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12 of the Best Hidden WhatsApp Features You Should Know About


WhatsApp is popular, and for good reason.

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Looking for ways to get more out of WhatsApp on your Android phone or iPhone? We are behind you. Roll out now, for example, is a new setting that automatically clears your messages after a week. It’s a Snapchat-like feature for sure, but who says that’s not welcome in other apps? You can even format the text you send in a message to add some flair to an otherwise boring conversation.

Or how about using WhatsApp on your computer – yes, it is possible. It’s also easy to set up and use. Below you will find tips about all kinds of hidden features and tricks in WhatsApp.


With WhatsApp you can format text and fonts directly.

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1. Format the text to spice up your messages

With WhatsApp you can make text bold or italic or strike through. To do this, you need to add some special characters before and after the text you want to format.

To bold text in WhatsApp, use an asterisk (* bold *); italics text with an underscore (_italics_); create strikethrough text with tildes (~ strikethrough ~).

2. Make your messages disappear

WhatsApp is currently rolling out a new feature that allows you to enable disappearing messages for specific conversations. When enabled, all your messages will disappear from a chat after 7 days.

Turn on Disappearing messages by tapping the contact or chat name at the top of your screen. Select Disappearing messages in the list of options, then tap On.

Keep in mind that any images you send or receive are automatically saved to your phone or the recipient’s phone, so while the message with the photo disappears, the actual image can still be saved.

3. Add a star to a message for easy reference later

By starring a message, you can easily get back to a meaningful message, phone number, address, or article link that a friend sent you. Long press the message, then tap the star icon. A small star icon will be placed next to the message so you can easily spot it when scrolling through your conversation.

You can also view your starred messages on an iPhone ($ 599 at Apple), by going to and selecting the Settings tab Starred messages. Android users will then have to tap the menu button Starred messages.


The Contact Info page has tons of tools and options.

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4. Clean up the storage space and see who you talk to the most

Wondering who your BFF is on WhatsApp? It’s easy to figure out.

On your iPhone or Android phone, go to Settings > Storage and data > Storage management. A list of contacts is displayed, in order of who is using the most storage space on your phone. Tap each contact to view more detailed statistics such as the number of messages, images and GIFs exchanged.

WhatsApp’s new storage part makes it easier to delete large files that are taking up space on your phone, and also gives you a way to see who you chat with the most.

5. View the message details

Ever wondered what time a message was delivered or read? Swipe left on a message you sent to view those stats on your iPhone. Android users can long press on a message then tap the menu button followed by Info.

6. Mute a call

If you’re going to a movie or meeting, use WhatsApp’s mute feature to mute a chatty group conversation or a friend who doesn’t get the hint that you’re busy.

Android users can long press a chat and then tap the crossed out speaker icon at the top of the screen. iPhone users can swipe left on a call and then tap the three-dot button followed by Mute.

You can choose to mute 8 hours, a week, or always.


Manage your privacy and export conversations.

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Hide your last seen status

Sometimes it’s too busy to know that people can see when you were last online and you feel like you need to respond to open messages.

Don’t want friends or random contacts to know your “Last Seen” time? Open Settings > Account > Privacy > Last seen.

Then choose from Everyone, My contacts or Nobody.

8. Turn off read receipts

If you go one step further, you can turn off read receipts in WhatsApp. This prevents co-users from knowing that you have read a message.

Open Settings > Account > Privacy and uncheck or slide the switch next to Read receipts to the from position.

Note: If you disable this feature, you will also not be able to see when a friend has read your message. Group chats still use read receipts, however.

9. Do not save photos, videos by default

If you’d rather WhatsApp not save every photo and video you receive to your camera roll, take up space and clutter your own photos, then turn off auto-save.

Open on an iPhone Settings > Chats and turn off Save to camera roll. On Android, go to open Settings> Chats and turn off Visibility of the media.

whatsapp stickers

WhatsApp also has stickers you can share.

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10. Use WhatsApp on a computer

Sitting at your computer and using a full keyboard and mouse is a much better experience when you’re juggling a lot of different conversations or having a long one with an old friend. And thanks to the web version of WhatsApp, PC or Mac apps, you can do that with very little effort.

We guide you through the entire process, which takes a maximum of 3 minutes.

11. Receive customized notifications

Rather than having the same alert sound for every incoming message, you can set up custom alerts for individual contacts. Doing this will make it easier to know who sent you a message without looking at your phone.

Android users must click on it Menu icon when viewing a chat thread, followed by View contact > Custom notifications, check the box and complete the setup.

For those using WhatsApp on iPhone, tap the contact’s name when viewing a chat thread Custom tone.

12. Export a conversation

You can export a conversation if you want to save it. When viewing a conversation, Android users must click on it Menu button followed by Lake > Export chat.

On an iPhone, the process involves viewing a chat thread, tapping the contact’s name at the top of the screen, then scrolling to the bottom of the contact information page and selecting Export Chat.

Both devices allow you to export with or without the media attached.

WhatsApp is a popular chat app, but if you’re looking for something different to use, we are have a few options for you. iPhone owners can always take advantage of iMessage, which has many of the same functions as WhatsApp. Android owners have the Messages app is receiving some meaningful updates also over the years.

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