WhatsApp tricks you should try in your smartphone

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New Delhi : WhatsApp is available in everyone's mobile phone. It is the most popular instant messaging app today and hardly needs any descriptive introduction. While everyone use WhatsApp to communicate with friends and relatives, very few people know certain tricks which can make interaction even more interesting than we actually know. Here is a list of WhatsApp tricks you should know about.

Pin important chat

Typing names of important people in the search bar or scrolling down to get to their chat history might get time consuming and monotonous every time you want to converse. WhatsApp allows you to pin chats of three contacts on the top. Swipe a chat to the right and tap on the pin icon to get it to the top (iOS) or hold a chat and tap the pin button once selected (Android).

Read messages without letting the sender know

Since, blue tick means you have read the message. Now, you can avoid the blue tick from appearing on the messages you have read. Put your phone on flight mode and open WhatsApp to read the messages. Close the app after reading and remove it from your multi window. Disable the airplane mode and the chat will appear unread to the sender.

Mark chats as unread

Mark a chat with a dot if you read a message but are unable to immediately reply. This will serve as a reminder for later. On iOS, swipe the chat to the right and tap on the unread icon, while on Android, press and hold the conversation that you wish to mark unread.

Turn off last seen

WhatsApp allows you to see the last activity time of your contacts on the app and vice versa. You can protect your privacy and not let people know when you last checked your WhatsApp messages by turning off that option. Go to settings, select account and tap on privacy to choose a suitable option for yourself under last seen.

Read and send messages without touching the phone

Virtual assistants like Siri and Google Assistant help you read messages without typing or touching your phone. All you need to do is give them a verbal command and they will do the rest.

Stop media from being automatically downloaded

Not always would you want forwarded pictures and videos to be saved to your gallery automatically, which lessens space in your phone and may reduce processing speeds. Tap on settings, then chats and turn off the ‘Save to camera roll’ option in iOS or ‘Show media in gallery’ in Android.

You can also change preferences in media download for individual chats. Open a specific chat and tap on the name of the contact or group at the top. Open ‘Save to Camera roll’ option (iOS) or ‘Media Visibility’ (Android) and choose from settings suitable to you.

Add doodles and emoticons to your pictures

WhatsApp allows you to play with your pictures by adding doodles, text and emoticons to it. Tap on the attach option and then go to gallery, select the image to be shared and it will open in a photo editor. You can make it interesting by adding doodles or emoticons

Delete accidentally sent messages

Messages that are accidentally sent can be removed from the receiver’s inbox as well. Select the message and tap on the option ‘Delete for everyone.’

Change preference of the text language

You don’t have to necessarily chat in English language on the app, which offers the option of several other languages. Go to settings and select chats, then tap on app language and choose the one you want.

Change font

This feature allows you to format the text and convert the plain font to italics or bold. Start and end the text with an asterisk to make it bold; similarly, begin and end it with an underscore to make it appear italicized. A tilde in the beginning and end will make a strikethrough appear on the text.