20 Cool WhatsApp Tricks and Tips 

How To Get The Best Out of WhatsApp

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20 Cool WhatsApp Tricks and Tips 

20 Cool WhatsApp Tricks and Tips 

WhatsApp is an extremely useful messaging system but did you know that there are a number of cool tricks and tips you can use to make it even more useful ?

Take a look at the these 20+ hacks listed below.

Hide your read receipts: You can disable the “Read Receipts” feature to prevent others from seeing when you’ve read their messages. Go to Settings > Account > Privacy, and toggle off the “Read Receipts” option.

Create shortcuts: Save time by creating custom shortcuts for frequently used phrases. Go to Settings > Chat > Chat Shortcuts and add your desired shortcuts and corresponding phrases.

Star important messages: Long-press on a message and tap the star icon to mark it as important. You can easily find all your starred messages later by going to the main WhatsApp screen and tapping on the three-dot menu > Starred Messages.

Use WhatsApp Web: Access WhatsApp on your computer by visiting web.whatsapp.com and scanning the QR code with your phone’s WhatsApp scanner. This allows you to send and receive messages through your computer’s web browser.

Send messages to multiple contacts: Instead of sending the same message to multiple contacts individually, you can create a broadcast list. Go to Chats > Menu > New Broadcast, select the contacts, and send your message simultaneously to all of them.

Pin important chats: Pin your most important chats to the top of the Chats tab for quick access. Long-press on a chat and select the pin icon that appears at the top of the screen.

Hide your profile picture: If you want to hide your profile picture from certain contacts, go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Profile Photo, and choose “Nobody” or select specific contacts.

Use WhatsApp as a note-taking app: Create a group with only yourself as a participant and use it as a personal note-taking space. This way, you can easily access your notes on any device.

Find out who you talk to the most: Go to Settings > Storage and Data > Storage Usage to see a breakdown of the number of messages and media shared with each contact or group. It can give you insights into your most frequent conversations.

Reply to a specific message: To reply to a specific message within a chat, long-press on it and tap the reply icon. This helps keep the conversation organized and ensures that your reply is linked to the relevant message.

Customize notifications: Customize the notifications for individual contacts or groups. Open a chat, tap on the contact/group name at the top, and go to Custom Notifications. Here, you can set unique notification tones, vibration patterns, and LED colors for specific chats.

Format Text: You can add formatting to your text by using special characters. For example, for bold, italics, and strikethrough: Surround your text with asterisks (*) for bold, underscores (_) for italics, and tildes (~) for strikethrough.

Send Messages in Different Fonts: You can send messages in different fonts using the “Monospace” font. Add three backticks (“`) before and after your text to change the font style.

Pin Chats: Keep your important chats at the top by pinning them. Swipe right on a chat, tap on the pin icon, and it will stay at the top of your chat list.

Star Messages: Mark messages as starred to easily find them later. Long-press on a message and tap the star icon. You can access all your starred messages from the main menu.

Use WhatsApp Web: You can use WhatsApp on your computer by accessing WhatsApp Web. Open web.whatsapp.com on your computer and scan the QR code using your phone’s WhatsApp.

Customize Notifications: You can set custom notification sounds for individual contacts or groups. Open a chat, tap on the contact/group name at the top, go to Custom Notifications, and choose your preferred sound.

Broadcast Lists: Instead of sending the same message to multiple contacts individually, create a broadcast list. Go to Chats > More options > New broadcast, select contacts, and send the message. Each recipient will receive the message individually.

Use WhatsApp Status: Share photos, videos, or text updates on WhatsApp Status, which disappears after 24 hours. Tap on the Status tab and select “My Status” to add your own.

Disable Auto-Download: Save data and control what media files are automatically downloaded. Go to Settings > Data and Storage Usage > Media Auto-Download to customize settings for Wi-Fi, mobile data, and roaming.

Two-Step Verification: Protect your WhatsApp account by enabling two-step verification. Go to Settings > Account > Two-step verification to set up a PIN that will be required when registering your phone number with WhatsApp.

Share Your Live Location: You can share your live location with your contacts for a specific duration. Open a chat, tap on the attachment icon (+), select “Location,” and choose “Share Live Location” to share your real-time location.

Mute Group Notifications: If you’re part of a busy group and don’t want to be constantly notified, you can mute group notifications. Open the group chat, tap on the group name at the top, go to “Mute notifications,” and select the desired duration.

Mark Messages as Unread: If you want to remember to respond to a message later, you can mark it as unread. Long-press on a chat, tap the three-dot menu, and select “Mark as Unread.” It will appear as unread, reminding you to check it later.

WhatsApp QR Code: WhatsApp allows you to create a QR code that others can scan to add you as a contact. Go to Settings > Profile > QR Code to access your unique QR code. You can share it with others or scan someone else’s QR code to add them.

Create Shortcuts for Specific Conversations: You can create shortcuts on your phone’s home screen for specific WhatsApp conversations. Long-press on a chat, tap the three-dot menu, select “More,” and then “Add shortcut.” It will create a shortcut to that chat on your home screen for quick access.

Have we missed out your favourite hack? Just tell us in comments below and we can add it!

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