WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps with more than one billion active users. New features are actively added to the app and every few weeks we come across an interesting edition. So, what are all the new WhatsApp changes that you should know about?
If you frequently use WhatsApp for professional or personal reasons and are looking for ways to enhance your chatting experience, here are some useful Whatsapp Latest tips and tricks that you can benefit from.
1. Hide particular contacts from viewing your story
Stories are a great way of expressing your mood and can be quite personal. If you don’t want to share them with all WhatsApp contacts, you can prohibit particular contacts from viewing your status updates or stories as they now stand.
- Go to WhatsApp settings>> Account>> Privacy
- Select Status>> ‘My contacts except’
- Now select specific contacts you wish to avoid and tap the tick mark below.
You can also select “Only share with” option if you wish to share status updates only with a small number of specific contacts.
2. Read messages without being given away by Blue Ticks
If you wish to read a WhatsApp message without the sender knowing, there are a couple of ways you could do that.
- You can disable blue ticks altogether (Settings>>Account>>Privacy>> uncheck Read Receipts), but then you won’t be able to see if others have read your message either.
- You could read the message from the notification panel. To read multiple or long messages just tap and swipe down the notification in the notification panel to stretch it. This is more suited as a temporary measure for ultimately you will have to get rid of the notification for good.
- Alternately, simply turn on AirPlane mode, read the message and then turn the Air Plane mode off. This way, you can read a particular message without disabling read receipts and without the sender knowing.
3. Delete message after you have sent them
This is one feature that WhatsApp added in late 2017. The App now allows you to unsend messages that you have already sent, but there is a catch. The feature works for messages sent in the last 7 minutes only.
Also, the delete message feature will be rendered ineffective, even within the 7-minute time frame, if someone has already quoted your message.
Update: Delete message duration has been extended to 1 Hour
- Long press a message
- Select delete for everyone.
4. Read deleted messages on WhatsApp
There is a way to read messages that your friends have deleted from their end. Just download a notification log app and grant access to read notification. This app will keep a log of all incoming notifications and will also come in handy when you wish to retrieve a notification you have accidentally swiped off.
5. Auto answer WhatsApp messages
If you use WhatsApp for professional reasons and wish to add an automatic reply message to WhatsApp conversations, there are several apps you can use to achieve that. One app you can try is Auto Reply for WhatsApp.
We have covered ways to accomplish the same in a separate article that you can refer too.
6. Auto-suggestions for WhatsApp Messages
You can also get auto-suggestions to quicly respond to incoming WhatsApp messages directly from the notification panel.
To do so, simply download Google Reply app and set it up. We have also made a separate post explaining the process. Now everytime you get a WhatsApp message, you will have the option to directly choose from a few relevant smart replies. Since Google is powering this feature, it will only get better with time.
7. Schedule WhatsApp messages
To schedule WhatsApp messages for groups or individual contacts, you can download Scheduler app for WhatsApp. After granting it Accessibility permission, you can fill in the required fields and schedule your message.
8. Delete images or videos from a particular WhatsApp group or contact
If a particular WhatsApp group or contact is hogging storage space, you can delete messages, chats, videos, and audio from a specific WhatsApp group.
- Go to Settings>> ‘Data and Storage usage’
- Select ‘Storage Usage’ and you will see all groups and contacts ranked according to the storage space they are hogging.
- Select the group and tap on the ‘manage messages’ option at the bottom.
- Now, select and clear whatever data (videos, GIFs, Photos, etc.) that you wish to get rid of.
9. Share Live location (Real Time)
You can now share live location with your contacts. The location is updated in real time and you can keep a tab on exact whereabouts of specific contacts. You can share location for 15 minutes, 1 Hour or 8 Hours straight.
- To do so, just tap the attachment icon in the text input field.
- Now select ‘location’ and then select ‘Share Live Location.
10. Limit data used by WhatsApp
To restrict the data consumed by the app, this is what you need to do.
Go to settings>>Data and Storage usage
From here you can decide what all media (Photos, videos, documents, audio) the app can download while eating your data.
11. Assign different priority and sound to different notifications.
WhatsApp has added support for ‘Notification Channels’, an Android Oreo feature that can be used to set priority for different types of notifications coming from the same app.
So, you can decide if you need group messages to pop up or not. You can also assign them a priority level to determine how often they make it to the notification panel. To avail the feature, you will need Android Oreo support. If you are running Android Oreo, just go to app info page (you can also do this by long pressing app notifications) and then select manage notification option.
You can also assign a different sound to different types of notifications from here.
12. Pin conversation or make shortcuts
If you wish to keep a particular contact or conversation on top. You can simply long press the conversation and select the Pin icon in the options menu that appears on top. You can also press the triple dot menu and select create shortcut option to place the conservation shortcut on the main page.
13. Mark messages to answer later
If you have read a message but wish to answer it later, you can simply long press the conversation head in the ‘Chat’ tab and select ‘mark as unread’ option.
This won’t erase ‘Blue ticks’ or read receipts but will mark the message with a bloated green dot that will serve as a reminder. You can later answer the text at your own volition.
14. Hide a WhatsApp chat
People whom you have recently talked to appear closer to the top in your WhatsApp chat list. If you don’t want a particular conversation to be conspicuous, you can hide it as “Archive”.
Just long press the conversation and select Archive button on the top. This particular chat will now disappear from the list. You can access is by scrolling all the way to the bottom.
15. Check exactly when a particular person read your Whatsapp message
Blue ticks notify you that your message has been read, but they don’t tell you when exactly your contact read the message. Here is how you can check the same:
- Long press the particular message you wish to inquire about.
- Now press the ‘i’ icon in the top bar and you will see when the person read your message.
16. Mark message and easily find them later
If you wish to mark and preserve interesting or important messages (Like address, phone numbers, reference numbers, important images, etc.) that you wish to refer to later, there is a way you can do that.
- Just long press a message and tap the star icon in the top menu.
- You can retrieve stared messages by tapping the triple dot menu icon on the home screen.
17. Format WhatsApp Messages: Change font, Bold, italics, strikethrough
You can also format fonts of your WhatsApp messages. To do so, just long press the portion of text you wish to format after typing it in the message input field. Now you will get the option to change format to bold, strikethrough, or italics. You can also ‘Monospace’ option to change the font.
Change phone number associated with your account.
You can manually format test as follows
- *ABC* = ABC
- _ABC_ = ABC
- ~ABC~ =
18. Quote messages
To quote WhatsApp messages, just long press a text message and select the backward arrow from the top menu. You can now enter your text here.
19. Transfer files between PC and Phone using WhatsApp
You can also transfer files between PC and mobile phone using Whatsapp.
- First, send the file you wish to share with any contact
- Now open WhatsApp web on your PC.
- From here, you can download media or other file types from the chat window to your PC. Or upload a file and then access it on your phone.
20. Email your chat conversations
You can also email entire conversation with a contact. To do so, go to Settings>> Chat>> Chat History.
Now select the option to ‘Email Chat’. Select the conversation you wish to export (with or without media) and then complete the process using any email app of your choice. The Chat will be mailed as a .txt attachment.
21. Set Privacy options
You can decide who gets to see your profile pics, last scene, and other such details. You can find all these privacy options listed under Settings>> Account>> Privacy.
22. Backup data on Google Drive
Backing up WhatsApp data on Google drive gives you a convenient way to restore your chat messages and media when you switch your phone or reinstall WhatsApp.
Go to Settings>> Chat>> Chat Backup. From here you can select how frequently WhatsApp should backup your data to Google drive (Daily, Weekly, Monthy, When you Tap Backup or never).
23. Change WhatsApp number
If you are discontinuing the number registered with WhatsApp, you can replace it with your new number and keep using the same WhatsApp account.
You can find the option under Settings>> Account>> Change number. Your new number should be active to do so.
24. Change WhatsApp chat background
You can change WhatsApp chat background as well. To customize it, just go to Settings>>Chats>> Wallpaper.
Now select an image from your gallery or from any other folder, adjust it and apply it.
25. Hide WhatsApp media from gallery
You don’t have much control over who sends you what over different WhatsApp group and thus its always wise to hide this content from your gallery. Here is how you can do that:
- Download ES explorer
- Open Internal storage>>WhatsApp>> Media>> WhatsApp images
- Tap on the triple-dot icon and then select ‘+’
- Add new file and name it as .nomedia
- Now go to phone settings>>Apps
- Enable option to show system apps (triple-dot menu on the top-right)
- scroll down to media storage and clear data for this app.
That’s it. You can now reboot your phone. Your WhatsApp images won’t show in the gallery anymore. Do start seeing them again, you can delete .nomedia file using the explorer.
You can also hide WhatsApp videos, GIFs, etc. using the same process.
26. Hide notification from lock screen
For privacy, you can hide WhatsApp notification from the lock screen. To do so, just long press on a WhatsApp notification. Then tap on ‘Details’. From the next screen, you can choose to hide messages on the lock screen.
27. Make UPI Payments
WhatsApp has also added UPI payment option to its app. At the time of writing, the feature is available to users on an Invite only basis, which is to say that if your friend has WhatsApp payment you can ask him to invite you to enable the feature.
The option is accessible from within the chat window. Just tap on the attachment icon and find payment option where camera icon used to be.
28. Send Long Audio Recordings
WhatsApp has added another new feature that lets users send long Audio messages. You can now press and hold the microphone icon and then slide it to a lock button. Now you can record long messages hands-free.
29. Hear Voice Messages Using Earpiece
Did you know that you can hear Voice messages you receive on WhatsApp using your phone’s earpiece (one that you use to hear other persons voice during phone calls)?
Just play a WhatsApp voice recorded message, and lift the phone to your ear – the same way that you’d attend a phone call – and the message will automatically start playing via the earpiece.
30. Hide Media Files from Phone’s Gallery
The media visibility is one of the most-awaited features on WhatsApp. It lets you hide/show the media content in the phone’s gallery you’ve received from any specific contact or group. The feature comes handy in protecting privacy/ saving yourself from a little embarrassment.
To activate the feature, go to the contact/ group info of a particular chat and select the Make Visibility option. The visibility of downloaded media content is by default enabled in both contact and group cases. Select ‘No’ option from the dialogue box, to hide them. You can now view the hidden files from direclty from WhatsApp or the file explorer app.
30 Best WhatsApp tips and tricks
These are some interesting WhatsApp features and we are sure you could benefit from a few of them. WhatsApp keeps adding features and if you wish to be the first one to try new changes, you can also enroll in the Beta program. At the time of writing, WhatsApp is working on adding features like UPI payment, Demote as Admin, Stickers, and more.