WhatsApp went through several stages of transformation, becoming the most popular and used application in the world. After being purchased by Facebook, developers started adding new features, such as voice calling, document sharing, end-to-end encryptions and more. In this article we’ll talk about the less used features and what their role is.
Bold, Italics And Strikethrough Text
Want to send a formatted text in WhatsApp? By adding asterisks in front and at the end of the text, you will transform it into bold. To “Italicize” a text, put it between underscores, and to strikethrough text, put it between tildes.
Put Group Chats On Silence
If you’re in a group with many talkative people and you’re tired of being alerted every time they send a new message, you can mute notifications for 8 hours, 7 days or an entire year, by going to the specific group -> Mute.
Send A Message To Multiple Contacts
The feature is called Broadcast Lists and can be found in the top left of the Chats screen. By selecting it, you will be able to send one message to multiple contacts at the same time. So, if you want to invite only a small group of friends to a special event, without letting others know, head to Chats -> Broadcast Lists -> New List -> add contacts, write the message and hit send.
WhatsApp offers its users the possibility to share documents from their Google Drive and iCloud Drive accounts, by tapping the upwards arrow located in the left side of the text window, where they will see the Share Document button.
Homescreen Shortcut For Specific Chats
You can add a homescreen shortcut for your favorite chats by tapping and holding on an individual chat and selecting Add Conversation Shortcut. This feature works only on Android phones.
Reply To Messages From The LockScreen
This shortcut is available only Android, and it allows you to reply to messages without opening the application. In order to enable it, head to Settings -> Notifications -> choose Always show popup. If you have an iPhone, you’ll need to install a third party application to enable a quick reply function.
Prevent Multimedia Files From Automatically Saving To Your Phone
All images and videos are automatically downloaded to microSD cards. If you don’t want to run out of space, stop multimedia files from being automatically downloaded to your device, by going to Settings -> Chats, where you’ll turn off Save Incoming Media.