WhatsApp has revealed its 10 secret tips and tricks you may not know – Gloucestershire Live

When it comes to messaging apps, with more than 450 million daily active users, WhatsApp is by far one of the most popular.

And although many of us use it in our day to day lives, it’s highly likely that we only know the basics.

But speaking exclusively to Mirror Online, WhatsApp revealed 10 tips that will mean you can make the most of the messaging app.

With everything from managing group chats to tracking your messages, here is everything you need to know:

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1. Recording hands-free voice notes

Recording voice notes is one of WhatsApp’s most popular features. However many users do not realise that you can record voice notes hands-free.

WhatsApp said: “Did you know that if you hold down the microphone icon and swipe up, it locks the voice note function to ‘record,’ leaving you able to record your message hands-free?

“Once you have finished recording your message, just press send!”

2. Bookmark your main messages

When you have multiple group chats on the go, keeping up with messages can be difficult. And while there is a search function, there is also a way to bookmark key messages so that you can keep track of them and find them easily and quickly.

WhatsApp said: “Make use of the ‘star’ message function where you can bookmark key messages that you can easily view again in one central location.

“Just press down on the message that you want to bookmark and then tap the ‘star’ icon.

“For iPhone users, you can find all your starred messages by going to Settings & Starred Messages or click the name of your chat and tap ‘Starred Messages.’ For Android users, tap ‘More Options,’ and tap ‘Starred Messages.'”

3. Tailor your status to every occasion

If you are looking for a way to tell all your contacts about something in one easy move, then statuses are the way forward.

WhatsApp explained: “You can set your ‘About’ status to pre-existing option, or you can create your own for whatever activity you may be up to!

“To do so, go to Settings; [Tap your name]; About; Status, and select a pre-existing option, or, to personalise it, click Edit, select any of the pre-existing options, and share with the world what you’re currently up to.”

4. Set your phone aside but still be online

In this day and age, staying offline while at work can be tricky. But luckily there is a sneaky way to always make sure you’re in the loop and check your messages without even looking at your phone.

WhatsApp said: “Download the WhatsApp Web desktop app, which mirrors your phone’s conversations on your computer. This means you can send the normal WhatsApp messages, photos and GIFs from your computer, but now in double quick time.”

5. Elevate your conversations with Stickers

A lot of people use emojis when messaging but WhatsApp’s Stickers can be a fun alternative to send light-hearted messages.

WhatsApp said: “When you open a conversation, next to the field you input text into, there is a little square icon with a folded side page. When you click that, it comes up with your stickers – but you can add more! Find out how to download more stickers in WhatsApp’s FAQs.”

6. Read your messages in super-stealth mode

We’ve all had that moment where we’ve opened a message we were avoiding replying to. While you can always hide ‘Read Receipts’ there is another way to read your messages without facing the dreaded blue ticks.

WhatsApp said: “If you see a message come in on your iPhone’s lock screen, press down slightly on the message on the screen and it pulls up the full text, but you won’t appear to the other person that you’ve read the message. Stealthy!”

7. Pin your most important messages or groups

Scrolling through reams of messages to find your favourite group chat or friend can be frustrating but that can all be avoided.

WhatsApp said: “On the iPhone, swipe to the right on the chat you want to pin to the top and then tap ‘Pin.’ On Android, tap and hold on the chat and then tap the pin icon.”

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8. Regain control of your group chats

If you have ever wanted to limit who can make changes to group chats then here is how:

WhatsApp said: “You can change the group settings so that only admins are allowed to change group info. To do so, click on your group name and go to Group Settings; Edit group info.”

9. Find out who you talk to the most

If it wasn’t already obvious who you message the most, then here’s how you can find out:

WhatsApp said: “You can find out who you send the most messages to and how much storage each person you speak to takes up by going to: Settings; Data and Storage Usage; Storage Usage; Select Contact.”

10. Manage who adds you to groups

Now group chats are often the best bit about WhatsApp but there is nothing worse then being added to multiple chats that are not relevant to you.

Well now the messaging service has rolled out a function which means you can manage who is able to add you into groups.

WhatsApp said: “To ensure that you only join groups that you want to be in, you can manage your group permission settings.

“Once enabled, the friend who wants to add you to a group will be required to first send you an invitation link in the app. If you accept it, you will then be added to the group. If not, the link will expire in three days.”

If this is something you want to do, then all you need to is go to Settings; Account; Privacy; Group and select one of three options: “Everyone,” “My Contacts,” or “My Contacts Except.”

“My Contacts” means that only the people who are in your address book can add you to groups. And the “My Contacts Except” function means that you have additional control for who within your contacts can add you into groups.