WhatsApp has been a big name when we talk about instant messaging services or apps.
With about a 1.5 billion active users, WhatsApp has become a part of our day to day lives and we cannot imagine a day without opening or using WhatsApp.
Keeping that in mind, we will share a list of all the WhatsApp tricks, features, tips, hacks and amazing facts which will help you use WhatsApp in a better way leading to even better messaging experience.
The idea behind this article is to have all the WhatsApp features, tricks and hacks all at one place for better and convenient accessibility. We will be updating this list continuously as the new features keep coming in and the tricks, hacks we explore.
The list will start with the most basic functionalities/features and as we proceed you will get some advanced, unknown WhatsApp tips and tricks.
- 1 Basic WhatsApp Features
- 2 Advanced WhatsApp Tricks
- 3 Useful WhatsApp Hacks
- 4 Latest WhatsApp Features
- 5 New WhatsApp Features Released In 2017
- 6 Unknown Whatsapp Hacks For Educational Purposes
- 7 Wrap
Basic WhatsApp Features
This section contains the most basic features of WhatsApp.
1. Send Photos and videos
You can share photos and videos apart from text messages in WhatsApp. Have a look at the following tutorial to send photos and videos on WhatsApp.
2. Hide Last Seen, Profile Photo
Using privacy settings it is possible to hide last seen, status and profile photo from Public or Contacts.
3. Broadcast messages
WhatsApp allows sending messages to multiple contacts at once which is quite useful in many scenarios like wishing for a festival, invitations etc. Follow Broadcast messages in WhatsApp to know more.
4. Hide Chats
There is an archive chat feature with which you can hide conversations of desired contacts. Hidden chats can be unarchived at any time to unhide chats. Use the hide chat in WhatsApp article for details.
Apart from that, we have also mentioned about apps to lock WhatsApp.
5. Custom Notifications
WhatsApp lets you set different message tone for each contact and group which is useful in identifying the sender from the message tone itself.
Follow the tutorial on how to set custom notifications in WhatsApp for more information.
6. Turn Off Notifications
If you are getting distracted from an important task at hand because of the WhatsApp message notifications then this tip is useful. Know everything about disabling WhatsApp notifications(completely).
Moreover, you can customize this even more on Android as there is an option to turn off Notifications in WhatsApp for a particular contact. This feature comes in handy when it is only a specific contact for which you don’t want to get the notifications. For other contacts, you will be getting notifications as usual.
7. Mute Chats and Groups
Mute chat means a little bit different for iOS when compared to Android. When a WhatsApp chat or group is muted in iPhone then notification for that particular chat(s) is disabled for the time period selected. In the case of Android, the notification still comes but in silent mode when a chat is muted.
Again, mute chat is helpful to get rid of unnecessary distractions which may happen because of WhatsApp messages from a group or contact.
Here is the tutorial to Mute chat in WhatsApp.
8. Send Location
With WhatsApp, you can send your current location. You can even send a fake location on WhatsApp. Read send Location on WhatsApp to get more insight.
9. Hide Message Preview
This is a feature which when turned on hides the message content in the notification. Useful when you don’t want anyone to read the contents from the lock screen. Get to know how to hide WhatsApp message preview in this tutorial.
10. Set full-size profile picture
To set profile picture without cropping in WhatsApp you will have use 3rd party apps. Procedure and the Apps and are mentioned here – set full-size Profile Picture in WhatsApp.
11. Email Conversation
In case you want to keep a record of WhatsApp conversations then you can very well Email them. There is also an option to Email photos along with text messages.
Follow how to email WhatsApp Conversation to get it working for you.
Find your WhatsApp username and number
it can be very useful to know what are your WhatsApp IDs, for example, when you want to share it with someone or when you need to send or accept a payment via WhatsApp.
To know how to do it, go read our What’s My WhatsApp Number And Username post.
Advanced WhatsApp Tricks
This section contains advanced WhatsApp tricks which are unknown to many.
12. Hide Last Seen, Profile photo and Status from Specific people
Surprised? Don’t be. You can achieve that with a simple tweak mentioned in our earlier tutorial – hide last seen from specific people on WhatsApp.
This trick can be used when you don’t want to share last seen with a specific contact. Last seen will still be visible to other contacts.
13. Send Music Files in iPhone
iOS version of WhatsApp still doesn’t support sending of Music files. However, use the method given in the tutorial how to send music files through WhatsApp on iPhone to send them using a workaround.
Note : This feature is expected to come in official WhatsApp for iOS soon.
14. Search in Chats
Are you looking for an address which someone sent you long back in your WhatsApp messages? Save yourself some time and directly search a phrase which you remember to find the entire message.
Here is an article which will show you how to search in all WhatsApp chats at once.
15. Find number of messages for each contact
This feature shows you the number of messages for each contact/group. Even the storage each conversation is occupying. This is useful to know your favorite WhatsApp contact and also figuring out which chat takes the most size.
Have a look at this article to find number of messages for each contact in WhatsApp.
16. Starred Messages
This is a pretty nifty feature which helps to mark important messages as starred in long conversations. These starred messages can easily be accessed from a separate section preventing important messages to be lost with other messages.
Here’s how to use Starred messages in WhatsApp.
17. Send Messages without opening WhatsApp
It is possible to send messages in WhatsApp without opening it from notifications. Here is the article which shares different ways to achieve that.
Send Message without opening WhatsApp
18. Bold, Italicize and Strikethrough Message
To italicize text start and end the message with an underscore(_) symbol.
In order to send text in the bold start and end the message with an asterisk(*) symbol.
For sending strikethrough text to add a tilde(~) symbol at the beginning and end of the message.
It is time to level up now. Let’s have a look at unknown WhatsApp hacks.
Useful WhatsApp Hacks
19. Send large files upto 1 GB
WhatsApp doesn’t allow sending files which are greater than 16 MB in size. However, you can make use of a useful app WhatsTools to achieve it.
Here’s a tutorial which explains the method to send Large files on WhatsApp upto 1 GB in Android.
20. Educational Hacks
This is one of my favorite. WhatsApp can be used for educational and useful purposes if you wish to in first place. With services like Duta.in and you own will can allow you to use WhatsApp intelligently for your own benefits. More on this later.
21. Know online status without reading message
This trick comes in handy when you desire to know someone’s last seen/online status but do not want to read the message.
Yes, it is possible and here’s how.
22. Leave WhatsApp group by making it corrupt
This hack lets you leave a WhatsApp group by making it corrupt using WhatsApp Web. You can find all the information about it in the following article – How To Exit WhatsApp Group Permanently.
23. Get to know if you’re blocked
Validate the symptoms given in an earlier post – How to know if someone blocked you on WhatsApp figure out if you’re blocked by someone or not.
24. Unblock yourself
If you have figured using the above hack that you’re blocked then we do have a trick with which you can Unblock yourself on WhatsApp.
25. Get Read Receipts even if turned off
Read receipts is a feature in WhatsApp which lets the sender know if the recipient read their message or not. There is an option to disable the read receipts.
However, using the hack mentioned in the following article to get read receipts on WhatsApp even if turned off you can know at what time your message is read even if the recipient has turned off Read Receipts. You will also get to know how to disable read receipts in the same tutorial.
26. Create Fake Conversation
There is a trick which can allow you to create Fake WhatsApp conversation which can be used to fool friends and sometimes surviving from a critical situation 😛
It is possible with a help of an app. Follow the tutorial to create Fake WhatsApp conversation to get all the details.
27. Record WhatsApp calls
As you all know WhatsApp has a voice calling feature too. So, if you desire to record WhatsApp call there is no feature to do that in the app.
However, you can use the app mentioned in the tutorial – How to record WhatsApp calls in Android and iPhone to record WhatsApp call.
Now, let’s have a look at some solutions to the problems faced while using WhatsApp.
28. Fix Slow WhatsApp
If you are facing performance issues in WhatsApp try the solutions given here.
29. Fix delayed notifications
Here are the steps to fix the issue of delayed notifications on WhatsApp.
30. Recover Deleted Messages
If you don’t have a backup then use any one of the software’s mentioned in this list.
31. Spy on WhatsApp
To protect kids you can spy on WhatsApp using mSpy. All the features and procedure of WhatsApp tracking app is mentioned in this article – Track WhatsApp.
It is a paid software.
32. Spy on WhatsApp for free
If you cannot afford to spend money to track WhatsApp then you can very well use a trick to spy on WhatsApp for free without using any software. It is possible through WhatsApp web. There are limitations when spying using this method.
33. Print messages
Even though there is no official feature to print WhatsApp messages but the hack given in the following article to print WhatsApp messages will help in printing even the deleted WhatsApp messages.
34. Get Call History
Similar to tracking WhatsApp messages to protect children. You can use the app and method given in the article to get WhatsApp call history printout or download.
Now, let us move to latest WhatsApp features and how to use them.
Latest WhatsApp Features
This section is dedicated to listing down the latest WhatsApp features.
35. Reply to Individual Messages
This feature is similar to reply in comments on Facebook. With this, the message you are replying to will be quoted and there is no confusion while having a conversation.
Here is how to use it – How to reply to individual Messages in WhatsApp
36. Voice message and call back
If the WhatsApp call isn’t answered then you can leave a Voicemail and also there is a quick option to Call back from the same screen.
37. Forward Messages to multiple contacts at once
Recently, WhatsApp extended the functionality of forwarding messages. Now it is possible to forward multiple messages to multiple contacts at once.
The same update also added a quick forward button beside photos and videos.
38. Send messages and Place calls with Siri
With iOS 10, Siri opened up to 3rd party apps and WhatsApp did not waste any time to include a feature to send WhatsApp messages and place calls using Siri. The article contains all the information to get it working without any issues.
39. Tag people in group chat
This is one of the most useful features introduced recently in WhatsApp. It allows you to mention a group member in a conversation. Like quote feature above this too helps in clearing confusion.
To use or mention a member open the desired group chat and type @ in the message. On entering @ all the group member names will appear as shown below.
Select the contact you want to mention and type the message as you usually would. Finally, tap on Send.
40. Send GIF
This feature was most expected of a so popular messaging app and finally, here it is. Have a look at the following tutorial on how to send GIF on WhatsApp to share GIF with your contacts without any issues.
New WhatsApp Features Released In 2017
41. Offline Messaging for iOS
WhatsApp added support to send messages on WhatsApp without internet connection for iOS version too. It was already available for Android users.
This is great news for iPhone users. Of course, the messages will be delivered only when you are connected to Wi-Fi or on enabling cellular data.
If you were not using WhatsApp because of the likes of Snapchat and Instagram Stories then this reason cannot keep you from installing the widely accepted instant messaging app any longer.
WhatsApp mirrored Stories feature and revamped their Status feature earlier this year which didn’t get great feedback from the existing users. But later when WhatsApp brought the “text status” back with the new name of About then everything settled. Currently, WhatsApp Stories has more than 175 million users that says it all.
43. Multiple Photos/Videos Grouped
WhatsApp has become a convenient medium to share media with friends and colleagues. With the latest update in iOS version, if you send or receive multiple photos or videos they will be grouped together similar to an album.
This is one of the new WhatsApp features that has also made it to the beta version of Android and is expected to roll out on the official version later this year.
44. Pin Chats
This is a pretty useful feature for users who receive a lot of unnecessary messages from friends or groups. This makes it annoying to swipe on the chats screen to find the people whom you talk to most.
But not anymore. To tackle this WhatsApp has added a pin chat option which fixes the position of the selected chat at the top. You can pin conversation of maximum 3 contacts. As of now, pin chat is only available on the Android app.
To pin a chat, long tap on the desired contact(s) and select the pin icon at the top. Similarly, pin other contacts if you wish. To unpin the conversation long tap on the pinned chat and select the unpin icon at the top.
45. Read Messages Using Siri
Another handy update rolled out this year. If you are driving or cooking then you can simply ask Siri to read out the recent WhatsApp messages. If that is not enough then it also allows you to reply to the messages.
You just listen and speak and Siri does the rest of the work. It goes without saying that this feature is limited to iPhone users.
46. Unsend/Recall Messages
Sent a message to the wrong contact? Never mind. You can use the recall message feature to unsend sent messages. The message will be deleted from the recipient device with this feature. It supports text messages, videos, photos and GIF. Here are the steps to do so – unsend messages on WhatsApp.
47. Document Sharing(Apart from PDF)
It was possible to send PDF files via WhatsApp with an update last year. But if you wish to share other document file types then it can be done now.
Other document files supported are .doc, .docx, .ppt, spreadsheets and more. The maximum size limit is 100 MB for Android and 128 MB for iOS.
48. Photo, Video and GIF Filters
Yet another latest update from WhatsApp which allows users to use it as a photo editing app. While sending the media, swipe up to get the filters. Tap on the desired filter to apply and preview it before sending.
49. Two Step Verification
This is the most important update of 2017 considering the security of users. Earlier anyone could use your WhatsApp on their smartphone by just knowing your phone number.
With two-step verification, anyone will have to enter a passcode set up by you to register the account successfully. Follow the steps mentioned in this tutorial to enable two-step verification.
50. Design Updates
This year, WhatsApp has updated its Calls tab look and feel in the app. Now you can see the profile picture of the contact in the call logs.
On Android app, there was only one Call button which was used to place video and audio call before. Now, similar to the iOS app, WhatsApp for Android also has two separate buttons for Audio and video calls.
Unknown Whatsapp Hacks For Educational Purposes
51. Have Your Own Wikipedia On WhatsApp
A lot of people don’t know of a service called Duta.in . Duta is a free interactive service, which helps you find the latest news, information etc. It also acts as your personal Wikipedia. Take a look at some examples.
- When you start off with the service, you get the following message.
- When you search for “Android ”you get the following information.
- It is also interactive and gives you a host of options to choose from.
How to get Duta on your Whatsapp? Step 1 : Add this number( +917299015049 ) to your contact list and name it whatever you want. Step 2 : Create a new Whatsapp Group and add the above contact in it. Step 3 : Add your friends if you would like and you can start using Duta! Some commands to start off
- For finding out information : Type – “search + <Word you want to know>”
- For translation : Type – “Translate + Language + <Word or Sentence you want to know>”
52. Summary Of A Book
All Whatsapp groups do not have to be unproductive. You can create groups for specific purposes like learning a new word everyday or learning about new concepts. In this example we use it to summarize a book. Why? A lot of people don’t have the time to read books, a lot of them are lazy. But everybody wants to know the crux of the matter and gain some knowledge. So if you and your friends want to become smarter in a short span of time and learn interesting new things everyday, start a book summary whatsapp group! An example is shown in image below.
53. Create A Word A Day Group
Make it actionable by making people use that word in a sentence by the end of day during conversation. This makes it fun as well as educative.
54. Technical Concepts Of Programming
Programming can be hard to understand and it takes time. Focus on learning a concept a day and let the discussion flow on that particular topic, within 30 days you will understand a lot of core concepts and your fundamentals become stronger.
This list will be updated frequently as soon as a new update rolls out. So, you can visit this article again by bookmarking this article.
We hope you enjoyed the list of 50 WhatsApp features, hacks, tips and tricks. If you found it useful and interesting then do share it on your favorite social media platform.
Have we missed out on a WhatsApp hack or feature? Hit us in the comments section.