12 Tips & Tricks to Help You Make the Most Out of Whatsapp

There is no doubt that WhatsApp Messenger is one of the most popular application across all mobile platforms. The messenger has over one billion active users.

With the new updates rolling in, it is tough to keep track of all the updates. ProPakistani has created a guide of all the old and new tips and tricks which can prove useful for you. Have a look!

Formatting The Messages

WhatsApp allows you to format your messages and then send them. This feature has been around for a while but many people still don’t know how to properly use them.

The three formatting techniques which WhatsApp offers are italic, bold and strike through. To use them, encapsulate the text as below:

  1. _Italic_
  2. *Bold*
  3. ~Strike through~

Use WhatsApp in a Web Browser

For people who prefer typing on the keyboards, they can use their WhatsApp in a web browser.

All you need to do is open the WhatsApp web version and scan the bar code which appears on the website from your smartphone.

After that, all your chats will be displayed in the browser.

You can send messages, images and videos from the WhatsApp web version.

Transfer Files To PC via WhatsApp

Often times, it is a hurdle to find the data cable and attach it to the PC to transfer files.

As a substitute, you can save your own number in your phone and send the files to your own WhatsApp chat.

With the WhatsApp web already logged in, you can receive the files on your PC and download them there.

Backup & Restore WhatsApp Conversations

Often times people end up deleting their data or losing their smartphones. If such a situation occurs, you can still retrieve your WhatsApp chats and media through this method.

WhatsApp lets you backup all of your chats including media to Google Drive. To do this you have to tap Menu button and then Settings > Chats > Chat backup. Then tap on Back up to Google Drive. You will be prompted to select the Google Account you want to choose to backup your data.

You can also set backup frequency (daily, weekly, monthly), backup over WiFi only or manually backup by pressing “Backup Now” button.

To restore, install WhatsApp on your new phone, sign up and go to the same settings menu, link your account and click Restore.

You can copy or backup conversations to your email as well.

In order to do that, open the chat you want to save. Then click Options > More > Email chat. After that, follow the on-screen instructions.

Know When Someone Read Your Message

Majority of the people already know that one grey tick means that the message has been sent, two grey ticks imply that message has been delivered and blue ticks indicate that the message has been read by the recipient.

However, there is another option to check all of the above things. Not only that, it also shows the exact time stamp.

To see the message information or  the sent message details, open a chat, tap and hold any sent message, then tap the info (or i) button from the action bar (top).

Star Important Messages

It is always difficult to scroll hundreds and thousands of messages to find something you were looking for.

Suppose a friend suggests a good song or give you his address, instead of scrolling and finding it later on, you can star the messages.

To mark a message as favorite, you just need to long press on any individual message, then tap on the star icon in the action bar at the top of the application’s screen.

To revisit the messages, click on Options in the conversation list screen and choose Starred Messages.

Hide Chats From The WhatsApp List

Do you have nosy family members or friends who like to keep tabs on you?

It is always a problem if that is the case. Previously, WhatsApp offered no support for hiding conversations. The only solution was to delete the conversations.

However, now, you can hide them. Here’s how:

Tap and hold a particular chat and click the archive button in the action bar to archive that conversation.

To view all archived chats by scrolling to the bottom in the conversation list screen then click Archived chats.

Hide WhatsApp Media From Your Gallery

If you like to keep things organized in your gallery and don’t want the incoming WhatsApp media to show up in your gallery then this trick is for you.

All you need to do is open File Manager and browse to Internal storage WhatsApp > Media and Rename two folders.

  • To rename: WhatsApp Images and WhatsApp Videos.
  • Rename to: (dot)WhatsApp Images and (dot)WhatsApp Video.

Note:  (dot) represents the punctuation dot.

Through this trick, you can hide images and videos in your gallery but you can view them in your WhatsApp and your File Manager as well. Another key thing to mention here is that this trick only works on Android phones.

Use Multiple WhatsApp Accounts

People who own a dual-SIM smartphone are often faced with the dilemma of using only one WhatsApp account.

There are third-party applications through which you can achieve the goal but those means aren’t always the most effective.

For this trick to work, it is necessary for you to own a smartphone which is upgraded to Lollipop OS.

Go to Android’s Settings > Users > Add user.

After you have created a new user, log in using the new account, install WhatsApp on the newly created account and use it for your second number.

Use Different Skin Tone Emojis

Some WhatsApp emojis such as hand and face gestures (not the smileys) can also be sent in different skin tones. The skin tones vary from light to dark, which gives you a personal feel to it.

To change the skin tone of the emojis, click on emojis, long tap on the emoji you want to send and you will see a list of the same emoji with different skin tones to choose from.

Send Messages To Multiple Contacts

WhatsApp brought the Broadcasting of the messages to the table. Through this, users can draft one message and forward it to multiple contacts without having to copy paste in individual chats.

For this, you need to tap Option, select New Broadcast, tap on the Plus Sign (+) to add contacts, tap Done and then tap on Create.

There is no limit on the contact list, so feel free to select as many as you like.

Edit Images Before Sending

One of the latest updates brought a Snapchat-like feature to WhatsApp.

This feature had been missing and has now made WhatsApp a more complete messenger applications.

Normally when you take photos, you almost always want to edit them before sending. You can now do that with WhatsApp.

After taking a picture through in-app camera, you can now add emojis, crop the the image taken or write anything on the picture using the pen option.

The usability of the feature is extremely straightforward.

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  • Yeh sab cheezein khaali pakistaniyon ko hii pata nai hongi…..By the way Azad kashmir ka 3g 4g kahaan punhcha……Jio rocks here in Srinagar…..Free services till 31st march……

    • its because of Kashmir that India and Pakistan is fighting other wise our relationship would have been like US and Canada.
      India and Pakistan used to be one. Brits divided us created hate among us.
      Indians hate Pakistan because we divided India. But Pakistan is a reality. India and Pakistan can be friends again we have same language, we have same traditions, we have same mentality, we are same in corruption, we have same poor people, we have same 1% rich elite.
      India and Pakistan is a same person with two names. India and Pakistan can become friends if Kashmir gets independence. But its not gonna happen and people on both sides are gonna die.
      The problem is Kashmir and brother you just want free internet. people on both sides are dying for you. at least have some respect.
      Kashmir wo twaif ha jo na india ki ha na pakistan ki. Main to kehta hoon kashmir se jaan churao both India and Pakistan. Jannat E Nazeer ke peechay apney mulkon ko Dozakh na banao.
      Bohot hogeya :( bus kardo bus, bus kardo bus…..

      • Apki soch ko 42 topon ki salami.. gair muslim kbhi b muslim ka dost nai ho skta… akhbaar parhty hun to pta ho..

        • Ye internet, fb, Whatsapp ap key dushmanun ney banai hey. Ap kis moon sey apney dushmanun ki cheezein use ker rahey hein? Ye smartphone, bijli, bijli k khambey bi unhun ney banayen, phenk dou apna iphone, jala lo apna pc or laptop or nikal pado ye dunya fatah kerney bhai..

          • O mister ap meri bat ko nai samjhy .. .
            Wo kon c jagah hai jahan india pakistan k khalaf sazshen nai kr raha ???
            Uno khelon k maidan kashmir balochistan her jagah.. ye iphone laptop india ne bnaye kiya ???
            China b to nin muslim hai mger wo sazishi nai to Pakistan ka kitna gud friend hai.. jo aman se rahy usk sath aman se rehny ka hukm hai.. jo waar kry us se dosti nai hoti hoshyar rehna hota hai

      • Well all Regional Countries are the same, if india and pakistan share similar culture, so does .. UAE with Qatar and other arab, this means they all fight so to become ONE country,, not possible.. soooo India needs to grow up and forgot the past, now its not 2 but 3 countries …including Bangladesh,… enjoy and mind your own business,,,,,, Pakistan culture and values are now much different to indian, its a muslim nation….

        • “Mind your own business” you can tell yourself that before replying to my comment.
          I never said we should become one country, i said we need peace between both countries stop these proxy wars.
          Our culture is not different then theirs. Look at your shaddi functions do they represent islam???
          What culture are you talking about??

          • Ye islam nai ap jesy logo ki modernism k shoq mein hindo ki naqaali hai..
            Ager koi fard ya groh islam ki taleemaat pe amal nai krta to is mein wo fard groh ghalat hai na k islaam…
            Kashmiri Pakistan zindabaad ka naara lgaty hain to unhein bhoon diya jata hai tb to apki roh bl k badroh nai jagti k unhein jin k sath b rehna hai fesla krny ka haq diya jaye.
            Kbhi gaye k zibah k ilzam lga k..kbhi hijaab ko bahana bna k muslims ko qatal kiya ja raha…
            Aur to aur Fawad khan maira khan shah rukh khan jesy naam k muslim b hindo se bardasht nai ho rahy ap aman ki baat krty ho

      • Pakistan me bhukhmara h.. aaj hindustan ki charcha hoti h world me.. pakistan reh gya h pichche…

        • جموں (خصوصی رپورٹ) بھارتی
          سرحدی فوج بی ایس ایف کی ہائی کمان نے فیس بک ویڈیو میں ناقص کھانوں کی شکایت اور افسروں کی کرپشن کا بھانڈا پھوڑنے والے فوجی کا تبادلہ کر دیا۔ تیج بہادر یادیو کو کنٹرول لائن پر راجوڑی سیکٹر سے ہٹا کر بطور سزا پونچھ ہیڈکوارٹرز میں پلمبرنگ کی ڈیوٹی دی گئی ہے یعنی اب وہ نلکے ٹوٹیاں پائپ کھولے جوڑے گا اور فوجیوں کے بیت الخلاﺅں میں گھس کر خرابیاں دور کرے گا۔ واضح رہے کہ تیج بہادر یادیو نے گزشتہ روز اپنے فیس بک پیج پر کئی ویڈیوز اپ لوڈ کی تھیں جن میں اس نے دکھایا اور بتایا تھا کہ کنٹرول لائن پر شدید برفباری اور جما دینے والی سردی میں 12‘ 12 گھنٹے ڈیوٹی دینے والے فوجیوں کو ناشتے میں جلا ہوا پراٹھا اور آدھا کپ چائے ملتا ہے۔ دو چھوٹی چپاتیاں‘ دوپہر کو پانی جیسی پتلی اور بغیر مصالحوں والی دال کے ساتھ ملتی رات کو اکثر کھانے کے بغیر بھوکے پیٹ سونا پڑتا ہے۔ادھر بی ایس ایف اہلکار کی حمایت میں اس کی بیوی شرمیلا حکام کو دہائی دیتے ہوئے سامنے آ گئی۔ گزشتہ روز صحافیوں سے گفتگو کرتے ہوئے شرمیلا نے کہا کہ روٹی مانگ کر اس کے شوہر نے کیا غلط کیا اس نے ملک کا کوئی قانونی نہیں توڑا وہ وطن کیلئے شدید سردی میں خدمات انجام دے رہا ہے ہمیں انصاف فراہم کیا جائے۔
          Ye daikh lo apna asli chehra

        • Ye charcha ho ri hai kikikikiki
          انڈیا کی وزیر خارجہ نے بین الاقوامی آن لائن سامان بیچنے والی کمپنی ایمازون کو انڈیا کے جھنڈے کے بنے ہوئے باانداز بنانے پر تنقید کا نشانہ بنایا ہے۔

          انڈیا کی وزیر خارجہ سشما سوراج نے ٹویٹ میں ایمازون سے کہا ہے کہ وہ غیر مشروط معافی مانگے اور ان باانداز کی فروخت کو فوری طور پر روکے۔

        • Google Search “Rape cases In India” LMAO
          Google “Rape in India. Rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India. According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2013 annual report, 24,923 rape cases were reported across India in 2012. Out of these, 24,470 were committed by someone known to the victim (98% of the cases).”
          Times Of India Quote “Rape cases have gone up to 144 (with Bhubaneswar and Cuttack taken together) in 2016 from 127 in 2015. What is more disturbing is the bulk of the rape survivors were minor,” the police report revealed. While 68 rape survivors were adults, in 76 cases they were minor girls, it added.”
          Times Of India Quote “According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 34,651 rape cases under Section 376 of IPC were registered during 2015 in the country. Out of this figure, maximum number of rape cases were reported in Madhya Pradesh (4,391). It is followed by Maharashtra (4,144) and Rajasthan (3,644)”
          Times Of India Quote “With 3,644 rape cases, Rajsathan ranks 3rd in India: National Crime Records Bureau”

        • جموں (خصوصی رپورٹ) بھارتی سرحدی فوج بی ایس ایف کی ہائی کمان نے فیس بک ویڈیو میں ناقص کھانوں کی شکایت اور افسروں کی کرپشن کا بھانڈا پھوڑنے والے فوجی کا تبادلہ کر دیا۔ تیج بہادر یادیو کو کنٹرول لائن پر راجوڑی سیکٹر سے ہٹا کر بطور سزا پونچھ ہیڈکوارٹرز میں پلمبرنگ کی ڈیوٹی دی گئی ہے یعنی اب وہ نلکے ٹوٹیاں پائپ کھولے جوڑے گا اور فوجیوں کے بیت الخلاﺅں میں گھس کر خرابیاں دور کرے گا۔ واضح رہے کہ تیج بہادر یادیو نے گزشتہ روز اپنے فیس بک پیج پر کئی ویڈیوز اپ لوڈ کی تھیں جن میں اس نے دکھایا اور بتایا تھا کہ کنٹرول لائن پر شدید برفباری اور جما دینے والی سردی میں 12‘ 12 گھنٹے ڈیوٹی دینے والے فوجیوں کو ناشتے میں جلا ہوا پراٹھا اور آدھا کپ چائے ملتا ہے۔ دو چھوٹی چپاتیاں‘ دوپہر کو پانی جیسی پتلی اور بغیر مصالحوں والی دال کے ساتھ ملتی رات کو اکثر کھانے کے بغیر بھوکے پیٹ سونا پڑتا ہے۔ادھر بی ایس ایف اہلکار کی حمایت میں اس کی بیوی شرمیلا حکام کو دہائی دیتے ہوئے سامنے آ گئی۔ گزشتہ روز صحافیوں سے گفتگو کرتے ہوئے شرمیلا نے کہا کہ روٹی مانگ کر اس کے شوہر نے کیا غلط کیا اس نے ملک کا کوئی قانونی نہیں توڑا وہ وطن کیلئے شدید سردی میں خدمات انجام دے رہا ہے ہمیں انصاف فراہم کیا جائے۔

        • Mangal LMAO
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          Beach Pe Poop Ki Waja Se Ha,
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          English Ke Ghateya Tareen Accent Ki Waja Se Ha,
          Adha India Ke Sarak Pe Ke Waja Se Ha,
          Apni Tee Beti Ko Nanga Kar Ke Nachaney Ke Waja Se Ha.

        • Bharat chaand pe pohanch gaya tou Kashmir ko kyuin aba k rakha hua hai? Unhain faisla karney k haq de phir agar woh India k saath rehna chahien tou unki marzi. Give them right of self determination.

      • You know sh!t.

        If you have ever lived with Indians overseas you will realize we are way too different, common things are 25% and that because old generations lived together.

    • Thanks for that. I just skipped them because those updates were extremely popular and most of the people are already aware of them.

      Good suggestions nonetheless.

  • I have used it to do videko conference in discussing design changes with client using CAD software. After sending the client a copy of the design we both set to the phone cameras in front of the computers and then make modifications on the drawing in real time as requested by the client. Hey this may seems tedious but it’s free and saved having to drive over six hours total to and return for face to face meeting.

  • Nice collection of tips for every whatsapp user. At least the dual SIM tip was new for me and will prove helpful.


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