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ZingTech: 10 Whatsapp Tricks You Need To Know

Whatsapp is consistently rolling out updates like they're oranges, however within each update is a new trick that we all have to know!

How to switch between phones:

So you've got a new phone and the first thing you install is Whatsapp, but you haven't got all of your old messages there and let's face it, it's a heartbreaking situation. But now Whatsapp allows you to restore your old backup data so your conversations come with you. You can hit restore or use a file explorer to move contents over manually. Nifty huh? Well guess what, if you backup to Google Drive than that's becoming incorporated in the next modification.

You can hide your "last seen":

Hate it when someone you've been avoiding catches you being online on Whatsapp and nags that you've not responded? Well you can change that, all you have to do is visit Settings > Account > Privacy and change everybody or only contacts to nobody. But be aware that doing this means you cannot see anybody else's last seen status either. 

You can check when your message was read: 

When the 2 little ticks on your message turn blue, it means your message was read. However if you really want to know when, all you have to do is tap down on the message to highlight it and press the little info (i) button at the top of the chat. This shows you when your message was delivered and read and how many minutes ago as well as the exact time if it was longer than a few hours ago.

Whatsapp chats can be locked:

If you hate people reading your messages you can now install apps to help lock your messages down, even for Whatsapp! Some that work are Messenger and Chat Block, AppLock, or Smart AppLock. This currently isn't available for Apple without jail-breaking, but for android, it's a good start.

Whatsapp Web:

If you use Google Chrome, you can now log onto your Whatsapp and carry on messaging through your laptop or tablet at your desk without having to pull your phone out. All you have to do is keep your phone connected and voila! You can send webcam selfies through your Whatsapp. All you have to do is visit Whatsapp Web and scan the QR code through your settings labelled "Whatsapp Web".

Stop your camera roll being spammed with images:

Hate it when you have to delete so many images from your gallery? Well now you can stop that so it makes your life so much easier. On Android, use a file manager like ES File Explorer, and go to sdcard > WhatsApp > Media,then tap New at the bottom left in any folder you don't want shared, and create a file called .nomedia. Bingo. No more annoying images.

Mute the group chat:

Love being in group chats but find it so inconvenient at work? You can now mute the messages and hide the notifications of them so you don't get spammed by them any more. If you're using an iPhone, then open the group chat, tap the subject to get the Group Info screen, and then tap Mute. In Android, open the chat, tap the Menu button, and then tap Mute. You can specify a time period, or you can remove the tick in the Show notifications box to turn them off permanently. 

You can hide read receipts:

If you don't want people to see when your message was read, you can simply remove the receipt for this. All you have to do is go to Account > Privacy and then un-tick the box that says read receipts. This means you won't be able to see anybody else's either but they will always appear for group chats.

You can shortcut a conversation:

If you message people daily without fail, it may be easier to just create a shortcut for their chat. This is only available on Android but it's simple to do. Just hold down their chat on the Whatsapp chat list and press "Add conversation shortcut". This then pops up as a widget on your home screen and allows you instant access to that conversation without having to load up the app and scroll. 


Similar to BBM, Whatsapp allows you to broadcast. But if you want to send bulk private messages, it's the way forward. The broadcast feature let's you send out the same message to multiple contacts, but it will appear as a private message between the two of you for them. In Android, tap Menu, and then New broadcast. In iOS, tap Broadcast Lists on theChats screen, and then tap New List. If they reply it will then only go to you and not the whole list. 

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