WhatsApp has a feature wherein you can Star or bookmark messages for quick and convenient later viewing or reference. This feature can be used in WhatsApp for Android, iOS and even from WhatsApp Web or its desktop application. It will allow you to mark a message which you can view in the Starred section without having to search for that particular message inside the chat which can surely take a lot of time. Especially, when you can’t remember the exact date of the conversation or message that you are searching for. This article will throw light on WhatsApp’s Starred messages and let you know how to use it and other tips related to it. So without further ado let’s begin.
What Does Starred Message Mean And How Can It Be Helpful?
If a message is having a Star, then that means it has been saved or bookmarked. You can use this feature to save or mark photos, videos, or the texts inside a conversation, individual or even from the group. For instance, you got a message in the group that carries important information which you have to remember. Then you can simply mark that message with a Star. This way you can access that starred content easily from the dedicated section without having to browse through the whole conversation.
How To Mark Messages As Starred In WhatsApp
The feature is common for both Android, iPhone and Whatsapp for PC. The method and steps are also the same to mark them but with just a little bit of difference because of the UI. You can see both of them with the screenshots below. The method on PC remains the same as Android.
1. Open the desired contact’s chat conversation in WhatsApp.
2. Long Tap on the message which you want to make as starred. Now, this is where the difference in Android and iPhone app comes.
3. On Android, long tap on the message, and you will find a *(Star) icon at the top of the chat where the options for deleting and forwarding the message comes.
While on iPhone, after the long tap a pop-up menu will appear and there the first option will be Star as shown in the screenshot below.
4. Select * (Star icon).
5. Now the message will be shown with a *(Star) symbol on the message or any other content. This means the message has been marked as favorite/starred as shown in the image below.
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How And Where To View Starred Messages
After the message is marked with a star, it can then be accessed from a dedicated Starred Messages section. Now you can either view these messages according to the contacts or all together at once. You can do the same for the Web or desktop application for WhatsApp accordingly.
For A Particular Contact
The messages you starred will appear under a separate section, Starred Messages for each contact. You can find them in Contact’s info screen. For that:
- Tap on Contact’s name at the top on the conversation screen.
- Then Under contact info, select Starred messages. You will find all the messages for that contact here which you marked earlier.
Note: This section will only be available if there is any starred message in the conversation of the contact you are opening the info for.
View All Starred Message At Once
Here you will see all the messages that you marked as bookmarked in different conversations at once place. Again it is a little bit different in both Android and iPhone. To open the bookmarked or starred messages altogether at once:
- On Android, tap on the 3 vertical dots at the top of the WhatsApp and from there select Starred messages.
- On iPhone, tap on the Settings from the bottom and then under your Profile name, you will see Starred messages, select it.
Here you will see all those marked messages with the contact names or conversation they are in. It even allows you to search for any particular keyword from the search bar if you wish to.
You can anytime remove the star from the starred message if desired by long pressing on the messages and selecting *(Unstar) option by using the same method. The message will no longer remain starred.
Can Someone See If You Starred A Message?
No, there is no such option or way that any of the contacts or group members will get informed when you star a message in the conversation. Only you will be able to mark and see them. Same goes for you as well, i.e. you won’t be notified if any other contacts do the same for your messages.
Backup Starred Message
While there is no dedicated way to save or create the backup for just the Starred messages. But you can still do that with the help of Chat backup. To create a chat backup go to Settings>Chats and then select Chat backup. As you will restore the Chat backup you created, it will also bring back all the starred messages in your conversations that you can see easily.
So now you know key things about WhatsApp starred messages and how it can be helpful. What are your thoughts about this feature? Share with us in the comments section below.