Best WhatsApp Features You Might Not Know About

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

22nd Feb, 2020. 02:09 pm
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WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging apps with more than one billion active users.

New features are actively added to WhatsApp app and comes across interesting editions timely.

Here are some useful ‘Whatsapp Latest tricks and features’ that can benefit you.

1. Hide WhatsApp group photos and videos from gallery

Most of us don’t have much control over what content is pushed to our phones via WhatsApp groups.

WhatsApp has now added the option to hide media from particular groups in the gallery.

Just open a WhatsApp group and tap on the group name to access the option.

This method won’t remove already existing WhatsApp images in your gallery and will hide new incoming media only.

2. Secure your WhatsApp using Fingerprint lock

You can also secure your WhatsApp using fingerprint unlock.

This way, only people who have their fingers registered on their phones will be able to access WhatsApp.

To do so, go to settings >> Accounts >> Privacy and scroll down to fingerprint lock.

Before using the fingerprint unlock, you must know that in case the fingerprint authentication fails, there is no option to unlock using pattern.

3. Hide particular contacts from viewing your story

Your Stories 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.

  • 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 the “Only share with” option if you wish to share status updates only with a small number of specific contacts.

4. Delete message after you have sent them

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 60 minutes. 

Also, the delete message feature will be rendered ineffective, even within the 7-minute time frame, if someone has already quoted your message.

  • Long press a message
  • Select delete for everyone.

5. 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 the 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Share Live Location (Real Time)

You can now share the 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

If you are running Android Oreo, just go to the app info page (you can also do this by long-pressing app notifications) and then select the manage notification option.

You can also assign a different sound to different types of notifications from here.

11. 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.

12. 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 the Archive button on the top.

This particular chat will now disappear from the list.

You can access it by scrolling all the way to the bottom.

13. 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 reads your message.

14. Transfer files between PC and Phone using WhatsApp

You can also transfer files between PC and mobile phones using Whatsapp.

  • First, send the file you wish to share with any contact
  • Now open the 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.

15. 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.

16. Make UPI payments

WhatsApp has added UPI payment option support and using it you can conveniently transfer money to your friends without leaving the app.

The option is accessible from within the chat window.

Just tap on the attachment icon and find a payment option where the camera icon used to be.

17. Send long duration 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.

18. Hear voice messages privately via earpiece

Did you know that you can hear Voice messages you receive on WhatsApp using your phone’s earpiece?

Just play a WhatsApp voice recorded message, and lift the phone to your ear, the same way that you’d attend a phone call.

The message will automatically start playing via the earpiece.

19. Whatsapp Sticker packs

WhatsApp has also added a rich collection of expressive stickers next to Smileys and GIF options.

Users can download different sticker packs, rearrange them, add personal ones and even use third-party apps like ‘Personal Stickers for WhatsApp’ to further customize them.

20. 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).

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