Secret WhatsApp Features – 5 Useful WhatsApp Tricks And Hidden Features To Make Your Life Easier
You have probably been using WhatsApp for years, but there are almost certainly some features you don’t know about.
Some users have flocked to Signal and Telegram due to WhatsApp’s divisive privacy update, but the market leader is still the Facebook-owned messaging service. More than 2 billion people worldwide use WhatsApp, making it by far the most popular messaging service.
Even though many users have recently shifted to competing chat apps, experts believe this will significantly hurt WhatsApp’s overall popularity. The chat app is still the best way to send texts, send and receive photos, and even make video calls. We’ve discovered some of the lesser-known WhatsApp tips and tricks to help you make the most of the popular messaging app.
Hide the blue ticks
The blue ticks that appear next to messages are helpful because they let users know when messages have been received and read. Those blue ticks can cause issues if you don’t respond to someone right away. Turning off your read receipts is the solution. This is how you do it: Uncheck the “Read Receipts” box by going to Settings -> Account -> Privacy. There is a restriction, though. Remember that the feature will not turn off the group chat’s read receipts.
Hide your profile picture
Sometimes you wish no one would see your profile photo, particularly if you belong to obnoxious family groups. The good news is that you can prevent people who don’t know you personally from seeing your profile picture on WhatsApp. Open WhatsApp and select Settings to do this. Click Privacy after selecting Account. Click on the Profile photo now. You have three choices: “Everyone,” “My Contacts,” and “Nobody.” Simply choose “My Contacts” if you want people whose phone numbers are saved in your contacts to be able to see your profile photo. Select “No One” if you don’t want anyone to see your profile picture.
Reply to a group message privately
Did you know that group chats allow for the sending of private messages? WhatsApp lets you send private messages to members in group chats, meaning it is possible to reply to specific group members — keeping the conversation invisible to everyone else. All you have to do to read a message in a group chat on an iPhone is to press and hold it. Choose “… More,” then select “Reply Privately.” The menu on an Android smartphone will appear at the very top of the display. To access the “Reply Privately” option, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen.
Stop images and video appearing in your gallery
WhatsApp automatically downloads photos and videos on your phone’s gallery. Some users find it annoying as it consumers storage and data, but there is a way to stop WhatsApp from saving photos and videos on your phone. Open WhatsApp and then select Settings. Head to Media Auto-Download, where you will find three options: When Using Cellular Data, When Connected on Wi-Fi and When Roaming. Disable auto-downloads by unchecking all three options, Images, Audio and Video.
How to block a WhatsApp contact
While WhatsApp makes it possible to communicate with friends and family, there are times when you feel you don’t want to. Thankfully, blocking a contact on WhatsApp is easy. To be clear, blocked contacts won’t be able to contact you by phone or message, and they won’t be able to see your status updates. WhatsApp will not notify the contacts you have blocked that you have done so if you choose to block them on the messaging app. You can unblock them at any time. Here how to do it:
1.) Open WhatsApp.
2.) Go to Settings> Specific chat>Tap on contact info at the top>Scroll down to the bottom > Block Contact.
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