlining words. Did you know that you can also do this on WhatsApp? If you write the words you type between two special characters; the text will automatically appear in bold, italics, or strikethrough.
You get a bold word by typing the word between asterisks. With an underscore, you can make the text italic. You can use a crossed-out text with a ~tilde~.
2. Make messages disappear by the expiration date
WhatsApp recently introduced a feature that allows users to give their apps an expiration date. With the expiration date enabled, the messages will disappear from a chat within seven days.
You enable this feature by clicking on the contact’s name. Then select ‘messages with the due date’ and tap ‘on.’ With this feature, keep in mind that images sent are often immediately saved in your gallery and the recipient’s gallery.
This means that the image will still be in the gallery if the actual post has already been deleted. In addition, you should also take into account that the recipient can take screenshots of messages so that he can still see them.
3. Easily remember things by highlighting
If you need to remember an essential app, it is helpful to mark it with a star. This marking makes it very easy to find that one crucial thing among thousands of apps. You give messages such a marking by first pressing the app for a long time.
A star icon will then appear for you to select. A list of starred messages can be found by clicking the menu button and selecting ‘starred messages.’ This way you will be spared a lot of stress.
4. Who is your WhatsApp BFF?
Do you want to know who your most used contact is on WhatsApp? You can easily find out. Go to settings, click on “storage and data”, and select “manage storage”.
A list of all chats listed from highest to lowest MBs will appear. You can click on each chat and view detailed statistics, such as the number of messages exchanged and the images sent. With this new storage part of WhatsApp, you can quickly delete large files from chats. It’s a nice feature to take a look at.
5. View the details of your sent WhatsApp messages
Message details let you see what time a message was delivered and what time the recipient read the message. iPhone users do this by swiping the message to the left. Android users have to press longer on a message, after which they can click on an info button. This way, you know who is ignoring you in group chats.
6. Mute chats
Do you have to concentrate well on something, but are you constantly distracted by notifications or flashing lights from incoming apps?
Then you can choose to mute conversations. Android users can mute chats by long-pressing the chat and then pressing the crossed-out megaphone icon. iPhone users should swipe the app to the left and then click on mute. This way, you can continue working undisturbed.
7. Hide last seen
Sometimes it can be not very pleasant that others can see when you were last online. People quickly feel ignored when they know that you have been online.
This problem can easily be solved by hiding your last seen. You do this by going to your settings and choosing a profile. Then select privacy, and there you can find hide last seen.
8. Hide read receipts
Want to go one step further and even hide your read receipts? This will prevent other users from seeing your “blue ticks”.
This option is last seen in the privacy settings. Keep in mind that you will no longer be able to see the read receipts of others with this option enabled.
9. Cleaning up your gallery? Turn off media visibility
Is your “WhatsApp Images” folder also full of photos that are of no use to you? You can quickly fix this with a small change. On an iPhone, you do this by going to settings and choosing the “chats” tab.
Here it would help if you unchecked the “save to camera roll” option. Android users should also be in the chat settings but should disable the ‘media visibility here.
10. WhatsApp web
This is a well-known phenomenon for most, but it is worth mentioning. WhatsApp web is a web version of WhatsApp. This is ideal for when you have many different conversations simultaneously or when you need to transfer large files.
To log in to WhatsApp web, all you need to do is scan a QR code. It couldn’t be easier.
11. Custom notifications
You can set a custom notification for each chat on WhatsApp so that you can easily recognize which chat you receive a notice from.
On Android devices, you do this by clicking on the chat menu and selecting “custom notifications”. On an iPhone, you can click on a contact’s name and choose “custom tone”.
12. Export chats
Do you want to save a conversation but also enjoy tidy WhatsApp chats? Then it can be very useful to export chats.
Android users tap” export chat” in the chat settings. iPhone users should scroll to the chat’s contact information and at the bottom of the page and click “export chat”. This way, you can e-mail all chat messages to yourself or forward them via other networks.