5 tips to help you become WhatsApp master
WhatsApp tips and tricks 5 ways to master your messaging
WhatsApp needs no introduction. It's the world's most popular instant messaging app, and for all its security flaws, privacy issues and annoying invite systems to get new features, we love it.
5 tips to help you become a WhatsApp master.
Send private messages in bulk, BCC-style
Privacy on the internet is becoming a hard thing to hold onto, but even the famously unprivate WhatsApp has a few features that let you do things on the down-low.
Want to send out a group message without everyone in the group seeing who else received that message, then seeing every subsequent response to the message?
That's what the 'Broadcast' feature is for, and using it is simple
Tap the Options icon at the top right.
Tap New broadcast.
Enter the names of all the contacts you want to send your private message to.
Tap Create, write your message, then send it.
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Go to Options and tap "New broadcast" to send out a mass message without publicly displaying the recipients.
Hide "Last seen", profile photo and status
Getting thrown into a big group chat filled with party guests and people you don't really know can be confusing. Suddenly, your profile picture is staring back at a chatroom full of strangers, who can also see your status and when you are reading messages.
If you want a whole group of strangers eyeballing and judging at your photo, You can go on Tinder. In the meantime, here's how to have better control over who sees this information on WhatsApp
Tap the Options icon at the top right of WhatsApp.
Go to Settings - Account - Privacy.
Go through the Last seen, Profile photo, and Status options, then set their visibility to Everyone, My contacts or Nobody, depending on how you want it.
Make sure people only see the info you want them to see using WhatsApp privacy settings.
Mute annoying group chats
We've all been in that position where we've somehow been dragged into a group chat that we either didn't really want to be in in the first place or don't want to receive notifications from every couple of minutes.
Rather than just leave the chat, which may offend some people, you can simply mute the chat so you stop receiving notifications.
In WhatsApp, tap the Chats tab
Tap the group you want to mute.
With the group open, tap the Options icon at the top right.
Tap Mute, then select the amount of time you want to mute the group for. You can also untick the Show notifications box to never hear from the group again until you decide otherwise.
whatsapp group chat
Are you being harassed by notifications from an annoying group chat? Go into the chat and mute it.
Create a homescreen shortcut for your favorite chats
Do you have certain friends with whom you have constant conversations, where you're non-stop WhatsApping all day, every day? If so, then you can create a shortcut icon to those conversations which will appear on your Android homescreen.
This means you can jump straight into chats with your BFFs, important groups, and other things.
In WhatsApp, tap the Chats tab.
Tap and hold the conversation you want to create a shortcut for.
When the list of options appears, tap Add conversation shortcut.
A shortcut displaying your contact's profile picture will now appear on your homescreen. Tap it to jump straight in and start chatting to them.
If you want quick access to certain chats, tap the 'Add shortcut' option to have it appear as an icon on your homescreen.
Recover deleted messages
Most people feel pretty precious about the messages going to and from their devices. Thankfully, by default WhatsApp backs up your messages every day at 4am.
This means that if you've deleted any messages since that time, but before the next auto-backup, then you can still recover them.
Uninstall WhatsApp from your device Settings - Apps - WhatsApp - Uninstall.
Type your phone number into WhatsApp, then it should notify you that it's found a backup of your chats.
Tap Restore to get your deleted messages back.
whatsapp restore chat
To recover deleted messages, you will need to reinstall WhatsApp then restore the messages from the backup.