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17 WhatsApp Tricks You Didn't Know Before

WhatsApp is now used by more than two billion people worldwide. How often do you use WhatsApp? Several times a week? Or even daily? We are sure that you still did not know all of these functions.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messengers in the world. You probably don't know these tricks yet.

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Chatting, sending voice messages or making phone calls: WhatsApp replaces all the functions of a classic telephone. The messenger service is the ultimate communication tool. 2 billion people now regularly use the offer taken over by Facebook in 2014. But all WhatsApp tricks are by no means known to all users. You should know these WhatsApp functions.

1. Retrieve sent messages

If you have sent a message by mistake, you must react immediately or have it deleted for both chat partners (see point 2). But you don't always want the other person to see that a message was not intended for you. Once the message has arrived on the WhatsApp server (you can recognize this by the gray tick behind it), you can no longer remove the message. At least not in such a way that the recipient does not notice it. If you have sent a message by mistake, you must immediately (!) Activate the flight mode of the mobile phone. This will cut the network connection and prevent the message from being received on the WhatsApp server. Then delete them. You can then deactivate airplane mode again.

2. Completely delete messages on WhatsApp

WhatsApp users have waited a particularly long time for this function: If you were too slow for tip 1, had sent a message and maybe even read it, there was no way to delete it from the recipient's phone for years. But that has finally changed. However, deletion is only possible under one condition: The sent message that is to be removed from your own phone and that of the recipient must not be older than seven minutes. So if you react quickly enough, you can get rid of unwanted things.

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And this is how it works: If you tap on the relevant message and hold it down, a menu bar will appear on both Android and iOS. If you tap on the recycle bin or on "delete", the question will appear where you want to remove the message. Select "Delete for all" to delete the message not only on your own phone, but also on the recipient's phone. Important: Although the person you wrote to can read the message more, he or she will see the message in the chat history that a message has been deleted.

3. Bypass the blue ticks

WhatsApp marks messages from chat partners. There are three levels:

  • A gray tick
  • Two gray hooks
  • Two blue hooks

A gray tick means: The message has been received on the WhatsApp server and will be delivered to the recipient. Two gray ticks will appear when this is done. The two hooks turn blue when the recipient has read the message. If you do not want your chat partners to see when you have viewed your messages, you can suppress the blue color.

To do this, go to the app settings and select "Account". Then tap on “Privacy”. Here you will find the item "Read receipts". If you uncheck it, other people can no longer see whether you have viewed a message. The disadvantage is: You can then no longer recognize it from your chat partners.

However, if you have an iPhone with 3-D touch function (from model 6s) there is another way: simply press and hold the chat that you are supposed to read without being noticed with your finger. The conversation history then opens without the chat partner seeing that you have viewed the message.

4. Pay with WhatsApp

Pay with the messenger: This is already possible in India. There users can now send money via WhatsApp. For this, the local payment system Unified Payments Interface was integrated into the app. Indian users like to pay for a taxi, for example. After WhatsApp tests such functions, it usually does not take long before the global roll-out follows.

5. Write in bold, italic and strikethrough

If you want to give your messages more expression, WhatsApp offers you the option of writing parts of text in bold or italic, or of crossing them out. This is how it works: Text parts that should appear bold must be enclosed in asterisks, e.g. B. like this: * bold *. Surround everything that should appear in italics with underscores: _ italic_. If you want text to appear strikethrough, put a tilde in front of it and behind it: ~ strikethrough ~. Don't be surprised: as you write, the framing characters remain visible. As soon as you send the message, however, it disappears and the recipient only receives the formatted text.

6. Send messages without typing

In WhatsApp, users can send messages without using their nimble fingers. Thanks to Siri and the Google Assistant. Android users can use the Google Assistant to speak messages, iPhone users send messages directly via Siri. The digital assistants can also read out incoming messages.

7. Free up storage space

Certain contacts use WhatsApp intensively to send pictures, videos or even gifs. This can quickly drain your storage space. However, thanks to a WhatsApp function, Android and iOS users can easily create new space.

Go to the WhatsApp settings and select "Data and memory usage". Below, tap Storage Usage. In the overview that is then displayed, select the contact whose content you want to clean up. Then go to "Manage" below. Here you can now choose the formats you want to remove (videos, photos, voice messages, etc.). If you tap “Empty” at the very bottom, you will have significantly more storage space on your phone in no time at all.

Do you want to find out more? This function is described in more detail here.

8. See how many messages you have sent

Are you interested in the amount of messages you've sent and received? Here's how easy it is to find out:

To do this, go to the menu, go to “Settings”, then select “Data usage” and then “Network usage”. You will already see the total number of messages sent and received, along with other information.

If you use iOS, WhatsApp can display numerous other statistics. To do this, go to the menu and select "Settings". Then tap on “Account” and finally “Storage Usage”. Under Android, go to the settings, then to “Data and memory usage”, then to “Memory usage” and finally to the desired contact. Here you can see, depending on the operating system, how many messages you have sent to individual contacts and how many messages were returned from them. You can also see how many pictures, videos, etc. you have exchanged with this person.

9. Mute chat

Many people mute their phones when they don't want to be disturbed by incoming calls and messages. But what can you do if you are expecting an important WhatsApp message and therefore do not want to silence the mobile phone, but are constantly disturbed by posts in a certain WhatsApp group? The solution is particularly simple: go to the annoying chat. Then go to the menu and select "Mute". Then you can specify how long you should not disturb posts in this conversation and whether you want to receive notifications. Finally, tap on “OK” and enjoy the peace and quiet. You can unmute it by going back to the chat, calling up the menu and selecting "Mute off".

10. Restore messages

If you've accidentally deleted a message or even an entire chat history, there is a way to get it back. To do this, however, you need to secure yourself in advance.

WhatsApp can regularly create a backup with all content. Check whether you are already using this option. To do this, call up the menu and go to settings. There, tap on “Chats” and then select “Chat backup”. Here you can define how often the content should be backed up, which media you want to back up (pictures, videos, messages ...) and where these should be saved.

If you have accidentally deleted a message, you can restore it. The path is quite complex, but if the message was important, it is worth the effort. Make sure the last backup was successful. Then uninstall WhatsApp on your phone. When you then reinstall the app, the application will ask if you want to restore the old content. If you answer yes, all of the contents of the last backup are back on your phone. Make sure, however, that all messages that you received after the last backup will no longer be available.

11. Pin chats

If you write to a large number of contacts on Facebook, it can quickly become difficult to keep track of the conversations. You can easily pin the chats that are particularly relevant to you at the top and have them ready faster. To do this, just press and hold a conversation. With Android a pin will appear at the top of the menu, with iOS you simply swipe the chat to the right and then fix it. You can do this with a maximum of three conversations.

12. Find news

The quickest way to find a specific message is to tap the magnifying glass in the chat overview at the top right. Enter a keyword here that you remember. WhatsApp already delivers all messages in which the corresponding word occurs.

13. Save messages

If you already know while reading a message that you will need it again later, you can simply save it. Tap and hold the message. Then tap the star. Your message is now highlighted. You can find it again by tapping on “Starred” under “Settings”.

14. Mute individual contacts

Some contacts are so persistent that you may want to temporarily mute them. This is done on Android as follows: Go to the contact's profile. There you will see a slider that you can use to turn off the notifications. On iOS, simply swipe left in the chat overview and then tap on "More". Here you can mute the contact.

15. "Speed ​​dial buttons" for favorite contacts

If you write to a contact very often, you can significantly shorten the way to the chat by placing the conversation directly on the home screen of your smartphone. So far, however, this only works for Android and Windows 10 phones. To do this, open the conversation and open the menu. Tap More, then tap Add Shortcut. You already have the chat at your fingertips.

16. Quote messages

Particularly in the case of written conversations that run very quickly, it is sometimes not clear which statement by the interlocutor an answer refers to. The workaround is to simply quote the relevant message. To do this, press and hold the relevant message. In the menu that opens, tap on the left arrow on Android. Under iOS it is the menu item "Answers". The selected message will then appear immediately above your reply so it is always clear what you are referring to.

17. Create your own GIFs

WhatsApp supports the sending of GIFs and has its own selection in the chat. But did you know that you can also create your own GIFs that stand out from the crowd? To do this, however, a video must be available on your smartphone. To do this, select the video from the gallery and save it as a GIF. Once you do that, the clip will appear in WhatsApp's selection.

The messenger service WhatsApp, which was launched in 2009, is controversial due to data protection deficiencies. For example, hackers can B. Read along very easily despite encryption.

So if you don't feel like using the messenger service anymore, you can deactivate WhatsApp. To do this, open the settings of your mobile phone and select "Applications" under Apps. Tap WhatsApp in the list. The symbol for "Deactivate" can be found at the top right. Users can also delete individual contacts from WhatsApp, but be careful, the numbers will then also disappear from the phone. To delete a contact on WhatsApp, the person must be removed from the address book.

A contribution from:

  • Klara Papp

  • Sarah Janczura

    Sarah Janczura is content manager and responsible editor for ingenieur.de. After an internship with a focus on social media, she worked as an online editor in a digital agency. She writes about technology, research and career topics.