WhatsApp, an Android App which is currently owned by Mark Zuckerberg. It is increasing and improving everyday with lots of new features in each updates. On June 2015 WhatsApp’s CEO reported that they have around 800 million Active users currently, which is increasing everyday. If you are not much into Searching through Apps, you might have not found few of this features in WhatsApp. With the release of Material design, WhatsApp also released some new features you might have not observed. So, without wasting anymore time lets start with WhatsApp tricks & features.

1. Stop WhatsApp images from showing in your camera roll:

If you are a part of many groups or you chat too much, you might be get irritated, that each and every image is shown in your gallery making a complete mess. If you don’t want your images to be shown in your Camera Roll (iOS) or Gallery (Android) you simply follow below steps, and get get a clean camera roll.

iOS : Go to WhatsApp Settings > Privacy > Photos and toggle WhatsApp off.

Android :

  • Open any File manager (eg : ES File explorer).
  • Goto SDcard /Internal memory (Where your WhatsApp folder is located.)
  • We are considering SDcard, locate SDcard > WhatsApp > Media
  • Tap New, at the bottom left in any folder.
  • Since you don’t want your files to be shown in gallery, Create a file named as .nomedia
  • Now, your images won’t be shown in gallery, but you can see it int recent media in your WhatsApp.

2. Mute group chat notifications :

Sometimes group conversations create a lot of noise. You may not want to leave the conversation, but you probably don’t want a notification every time someone chips in.

iOS : Open Group Chat, click on Group Subject to get into Group Info than click on mute.

Android : Open Group Chat, click on Option button in your Android than tap mute. You can select the time period to mute or remove the tick from Show Notifications.

3. Get back deleted message :

If you are a type of person who loves to read their past messages or keep important records/messages than there is a good option for you. WhatsApp backups your Chats every morning at 4 AM. If you have deleted your chat by mistake than you can simply restore it back. The easiest way to recover a recently deleted message is to uninstall the app and reinstall it. During the process it will ask if you want to restore from backup. This will cover the last seven days. If you want to restore an older chat on Android, use an app like ES File Explorer and go to sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases to see your backups.

4. Create chat shortcuts :

If mostly you chat with the same person, you can create a shortcut of their chat on your homescreen easily. All you have to do is, Goto Main chat screen of WhatsApp > Press and hold the chat of that person > Select “Create a conversation Shortcut”. That’s all.

5. Hide your last seen :

If you don’t want to show your last seen (Last Active time) to everyone. You can simply Goto WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Last seen > Select Nobody.

6. Selective Display :

If you want to keep your data like Profile pic, Status & last seen private, you can hide them for non-contact users i.e It will be only visible for people who are in your Contact list. Goto Settings > Account > Privacy > Select your preference for each option.

7. Send bulk message in one click :

If you want to send a text message to a group of people, you don’t have to waste your time by sending it individually to everyone. WhatsApp has an option to save your time i.e Send messages in one click. This feature if known as Broadcast message. First, copy the message your want to send. Goto main chat screen, click on option button. Select broadcast message, than select the people you want to send the message. Now just paste your message and click on send.

8. Switch phones without losing chats :

If you have switched to a new phone, you simply carry your WhatsApp messages with you. Just Goto WhatsApp settings > Chat Settings > Backup all your Conversation. Now you can transfer this backup file which would be stored in your SDcard / Internal memory (Find WhatsApp Folder). Just insert that Sdcard in your new phone and Install new WhatsApp. You’ll be promted to restore chat. You can also transfer the backup file through Bluetooth.

9. Check when your WhatsApp message was read :

Along with Blue ticks feature WhatsApp also released Who read feature, which shows When and Who has read your Chat in group. You can also find who has not yet read the message. In private chat you can check when was your message read. To find this, just click and hold on the message you have sent, Click on the (i) icon at the top. You’ll find everything there.

10. Use WhatsApp on PC without Bluestacks :

Many of you might be aware of this feature as it was a big news on the internet. This feature is known as WhatsApp Web. Its pretty easy and loads quickly. Open your WhatsApp and open Option menu, select WhatsApp Web. Now open WhatsApp Web, scan the QR Code shown on your computer screen through your phone. Done ! It will take few secs to setup your WhatsApp on your PC.

Many of you might be aware of the above tricks, its for the people who don’t spend much time in searching through WhatsApp. Anyways, thanks for reading. Don’t forget to leave a like & share. Have a good day !

Last updated on: Nov 30, 2015 @ 11:50 am