Did you know these tricks you could do on WhatsApp?

Did you know these tricks you could do on WhatsApp?

Zee Media Bureau

You may be using the world's most popular instant messaging service, but are you aware of many tricks that you can do with WhatsApp than just sending and sharing messages on it? 

Here's all the tricks you can do with WhatsApp:

1. Remain anonymous, maintain privacy

Go to Settings, Account, Privacy, and then tweak your Last Seen, Profile Photo and Status to maintain privacy. However, you cannot hide your phone number.

2. Find out when was your message read

All you have to do is to visit any of your WhatsApp chats, tap and hold on to the chat you have sent, followed by tapping on the option with an icon encircled i. 

iOS users can also drag towards the left to reveal a window which will show the time the message was delivered and read.

3. Mute chats

You don't have to switch off your phone from preventing yourself from the constant beep of a chat alert. You can mute that particular chat by tapping on the chat of your choice, and clicking on to the right icon with an option of muting the chat or group chat.

4. Get shortcuts to your chats

You can create a shortcut of the chats of your favoured contacts on your home screen so you don’t have to keep opening and closing WhatsApp.

Just tap and hold on the chat (group or individual) of your choice on your Android phone, a tab will pop up for you to select the chat for putting on the homescreen. The option is not available for iPhone users. 

5. Stay selectively notified on group chats

Tap on the group, go to Group Info and then Custom Notifications, and assgn a cusom notification to the group.

6. Back up data

 The option of saving the chat history on iCloud automatically is available to iPhone users. And if you want to back up only a few select chat histories, you can do it by click on the chat , then on the user name and finally email the conversation to yourself.

Android users can go to 'Settings', 'Chats', and select the 'Chat backup' option, which will let you setup an automatic Google Drive backup. 

7. Link your app to just one number

If you put a put  new SIM in and activate WhatsApp, you’ll be asked to register the new number. You may just cancel the prompt and your WhatsApp will work linked to your old number, while using your new data SIM.