WhatsApp: your favorite tricks and tips

WhatsApp:  your favorite tricks and tips

By julianapardogonzalez

As an app is updated, so are its tips and tricks. That is why it is necessary to discover which ones are new and verify which ones are still valid, so today we will talk about this topic and specifically about one of the biggest instant messaging apps

There are loads of tricks to make your favorite IM app more useful than ever. You just have to be in the know. So, please, read these top WhatsApp tips, tricks and secret features to become a pro in no time at all. 

1. Figure out your favorite chats 

WhatsApp has the information about how much data you’ve shared with someone. And you can use it to make your own ranked list of your favorite friends. What’s more, if you click through, you can mass delete stuff that’s taking up too much space. 

  • Head to Settings > Data and Storage Usage. 
  • Next, click on Storage Usage. And you’ll see a list of your most important groups and contacts, ranked according to the data you’ve expended on them. 

2. How to disable WhatsApp read receipts 

We understand and know the weight we place on responding quickly and not feeling ignoring on WhatsApp.  That’s the privilege the blue ticks take away. 

The chat app realized the side effects of its ways and silently come up with a workaround. The liberty of message-mulling is ours again. 

  • In the Settings menu, go to Account. 
  • Then Privacy and turn off Read Receipts. The only snag is you’ll no longer get them for other people either. 

If you do not want to give up read receipt privileges, a simple way is to put your phone in Airplane Mode before reading the message, and you’ll dodge a blue tick. But, keep in mind, make sure you’ve closed the app before you turn your data back on. 

3. Instantly add dates to your calendar 

It’s easy to forget appointments when you’re a busy person or have bad memory. This handy little shortcut makes sure you commit to an appointment.  

Sadly, this one’s currently iOS-only, but you might’ve noticed that whenever anyone mentions a date in a WhatsApp message, it automatically gets underlined and highlighted in blue. Just tap it, and you’ll be given the option to immediately create an event on that date in your calendar. It’ll also recognize words like ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’. 

4. Send messages with your voice 

Thanks to Siri on iOS and Google Assistant on Android, you can reply without touching your phone and without open the app. 

Holler “Hey Siri” or “OK Google”, say “send a WhatsApp to (insert name)” and you can dictate your message. 

3. Send public invites in a private way 

If you’ve got a generic announcement to make – an invitation to a friendly event, this feature works in pretty much the same way as BCC-ing people in an email. Your recipients will get the message as if it was a privately composed one, oblivious to the fact that you’ve sent the exact same invite to other people. 

  • On the top-left-hand corner of your WhatsApp Chats window, just below the search bar, you’ll notice a Broadcast Lists. Tap on it for the option to create a new list of contacts you want your message to go out to, and message away like you would normally. 

4. Keep your messages secret 

Theoretically, all messages on WhatsApp are private, but not when you have the pop-up window activated, and a new message notification pops up. Although, there is a way to turn off the preview part of the message, so the notification only reveals who’s messaged you but not what they’re messaging you about. 

  • Go to Settings > then Notifications, and disable Show Preview. Now you can gossip in peace. 

5. Create your owns Stickers by WhatsApp Web 

To create stickers in WhatsApp Web only takes a few seconds. We load the image and the tool creates it automatically. 

The tool is more than intuitive, and it is not necessary to open any WhatsApp chat, click on the icon of the clip, give the new stickers function and create the one you want.  

We can also edit the sticker, cutting it, adding text, emojis and more. Simple edits to give a personalized touch to the content we are going to send, all without leaving the chat window. 

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