There’s always a bit of a learning curve when it comes to mastering new apps.
WhatsApp is no different. Although it’s wickedly popular and extremely easy to get started using right away, the messenger does have a few quirks that aren’t immediately obvious as well as some hidden features that aren’t the simplest to enable. But if you have some patience and the willingness to tinker, we’re sure that anybody can figure out WhatsApp in no time.
In fact, if you have a few minutes to spare now, we’ve gone over everything you could possibly want to know about WhatsApp, including how the app works exactly and some tips and tricks every user should keep at their disposal.
What is WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is an instant messaging app that Facebook acquired in 2014. You’d typically use the app to send things like text messages, images, video, audio messages – or even to place a Wi-Fi call to a friend. As of April 2015, it had 800 million active users from across the world.
1 How does WhatsApp work?
The first thing you need to know is that WhatsApp has no adverts and is free for the first year of use. It’ll cost 99 cents a year after that. Now that we’ve covered costs, download the mobile app on your iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows device.
Once installed and loaded, you’ll be asked to enter your mobile phone number. WhatsApp needs your actual number because it routes files and messages between you and your contacts similar to how an SMS system would.
9 Backup your chats
When you switch to a new phone, you can take your WhatsApp chat history with you. Just go to Settings within the iPhone app, then tap Chat Settings, and select Chat Backup. From there, back up the chat now or turn on Auto Backup to iCloud. You can restore your chats when you reinstall WhatsApp on the new phone.
If you use a microSD card with an Android go to Menu, then Settings, and Chat Settings. From there, select Backup conversations, and then be sure to move the microSD card over to the new phone. You’ll also need to reinstall WhatsApp and Restore when prompted.
If the backup is on internal storage, you can use a file explorer to find and manually move contents in the /sdcard/WhatsApp/ folder. Simples.
10 Determine when your sent message was read
Check marks appear next to each message you send. One grey check mark indicates to you that the message was successfully sent to the recipient, while two grey check marks indicatex when the message was successfully delivered to the recipient’s phone. Two blue check marks alerts you when the recipient has read your message.
But did you know you can find out a little extra detail about your sent messages? Just tap and hold on the message, and then tap the Info option in order to get message details like the precise time it was delivered and read. In iOS, you can also just tap and drag the message to the left.
11 Stop incoming media from automatically saving
By default, for whatever reason, WhatsApp automatically saves images and videos from recipients to the Camera Roll on iOS devices or in Gallery or Photos app on Android. You can stop this by going to Settings and then Chat Settings. From there, toggle off “Saving Incoming Media”.
12 Mute group notifications
Group conversations can be the worst. You might not be able to leave the conversation, but you can mute notifications so you aren’t awakened every time someone throws in their two cents. If you’re using an iPhone, just open the group chat, tap the subject to get the Group Info screen, and then tap Mute. In Android, open the chat, then tap the Menu button, and tap Mute. You can specify a time period or turn off notifications permanently.