10 Awesome WhatsApp Tricks You Should Know
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Want to trick out WhatsApp so it’s the best-looking, most amazing chatting tool on your phone?

WhatsApp is one of the hottest social networking apps around thanks to features like WhatsApp voice calls WhatsApp Voice Call: Everything You Need to Know WhatsApp Voice Call: Everything You Need to Know Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has finally launched a new voice calling service, enabling users to make phone calls over the Internet. Read More , but as it’s still catching on in some countries there are a lot of people yet to work out all the tricks and tools available to them. Here are the best things you probably didn’t know about WhatsApp.

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Hide Your WhatsApp Status, Last Seen & Profile Pic

You don’t always want everyone to know when you’re online, or whether you had a chance to see their last message. Sometimes you want a bit of time to think before you have these conversations.

You might also have good reason to make sure that only certain people see your profile picture. In fact, it’s pretty unlikely that you’d want anyone but your friends to see your profile picture at all.


Head to Settings > Account > Privacy and you can tweak all of your WhatsApp privacy settings Everything You Need to Know About Your WhatsApp Privacy Settings Everything You Need to Know About Your WhatsApp Privacy Settings As with all communication tools, privacy is of utmost importance. Here's how to protect your privacy when using WhatsApp. Read More . It’s worth noting that by default everyone — not just your contacts — can see your last seen time, status message and profile picture, which might be sharing a little too much.

It’s strange that an app that decided to have great encryption WhatsApp Encryption: It's Now the Most Secure Instant Messenger (Or is it?) WhatsApp Encryption: It's Now the Most Secure Instant Messenger (Or is it?) Since being acquired by Facebook, WhatsApp has been forced to clean up its approach to security and privacy, which resulted in the news last year that it has introduced new encryption measures. Read More decided also to have overly-public default privacy settings. No need to let WhatsApp become a security threat 4 Security Threats WhatsApp Users Need To Know About 4 Security Threats WhatsApp Users Need To Know About WhatsApp has become the biggest name in messaging apps, with many scammers trying to take advantage of the app's users. You'll be surprised at the number of threats to your WhatsApp safety. Read More .

Note, this is also where you’re able to turn off read receipts if you wish. However, if you do this you won’t be able to see other people’s read receipts.

Pay For A Friend

In some countries, WhatsApp is a paid service. If you live in one of these countries you’ve no doubt worked out how to pay for it yourself, but did you know you can pay for a friend too?

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Head to Settings > Contacts > Pay For A Friend and you can pay using your Google Wallet from there. You can only pay for people who are in your contacts list.

Save Your WhatsApp Messages

Sometimes you need to get details out of WhatsApp and into something else. Maybe you need to send directions someone gave you to another friend, or maybe you just want to back up your conversation with a good friend.

Go to Settings > Conversations > Back Up Chats to do a manual backup to your SIM card, or choose “Email Chat” from the same menu to choose a chat to forward to an email address.

Run WhatsApp Without A SIM On a Tablet

Here’s a neat trick you can use in order to get a tablet up and running with WhatsApp. You’ll need to have a phone number with a SIM nearby that you can use.

Install WhatsApp on the tablet and then start the verification process. When the verification text message is sent to the phone you can enter the code manually into the tablet to verify.

Change the WhatsApp Wallpaper

Chatting on WhatsApp doesn’t have to be a bland experience, as it’s really easy to change the background. Head to Settings > Chats and Calls > Wallpaper and you can grab a new background from any of your files or Wallpaper apps. Never be boring again.

Whatsapp Background Wallpaper

See Exactly When Messages Were Read

If you’re keen to check whether your friend knows about your party or not, you can easily see if they’ve read the messages you sent or not. Just view the conversation and look for the blue ticks and you know whether it’s been read (if they have read receipts turned on).

Need more info? Long-press on the particular message and you’ll be able to see exactly when that message was delivered and when it was read.

Create Shortcuts to Contacts

You probably have one or two contacts who you chat with all the time, like maybe a best friend or partner. If you want easier chatting access to these contacts, you can set up shortcuts for them.

Go into your previous chats, then long-press on the chat with the contact you want easy access to. Then choose “Add conversation shortcut” and it will add a handy shortcut widget to your home screen.

Check Your Data Use

No-one likes excessive data charges, so it’s worth being able to check how much data WhatsApp is using. Go to Settings > Account > Network Usage and you can get the full details of all your data usage.

Whatsapp Network Usage

If you want to keep your data usage down, go to Settings > Chat Settings > Media Auto-Download and choose how you’d like to download media while using mobile data, Wi-Fi and while roaming.

WhatsApp Web

For some reason WhatsApp web WhatsApp Web: How to Use WhatsApp on Your PC WhatsApp Web: How to Use WhatsApp on Your PC Along with supporting all mobile platforms, WhatsApp has now launched a web-based client, so you can finally use WhatsApp on your PC and sync with your phone. Read More is still a fairly well-kept secret, so it’s worth mentioning again how to use WhatsApp on your PC How to Use WhatsApp on Your PC and Sync With Your Phone How to Use WhatsApp on Your PC and Sync With Your Phone Here is the best way to use Whatsapp on your desktop and have it sync with Whatsapp on your Android phone or tablet. Read More . Head to Web.WhatsApp.com and follow the instructions on screen to verify your account using the QR code and your phone. It’s pretty straightforward, but you will need to have your phone handy.

Transfer to a New Number Or Delete Your Account

Changing to a new mobile number doesn’t mean the end of your WhatsApp account — it’s possible to transfer it to the new number. Head to Settings > Account > Change Number to start the process. You’ll need to enter the old and the new number to migrate the data properly.

If for some reason you actually want to delete your account, head to Settings > Account > Delete My Account to get started. You can always start a new account later if you change your mind.

What Neat Tricks Can You Share?

If you’re looking for more tips and tricks to use with the app, be sure to take a look at how to recover accidentally deleted WhatsApp messages How to Recover Accidentally Deleted WhatsApp Messages How to Recover Accidentally Deleted WhatsApp Messages We'll show you how to recover deleted WhatsApp messages, and help make sure you never lose your WhatsApp messages again. Read More .

No doubt there are other neat tricks about WhatsApp that took you a while to realise were there. Feel free to share them in the comments!

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  1. Becky Speculo
    January 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Hi there, Any idea if I can add Whats app as a shared extension on the app I am using on my MAC BOOK? It doesn't appear i system preferences extensions so I can not add it there - wondering if I can enable this feature on my MAC some other way? Thanks! Becky

  2. Raj
    November 24, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Hi my name is Raj,
    Is there any procedure to hack WhatsApp by simple method without paying money is it possible..??

  3. jacque
    October 7, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    instead of deleting account.....need to put "log out"?

  4. Carol Lyne
    September 29, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Can you see where someone is who you are chatting to on Whassapp

  5. Carol
    September 29, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Can you find out where a person is using whatsapp?

  6. michael fischer
    August 7, 2016 at 12:22 pm


  7. Anonymous
    January 17, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Can your chat contact see the wallpaper you set for their chat? Cant see the point if they dont see it too. :/

    • Angela Randall
      January 27, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      They should be able to, IIRC.

    • philip varghese pallikunnel
      September 5, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Don t see it why?

  8. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    How can i install Whatsapp on iPad?

    • RAHUL
      February 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm


    • Angela Randall
      February 7, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Most iPad users use web.whatsapp.com

  9. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 8:05 am

    How sir, are any of these "tricks"? :)

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 28, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Tricked you into clicking the link, right? :D

      On a serious note, a large number of WhatsApp users simply aren't aware these settings and features exist. To them, it really is a "trick", not so much something that is intrinsically part of WhatsApp