Whatsapp has swiftly grown from a small startup to one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, with over one billion users.
While you may use it every day, you might be unaware of the cool tricks and secret features hiding in the app.
Here are our favourite
1) Find out who your best friend is
It’s not the years you’ve known someone, or if they know your gravest secrets that makes a person your best friend. It’s how much you WhatsApp them obviously. And there’s a hack to figure out exactly who that is for you. Go to settings in WhatsApp, and then account. You’ll get a screen like this, where you then need to tap Storage Usage.
2) Recover your deleted messages
So this one involves a little forward planning, which isn’t always feasible. You might not always know when you’re going to accidentally delete the conversation you were having with a cute date, therefore losing their number forever. If you hadn’t put it in your phone already that is. But there’s a way you can prepare for this. Go into settings and tap Chats. In there is the option to back up chat history now, or even set up an auto-back up. If you have an iPhone, it will store your chats in the cloud. You can then fully restore your chat history and media by reinstalling WhatsApp. Huzzah.
Blue ticks. They really can ruin lives and relationships. One forgotten message and suddenly you’re a message-ignoring monster. Someone has though figured out how to get round them. Thank the lord. Basically, the sending of a read receipt relies on having access to the internet via 3G, 4G or wifi. So the obvious solution? Switch it all off. Put your phone in airplane mode, read the message, go out of WhatsApp and properly close down the app, turn airplane mode off and voila – the message will still appear unread to your unwanted Tinder date.
4) Stop people from seeing when you were last online
This feature definitely takes the prize as the creepiest part of messaging apps. The ‘last seen’ or ‘last online’ function of the likes of Facebook and WhatsApp means you’re giving away pretty personal information about your day-to-day life. Like when you go to sleep, for example. It doesn’t have to be that way though when you’re using WhatsApp. Simply go into your Privacy settings, tap Last Seen and you can customise who can see when you were last online. You can make it so only certain people can see it, or just cut all the hassle and let nobody in. Not one person.
5) Really make your point with emphasis in bold or italics
WhatsApp has fulfilled the dreams of sarcasm and irony fans everywhere with their latest update.
Now you can convey to your mates how you couldn’t be anymore excited about that boring family dinner. Really, can’t wait…