Even in a world that sees new app releases every day, WhatsApp retains its top spot when it comes to messaging services. And besides, it is surely one of the main contenders for the most used application of all time. People love WhatsApp for its reliability and simplicity. Open the application, touch the contact, write the message and press send. That's it, you're done.
However, you will be totally wrong if you think that its simplicity represents a lack of characteristics. It is as complete a feature as any other messaging application. It is good to hide these characteristics with the naked eye. That is what makes it so successful. It acts as a simple tool for new users and yet it has advanced features at a finger's distance, in case you want to use them. We have already covered many of its features in our previous articles, but it is time to write a new one since WhatsApp has added many features since then. Thus, Here are the 15 best WhatsApp tricks you should use on your iPhone or Android smartphone:
1. Apply filters to photos before sending them (only for iPhone)
What better way to start the list than the newest feature besides the WhatsApp app? Unfortunately, right now it's only for iPhone users. Now when you are sending a photo with WhatsApp, you will see a little text that says: "Swipe up to see filters" .
2. Send messages on WhatsApp using the Google Assistant or Siri
Suppose you need to send a message to someone and you don't feel like writing or maybe you are in a situation where writing is not an option, what will you do? Don't worry, my friend, WhatsApp has you covered here. You can send messages on WhatsApp using the voice assistant on your phone and it is compatible with Google Assistant and Siri.
To do that, Android users can say "Ok Google" to start the wizard and say the next sentence, "Send a message to on WhatsApp" . Then ask him to dictate the message. Once you have dictated the message, the wizard will ask you to confirm the delivery of the message. Just say "S" or "Send" to send the message. The procedure is the same for iOS users with the only difference being to call Siri ("Hey Siri") instead of Google Assistant.
3. Enable two-step verification on WhatsApp
Since most of our conversations are done through WhatsApp, it is imperative to protect our data. There are many tips and tricks that we've already covered to help you do it. However, this is a new and a necessary addition to our safety tips. One way someone can steal your chat logs and even monitor your future conversations is to simply log into your account on a different device. Anyone with access to your device, even for a few seconds, could easily do so. Enabling two-step verification will prevent that from happening.
When you enable two-step verification, each time someone tries to log in with your account on another device, in addition to providing the OTP, you will also need to enter a six-digit code configured by you, which prevents them from having access to your account. To enable it, go to WhatsApp Settings> Account> Two-Step Verification . Touch Enable and then it will ask you for a six digit code. Re-enter the code to verify it and enter your email address for backup. That's it, you're done and safer than ever. For more details on two-step verification of WhatsApp, you can consult our detailed article on it.
4. Disable notification previews
Securing your WhatsApp account is one thing, and hiding your messages from prying eyes is another. By default, every time you receive a notification, you can see a preview of the message on the lock screen, and while it's helpful, anyone using your phone can see the previews of your personal messages. To stop the preview function on iPhone, go to WhatsApp settings> Notifications> Show preview and disable it.
The procedure is a little different on Android, as there is no built-in WhatsApp setting to disable it. On Android, you must access Configuration of Android > Notifications> Notification settings and select "Hide confidential notice content" . However, you should be aware that this will disable the preview of all messenger apps and other important apps.
5. Listen to voice messages secretly without headphones
Suppose you receive a voice message from someone but you don't have a headset, what are you going to do? Of course, you can't hear it on a speaker, as the people around you will also hear your private message. Don't worry there is a trick to solve this problem.
You just have to play the voice message and place the phone directly over your ear, like I'm on a call. The proximity sensor will activate and, instead of reproducing the message through the speakers, play the message on your headset, so that only you can listen to it.
6. Show your status to a select few
The status of your WhatsApp is a great way to inform several people about something at the same time without having to send them messages. With the inclusion of the new status of photos and videos, more and more people are sharing their photos and thoughts by using it. But what if you don't want everyone to see your status. What if you only want a select group of people to see your status.
You can do this by managing the settings in the Status option. Just go to WhatsApp Settings> Account> Privacy> Status . Here you will have three options, you can share your status with all your contacts or you can add specific contacts with whom you want to share your status. You can also delete specific contacts so they don't see their status, while everyone else in your contact list can see them.
7. Use multiple WhatsApp accounts (Android only)
One downside to using WhatsApp is that everyone you know is also using WhatsApp. Although this is a good feature, it can also generate a lot of spam messages. You may also want to use different WhatsApp accounts for personal and work purposes. Although WhatsApp does not allow you to connect two different accounts on a single device natively, you can use third-party applications to achieve this on Android. You can do this by installing an application called Parallel Space that allows you to run two different WhatsApp instances on your device. The application not only allows you to use multiple WhatsApp accounts, but also brings you separate notifications for both accounts. You can view our article in the ton app for more details.
You can also use multiple WhatsApp accounts on your PC with the All-in-one Messenger Chrome app. The app also supports other messaging platforms like Messenger, Hangouts and Skype. Take a look at our detailed article on the Chrome app to learn more.
8. Share GIF files, files or create GIF files on WhatsApp
WhatsApp recently introduced the exchange of different types of documents, such as PDF, DOCX, PPTX, etc. Along with the documents, you can even share GIFs and their current location using WhatsApp. To share your location or document, just touch the attached cone and select your selection. From here you can also directly share GIF files that are already stored on your phone.
9. Edit images before sending
Now you can quickly bookmark and edit your photos directly from WhatsApp. When you click on an image or select one from the gallery, you will see different options at the top. You can crop and rotate the image. You can also add text, emojis and even scribble on it If you wish.
10. Text format
Now you can format your text while sending messages on WhatsApp. You can change the font or change the format of the text to make it bold or italic or cross out any text. WhatsApp uses a very simple markup language technique to achieve this. The new font introduced by WhatsApp is called FixedSys . To format your text in FixedSys, just use the character of grave accent (`) 3 times before and after your text. IPhone users can access the character from their phones pressing the apostrophe, while the Android keyboard displays it on the second page of symbols. On Windows and macOS, find the character just below the Esc key.
To make the text appear bold, just add a star (*) and for italics add an underscore (_) to the beginning and end of line or word . For example, writing * bold * will bold font and _italics_ will do it in italics . You can also add ~ to beginning and end to create strikethrough for a text. See the images for clarity.
11. Check who has read your messages in a group.
When you chat in a group, the blue marks are of no use because, unless all the members of the group have read the message, they don't appear. Not only that, most of the time, just seeing a brand in their messages, since some of the users of the group may be offline. If you want to know who in the group has received and read your messages, touch and hold your message and touch the icon (i) on top of Android or the information option on iPhones.
12. Place chats on top (Android only)
If you need to keep a chat at the top, so that you don't get lost in a sea of chats and are easily accessible, I don't blame you. We receive messages from so many people on a daily basis that sometimes we lose track of what's important. With the WhatsApp chat anchor feature, you can pin specific chats on top . However, this feature is only available to Android users. To do it, hold a chat key and tap the pin cone . You can pin multiple chats at once. With this feature, you will never lose track of what is important.
13. Gesture to reply to specific messages (iPhone only)
WhatsApp recently introduced a nifty feature by which you could quote a message you were replying to. The feature is useful, especially within group chats. The way we do that is to hold down a message and tap the answer cone on Android and the answer option on iPhone. However, there is a faster way to do it on iPhones. You just have to swipe a message from left to right and the response field will automatically open. How cool is that?
14. Change the language of the application within WhatsApp (Android only)
An interesting feature of WhatsApp is that it also allows you to change the default language for your chats from the application. To do it, just go to Settings> Chats> App language and select the language you want. Just keep in mind that the language options are tied to your specific region.
15. Clean WhatsApp photos from junk with Siftr Magic Cleaner (Android only)
We share many photos, including memes and other fun images with WhatsApp. It is easier to share photos on WhatsApp if you want to share them privately or in a selected group of people. However, slowly, shared photos consume a portion of space on our phones. It is a pain to browse WhatsApp media history and individually delete unnecessary photos. This is where Siftr Magic Cleaner comes to our aid.
Scan your WhatsApp media library and intelligently classify photos according to its importance. Also recognize duplicate photos and helps you remove them in one batch. The application interface is quite simple. When you launch the application, you will have a single tap of the button to start scanning your WhatsApp library. After you have identified unwanted photos, you can delete them in one batch. This application is a must for users who share many photos and GIFs on WhatsApp.
Bonus tip: use WhatsApp as a personal bookmark keeper
What if I told you that you can use WhatsApp as a personal repository for all your bookmarks and links? It is a very useful trick since all your links will be available to you at your fingertips and you can easily share them with your friends if you wish. To do so, open WhatsApp and create a group with only one friend . Now delete that friend of the group, this essentially means that you are the lone member of that group. Now, any links you share in that group will be for your eyes only.
When you are reading an article, simply share the article on WhatsApp and select your group. A professional tip is to place the group on top so it is always easier to access. You can even make small notes and reminders to yourself. Very good, right?
Find these WhatsApp tricks interesting?
We have covered many tips and tricks for WhatsApp in our previous articles, you can read about them here and here. Also, watch our video that covers some of the best tips and tricks for WhatsApp. By learning and using these tricks, you can enjoy WhatsApp and use it to its full potential. Do you like these tips? Let us know in the comments what are your favorite tips and tricks for WhatsApp.