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10 Hidden WhatsApp Tricks for a whole new experience

Ah, Whats app. It’s the very definition of ubiquitous. Everyone uses it now from your tech hating elders to extremely tech savvy 5-year-olds. Whats App has become a fixture everywhere. And why not it has end to end encryption, no noxious ads and an interface so simple that even a simpleton could figure it out.

But like all popular services Whats App has a bevy of tricks and cheats that make using it a lot more fun. Here are a few of those tricks.

Whats App tricks to make your lives easier

Here come the tricks that just might change your life.

Get rid of those blue ticks

blue ticks whats app

Here’s your first Whats App trick. You can get rid of those irritating blue ticks that let the person on the other end know you have read their message. This puts the onus of replying instantly on you and if you don’t reply quickly, you will come across as rude.

In the Settings menu, go to Account, then Privacy and turn off Read Receipts. The only catch is you’ll no longer get them for other people either.

See who your true friends are

whats app storage usage

Here’s another neat little Whats App trick.If you really consider someone a friend then chances are that you will spend a significant amount of time engaging in a conversation with that person- trading memes, emoji’s. Now you can find out where you have spent most of your valuable data.

Head to Settings > Data and Storage Usage > Storage Usage and you’ll see a list of your most important groups and contacts ranked according to the data you’ve spent on them. Just don’t blame us if you are unhappy with the results.

Find out who is ignoring you

who reads your messages and when

We have another What’s App trick for you.In Whats app group chats those grey ticks turn blue when everyone has read your messages but you can find out who has read your message and when

On Android, hold down on a message you’ve sent and select Info, or on iOS, simply swipe left on the message you want the details on. It’ll show you who it’s been delivered to, who’s read it and when. This also works with individual chats.

Hide your profile pic

hide your profile pic

How’s this for a Whats App trick. Want to maintain an air of mystery around you? Or simply give off a I don’t care vibe. Well then you can turn your profile pic private.

Head to Settings > Privacy > Profile Photo > Nobody.

Mute Group Chats

mute group chats

Here is a Whats App trick for those of you who like to be a part of everything. Odds are that you are a part of plenty of groups in whats app. With people posting constant messages, the constant buzzing of your phone whenever a new message comes can get old very quickly. You can mute select group chats by

Tap on the group chat of your choice, then the name to bring up Group Info where you will find the option to Mute the chat for either eight hours, one week or a year.

Get shortcuts to conversations

get shortcut to conversation

A Whats App trick for the man on a mission. This trick will save you plenty of time. On Whats App there are some people you are likely to talk to more than others. To avoid the hassle of opening whats app every time someone sends you a message.

Tap and hold on the chat (group or individual) of your choice and a tab will pop up. Select the Add Conversation Shortcut option and the chat in question will appear as the person’s profile photo on your mobile desktop.

Share your location

share your location

A Whats app trick for those who get lost easily. Going to a friend’s wedding? Don’t know where the venue is? Don’t worry we have all been there. Now you can share your location with your friends or share the location of the place you all are heading towards. How about live streaming your location? You can choose how long you want to share your location- 15 minutes, an hour or more.

On iOS, click the + icon to the left of the chat box, and choose Location. This will bring up all of your options for the above, though you will need to approve Whatsapp to know your location at all times if you want to use Live Location (it will prompt you to do this if you haven’t already). On Android, head to the Attach menu and choose Location in the same way – you’ll need to approve the app for similar location permissions here too.

Go incognito

A Whats App trick for those looking for some peace of mind. Don’t feel like answering a thousand messages or you just feel like ignoring everyone. Whats App lets you do this by going incognito.

It’s in the Privacy menu, under Last Seen, and if you want you can hide from everybody, or only allow your contacts to see your activity.

Send Message with a Voice Message

messages with a voice message

A Whats App trick for those who feel two hands aren’t enough.Feel like sending a “HOWLER”. For all you non Harry Potter fans out there you can now send voice messages through Whats App in case you are too busy or trying to make a point.

Say “Hey Siri” or “OK Google”, and then say “send a WhatsApp to Jonny” and you can dispatch your message about missing Jonny’s wedding because of your upcoming Fortnite session.

Send out Private Invites

A Whats App trick for those who want to party on the sly. Want to hang out with a select few people without hurting the feelings of others, now you can send invites to a choice group of friends by

On the top-left-hand corner of your WhatsApp Chats window, just below the search bar, you’ll notice a Broadcast Lists. Tap on it for the option to create a new list of contacts you want your message to go out to, and message away as you would normally.

So here is a list of handy whats app tricks that we are sure will make most of your lives easier. Do let us know if there are other nifty whats app tricks in your kitty. We would love to get our hands on them.

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