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Are you planning to download and install WhatsApp Android version 2.17.22?

You won’t regret it. After all, it is the cheapest and easiest way to chat with your friends, send images and voice messages, and even transfer files. But you will get more and enjoy more if you take advantage of the app’s hidden features or use third-party apps to add new functions.

Set chat or texts as favorites

Want quick access to some of your favorite chat and texts? Tag them. Simply tap and hold down on a text, wait for the star button to appear, and then click on it. The text will then go to the favorites section on the upper right corner of your main menu.

Use two accounts in one device

Yes, you can use two accounts with different phone numbers in one device. Simply download and install Parallel Space that clones WhatsApp and runs both apps simultaneously. This will spare you the need to use two different devices, or switch back and forth.

Let Google Now do the work

Did you know that you can use Google’s voice assistant to send a text on WhatsApp? Sure, you need to be precise on your voice commands, but it’s so much faster and hands-free than typing. What do you need to tell Google? “Send a text on WhatsApp to Willy Wonka”, or whoever you want to send a message from your contact list.

Save data when making voice calls

Keeping your phone bill in check is now easier with WhatsApp’s in-app voice calls. But you can still save more by reducing data usage. Just go to Settings > Chats and calls > and from Call Settings tick Low data usage to activate it.

Back up photos, multimedia files

Don’t you just hate it when you lose all your files when your mobile device crashes? If you don’t want the same thing to happen with WhatsApp, set it to back up files automatically and periodically. Avoid doing it manually, as you might forget to do it. To activate the backup feature, go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup. When prompted, type in the info of your Google Drive account or wherever you want to save your files.

Here are other apps for WhatsApp Android that you can download.