A list of 10 WhatsApp Messenger tips and tricks, that will surely make things easier.
We all are well aware of the infamous WhatsApp messenger, moreover it has replaced SMS pretty well and somewhere we are quite addicted to it (Yes, I accept it too).
But do you know your best messaging app, that well? And, I came around a friend of mine, the other day. Well of course, he is a WhatsApp believer and has been using it since two years now. So, he recieved a message, and was saving a copy of it to his notes, and I was like “What the hell! Has he really been using WhatsApp?”. He could have simply starred the messages, for reading later, well within the app itself.
You might well be using WhatsApp for a long time, but a huge lot of us are not well aware of the things that it can do. So, here we are, tipping you guys with some WhatsApp tips and tricks, that you should know of.
WhatsApp Messenger Tips and Tricks
1. Create Homescreen Shortcuts For Favourite Chats
You may be chatting with a number of contacts, but that may also include a few people, who are special, may be your lover, your best friend, or an office colleague. I personally don’t prefer to go to the app drawer, open the app, and then view the chat. WhatsApp makes it easy, to directly open the chat of your favourite people. All you need to do is pull up a shortcut on your Android’s homescreen.
How? Just go ahead and create a shortcut of the chat on your phone’s homescreen. Easy as a pie, just open WhatsApp, scroll for the chat that you want to put the shortcut out for. Now, long-press the chat, and select ‘Add chat shortcut’. Move back to your homescreen, and you shall see the chat shortcut added, just tap on it to open the desired chat for your favourite person.
2. Lock WhatsApp
You might just hand over your Android to a friend or family, but are you sure that they won’t just go on spying on your personal chats? If this is your situation, or you just want to prevent your WhatsApp chats to be accessed by a random person, you can lock WhatsApp using a password.
WhatsApp doesn’t offer native locking, but you can make use of third-party apps to achieve this task. I personally prefer AppLock, which I myself have been using since an year now. It works pretty effectively. You can use password, PIN, or patterns to unlock WhatsApp. App lock will automatically lock your app when you exit it. The app is very easy to set-up and use. Download AppLock from the box below and go on locking WhatsApp for better security.
3. Get WhatsApp Notifications On Desktop
If you’re a person, who has to stay in front of his desktop/laptop at all times, you might not have the time to check your phone every few minutes, for when a WhatsApp notification pings in. To ease this out, you can simply push/mirror your WhatsApp notifications to your PC.
There are a lot of ways to do this, but my personal favourites are Pushbullet Android app, and WAToolkit Chrome extension. Both the methods require your Android device to be connected to internet, to be able to mirror the notifications.
Pushbullet embeds a cool feature that could mirror notifications from your device, to the PC. Not only that it pushes notifications, it also allows you to reply to the messages, directly from the PC. To use this feature, go to Notification Mirroring in the Pushbullet app, and enable the feature. The app would require notification access for Pushbullet, in order to work correctly.
Another good alternative is using WhatsApp Web and WAToolkit extension for your Chrome browser, on desktop. Go to the Chrome Web Store, search for ‘WAToolkit‘, and install it. Now, go to — web.whatsapp.com and sign-in with your account by scanning the barcode. You will see the WAToolkit icon aside your profile picture. Click on it, and enable Background notifications. Voila! Now you will have your WhatsApp notifications right on your desktop.
4. Backup Your WhatsApp Chat and Media To Google Drive
Backing up your chat to the storage is way to old fashioned, and WhatsApp has finally realized this. To better adapt this functionality and to increase its effectiveness, WhatsApp developers finally introduced a new feature, that lets you easily backup, not only your chat, but also the media, to your Google Drive.
This not only makes it better, but also eases out the process to transfer backups between devices. We have covered a detailed article on this — How to Backup WhatsApp Messages to Your Google Drive
5. Hide Profile photo, Status, and ‘Last seen’
A user’s privacy is something that WhatsApp takes pretty seriously. Imagine you just got pushed to a WhatsApp group, by your friend/colleague/family, filled with dozens of unkown people. Now, you might not feel appropriate when you profile picture, status, or ‘last seen’ is visible to them.
WhatsApp allows its users to maintain their privacy, by hiding their profile picture, status, and ‘Last seen’ timestamp. To do so, go to WhatsApp settings, tap on Account and then on Privacy. Here you will be able to change the settings, and limit them to your contacts, or nobody. This way, no jerk will go out throwing absurd comments about your profile picture, or status (Most people do :P).
6. Mute Notifications For Unwanted Chats
Have you been added to a group, where you don’t actually converse much, but are still forced to receive the notifications, just for the sake of formality? Or do you want yourself to be left undisturbed, while you are playing your favourite game, or watching a movie. If that’s so, WhatsApp allows you to easily mute notifications for chats, for a designated period.
Go to WhatsApp and open the chat you want to mute. Now, tap on the 3-dot overflow menu button on the top-right. Press on Mute, and select the time period. There are not custom time adjustments for mute, and the available time periods are – 8 Hours, 1 Week, and 1 Year. Finally, make sure that you have unchecked ‘Show notifications’, and if you don’t do so, you will still be receiving the notifications, except they will be silent now.
7. Change Chat Background And Font Size
WhatsApp isn’t something that you can theme (officially), but you still can enhance your experience. How? By setting a custom chat background/wallapaper. To set a different chat wallpaper than the default, go to WhatsApp settings, tap on Chat > Wallpaper. You can either choose from the WhatsApp wallpaper list, or choose your own custom wallpaper or image. This wallpaper will be displayed across all chats.
Another good thing that you could do is, change the font size. You might now ask, why do it? Well, we all don’t have the same device, and so neither the same screen size. If you have a bigger screen, and have hard time reading messages on WhatsApp, because they are too small, you can change the app-specific font size by going to WhatsApp settings > Chat > Font size.
WhatsApp is full of handy features, that you could use to ease up your chatting experience, and it’s just a matter of time until you get familiar with them. Let us know if there is something else that could be added. Until then, enjoy WhatsApp-ing!