WhatsApp is one of the most popular digital messaging app which has somehow managed to retain its top spot in the era of new releasing messaging app.People love WhatsApp for its reliability and simplicity. You open the app, tap on the contact, write the message and press send. That’s it, you are done.However, you will be totally mistaken if you think that its simplicity represents a lack of features. It is as feature packed as any other messaging app out there. It is just good at hiding those features in plain sight. That’s what makes it so successful. So here are 7 Cool WhatsApp tricks you should be knowing.
1. Apply Filters to Photos Before Sending
What better way to start the list than the newest feature addition to WhatsApp app. Now, whenever you are sending a photo using WhatsApp you will see a small text saying, “Swipe up for filters”.
Upon swiping up, you will find a set of filters you can apply to your photos, just like on Instagram. At the time of writing this article, there are only 6 filters available but are expected to increase with future updates. Also, now when you send four or more photos at once, the photos will be sent inside an album and hence, will not hijack your chats like before.
2. Send Messages on WhatsApp using Google Assistant or Siri
Suppose you need to send someone a message and are not in a mood to type or maybe you are in a situation where typing isn’t an option, what will you do? Worry not my friend, WhatsApp has got you covered here. You can send messages on WhatsApp using the voice assistant on your phone and it supports both Google Assistant and Siri.
To do that, Android users can call out “Ok Google” to launch the assistant and say the following phrase, “Send a message to <Contact Name> on WhatsApp”. It will then ask you to dictate the message. After you have dictated the message, the assistant will ask you to confirm sending the message. Just say, “Yes” or “Send it” to send the message. The procedure is same for the iOS users with the only difference of calling on Siri (“Hey Siri”) rather than Google Assistant.
3. Enable Two-Step Verification on WhatsApp
Since most of our conversations happen over WhatsApp, it is imperative to protect our data. There are a lot of tips and tricks which we have already covered that help you do just that. However, this is a new one and a needed addition to our security tips. One way someone could steal your chat records and even keep an eye on your future conversations is by just logging into your account on a different device. Anyone who has access to your device even for a few seconds could easily do that. Enabling Two-Step Verification will stop that from happening.
When you enable Two-Step Verification, whenever someone tries to login with your account on any other device, other than providing the OTP, they will also have to enter a six-digit code set up by you, thus preventing them from getting access to your account. To enable it, head over to WhatsApp Settings>Account>Two-step Verification. Tap on Enable and then it will ask for a six digit code. Re-enter the code to verify it and enter your email address as a backup. That’s it, you are done and more secure than ever before. For more details on WhatsApp’s two-step verification, you can check out our detailed article on the same.
4. Listen to Voice Messages Secretly Without Headphones
Suppose you get a voice message from someone but you don’t have a headphone with you, what will you do? Of course, you cannot listen to it on a speaker as people around you will also be listening in on your private message. Do not worry there’s a hack for solving this problem.
You just have to play the voice message and place your phone right on your ear, as if you are taking a call. The proximity sensor will activate and instead of playing the message through speakers, it will play the message on your earpiece, so that only you can hear it.
5. Share GIFs, Files or Create GIFs in WhatsApp
WhatsApp recently introduced sharing of different types of documents, like PDF, DOCX, PPTX etc. Along with documents, you can even share GIFs and your current location using WhatsApp. To share your location or document, just tap on the attachment icon and select your pick. From here you can also directly share GIFs which are already stored on your phone.
You can even create a GIF inside WhatsApp itself. Record a video of six seconds or less and WhatsApp will automatically give you an option to trim the clip. At the top right corner, change the format from video to GIF by tapping on the slider as shown in the picture. Keep in mind that you will only get the option to create gif when your video is lesser than 6 seconds long.
6 Format Text
Now you can format your text while sending messages on WhatsApp. You can either change the font or you can change the format of the text to make it bold or italics or strike-through any text. WhatsApp uses a very simple markup language technique to achieve that. The new font introduced by WhatsApp is called FixedSys. To format your text in FixedSys, you just have to use grave accent (`) character 3 times before and after your text. The character can be accessed by iPhone users on their phones by long pressing on the apostrophe, while the Android keyboard features it on the second page of symbols. On Windows and macOS, you will find the character just below the Esc key.
To make your text bold, just add a star (*) and for italics add an underscore(_) at the start and end of the line or word. For example, writing *bold* will make it bold and _italics_ will make it italics. You can also add ~ at the start and the end to create strike-through for a text. See the pictures for more clarity.
7. Unblock yourself from someone’s account
This is something we would not recommend doing but if you really need to contact someone who has blocked you, there’s a way to unblock yourself from their account. It’s important to note that the steps to unblock will result in you losing all your account info including chats, backups, photos and anything else. If you are okay with that, here are the steps to unblock yourself:
- First, head over to WhatsApp Settings->Account->Delete My Account and enter your mobile number and tap on “Delete My Account“.
- Then, uninstall WhatsApp from your device. Once done, restart your Android smartphone or iPhone.
- When your device restarts, install WhatsApp afresh from App Store or Google Play Store, enter your details and start using WhatsApp. Your WhatsApp account will then be unblocked from all the accounts that have blocked you.
Find these tricks useful?
WhatsApp as I said earlier is known for making creative changes and once you start exploring it, you will find that it’s not just a simple messaging app, it’s a package of fun loaded excellent features to enhance your online messah=ging expereince.
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