5 WhatsApp Apps and Extensions You Didn’t Know You Need
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WhatsApp is a fantastic instant messenger, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be better. Whether it’s hiding media from snooping eyes on WhatsApp Web or using multiple WhatsApp accounts on the same phone, a few apps and extensions can make anything possible.

To use any of the extensions, you’ll need to be running Google Chrome or a Chromium-based browser like Opera. And of course, you have to use WhatsApp Web on the computer 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 . Meanwhile, the apps in this list rely on Android. But the lone WhatsApp Messenger bot can be used with any device.

WhatsApp Business (Android): Clone WhatsApp to Use Two Phone Numbers on One Phone

Run Multiple WhatsApp with Dual-Sim by using WhatsApp Business

If you have a dual-SIM phone, you probably want a WhatsApp account for each of the numbers. There are cloning apps to use multiple accounts How to Make Copies of Your Apps to Use Multiple Accounts How to Make Copies of Your Apps to Use Multiple Accounts Want to log into different accounts within the same app? Just make a copy! Read More , but WhatsApp doesn’t work on most of them anymore. An easier option is to use WhatsApp Business.

WhatsApp Business is an official app from WhatsApp, which is basically another version of the messenger you are used to. It has a few additional features for businesses, like “quick replies” to send frequently written messages, labels to identify different chats, and so on.

But more than anything else, WhatsApp Business works perfectly with two different numbers. The contact list remains the same on both apps, but you get to decide which SIM you want to reply from by firing up either WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business.

Right now, WhatsApp Business is available only for Android and not on iOS. WhatsApp has said that it will soon be launching an iOS version for the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, which let you use two SIMS.

Download: WhatsApp Business for Android (Free)

WhatsAuto (Android): Send Auto-Replies When You’re Busy

Sometimes, you’re driving your car, studying for an exam, or are too busy to reply to incoming messages. You still don’t want to be rude though. WhatsAuto lets you set up auto-replies for any texts you get.

The app is easy to customize. You can choose from preset template auto-replies, or create a custom one. It works with formatting, so you can bold, italicize, or strikethrough any text How to Bold, Italicize, and Strikethrough Text in WhatsApp How to Bold, Italicize, and Strikethrough Text in WhatsApp Are your WhatsApp messages looking a little bland lately? Here's how to type bold, italic, and strikethrough text right now! Read More . You can choose who to send auto-replies to, such as your whole contact list, only some people, or all people with the exception of your favorites. By default, there is an “Auto Reply” header on top of the reply, but you can remove that if you want.

WhatsAuto also lets you choose how often to send a message. You can reply to every message that a contact sends, or be less annoying by giving them a five-minute window before sending the auto-reply again to that contact.

While there’s a status saving feature in WhatsAuto, it didn’t work well for me.

Download: WhatsAuto for Android (Free)

WikiBot (Any): Look Up Wikipedia Explanations on Whatsapp

WikiBot looks up Wikipedia defnitions on Whatsapp

WhatsApp is more than just a chat app. There are some powerful services you can use in WhatsApp 7 Powerful Services You Can Use In WhatsApp 7 Powerful Services You Can Use In WhatsApp WhatsApp started as a cross-platform instant messaging client, but has since gone on to add a host of new features. Here are some of the most powerful new services to be added. Read More , like job alerts, news updates, and so on. One other service you probably didn’t know about is Wikipedia. Send a word to WikiBot, and it will show you the Wikipedia definition.

Here’s how it works. You will need to add WikiBot’s phone number to your contact list first, and ideally save it as WikiBot. Then send a message to the number that says:

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You will get a reply acknowledging that you have activated the service, and will also mention a method to unsubscribe if you ever want to.

That’s it, you’re set to use the bot. Send a word or a phrase, and WikiBot will reply with a few lines of definition. It’s a good way to look up the meanings of simple things or find out who a person is, without having to Google them.

Hide Media (Chrome): Hide Photos and Videos on WhatsApp Web

Hide Images and Videos on Whatsapp Web

WhatsApp Web auto-loads all the photos and videos anyone sends you. And on the big computer screen, that can be a privacy nightmare as anyone walking by can see what’s on your screen.

Hide Media is a simple extension that auto-hides all images on WhatsApp Web by default. The image is still downloaded, but it is blurred so that you can’t see it. To view the image or video, hover your mouse cursor over it to reveal. For a video, you can press the play button once you reveal it.

It’s a simple and efficient app to take back some control over your privacy while using WhatsApp Web. Of course, you should also be using other tips to maintain privacy while using WhatsApp How to Use WhatsApp While Maintaining Your Privacy How to Use WhatsApp While Maintaining Your Privacy Do you want to use WhatsApp in secret without giving a lot of information away to others? Then these are the settings to adjust in order to stay stealthy. Read More .

Download: Hide Media for Chrome (Free)

WAToolkit (Chrome): Read Message Previews, Change Text Width

WAToolkit is the best Chrome extension for Whatsapp

WAToolkit is a must-have Chrome extension for anyone who uses WhatsApp Web. It adds two tricks that make WhatsApp Web so much better, along with a few other useful features.

First, WAToolkit fixes the width of chat bubbles. For some reason, WhatsApp doesn’t stretch chat bubbles across the entire screen, not utilizing the extent of your wide monitor. WAToolkit makes chat bubbles full-width to optimize screen space.

Second, you get a WAToolkit icon in Chrome’s toolbar. When you get a new message, the icon will add a badge for unread messages. Hover over the icon to read all your incoming messages without ever switching to the WhatsApp Web window. It’s not only a time-saver, but it’s also a sneaky WhatsApp Web trick 7 WhatsApp Web Tips and Tricks All Users Should Know 7 WhatsApp Web Tips and Tricks All Users Should Know WhatsApp Web lets you use WhatsApp on a computer. It's easy to use, but we've found a number of tips and tricks to make WhatsApp Web even better. Read More to read messages without them getting the two blue ticks for “Seen”.

The aforementioned icon also turns orange if there’s a connectivity issue with your phone, which happens quite often with WhatsApp Web. WAToolkit also adds always-on desktop notifications, so that even when you close Chrome, you get WhatsApp Web notifications.

Download: WAToolkit for Chrome (Free)

WhatsApp Can Do a Lot Without Add-Ons

These apps and extensions are an excellent way to power up your WhatsApp experience. Right now, there isn’t much love for iOS, but hopefully that will change over time. Still, you don’t always need to rely on add-ons.

In fact, WhatsApp introduces new features The Best New WhatsApp Features You Might Have Missed The Best New WhatsApp Features You Might Have Missed WhatsApp is constantly adding new features. We identify and track the best new features added to WhatsApp over the years. Read More all the time, making many of these tools redundant. For example, you can now check which chats are using up the most amount of storage space, or change numbers while still keeping your WhatsApp data intact.

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  1. Irene
    October 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Hi, do you know of a way to send a message on whatsapp at a specific time that I set?

  2. Ahmed
    October 5, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Honestly, whatsapp is such a rip off. Telegram has so much more features but people barely use it. Oh, and they don't mine your data like whatsapp does either.

  3. Himanshu
    October 1, 2018 at 5:13 am

    This was informative. To add to your article you can also mention duta.in, which provides multiple chatbots.