WhatsApp is a popular social messaging platform with over 1 billion users, which according to statistics is the most popular messaging platform on the planet. With its inception in 2009, WhatsApp has proven its worth over the years and with its recent acquisition by Facebook we expect to see more amazing features and functionalities added to the messaging platform. In this article we shall be looking at the Tips and Tricks of WhatsApp.
HOW TO DISABLE THE BLUE TICKS (READ RECEIPTS)
You might have some point had the urge to be anonymously read a chat without the sender knowing you have read it. A read message on WhatsApp is indicated by the Blue double tick, to disable the double tick from turning blue here is how to go about it
Go to Settings click Account and then Privacy, a check box “Read Receipts” will appear, uncheck this box and that is all.
You also will not have access to know if the person you are messaging reads the message or not.
HOW TO FORMAT YOUR TEXT:
Having in mind to change the way your text looks, highlight a word or make strikethroughs. It is all possible by following this tips
To Bolden a text – Add an asterisk (*) before and after the exact words or phrases you want to embolden for example. *Hi*
To Create a text in Italics -Add an underscore (_) before and after your selected words e.g. _Seen_
To create a Strikethrough: Add a tilde (~) before and after the words you want to strike a line through for example ~Seen~
STOPPING AUTOMATED MEDIA DOWNLOADS
Worried about your memory space or bandwidth usage or just annoyed with irrelevant files been stored on your smartphone without your permission. There is a way out and I am here to reveal it to you.
Go to Settings and then set the Media download options to never.
HOW TO DISABLE YOUR LAST SEEN TIME:
It can be very annoying when people are able to track when you come online and when you don’t especially for stalkers. You can be free from this by following the steps I am about to reveal to you.
Go to Settings, navigate to privacy settings, and click on it, in the next option select last seen and then hide last seen.
A note of warning, once you hide yours, you will not have access to other users last seen.
BACKING UP YOUR CHATS
Ever thought of the loss of your vital messages and also images that was sent to you on WhatsApp. No more worries, you can back up everything on the server and also restore it. All you need to do is to follow these simple steps
Go to Settings, then Chat settings and then to backup chats
HOW TO LOCK YOUR WHATSAPP:
Are you security conscious and do not want intruders to read your messages without your prior permissions, Here is a way out. You can lock your WhatsApp by downloading “WhatsApp Lock” FOR Android Users and for blackberry users you can download “Lock for WhatsApp”. It is very easy to use the applications and it protects your chats effectively.
DO YOU NEED YOUR CHAT STATISTICS?
Just in case you are an inquisitive person or probably for some research purposes, here is how you can check your daily statistics of usage both for your individual messages and also for the group chats engaged in by you. The name of the magic app is WhatStat. You get info for pointers such as your friends that are topping your chat list and also the most active time of the day the groups you belong in are engaged.
HOW TO DIRECT A MESSAGE TO SOMEONE BY MEANS OF TAGGING:
You can Tag members of a whatsapp group chat by making use of the @ symbol, a list of names appears where you have to select the name of the person you want to tag. As easy as that!
HOW TO CONNECT WHATSAPP TO YOUR PC/MAC
All you need is an internet browser, you can now use WhatsApp. On your PC or if you are a Macuser simply go to web.whatsapp.com, scan the QR code with your mobile and then the linking will take place automatically but please note that, this will link your account with the PC or Mac and give you access to send and also receive live messages from your system and also on your Android.
How to share ZIP, PDF, EXE, APK, RAR and other Big Files
Are you interested in sending your documents in compressed formats or applications and the likes. Here is how you can achieve it
- Install Dropbox and CloudSend Mobile Application
- Click on CloudSend and a prompt will appear to link with Dropbox, Kindly Allow this
- Share the files you want to send to your friends on CloudSend and then
- Your shared file will be automatically uploaded to your Dropbox Account and a link generated
- Simply copy and share the link with your friends on WhatsApp to enable have access to download it on their phones.
HOW TO QUOTE A MESSAGE IN CHAT-
Let’s say a group chat for example, with very long lines of message conversations and you want to quote someone and what the person said. So you could reply to it. Here is how to do this
- Click and press down the message, once it is highlighted, navigate your way to the top menu panel where you would see a reply icon in form of a bent arrow
- Click on the Icon and select the name of the person you want to quote.
- Type your comment in the subsequent comment tab and send.
I hope you enjoyed this article, did you know that WhatsApp do not have servers that store your messages, only ones that hold your pending messages , so when it is delivered to you, they don’t have it any longer. But you can back up your messages with google drive.