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WhatsApp is the most used application of the moment, having 1 billion active users who are chatting, making voice calls and taking advantage of the rest of the features. The application can be installed on mobile devices running on the major platforms and now it’s totally free, meaning that the annual subscription fee of 99 cents has been removed and more people will be tempted to register to WhatsApp, in order to keep in touch with their friends and families. However, not all users are curious to explore all features and they’re only sending messages or calling their contacts. We have a list of tips and tricks that will help any user to get the most out of this application, so here it goes.

Creating Conversation Shortcuts

You’re probably chatting more often with a few contacts, but you’re probably tired of tapping on the screen twice in order to open the conversation. Why not tapping once on the screen to open the chat with your friend? The solution is to add a conversation shortcut to the home screen and this can be done by long-pressing the conversation until you see the “Add chat shortcut” option. Tap on it and you’ll see a new icon on the phone’s home screen.



Know If Your Message Has Been Read

When you see one tick, then your message has been sent, two ticks is the confirmation that the message has been delivered, and the two ticks will appear if the recipient will open the message. This applies to group members, as well.

Read A Message Without Letting The Sender Know You’ve Opened It

Instead of disabling the Read Receipt feature, you can read messages in airplane mode, and they will appear as unread. So, when you’re receiving a new message, don’t open it immediately. Instead, turn on Airplane mode (swipe up from the bottom of the screen in iOS to reach the Settings menu, or swipe down from the top of the screen in Android) and read the message while your phone is not emitting any type of signal. Then, close WhatsApp and turn off the Airplane mode. Your friend will never suspect you’ve checked his/her message.

Muting Groups

If you’re part of a group with many members, you’ll continuously receive notifications from those who send messages. It can be quite exhausting to check all of them and it’s more annoying to be bothered all the time with notification. The best solution is to mute the group by tapping the settings icon from the top right of the screen. You will no longer see notifications popping out when a member of that group will send a message.

Starred messages

If you’ve created bookmarks to save your favorite webpages on browsers, then starred messages work in a similar way. When you don’t have time to read an important message, star it and check it later. You will long-press on it and at the top of the screen will appear a star icon on which you’ll tap. You will find all starred messages in a list that will appear when you’ll tap the menu icon from WhatsApp’s home screen.

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