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All of 40 WhatsApp features
10 months ago

WhatsApp has been slowly introducing some great features so that users can learn each feature properly.
Undoubtedly the top messaging platform, WhatsApp today has more than a billion users who are actively sending messages and communicating over voice around the globe. The company was acquired by Facebook, and the messaging app is completely free to use. WhatsApp developers had initially released the phone number-based messaging app for simple communication; however, it took to the internet like a storm. The popularity of the free messaging app has got the developers to keep upgrading more and more features on WhatsApp. However, though the features are slowly coming into existence (compared to other popular apps who already have many of them included), on WhatsApp. Though users could say that other apps were already ahead of WhatsApp, a slow implementation works well in whatsapp features on iphone favour. First—users get time to learn and use every feature as and when they are released. If you have all features already there, you may not remember half of them at use. And lastly, each feature is rolled out after thoroughly testing for efficiency, data saving and performance.


Until date, WhatsApp has released a lot of features that you can use for messaging. Apart from messaging features, there are several tweaks and tricks that you can do with WhatsApp. We have put together almost all the 40 features, tips and tricks that users could use with WhatsApp to become a WhatsApp jockey.


40 whatsapp tricks

1. Send a single message to multiple people at once

Broadcasting a single message to multiple people at once is possible. Simply click on the menu (three dot ellipse) and select ‘New broadcast’. You will get an option to send the same message to multiple people by adding the contacts in the recipient list. Click on the ‘+’ sign on the right and select the names from your contact list.

40 whatsapp tricks

2. Format your text

You can now send messages in bold, italics or strikethrough too. Simply use the special characters before and after the words to get the formatting of your choice. For example, use asterisk for bold (*hello*), underscore for italics (_hello_) and tilde for strikethrough (~hello~).

40 whatsapp tricks

3. Find out who you chat with a lot

If you want to know who you are chatting too much with on WhatsApp, you can find out by simply scrolling through the chat screen. However, if you have cleared out the messages or if they are too many, it will be difficult to find out easily. For this, head to the settings and click on ‘Settings’, then ‘Account’ and then ‘Storage Usage’. Here you will find a list of contacts you are presently chatting with and if you tap anyone, you can find out how much of data you have sent or received during all chats. Now you can probably find out who is your good pal. This feature is available only on iPhone for now.

40 whatsapp tricks

4. Save data when using WhatsApp on Mobile networks

If you are roaming, or if you are on a slow or expensive data network, you can choose to reduce your data consumption by selecting what you want to automatically download. You can choose to selectively download video, photo or audio when you are roaming. Additionally, you can also click on ‘Low data usage’ to reduce the amount of data used during a WhatsApp call.

40 whatsapp tricks

5. Mute chats and groups

If you are on a group that sends too many messages across or if your friend sends you too many unwanted messages, you can simply mute the group or contact to stop alerting you. You can choose to mute the audio alert or the notification respectively. The messages will come in but will only show you when you start WhatsApp. Select the contact or group and choose the ‘mute’ option from the menu.

40 whatsapp tricks

6. Control your privacy

If you don’t like to show anyone on your contact list that you are using WhatsApp, you can shut off the ‘last seen’ option from showing up on their screen. You can also select to disable blue ticks (a form of read receipts) and turn off your profile photo. Head to ‘Settings’ and you should find it in the ‘Privacy’ option. However, you should know that if you disable these options, you cannot see other the same from contacts too.

40 whatsapp tricks

7. Share documents

WhatsApp has started allowing you to send and receive documents too. While photos and videos are allowed for sure, PDF, Excel and Word files can also be sent. Simply attach the document to your chat and share your documents. WhatsApp is rumoured to also allow GIF files in a short while.

40 whatsapp tricks

8. Read messages without blue ticks

When you read a message, you also send back a read receipt to the sender. This way he or she knows that you have seen the message. However, if you don’t want to send a read receipt (blue tick) back to the sender, you can read the message without them knowing it with two simple tricks. If you want to read a message, simply cut off all data networks to the phone. Use airplane mode and turn off Wi-Fi. Open WhatsApp, read your message. Once done, close WhatsApp by killing it from the memory too (use an app killer if needed) and then start your data again. This seems tedious, right. The other simplest trick is to add a WhatsApp Widget on your desktop. If a message arrives, you can read the entire message without the sender knowing it. Simply scroll the message on the Widget. However, beware, if you click on the widget, you will trigger WhatsApp and a blue tick will be sent across. Click here to know more about how you can do it.

40 whatsapp tricks

9. Stop auto download of photos and videos to save data

Similar to turning off audio and video downloads when roaming, you can also choose to selectively download photos and videos when on data or Wi-Fi respectively. Head to the settings and you will find the needed settings under ‘Data usage’.

40 whatsapp tricks

10. Add dates to your calendar

This is presently only available on iPhone. If your contact sends you a date within the chat, you will be able to see it in blue and underlines. Simply long pressing on the date can allow you to add the dates to your calendar and create an event.


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