11 useful WhatsApp tips and tricks you should know

WhatsApp tips and tricks

You already know that WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app. As at February 2016, WhatsApp hit one billion users and the number keeps on increasing everyday.

Truth is, as popular as WhatsApp is, many people don’t know a lot of useful tips and tricks that will help them get the best out of it.

In this post, i’ll show you 11 useful WhatsApp tips and tricks that will enhance your user experience. Read on….

#1  How to know when your whatsapp message was read

So you sent a message to one of your friends and you’re yet to get a reply after they have read it. Here’s how to know if your friend is probably snobbing you:

– Go to the chat window of the WhatsApp message.

– Long press on the particularly message until a menu pop-ups at the top.

– Click on the ‘i’ symbol (enclosed in a circle) and you’ll find out when your message was delivered and read.



#2  How to disable the blue ticks for messages that you have read

This tip would show you how to disable the blue ticks that signifies your contacts that you have read their messages. This has a disadvantage though – once you disable the blue ticks, you will also be unable to know when your message was read by other people.

– Open WhatsApp and tap on the menu button at the top-right.

– Go to on Settings > Accounts > Privacy.

– Scroll down and uncheck Read Receipts.



#3  How to read any WhatsApp message without the sender knowing

This tip is an alternative for those who wouldn’t want to completely disable the blue ticks. You’ll be able to read any message without the grey ticks turning blue.

– Turn on Airplane Mode.

– Open WhatsApp and read your messages.

– Once you are done, turn off the Airplane Mode and your contacts wouldn’t know that you have “secretly” read their message until you open WhatsApp again.

#4  How to share your location with your WhatsApp contact

This is a tip that can come in handy at any time.

On Android:

– Tap on the attachment icon in a chat window for the contact you wish to share your location with.

– Select Location from the menu that appears. You need to have your GPS enabled. Then you can choose to send your exact location or pick from a list of places.

on iOS:

– Tap on the Share button in the chat window for the contact you want to share your location with.

– Select Share Location.

– A screen will show up with the option for you to share your current location or pick from a list of places.

#5  How to backup your WhatsApp data

Whatsapp backups your data automatically everyday at 2am to your phone. But you could also backup your data to Google Drive on Android or iCloud on iOS.

On Android:

– Open WhatsApp.

– Go to Menu Button > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.

– Tap on Back up to Google Drive and select the backup frequency.

– You will be prompted to select a Google account that you will back up your chat history to. If you do not have a Google account, tap Add account when prompted.

– Tap on Back up over to choose the network you wish to use for backup.

On iOS:

– To make a manual backup of your chats at any time, go to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup and tap Back Up Now.

– For automatic or scheduled backups, tap on Auto Backup and choose your backup frequency. This will back up your chats and media to your iCloud account.

#6  How to hide “Last Seen” timestamp

If you like to use WhatsApp without anyone keeping track of your online appearance, this would be useful to you.

– Open WhatsApp and tap on the menu button at the top-right.

– Go to Settings > Accounts > Privacy.

– Click Last Seen and select Nobody and no one will ever get to know the last time you were online.

There is one thing though, you’ll also be unable to know the last time any of your whatsapp contacts came online.

#7  How to use WhatsApp without any phone number

– Backup your chats and uninstall WhatsApp from your device.

– Download and install it again.

– Download and install Spoof Text Message for Android or Fake a Mesaage on iOS

– Turn on Airplane Mode.

– Open WhatsApp to start the Installation process.

– WhatsApp will be unable to verify your number because you turned on Flight Mode. It will ask you to verify using an alternative method.

– Choose Verify through sms and enter your email address.

– Click Submit and immediately click on Cancel to stop the verification process.

– Open the spoof messaging app and enter the details below:

To: +447900347295

From: +(country code)(mobile number)

Message: Your email address

– A verification message will be sent to the fake number.

#8  How to email your chats

– Open the chat window for the contact.

– Go to Menu Button > More > Email chat.

– Choose whether to Attach Media or not.

– An email will be composed with your chat history attached as a “.txt” document.

#9  How to send two images in one

Have you ever received an image where you see one picture at first but when you click on it, it changes to another one?
Here’s how to do that:

– Download and install MagiApp for Android or FhumbApp for iOS.

– Launch the app. Choose your fake thumbnail image and the image that will be displayed after clicking.

– After the selection, use the sharing option to share and prank your friends.

#10  How to add formatting to messages

Want to add a bit of formatting to your WhatsApp messages? Then, try this. Add asterisks to either side of a text (*big*) to make it bold. Use underscores on either side for italics (_hot_) and tildes for striketrough (~smart~).

#11  How to hide WhatsApp images and videos from gallery

If you’ve got some images or videos in your WhatsApp folder that you want to keep away from prying eyes, here’s what to do:

– Open your File Manager

– Go to your WhatsApp folder and click on Media.

– Rename “WhatsApp Images” folder to “.WhatsApp Images”. If you are unable to rename it, try using another file manager like ES explorer.

– For videos, rename “WhatsApp Videos” to “.WhatsApp Videos”.

– If you want the folders to appear again in your gallery, go to the media folder and click on the menu button for options. Then, click on “show hidden files” and change the folder names to their original names.


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Ukeme likes to keep things simple and believes that tech doesn’t really have to be complicated. She is also a web designer and loves to learn new things.

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