Whatsapp is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world today. Almost all of our daily communication is recorded on the WhatsApp application. Work, friendship groups, to business matters all use WhatsApp as a means of connecting
Behind the popularity of WhatsApp, it turns out that there are a number of interesting features of WhatsApp that not many people know about.
Here are 8 hidden features of WhatsApp to try:
- Fingerprint unlock
Reporting from IndiaTV (16/1/2020), the fingerprint unlock or face ID feature is currently available on WhatsApp.
How to activate it is as follows:
Go to Settings in WhatsApp
Select unlock for “Fingerprint lock/fingerprint unlock”
Activate the option and customize it to your needs.
- See who you chat with the most
WhatsApp now has a new feature that lets you see which contacts you chat with the most or in which groups you share media content the most.
To view it, do the following:
Go to “Settings”
Select “Data and storage usage”
Select “Storage usage”
- Pin important conversations
We all have one or two people we almost always text/chat with on WhatsApp. However, the chat has the potential to be buried with new chats that appear, especially if many messages arrive in different chats.
To ensure that certain chats stay on top, you can pin chats.
The method is as follows:
Tap and hold on the specific contact or group you want to pin
Press the “Pin” icon at the top
Meanwhile, for iPhone users, it can be done quite easily, namely swipe right on any chat and tap the “Pin” icon.
- Change the text font
Quoted from CNET (11/18/2020), WhatsApp allows the text or font of your messages to be in bold (bold), italics (italics), or strikethrough (adding strokes to text) modes quickly.
To do so, you need to add some special characters before and after the text you want to format. If you want to bold text on WhatsApp, use an asterisk (bold). Italicizes the text with an underline (italics). And to create strikethrough text with tilde (~strikethrough~).
- Automatic message deletion feature
WhatsApp is currently rolling out a new feature that lets you enable disappearing (due to deletion) messages for certain conversations. When enabled, all your messages will disappear from chat after seven days automatically.
This means you don’t have to bother deleting old messages that are filling your phone’s memory manually.
To enable automatic message deletion, as follows:
Turn on “Disappearing Messages” by tapping the name of the contact or chat at the top of your screen.
Select “Disappearing Messages” from the list of options.
Please note that every image you send or receive is automatically saved to your phone or the recipient, so when the message with the photo is lost, the actual image can still be saved.
- View message details
Ever wonder what time a message is delivered or read? You can check the message details by following these steps:
Click message and hold
For iPhone users, you can simply swipe left on the messages you send to see those stats on your phone.
- Mute the conversation
When you’re in a meeting or you don’t want to be disturbed by the sound notification of incoming messages, then you can turn off/mute the conversation.
For Android users:
You can long-press on the chat you want to mute.
Tap the crossed-out speaker icon at the top of the screen.
For iPhone users:
Swipe left in the conversation
Press the three-dot button
- Hide “last seen” status
Sometimes it’s too much stress knowing that people can see when you were last online and it makes you feel like you have to reply to a pending message.
If you don’t want anyone else’s status and want to hide it, do these steps:
Go to “Settings”
Uncheck the box or slide the switch next to “Read Receipts” to the Off position.
Please note, disabling this feature automatically prevents other people from knowing whether you have read the message or not.
However, group chats will still use read receipts or blue ticks.