Apparently, a few more lesser known Whatsapp Tricks And Cheats come to light with every new Whatsapp update, and we bet some of its new and improved features will make you love the social app even more.
With currently over 1 billion users, Whatsapp has quickly become one of the most used instant messaging apps in the world and many people (myself included) have found it completely indispensable from their daily rituals.
After the latest update (when I couldn’t find the contacts menu bar for a while), I slowing began to notice a bunch of my friends using some fancy whatsapp chat tricks in form of genius text formating that makes words look like this: “RicheeTech” or this “RicheeTech“.
It was then it dawned on me that I didn’t really know how to use whatsapp anymore – at least, the fun way to use it.
So I went online, did some research and cooked these awesome whatsapp tricks and cheats for you guys.
#1. You can now use Whatsapp on your computer.
If you’ve always wondered how to use whatsapp on your mobile or computer web, whatsapp now has that option embedded into the app. Just hit the options menu at the top right corner of the app and the drop down menu will show you “Whatsapp Web”.
Alternatively, if you type in web.whatsapp.com in your browser, go to the whatsapp web option on your phone and scan the QR code on the website with your phone camera and your account will be synchronized automatically.
#2. That text formatting I was telling you about.
Perhaps one of the most popular whatsapp tricks and cheats around now is the ability to now format your text in three ways on Whatsapp: You can make words bold, italics or with a strikethrough. Here’s how:
a). For bold text, add an asterisk to the front and back if the word/sentence. e.g – *RicheeTech* = RicheeTech
b). For Italics text, add underscores before and after the text. e.g – _RicheeTech_ = RicheeTech
c). For strikethroughs, place tildes in front and behind the text. e.g – ~RicheeTech~ = RicheeTech
#3. How to use Whatsapp to find out who you chat with the most.
If you’re an Android user like me, go to Settings > Chat > Chat History > Email Chat to see who you talk to most. For iPhone users, Go to Settings > Data and Storage Use > Storage Use.
#4. Track your Whatsapp activities.
Go to Settings> Data Usage > Network Usage to see the number of messages you’ve sent and recieved, number of media recieved and sent, status updates sent and received, whatsapp calls received and sent etc. You can also limit the amount of data you use by ticking the box in the Data Usage menu.
#5. Read messages without letting them know you’ve read (or ignored) them.
a). When you get the message, don’t open it yet.
b). Turn on your Airplane mode, thereby blocking all data and Wi-Fi signals.
c). Open Whatsapp, relax and read your messages.
d). Fully close the app and deactivate Airplane mode. When your data comes back on, you’ll see that the message won’t show a blue double-tick.
P.S – If you want to do this automatically, simply go to Settings> Account > Privacy and click Read Receipts off. There’s a catch there though (you’ll see it when you see it).
#6. Create GIFs on Whatsapp.
This is perhaps one of the coolest of the entire horde of Whatsapp tricks and cheats we discovered and it’s surprisingly quite straight forward. First rule, know that they’re going to be made using videos on your phone (you can’t make any if the videos aren’t on your phone).
a). Open the WhatsApp chat of the contact whom you want to send the GIF to.
b). Click on the attach icon that looks like an office pin > Select Gallery > Go to videos and choose the video you wish to create a GIF from.
c). The video will open up in the video editing section of WhatsApp. Adjust the length of the video to 6 seconds or less, (if it’s longer, it’s no longer a GIF to Whatsapp).
Once Whatsapp accepts the video length at less than 6 seconds, the option of converting it to a GIF will appear as a slider on the top right.
#7. Set custom made notifications for special contacts.
Let’s say you don’t want that special someone in your life to sound like just any regular on your contact list, simply go to the contact you want > Click the options menu bar at the top right > View Contact > Custom Notifications. From here you can set a special notification tone when his/her messages come in.
#8. You can edit photos on whatsapp.
Since both Instagram and Whatsapp are owned by Facebook, I guess it’s natural to imagine the parent company might cross pollinate ideas among them.
The Whatsapp image editor may not nearly rival that of its younger brother Instagram, but you can doodle on pictures, add text and emoticons, resize, change colours etc by Selecting the Attach icon > Go to gallery > Select the image. You’ll see the edit panel above ago like the picture above.
#9. Stop media from automatically downloading.
A while back I was on our church group when someone sent a series of photos in rapid fire and my phone was busy downloading. All I could think of was “My data!”.
Don’t be like me. Yours may be worse and a 500mb movie might auto-download instead. Simply go to Settings > Data Usage > Media Auto-download.
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