As you know the era of text messenging is dead, but its place more flexible and more user-friendly – WhatsApp. Message your friends or family without any payments, because WhatsApp uses your mobile phone’s Internet connection to send messages. You can avoid SMS fees and enjoy free texting with anyone. Thanks to group chat you can share messages, photos and videos with up to 256 people at once! After a few months of tests I decided to publish tips and tricks for Whatsapp for the begginers, so if you start your journey with free texting, enjoy the advices given below.
How to save memory, data and money?
If your friend is annoyingly trigger happy when it comes to sending selfies to a group chat – simply disable the automatic download. Go to ‘settings’, select ‘chat settings’ and switch off ‘save incoming media’ to save precious memory on his phone.
Additionally, you can stop pictures and videos from automatically downloading when you are out-and-about, by setting it up to only happen when you have Wifi connection.
There are 3 options to choose from – mobile data, WiFi and roaming.
Go to ‘settings’ > ‘data usage’ > ‘media auto-download’ and un-click the ones you just don’t want to use.
Well, as we’ve all learned the hard way, topping up data is expensive.
Easily way to change your WhatsApp number
Poeple might dont know, but there is easy way to change app number within a few steps. If you have used multiple numbers on the same mobile phone, a problem you’ll face is that you’re going to have to give them your actual number, and this number that’s synched with WhatsApp, unless you re-install the application.
Good info is you don’t need to do that anymore. There’s a setting through which you can change which number is synched to your app account.
Archive all your chats!
Dont worry about losing your old conversations anymore, app has an auto-backup feature that saves all your chats! It also allows you to restore it if you uninstall the Whatsapp, or get a new phone. You can also choose if you want to manually backup your chats or auto back them up.
Recover your deleted messages
You might not always know when you accidentally delete the conversation you were having with a date, therefore losing their number forever. If you hadn’t put it in your smartphone already that is.
But here you are a way you can prepare for this. Simply go into settings and tap Chats. You will find the option to back up chat history now, or even set up an auto-back up. If you are an iPhone owner, it will store your chats in the cloud. You can easily restore your chat history and media by reinstalling Whatsapp.
Stop people from seeing when you were last online
This Whatsapp hack definitely takes the prize as the creepiest part of messaging apps. The ‘last seen’ or ‘last online’ function of the likes of Facebook and this Whatsapp means you are giving away personal information about your life. Like when you eat or sleep.
Go to your ‘Privacy settings’, then tap ‘Last Seen’ and you will customize who can see when you were last online. Feel free to make it so only certain people are able to see it, or just cut all the hassle and let nobody in.
Lets Use Multiple Whatsapp Account On Same Phone
It may be that you have various mobiles with you and in that case a person tends to have more than one app account. But once you lose or break your old phone, you always wish to use it in your favorite phone. But is it possible.
You can download and install Parellal Spaces application from google play on your phone. Add accounts over it and use more than one Whatsapp account via it.
Hide Media from Gallery
Thanks to various users forwarding messages all over, you might be getting many images and videos in your gallery. If you don’t like incoming media in app to show up in the Gallery, hide them using this simple WhatsApp Hack.
Simply Open File Manager and browse to Internal storage WhatsApp, then go to Media and Rename “WhatsApp Images” & “WhatsApp Video” folders to “.WhatsApp Images” & “.WhatsApp Video” respectively (notice the dot in start).
This trick is applicable only for Android platform. And this action will hide the images and videos from your gallery but you can see them in your WhatsApp using a file manager.
Schedule Messages on WhatsApp!
If you need to schedule messages on this great app, tough luck. Unfortunately there is not built-in option to do that, but you can simply use Scheduler for WhatsApp to do so if you’re on mobile phone.
Download the Scheduler from the Play Store, then go to your phone’s Settings > Accessibility and just turn on WhatsApp Scheduler under Services.
Then after open Scheduler for WhatsApp, tap + floating button and make your selections. Type your message and at the end just click CREATE to schedule your message.
Lets Supercharge Your Privacy
What about if your own number is added to a massive group full of strangers for a conference or wedding? I guess you don’t want everyone seeing your face and being alerted when you are typing, right?
Edit the visibility of your Last Seen status, Profile Photo, Status, and Read Receipts.
Steps: Options > Settings > Account > Privacy. At the end make the necessary amendments. You can choose whether everybody or nobody sees your details.
Bookmark important messages
For particular user some messages might be more important than others. Whether it’s a date you need to remember, or a good hairdresser you’ve been recommended. Good info is there is way to bookmark these messages and find them all in the Starred Messages section.
If you are an Android user, go into Chats > Specific chat > Specific message > Hold down and just press the star.
Customize notifications right now
There might be particular contacts you want to know instantly if they are calling/messaging you and this whatsapp hack could help you. Firstly make you sure they don’t blend into the crowd by changing their specific alert tones. You will recognise them when that particular person has sent you a message call you.
On both devices simply go into Chats > Specific chat > Tap on contact name at top > Custom Notifications. Small trick but might be helpful in some situations.
How to send animated GIFs
Thanks to many updates now WhatsApp allows you to send GIFs. This feature works even if your friend has the Android app; he just won’t be able to reply with his GIF. To send a GIF, press the + icon, then select Photo & Video Library. Feel free to select any video up to six seconds long, and you can also 3D Touch on a Live photo from your Camera Roll, just swipe up and tap Send as GIF.
Another great thing is you can even copy/paste a GIF from Giphy if you install the GIPHY Keys application from the Apple App Store. After you do this, go to Settings > General > Keyboard and then add a new keyboard. You should see GIPHY Keys on the list. Select it and enable Allow Full Access.
When you’re back in WhatsApp, simply switch to the other keyboard and search for your GIF. Tap on one to copy it and paste chosen GIF into the message.
How to Manage Auto Downloading of Media
While auto-download on this app is a convenient feature rather than manually tapping download every time a picture or video arrives but it can slow down your limited mobile data bandwidth. There are options to set that accordingly.
If you are suing Android, find the options in Settings > Chats and calls > Media auto-download. You can then set whether you want to auto download pictures, audio and videos on mobile data, WiFi and roaming! If you are iPhone user, there’s only an option to either turn ON or OFF automatically – Save Incoming Media. More WhatsApp Hacks and advices you can find on official app website and fanpages/groups.