40 WhatsApp Tricks, Features, Tips and Hacks you should know

Last Updated: September 27, 2016

WhatsApp has been a big name when we talk about instant messaging services or apps. With more than a 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.

WhatsApp tricks comprehensive list of all the features

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.

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 also have a look at some apps to lock WhatsApp chats.

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 ringtone 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 particular contactThis 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 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 are tutorials to Mute chat in WhatsApp.

a. How to mute group in WhatsApp

b. How to mute individual 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.

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 are a couple of articles which share different ways to achieve that.

a. Send Message without opening WhatsApp

b. Send message without opening WhatsApp & changing Last seen

18. Bold, Italicize and Strikethrough Message

To italicize text start and end the message with an underscore(_) symbol.

To send text in the bold start and end the message with an asterisk(*) symbol.

To send strikethrough text add a tilde(~) symbol at the beginning and end of the message.

WhatsApp tricks and features

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.

It is highly recommended to go through these Whatsapp Hacks for Educational purposes for more details.

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 – How to know online status without reading message in WhatsApp.

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 leave WhatsApp group permanently by making it unusable.

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.

There are 2 ways. Both have their pros and cons. You may use the one which is suitable for you.

a. Unblock yourself on WhatsApp[Rolling back to the previous version]

b. Unblock yourself on WhatsApp without deleting account

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

Accidentally deleted WhatsApp messages can be recovered using a backup.

If you don’t have a backup then use anyone of the software’s mentioned in this list of WhatsApp data recovery software’s which recovers data even if you don’t have a backup of WhatsApp chats.

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 – Spy 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. The following article has more details – WhatsApp voice message and call back feature.

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.

WhatsApp tips and tricks

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.

Apart from these WhatsApp tricks and hacks, you should definitely go through the following interesting articles.

a. How does Whatsapp make money

b. 9 Amazing WhatsApp facts you don’t know

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 40 WhatsApp features, hacks, tips and tricks. If you found it useful and interesting do share it on your favorite social media platform.

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