Forget text messaging. A lot of us use WhatsApp as our main form of communication, whether at work or with our family and friends.
We’ve compiled some useful tips and tricks to not only help you get the most out of the messaging app, but also make you tech-savvy to your kids!
1. Mute group conversations
We all love a good WhatsApp group. But let’s admit it, sometimes the constant notifications can be distracting and a little annoying. Tap and hold on the chat thread of the group you would like to mute. A pop up will show, giving you the option to mute the conversation for eight hours, a week or even a year.
2. Reply to a specific message
Sometimes, responding to messages on WhatsApp can get a tad confusing if there are several messages going back and forth. Make your life a little easier by tapping and holding on a certain message. A ‘reply’ option should pop up. Click on that and voilà!
3. Backup all your chats
It’s a nightmare. Your phone crashes and you lose all your cherished exchanges. Fear not, there’s a way to secure the messages so that they can be recovered. On the app, go to ‘Settings’, ‘Chats’ and select ‘Chat backup’. iPhone users will be able to save their messages onto the iCloud, while Android users’ chats will be saved on Google Drive.
4. Go around the evasive blue ticks
Sometimes, all you want to do is to read a message, and only reply later. But it can be quite awkward to leave your friend at ‘read’. If your blue ticks are activated, go around them by putting your phone on airplane or flight mode BEFORE you view the message. Because your internet is off, this will allow you to read the message without a ‘read’ signal being sent to your friend’s phone.
5. Use WhatsApp on the big screen
If you’re working on your PC, it might be easier to check your messages there than constantly checking your phone. All you have to do is sync your mobile to the desktop. To do this, go to web.whatsapp.com on your computer, and you’ll see a scan code. Then on your phone, go to ‘Settings’ and select WhatsApp Web/Desktop and select ‘Scan QR code’.