WhatsApp just keeps on growing, adding new features and users all the time. The prospect of sending texts and making calls for free has tempted a whopping 800 million people onto the Facebook-owned app at last count.
If you’re one of them, chances are there are a few elements of the app that still seem bewildering or annoying – the good news is many of them can be fixed if you know where to look.
So sit back, check out these WhatsApp tips and tricks and you’ll be chucking messages to your buddies left, right and center without having to worry about getting yourself tangled in a web of pointless chatting.
How to lock Whatsapp?
There’s no way to do this on iOS without jailbreaking, but on Android you have a wide choice of security apps that will enable you to password or PIN protect your WhatsApp chats. Try Messenger and Chat Block, AppLock, or Smart AppLock. Some of these apps will even snap a photo if someone tries to access the app without the right PIN, so you can catch snoopers. On Windows Phone you can try WhatsApp Locker. If you’re on BlackBerry, then try Lock for Whats Messenger.
How to use Whatsapp on your computer?
If you have the Chrome browser installed on your computer or laptop then go to WhatsApp Web and follow the instructions for your phone. You’ll need to make sure your phone is connected to the Internet, ideally through Wi-Fi, because the web app still syncs everything from your phone. Start up WhatsApp, find the WhatsApp Web option in the menu, and scan the QR code in the browser. You can now start chats and get notifications right there on your computer. It doesn’t work on iOS.
How to recover deleted messages?
WhatsApp backs up messages on your device every morning at 4AM. The easiest way to recover a recently deleted message is to uninstall the app and reinstall it. During the process it will ask if you want to restore from backup. This will cover the last seven days. If you want to restore an older chat on Android, use an app like ES File Explorer and go to sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases to see your backups. Rename the file you want to msgstore.db.crypt and then go to Settings > Apps > WhatsApp > Clear data, then start it up and restore when prompted.
How to send private messages in bulk?
You might want to save some time by sending out a bulk message, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want all the recipients to know it’s a group message. The broadcast feature let’s you send out the same message to multiple contacts, but it will appear as a private message between the two of you for them. In Android, tap Menu, and then New broadcast. In iOS, tap Broadcast Lists on the Chats screen, and then tap New List. If they reply, it will only go to you, not the full list.
How to mute the conversation sound?
Sometimes group conversations create a lot of noise. You may not want to leave the conversation, but you probably don’t want a notification every time someone chips in. If you’re using an iPhone, then open the group chat, tap the subject to get the Group Info screen, and then tap Mute.
In Android, open the chat, tap the Menu button, and then tap Mute. You can specify a time period, or you can remove the tick in the Show notifications box to turn them off permanently.