WhatsApp is the go-to messaging platform for lots of people 🚻 these days because it's easy, it's free, it's popular, and it's versatile. What could be better, right? You can use WhatsApp to text to your heart's content, you can have group chats, you can send 📥 and receive files – it's pretty awesome, honestly. In fact, it's even more awesome 👍 than you know! Like 😻 all great 👍 apps, WhatsApp has all sorts of secret ㊙️ and lesser-known tips and tricks, all of which are must-haves for any girl 👩 who loves ❤️ using WhatsApp!
1. Keep Your Creepers at Bay by Hiding the “last Seen” Stamp
WhatsApp's “Last Seen” timestamp is almost as horrifying as iPhone's read 📘 receipts, but the good 👍 news 📰 is that it's just as easy to turn 🎲 off. You don't want everyone knowing when you're on 🔘 the app, right? And if you're trying to avoid someone or ignoring someone's messages, you definitely don't want them to know you've been on 🔘 recently. So, if you use an iOS device, just go into your WhatsApp settings, go to Chat Settings, hit Advanced, and you'll see where you can turn 🎲 off 📴 your last seen timestamp. Unfortunately, Android users 👥 typically need to download a third-party app to turn 🎲 off 📴 their status. That's a bummer!
2. Get Rid of Those Tattle-tale Ticks
Those damn double checks, making it impossible to sneakily read 📚 someone's texts without replying! Not anymore, though. Finally, you can disable those tattle-tale tick 🕛 marks. Go into WhatsApp, head 👦🏽 to Account, hit Privacy, then go to Read 📙 Receipts and turn 🎲 off 📴 those little suckers. You can also simply switch your phone 📳 to airplane 💺 mode before you read 📕 a particular message – just make sure you close it before you turn 🎲 off 📴 airplane 💺 mode.
3. Back up 🆙 Your Chats in Case 💼 You Need Receipts
Hey, it happens. You need proof that someone said something or confessed to something, and you have the proof! But what if you can't find it? Not a problem on 🔘 WhatsApp, thank goodness. The app automatically backs up 🆙 all of your chats, or you can go into your settings and manually back up 👆 your convos – just in case.
4. Lock 🔓 down ⬇️ Your WhatsApp to Keep It Safe from Prying Eyes
Oh, the horror. What would you do if someone got into your WhatsApp chats? Stop ✋ even thinking 💭 about it, that's terrifying! As a matter of fact, you can lock 🔐 your app and stop ✋ any sneaky Peeping Toms right 👉 in their tracks. For this trick, you'll need a third-party app no 🙅 matter what device 📟 you use, but if you rely on 🔘 WhatsApp for your important or personal 📃 conversation, trust me, it's worth a download. Lock 🔐 for WhatsApp is the go-to for iOS users, while Android users 👥 typically go for WhatsApp Lock.
5. Keep Your WhatsApp Pics out of Your Camera 🎥 Roll
Why is this important? Well, let's say you sometimes take 🎬 personal 📃 or intimate pictures 📷 on 🔛 WhatsApp – you don't necessarily what them in your device's general camera 📷 roll. What if someone's scrolling through your photos? Head 👦🏽 to your main Settings, go to Privacy, then go to Photos and turn 🎲 off 📴 the switch for WhatsApp if you're using an iOS device. For Android users, it's a little more complicated – check ✔️ out #5 for a tip: hongkiat.com
6. Snatch Back 🔙 Your Deleted Messages
Accidentally delete a message you wanted to keep? Regret a hasty delete binge? Every day ☁️ at 4:00 am, WhatsApp backs up 👆 your messages. For iOS users, retrieving deleted messages is as easy as uninstalling and reinstalling the app, at which point ↖️ you'll be asked if you want to restore WhatsApp from its backup. Say yes! Again, the process is a bit more complicated for Android, but there's a handy tutorial here: techradar.com
7. Send 📠 a Bulk Private Message without Everyone Knowing
You know, sometimes you don't want everybody to know that they're receiving 📥 a group message or broadcast. You also don't want to send 📠 your private messages one 1️⃣ by one. Problem solved! All you have to do is use WhatsApp's broadcast 📡 function. Even though you're sending 📩 the same message to a bunch of people, each person 🚹 will receive it as a private message, with just the two 2️⃣ of you participating.
How many of these did you know? If you have any other awesome 👌 WhatsApp tips to share, let us know in the comments!