5 Essential WhatsApp Tricks You Probably Don’t Know About


You probably are one of the more than a billion people that are using WhatsApp on their phones. While the developers of the chat app have been good at keeping the app as simple and easy-to-use as possible, not everything is easily accessible for the casual user.

Facebook developers have been busy coming in with updates for this chat app, updates that have seen the app evolve from a mere messaging app to an almost all-round communication app. However, WhatsApp still lacks in one or two crucial areas, but there are cool tricks you can apply to bypass these hurdles and get the most out of this app.

Most of us probably know the most basic features on WhatsApp, for instance, hiding last seen, formatting text or maybe disabling read receipts, just to name but a few. However, there is way more that you can do with this app, but you need to know some workarounds first. Here’s is a list of the 5 most essential WhatsApp tricks you should know to get the most out of this app.

Share media files of up to 1GB

WhatsApp allows users to share different media files that include voice and video recordings. However, you must always be careful with these recordings such that they don’t exceed 16MB. This is because the app doesn’t allow sharing of files past this size. But there is a way out with a tool called WhatsTools. With this tool, you can send files of up to 1GB to your friends on WhatsApp.

Star messages

The ability to star messages lets you highlight a given set of important messages on WhatsApp and save them as favorites. To send a message to favorites, long press on it and hit the star icon that shows up. It gets even better as it is possible to delete other messages from the app while keeping hold of the starred messages.

Custom notifications

WhatsApp allows users to play around with the notifications system. Each of your contacts or groups can be assigned a specific tone. Simply open the specific chat and hit the title bar. Another page will open where you can see a “Custom notifications” option. Hit this option and you will open up an array of more options where you can tinker around with the notifications settings.

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Share PDF, word and excel files

Using WhatsApp, it is possible to share more than media files, but also document files. These may include Word, PDF, Excel and other types of file formats. Watch out for the ability to share GIFs on the same platform very soon.

Mark messages as unread

If you are familiar with the likes of Gmail and Yahoo, you have probably come across an option that asks you to mark as read or mark as unread with respect to your email inbox. This is also possible with WhatsApp inbox. Users can mark messages as either read or unread depending on their current status.

When you receive a message, long-press on it and in the options, hit “Mark as read.” If the message had already been opened, the options menu will include a “Mark as Unread” command. Remember when you mark messages that you haven’t actually read as “read,” the sender will be notified that you have read the message.

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  1. As far as I’m concerned, the best trick would be using another messenger, one which provides basic privacy (and, for example, doesn’t force you to share your address book), e.g., Threema or Signal.

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