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    January 13, 2017

    Top 5: Tips and tricks to improve your WhatsApp experience

    5 whatsapp tips tricks

    There are some nifty things you can do with WhatsApp. Let‘s take a look at our top 5 tips and tricks to improve your WhatsApp experience

    With the huge variety of social apps out there, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to features and functionality you need. That being said, the app is still a go to for more than 1 billion people around the world, and developers continually try to improve the WhatsApp experience.

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    To that end, there are some tips and tricks not widely known that can change your usage of WhatsApp. Let‘s take a look at our top 5 tips and tricks to improve your WhatsApp experience.

    Disable the “œlast seen at“ timestamp

    A lot of people may want to avoid letting their contacts know when last they were on WhatsApp, through the ominous “œlast seen at x:xx“ timestamp which appears right under your name in the chat thread.

    For iOS users it is extremely simple, as it can be changed in-app. Open WhatsApp and tap on Settings icon (bottom-menu), then tap on accounts. Go into the Privacy menu. Tap on Last Seen and select Nobody. Now no-one will see when last you were online. From here you can also configure who can see your profile picture and other security features.

    While it was a chore to do this on Android in the past, the process has been streamlined. Go to Menu Button > Settings > Account > Privacy, and then choose who can see your last seen time, profile photo, or status.

    Note that the Nobody setting is reciprocal for last seen only. Changing it to Nobody will also prevent you from seeing other users‘ last seen. In certain circumstances, changes to your privacy settings may not immediately be reflected on others’ phones.

    Login to WhatsApp without a cellphone number

    To many people, having to use a phone number and not a universal account which can be accessed on different devices is a bit of a faux pas. For people that have multiple devices, it is frustrating that you can only use WhatsApp on one at a time. But did you know it is actually possible to log in without your phone number?

    Read: WhatsApp tipped to receive new Snapchat-style image editing features

    This would, of course, be a secondary WhatsApp account, and can only be used on WiFi, but is still useful. All you need is landline phone number and a working WiFi network. Usually, when you create an account you get assigned a unique serial number which is linked to your phone number. But you can create an account without your actual cell number by entering your landline number on creation.

    After five minutes of waiting ““ due to the fact that you won‘t get the verification done with the SMS ““ you will get the serial via phone call. With the received code you can then install WhatsApp according to customs.

    Without a doubt one of our favourite tips and tricks to improve your WhatsApp experience.

    Forwarding messages

    Seems like a simple thing to do, but surprisingly few people know how to forward messages on WhatsApp without having to retype them.

    To forward a message, simply select and hold on a message until a black toolbox appears. A forward icon (among others) appear, which you tap and then select the recipient from your contact list.

    The last two tricks to improve your WhatsApp may be more familiar to most.

    Recover lost chat history

    To be clear, this is slightly different to the feature where you select upon installation how often you want to back up your WhatsApp chats. Even if you hadn‘t decided backup your data within WhatsApp, you can still retrieve your chat history, with one big caveat ““ if you use an iPhone.

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    Apple authorizes WhatsApp to access the iCloud services. WhatsApp creates daily backups of your chat history and stores it in the cloud if you have enough space left. You can then recover that data through your phone preferences, from the Documents & Data menu.

    What exactly do the WhatsApp ticks mean?

    Thanks to WhatsApp the phrase “œI was blue-ticked“ took on a whole new meaning. But what exactly does the two ticks mean, and when will they become blue?

    The first tick means that the message was successfully transmitted to the WhatsApp servers. The second one tells us solely that the message has reached the smartphone of your chat mate. With the blue ticks being introduced a couple of years ago, you can now also see when a person has read the message.

    It can be fooled, however. The blue tick does not appear if you have glanced at your message through your notification dropdown! If you don‘t want to let your chat mate know you have read the message, this is a top tip.

    What do you think about our tips and tricks to improve your WhatsApp experience? Let us know in the comments below if you have any other useful ones.

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    • I find the ability to mute groups a very handy way to stay connected in groups without having them interrupt you with chatter all day… It’s great that you can turn off the notification icon as well as tones – depending on the group… It’s not difficult to enable – From the options menu in a group that would like to mute, select >> Mute >> Mute duration >> turn off notification icon as well if you would like to >> OK

      • Theunis Jansen van Rensburg

        Agreed, nothing as annoying as being part of a group that is talking about something nothing to do with you. 🙂

    • Humza Ebrahim

      You can now also reply to a specific message in a group – tap and hold down the message you want to reply, when the copy, forward and now “reply” icons are displayed, just tap reply. It looks like an image of the original message, with your reply embedded.

      • zinia adriaanse

        Great tip! I didn’t know about this feature!