We’ve been using some apps for ten years. WhatsApp is a good example of this. You’re often so used to using it in a certain way that you never really see what’s new unless it applies to an ability you do use. Do you want to learn how to use WhatsApp better? With these 10 tips WhatsApp you even better.
Give conversations a nice background
You can give different conversations different backgrounds. You can choose a nice picture of you and that person, or just a picture of your cat if you can’t miss it for a second. Although the repeating backgrounds are often very nice too. You can find it, for example, on Google Images by searching for WhatsApp background.
You can make text bold
Do you want to type a whole story in the family app but highlight something in it? Which can. Put the word (or phrase) you want to emphasize between asterisks and you will see that part is bold. If you prefer italics, you put the text between asterisks instead of the text between underscores and if you use the ~ twice, your text will be crossed out.
You can WhatsApp in the browser
Not everyone knows this, while it is much easier to tap WhatsApp messages via the browser, especially if you work on a laptop. This web version of WhatsApp can be found at web.whatsapp.com. You do have to scan a QR code within WhatsApp’s pairing menu to do this, but this is already done for a few seconds.
Taking pictures with WhatsApp
Want to send someone a picture of your breakfast? Then don’t do that with the camera icon in WhatsApp. The quality of this is very poor and you never have the same tools at your disposal as with your regular camera. Just open your phone’s camera app for the snap and then send that photo for a better result than that strange WhatsApp camera.
Check if you are blocked
If there is anything insecure, it is the check marks on WhatsApp. On the one hand they can provide you with so much important, fine information, on the other hand they can drive you insane. Why don’t my check marks turn blue on him or her? Maybe you are blocked. You can check that based on a number of things: do you never see a blue check mark, can you not invite him or her to another conversation and do you no longer see the profile picture? There is a good chance that you are (temporarily) on block.
A little more privacy
Are you not really waiting for those reading receipts and other types of check marks? Very understandable. You don’t have to wear them either. You can simply turn them off by going to WhatsApp settings, choosing Account and then Privacy. If you don’t feel like blue ticks, then turn off read receipts. People will then no longer see whether you have read something and vice versa.
Send a message to many people
Do you want to message a certain group of people on WhatsApp? You can of course create a group, but maybe you are not looking forward to putting all those people in a group. Moreover, you then have another group conversation that no one is actually waiting for. You can also send a WhatsApp message as if it were some kind of email. You do that by going to the three dots in the top right and choosing ‘Shipping list’. In it you choose the recipients of your message and they will then receive your message separately.
Remove all media from a conversation at once
Do you want to clean up your phone and do you think it’s a shame to throw away all the gifs and pictures of WhatsApp everywhere? If you do want to get rid of all gifs and pictures of, for example, a certain group, you can also delete all media from a conversation per group at once. To do this, go to the settings, Storage and data, manage storage, select contact and then check where you want to get rid of.
Not all photos and videos download by default
Do you not want to use so much data on WhatsApp? You can of course go on the WiFi so that your smartphone data plan remains intact, but there are also other ways to ensure that your data does not immediately go out when you open WhatsApp. You can disable media downloading within settings, storage and data. This can save a lot of MBs, especially with videos.
You can disable WhatsApp calling
Again something that not everyone knows, but if you are not keen on video calling, you can just turn this off. You do this by selecting the person, pressing his or her name and then turning off ‘show notifications’. That way, that person can call you, but you won’t get any notifications from it on your screen.
Hopefully you didn’t know all the tips yet and you can now make your WhatsApp experience more attractive immediately. Good luck!
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