Whatsapp has swiftly grown from a small startup to one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, with over one billion users.
While you may use it every day, you might be unaware of the cool tricks and secret features hiding in the app.
Use the new typewriter font
To change the font of your WhatsApp messages, use the ` symbol three times either side of the word. For example, “`Hello“`. The symbol – not to be mistaken with ‘ – is available on the Android keyboard, but isn’t on the standard iOS one. If you’re using an Apple device for WhatsApp you can copy and paste this “` and use it either side of the word.
Send the same message to multiple people without them knowing
In the top left of the WhatsApp “Chats” screen there is a little-used feature called “Broadcast Lists”. This lets you send the same message to multiple contacts at once without them knowing, a bit like the “Bcc” button on emails.
Rather than turning to Facebook to invite people to a party event, or asking multiple people if they want to play football without setting up a group chat, you can do it with one message in WhatsApp.
Go to Chats -> Broadcast Lists -> New List -> add contacts and write out your message -> hit send. The message and their reply will appear in your private chat with each person, but with a little megaphone icon next to it. Your contacts won’t have any idea that the message was sent to anyone but them.
You can format the text in WhatsApp messages by adding symbols in front of and after words.
- For bold add asterisks to either side of a word or sentence, e.g. *bold*
- Italicise a message with underscores, e.g. _italics_
- To strikethrough text add tildes, e.g. ~strikethrough~
Find out who you talk to the most
To find out who your best friends on WhatsApp are, if you have an iOS device, head to Settings -> Account -> Storage Usage. Here you’ll see a list of the people and groups you message on WhatsApp along with the total number of interactions you’ve had with that person/group.
If you select “Size” at the bottom right of the screen you can see who you have spent the most data WhatsApp-ing.
See how much data WhatsApp uses and reduce it
For a breakdown of the total amount of data you are using on WhatsApp go to Settings -> Data Usage -> Network Usage.
In the Data Usage menu you can limit the amount of data WhatsApp uses by only allowing the app to auto-download images, audio, video and documents when your phone is connected to Wi-Fi.
You can also select the Low Data Usage mode to reduce the amount of data that’s used for WhatsApp calls.
Mute overzealous group chats
If you have one or two group messages that are constantly abuzz, you can mute the chat for eight hours, a week or a year. Go into the chat, and tap the name of the group -> Mute -> select the amount of time. You can also mute notifications on one-to-one chats.
Transfer files between your phone and computer
With WhatsApp Web and desktop you can transfer files between your phone and computer with relative ease by sending them to yourself in a message.
- The easiest way to self-message is to create a group with one friend and then delete them from it
- Connect your phone to your computer using the QR code on WhatsApp Web or desktop
- Send a file from your phone and watch it appear on your computer
- To save a file to your computer click on it and tap the download icon