WhatsApp has over 400 million users in India, and the reason behind the popularity of this app is its simplicity and a vast number of features it offers to both iOS and Android users. The Facebook-owned messaging service is the most popular messaging app in the world as it also allows you to get in touch with your friends and family in a group video or voice chat. WhatsApp rolls out each and every feature after properly testing for efficiency and performance.
How to hide the blue ticks
The introduction of the blue ticks feature was a good addition as it lets you know whether or not the recipient has read the text. In order to hide blue ticks, you just need to disable read receipts (aka the blue ticks). You can do the same by visiting Settings > Account > Privacy and unticking “Read receipts.” After hiding the blue ticks, your contacts won’t see when you’ve read their message. It is important to note that after disabling the blue ticks, you won’t be able to see when they’ve read your messages.
How to add an extra layer of security to WhatsApp
WhatsApp added a “Two-step verification” feature long time back. This is one of the most widely used security features, and it has been adopted by companies like Twitter, Instagram, Apple, LinkedIn, Google, and Microsoft to name a few. This feature basically adds an additional layer of authentication before giving one access to their account. To enable two-step verification, head over to Settings -> Account -> Two-step verification.
How to turn off the ‘Last Seen’ feature on WhatsApp
This “Last seen” feature informs other WhatsApp users about our online activity. This includes if we are currently online and the time we were last online in case we are not currently online. More often then not, this feature is also associated with people checking if you have replied to their messages on WhatsApp in accordance to the last seen on the app.
Something that is quite easy to misinterpret and often a cause of misunderstanding. To stop the misunderstanding or even ensure personal privacy on WhatsApp, you just need to follow a few simple steps. Go to app’s settings, open “Account,” tap on “Privacy” and then “Last Seen.” Here you can hide it from your contacts or everyone. You can also choose the “Nobody” option.
Stop media (photos or videos) from being automatically downloaded
WhatsApp has provided an option to save you mobile data. The company is aware of the fact that a user receives a lot of photos or videos in a group chat or separately. So you can save your mobile data in WhatsApp and still get notifications and messages. For this, you just need to disable the app’s ability to download media using the mobile data. For this, just head over to Settings > Data and storage usage > When using mobile data. Here you can tick or untick the downloading of photos, audio, videos, and documents via mobile data. The same is also the case with the Wi-Fi option.
How to use live location tracking
To use this feature, simply tap on the attach button located next to the text bar on your chats. Under “Location” there will be a new option to ‘Share Live Location’. Selecting this will allow your friends and family to track you in real-time on a map. You can choose to set the duration for how long your location can be tracked on the map. Live Location is enabled for both single and group chats. In a group chat, more than one person can send their location at the same time. Once your Live Location is sent you can simply tap on “Stop Sharing”, which will be available just below your map card.
Create bold, italicized, strikethrough text
This one is very simple. If you want to make your text appear bold, you would be required to put a star (*) in the beginning and end of a text (Example: *Mango*). The same is also the case with italicizing and others. For italicizing, underscore (_) is used, for strikethrough the tilde symbol (~) is used, and (“`) for monospace.
How to send a forwarded message or photo without forwarding label
Earlier this year, WhatsApp added a forwarding label to its app. You can check whether you have received this feature or not by forwarding a message or a file that has been forwarded multiple times before. Then, the messaging app will alert you with “forwarded many times” label. WhatsApp says when you forward a message, you can choose to share with up to five chats at one time. You can send a forwarded message or a photo without a forwarding label by rewriting the message. The forwarded photos that you have received, you need to download them first and then upload and send it to others instead of directly forwarding it.