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WhatsApp: ultimate tips and tricks for Android

WhatsApp: ultimate tips and tricks for Android

Update: Added how to create GIFs, find out who looked at your status and more

WhatsApp needs no real introduction. It’s now the world’s most popular instant messaging service, and we love it to lumps. As a display of appreciation for WhatsApp and the joy it brings into our lives, we’ve determined to compile a comprehensive list of WhatsApp tips and tricks to help AndroidPIT readers get the most out of the app. Here are our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about WhatsApp, and some fresh tips for creating WhatsApp Statuses, GIFs and more.

Quick access

Basic functions

How can I listen to WhatsApp messages discreetly?

Voice messages are played through the main speakers on your smartphone, and will usually permit all of your nearest and dearest to listen in as well. There is a deceptively elementary solution for this issue: just hold the phone to your ear. The proximity sensor will think it is a standard phone call and will automatically switch speakers.

How do I cancel a WhatsApp voice message?

When you send a voice message via WhatsApp you need to hold the record button. As soon as you stop pressing the button, the message will be sent. That said, you are still able to cancel these messages. Just slide your finger to the left of the input field and a petite trash can will emerge. This indicates that your message has been deleted.

Did you stammer? No problem! Delete your message and attempt again. / © AndroidPIT

How do I mark a dearest WhatsApp message?

If you are a intense WhatsApp user you’ll be writing and receiving a lot of messages. For one reason or another, you may want to have some of these messages more readily available than others. Go to the conversation and press down on the message you want to bookmark, all you need to do then is press on the starlet in the fresh menu at the top.

To access your dearest messages, go to the main window and click on the three vertical dots. Then come in the "Starred Messages" tab and you will find your favorites there.

Selecting favorites makes them lighter to retrieve. / © AndroidPIT

How do I find individual contacts or messages in WhatsApp?

Do you need to find the details for one of your contacts but hate to scroll through everyone else to find them? No problem! Just click on the magnifying glass and type the name of the person you are looking for.

Searching is not limited to finding your contacts. If you have had a long conversation with a contact and you want to find a specific message, you can lightly access it. Go to the conversation and click on the three vertical dots in the top menu, click on search and then just inject your key search words.

In addition to searching, you can see your entire contacts list by going to the messages tab and tapping the lil’ message icon on the top right of the screen.

You can check as many contacts as there are conversations. / © AndroidPIT

How do I send a file to a contact on WhatsApp?

Just go after the same procedure as above to find your contact, except this time you will need to press on the paperclip and choose "Document." You can then access your memory, select the file you want and send. You can also send numerous files at once.

How do I send my location or a contact number via WhatsApp?

In some circumstances, you may need to send your exact location or send the phone number of another contact. All you need to do is go to the talk window for your contact, and then click on the top right paperclip. In the menu select "Location" (obviously) and you will be given numerous options. Select the option which best fits where your current location is, and it will be sent to your contact.

To send a contact, simply select "Contact" on the same menu, pick one from the contacts list and confirm with the arrow.

You can send files and your location via WhatsApp. / © AndroidPIT

How can I be sure I have the latest version of WhatsApp?

As a general rule, the Play Store will notify you when your apps can be updated. Of course, you are able to check whether a fresh version is available by visiting the Play Store, click on "my apps" and you will be able to see if any updates are available. If you don’t want to wait for the update to become available in the Play Store, you can always go to the APK file and install it by hand.

If you’d like to see what’s fresh in WhatsApp, we recommend you wait for a WhatsApp beta to become available.

How do I install the latest WhatsApp APK?

Very first, head to Settings > Security > Unknown sources and ensure the box is checked.

Then, on your smartphone browser either head to the WhatsApp website or APK Mirror and download the latest APK (APK Mirror is usually ahead of the WhatsApp website). Once the file has downloaded, open it to install the latest WhatsApp APK.

How can I participate in WhatsApp beta?

Like many apps, Facebook / WhatsApp offers its users the chance to test fresh features in a pre-release version. Once you’re all signed up you can install the beta version of WhatsApp from the Play Store.

You too can become a WhatsApp beta tester. / © AndroidPIT

How can I send messages via WhatsApp with Google Now?

If for whatever reason are incapable to use your arms, you should know that you can go through Google Now to send messages via WhatsApp entirely by speech interface.

Simply begin it by hand or say "Okay Google" (if you have it voice enabled), and then say "Send to #message #contact on WhatsApp." For example, "send Cuckoo Carole on WhatsApp." The application will then ask you to confirm, so you can either press the arrow or confirm vocally.

How do I make an audio or movie call using WhatsApp?

Nothing could be lighter! On the conversation window you will find in the top right the symbol of a phone next to the paperclip. Press it, and the application will ask if you want to make an audio or movie call. Just select your preferred function and the call will embark.

How do I switch my WhatsApp status?

Simply click on the three vertical dots in the upper right. On the menu, click "Status." All you need to do is press on the pen at the end of your current status and you edit the text to your liking. Alternatively, you can also select the default statuses that are already available.

You can switch your current status quickly. / © AndroidPIT

How do I add photos and movie to my WhatsApp Status?

The process is almost the same as with text statuses, but the fresh feature permits you to post photos and movies which vanish after a day, just like Snapchat. You can edit them to add emojis, text, stickers and more. To create and send a GIF, check out our peak above.

Now you can add photos to your Status. / © WhatsApp

How do I delete my WhatsApp status?

If you send a photo or movie by accident, you can eliminate it before your friends see it. Just go to the Status tab, tap the three dots next to your status and then tap the little trash can icon at the top right.

How do I find out who looked at my WhatsApp Status photo or movie?

Just like Snapchat or Instagram, the fresh WhatsApp Status feature permits users to post movies and photos which last twenty four hours as part of their status updates. As with these other apps, you can also see who has viewed your photo or movie status updates. Simply go to the Status tab, open the published status and swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see a list of who has viewed it.

Photos and movies

How can I create and send a GIF in WhatsApp?

You can take a movie and convert it into a GIF to share. Tap the camera icon in a conversation, record a movie, then hit OK. When the movie trimming page pops up, tap the camcorder icon on the upper right and it will switch to a GIF icon. Then you can send your up-to-six-second-long movie as a GIF.

Create, clip, convert and send your movies as GIFs! / © AndroidPIT

How can I share GIFs in WhatsApp from Giphy or Tenor?

Tap the emoji button and you can choose inbetween the GIF and emoji modes on the bar that shows up at the bottom. Choose GIF and you can see a list of popular emoji or search by keyword for just the right GIF for the occasion. The GIF feature is from either Giphy or Tenor, with users split inbetween the two services evenly. This works the same on Android as it does on the PC web version of WhatsApp.

Use the GIF button on the keyboard. / © AndroidPIT

How do I delete photos and movies sent via WhatsApp?

WhatsApp can be annoying sometimes because every time you send a picture or a movie, it is saved to your phone. For example, if you took a photo in town today and then sent it to a friend, that photo will be stuck not only in your photo file but also in your WhatsApp conversation.

You can delete these by hand. Just go to the WhatsApp folder in your phone’s internal memory to the media file and select what you want to delete, and then go to the "Sent" folder and select the items you want to delete.

How can I disable automatic downloading of multimedia files on WhatsApp?

When you receive a lot of pics via WhatsApp, you don’t always want them to be downloaded by default. This isn’t only because they are not that interesting, downloading them consumes a lot of data. Fear not, you can disable the annoying automatic download. Instead, you will need to validate the download by hand.

Go to the settings menu then "Data Usage". You can then choose which items can be downloaded automatically with mobile data, WiFi or wandering. Simply click on the configuration that you want, for example "using mobile data", and then select your preferred options – you can overlook the ones you don’t want.

If nothing needs to be downloaded automatically, simply turn off all of the available options.

WhatsApp can be configured so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises. / © AndroidPIT

Blocking and muting

How do I block someone on WhatsApp?

It’s actually very plain. Open the conversation with the contact, press the "Menu" key and select "Block." If you determine its time to embark talking again, you can find your list of blocked contacts in Settings > My Account > Privacy.

Getting messages from an unwelcome contact? Block them! / © AndroidPIT

How do I block and report spam on WhatsApp?

Since WhatsApp version Two.1.23 was introduced it has been possible to block and report users if you receive messages you don’t like or they are spamming you. You’ll be suggested this option every time, unless the contact is already in your address book.

How do I stop someone from calling or messaging me on WhatsApp?

If you do not want to receive calls from certain contacts, you can simply block them. To do this, go to the WhatsApp Settings, select "My Account" adn then "Privacy". You will find "Blocked", and the procedure for blocking contacts will be outlined in there. In the fresh window, click on the puny icon at the top right and choose the contacts to block.

Choose who shouldn’t contact you via WhatsApp. / © AndroidPIT

How do I know if someone has blocked me on WhatsApp?

There are four ways to suss whether someone has blocked you on WhatsApp. Each sign is largely meaningless by itself, but together they form a solid reason to believe that your friend doesn’t want to be your friend.

Take note that WhatsApp has deliberately made it difficult to tell whether someone has blocked you or not, in order to maintain users’ privacy. There’s always an outlying chance that you’re just being paranoid, even when all four of the below points apply.

A contact’s ‘last seen’ time shows up in the top bar right under their name. If there’s no information about when they were last online, this could be a bad sign. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ve blocked you – it is possible to stop this information appearing without blocking someone. Your friend might just value their privacy, so don’t go searing bridges just yet. Read on.

If you can read this, everything is okay. / © AndroidPIT

Check marks are WhatsApp’s way of compounding your obsessive streak by ensuring that you know what’s going on on the other end of the line.

The very first check mark means that your message has been sent. When the 2nd one emerges, your message has been received by the recipient’s phone. This doesn’t mean that the person has read your message, just that it is on their phone; when those check marks turn blue, that’s when they have seen the message. If you see the check marks turn blue, they haven’t blocked you, and everything is fine. Take a deep breath.

If your messages never get beyond that single, sad gray tick, you might have been blocked.

There’s a vague chance they still love you, tho’, surely? Time to keep digging.

A single gray tick is bad news for any relationship. / © AndroidPIT

Another indicator that your friend hates you is that all those desperate WhatsApp calls you make never go through.

Again, maybe their phone is violated, maybe they’ve switched their number, etc, etc, but if this one is true and the two signs above it are, too – well, things aren’t looking good, are they?

Has their picture or profile switched?

If you notice that a contact hasn’t updated or switched their profile in a while, or they’ve had the same picture for months, this could mean that they’ve blocked you. Or that they just never update their profile. Maybe everything is fine.

Let’s go a step further and check from a different account, meaning from a mutual friend’s smartphone. If you see here that your estranged friend’s profile information and picture have switched, then we’re sorry to break it you, but your friend has blocked you and, given how strangely you’ve been acting, with good reason.

How do I mute those annoying WhatsApp group talks?

We’ve all been here. You’ve somehow been dragged into a group talk that you either didn’t truly want to be in in the very first place or just don’t want to receive notifications from every duo of minutes. Rather than just leave the talk, which may offend some people, you can simply mute the talk so you stop receiving notifications from it.

In WhatsApp, select the "Talks" tab and then tap on the group you want to mute. With the group open, tap the Options icon at the top right. Tap Mute, then select the amount of time you want to mute the group for. You can also untick the Display notifications box so that you never hear from the group again until you determine otherwise.

Are you being harassed by group talk notifications? Go into the talk and mute it. / © AndroidPIT

Privacy and security

How do I lock WhatsApp?

Some conversations are not for further circulation. WhatsApp helps you along here by permitting you to use a PIN to access the app, so all you will need to do is recall your numbers. Some smartphone manufacturers will suggest this feature by default, a good example here is the App Locker on OnePlus models, but if it isn’t already in your device you can lightly download an app that will do this for you.

The AppLocker on OnePlus devices permits you to block access to application. / © AndroidPIT

How do I hide my "Last Seen", profile picture or current status on WhatsApp?

For one reason or another you may want to hide this information from your contacts. Go to the settings tab "My Account", "Privacy", and you can adjust everything from the next screen. With "Last seen" you can specify who can see your date of last access, with "Profile photo," this is obviously your picture with "Status" you can set who can see your personalized message.

Can you see me? Not anymore! / © AndroidPIT

How do I enable the two step verification system on WhatsApp?

This is a good feature as it gives your WhatsApp an added layer of security. Go to settings, My Account > Verification in two stages. You can then choose to receive a verification email when you need to login to WhatsApp, such as when you’re using another device.

Protect your WhatsApp account. / © AndroidPIT

How do I delete my WhatsApp account?

For anyone wanting to leave WhatsApp, it is possible to delete your account. If you do determine on this option, you should know that all of your contacts, message history and other settings will be deleted totally, and you will not be able to restore this data if you end up switching your mind.

If you are accepting of all of this and indeed, truly want to delete WhatsApp, go to "Settings" and then inject the "My Account" tab. You will then find the "Delete my account" option. Confirm your selection by pressing the "Delete my account" tab.

Deleting your WhatsApp account is effortless. / © AndroidPIT

What do I do if my smartphone is stolen?

Firstly, don’t fright. If your device has been stolen your best option is to liquidate the number from your network, or at least to block the SIM card. If for whatever reason you aren’t able to do any of this – again don’t scare, you can deactivate your account via email. That said, this option is not effective if the thief can connect to your WhatsApp account.

Just send an email clearly outlining your situation and a specific request to deactivate your WhatsApp account. Once you send the message, you’ll have thirty days notice prior to deactivation. In other words, if you reconnect within thirty days after sending the email, the procedure will be canceled.

  • The subject of the email should be "Lost / Stolen: Deactivate my account"
  • In the bod of the email, type "Please deactivate my account. # thirty three your-number"

After following these steps, please send email to [email protected] If necessary, WhatsApp will contact you for more information concerning your request.

Notifications

How do I get floating notifications on WhatsApp?

You can get floating notifications, or Talk Goes, by using the WhatsBubbles app. Here you will get floating notifications that are similar to those you find on Facebook Messenger. Another application you could consider using is SeeBye Talk Goes, which will also give you floating notifications but you will need root rights to use this app.

Floating WhatsApp messages. / © AndroidPIT

How do I entirely disable WhatsApp notifications?

Do you have that many contacts that you are receiving a notification every thirty seconds? The ordinary solution would be to just turn them off. To do this, all you need to do is go to "Settings" and you will find this option either in the notification options or in the application options itself. You can then disable your notifications.

How do I turn off the sound on notifications WhatsApp?

Getting a little tired of hearing an alert every ten seconds? Just turn them off! Inject the "Settings" and then in the notifications menu, you can choose whether or not a noise will announce the arrival of any fresh messages. An alternate method is to simply press and hold on a conversation from the main window, then click the crossed-out speaker at the top right.

You can determine how you want to manage your notifications. / © AndroidPIT

How do I react to WhatsApp messages from pop-ups?

If notifications are not enough, you can configure WhatsApp to open a window in the middle of your screen when you receive a message. You can then quickly react directly from this window without having to open the entire application.

To enable these pop-ups, inject the "Settings", go to "Notifications" and then select "Popup notification".

React directly from popups. / © AndroidPIT

WhatsApp for PCs

How can I install WhatsApp on my PC?

All you’ll need to do is go to the WhatsApp website and download the app directly from the site.

The identification process is the same: you will still need to connect your smartphone to your PC using a QR code. Once you’ve got past this part, you’ll then be able to talk directly from your computer.

It’s significant to note that WhatsApp can only be installed if your computer’s operating system is Windows eight (or newer) or Mac OSX Ten.9 (or newer). For any other operating systems, it’s recommended you refer to the WhatsApp website for further information.

How can I receive WhatsApp notifications on my PC?

In these cases, you can always opt for getting your Android notifications sent directly you to your PC. Apps such as Desktop Notifications and Pushbullet will send any notifications you to receive on your Android device directly to your PC.

How can I delete my message history in WhatsApp Web?

Don’t want people to spot the content of your talks on your computer screen? You can delete your talk history on your computer and the switch will also be reflected on your phone.

To do this, open the conversation you want to clear and tap the three dots button, then select the option to clear all of the messages.

How can I switch the talk window color on WhatsApp for PC?

Like switching the wallpaper or background color of your WhatsApp talks on your smartphone, you can also switch the background color of your PC talks. Open up the Web or PC version of WhatsApp and tap the three dots icon, then go to Settings and select a fresh background color. It’s that effortless! Doing so switches the background color for all of your talks, however, not just individual ones.

Group talks and mailing lists

How do I add an administrator to a WhatsApp group?

It’s possible to have numerous administrators within a group talk, and any admin within a group can make another participant an admin. All you’ll need to do is access the group information and select the member of the group you want to make an admin. Then tap "Make group admin."

How do I archive a WhatsApp conversation?

WhatsApp permits you to store your conversations so they no longer emerge on your "Talks" screen, but can still access it later if you need them. To do this, go to the talks screen and long press on the talk you want to hide. On the top bar select, the "Archive" icon.

How do I erase or delete a WhatsApp conversation?

Here you have to make a choice as to what you want to do with your messages. Delete means your conversations will be eliminated entirely and you will not be able to recover them. Erase is more or less the same, but you will be able to retrieve these messages after a restore. You’ll find these options via Settings > Discussions > Talk History. You can also delete a specific conversation directly from the talks screen.

Archive, delete, erase. the choice is yours! / © AndroidPIT

How do I send a WhatsApp message to numerous contacts through a group?

Sending in bulk is a superb way of circulating information without the hassle of forwarding individual messages to numerous contacts. To create a fresh group, tap on the "Menu button" and select "Fresh group." Select the contacts you want to add to your group and then tap on the green arrow. Once your group is set up you and all your friends will be able to talk in real time.

How do I send a WhatsApp message to numerous contacts via a mailing list?

If you want to send the same message to several contacts, but do not necessarily want all of them to talk with one another about it, you can always create a mailing list. All you need to do is tap on the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the talk screen, and then select "Broadcast lists." Then select your contacts and save your list to your app.

Messaging

How do I send automatic messages on WhatsApp?

While it is possible for you to send automatic messages on WhatsApp, you will need a rooted smartphone to do so. Don’t despair, as all is not lost. You can download Seebye Scheduler ROOT, which will permit you to configure your device. The app is very intuitive, so all you will need to do is name your process, select the contacts and then configure the date, time and content of the message.

Seebye Scheduler ROOT permits you to send messages automatically. / © AndroidPIT

How can I talk swifter on WhatsApp?

Like many other apps, you can send messages using the "Come in" key instead of skipping a line. Just go to the settings, and then in "Discussions" select "Inject is send."

It’s swifter as well. / © AndroidPIT

How can I decrease my data consumption on WhatsApp?

Texting actually consumes very little data, but calls and sending pictures and movies will lightly eat into your allowance. Rest assured, there are methods available to help you get around this issue. Inject the settings and in the "Data usage" tab select "Low data usage."

Lower your data consumption. / © AndroidPIT

How can I access my WhatsApp conversation statistics?

Unless you reset the app, WhatApp automatically scans how many messages, data and calls you’ve sent and received. To access this information you’ll need to go to the settings and open "Data usage." In the "Network usage" tab you will find all the data you’ve been looking for.

How many messages have you sent? / © AndroidPIT

General use

How can I create a shortcut to WhatsApp conversations on the home screen?

It’s now possible to use a widget as a shortcut to your dearest WhatsApp conversations. Go to the widgets list – which will usually come up after a long press on the home screen – and select "WhatsApp discussions." You’ll then be asked which conversation you want to select and all that needs to be done is to validate your choice.

Alternatively, in the conversation window come in the options in the right-hand corner and click "More." You’ll find the "Add shortcut" option, which will then be automatically placed on your locked screen.

A ordinary widget will permit you to place the conversation icon on the home screen. / © AndroidPIT

How do I switch the WhatsApp font size?

If for some reason you want a fatter or smaller font, you can lightly switch this in the options. Click the three vertical dots at the top right-hand corner to open the settings, then come in "Talks" and then "Font Size". It’s up to you to choose which one you choose.

You can switch the font size of conversations. / © AndroidPIT

How do I switch the wallpaper on WhatsApp?

After a while the default wallpaper can become a little annoying. The simplest solution is to switch it, and WhatsApp has made this a relatively straightforward process. Just go to the options and inject the "Talks" menu. You’ll then find the "Wallpaper" options. Here you can:

  • Use an picture from your own gallery
  • Switch the color of the wallpaper
  • Use a wallpaper from the WhatsApp library
  • Use the WhatsApp default wallpaper option
  • Opt to not use wallpaper at all

Several options are available to switch the wallpaper of conversations. / © AndroidPIT

How do I turn off the read receipts on WhatsApp?

When you see the blue ticks at the side of your messages, this means they have been read by the recipient. This also the case for any messages you send to a contact. There may be times that you don’t want your contacts to know you have read their messages, so WhatsApp permits you to cover yourselves on these occasions. That said, you can disable the read receipts but this also means you will not know whether your own messages are being read.

If you’re willing to take that chance, just go to the options and inject "Account" and "Privacy." All you need to do now is uncheck "Read receipts."

Read receipts can lightly be turned off in WhatsApp. / © AndroidPIT

How do I put text effects into my WhatsApp messages?

Maybe there are some key words or phrases you indeed want to stand out in your WhatsApp messages. For bold text just put your word or phrase inbetween two *, and for italics inbetween two _. You can even do both!

Italics, bold – or both! / © AndroidPIT

How do I mark a conversation as unread on WhatsApp?

You can select a message as unread so you don’t leave behind it. This can be useful if you read a message when you are not able to react, as this will enable to you recall that your contact is waiting for a reply.

On the main window, press and hold the conversation once it has been validated (you will find the tick symbol next to your contact’s profile photo). All you have to do then is tap on "Mark as read."

Simply select a conversation and click Mark as unread. / © AndroidPIT

Connectivity and updates

How do I install WhatsApp on a tablet?

It’s possible to install WhatsApp on a tablet, but you must keep in mind that if you do you will not be able to use the app on your smartphone.

How do I use WhatsApp without a SIM card or with another number?

If you’ve already configured WhatsApp to your number you’ll still be able to use it even if the SIM card is no longer in it. If you have never set up your device with a phone number, well that’s different.

When you install WhatsApp, you need a phone number to check your device. That said, this number may very well be a motionless telephone number or another smartphone. In the verification phase, you receive the code by SMS so you can copy it to your device. Better yet, you can ask WhatsApp to call you directly to give you the code.

How do I switch my phone number?

Your WhatsApp account is associated with a number. If you switch your number but want to keep your WhatsApp account as it is, all you need to do is contact WhatsApp and inform them that you have a fresh number.

To do this, simply go to the three dots in the top right-hand corner, then in "My Account" select – of course – "Switch number". Press "Next" at the top right, inject your old number in the very first line, the fresh one in the 2nd line and validate by clicking "Done" at the top right.

You can lightly switch your phone number. / © AndroidPIT

Restoring messages

How can I backup my WhatsApp conversations on Google Drive?

To keep your conversations and avoid the frustration of loosing all that info, you can go after this effortless step-by-step guide:

  • Open WhatsApp on your old phone.
  • Go to "Settings".
  • Click Talks > Talk backup > Backup
  • You can also set the backup to be done automatically (on Google Drive, of course).

Backing up to Google Drive can be done in seconds. / © AndroidPIT

How do I backup my WhatsApp conversations and send them via email?

Want to keep track of your talks? Nothing’s lighter. Just go to the talk window and click on the three points at the top right-hand corner, click on "More" and you will see an option which will permit you to send the conversation by email.

Send your conversations by email. / © AndroidPIT

How do I backup my WhatsApp conversations to my internal or outward memory?

Your conversations are recorded daily by default on your phone in the / WhatsApp / Databases in your internal memory or sdcard / WhatsApp / Databases in your outward memory. You’ll need to use this folder during restore in order for you to find all your conversations.

Backup files can be accessed via a file explorer. / © AndroidPIT

How can I restore my WhatsApp talk history?

When you reinstall WhatsApp it will ask you if you want to restore your talk history. By default you will be able to use the Google Drive system we witnessed above.

You can choose to restore your conversations via local files, but you will have to roll up your sleeves and do a bit of work.

  • Go to the directory where your files are stored (sdcard / WhatsApp / Databases for microSD cards) (/ WhatsApp / Databases for internal memories)
  • Rename the file you want to restore (the save date is in the name) by providing it the name msgstore.db.crypt12. Do not switch the crypt number if the name was in crypt10 or crypt9.
  • Uninstall and then reinstall WhatsApp
  • Restore when the option emerges on the screen

Other tips and tricks

Which Xposed modules can I use on WhatsApp?

Why lodge for the Facebook version of WhatsApp if you can get something which will give you more freedom? The most popular of these is certainly WhatsApp Mods . It permits, among other things, to delete the camera and voice symbols, and to highlight (using another color) messages in group talks.

You might love WhatsApp Quiet Hours, which permits you to mute WhatsApp for a specific period of time. You’ll be able to disable notifications, stimulations, and notification LEDs without switching your system settings.

How can I use WhatsApp without the Internet?

I regret to inform you that this is unlikely. If you can not get the Internet, you will have to stick with good ol’ text messaging. Anyone who says otherwise is attempting to sell you a pup.

How can I use WhatsApp in the car?

This serves as a good prompt to remind you that sending and / or reading messages while behind the wheel is a indeed bad idea and I advise you avoid doing so. If you need to send a message urgently, I advise you to opt for the simplest solution: the voice interface. Google Now will be able to send a message to a WhatsApp contact if you ask.

Do you use WhatsApp as your main messaging app? What’s your own dearest peak or trick for using WhatsApp? Let us know in the comments below!

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WhatsApp: ultimate tips and tricks for Android

WhatsApp: ultimate tips and tricks for Android

Update: Added how to create GIFs, find out who looked at your status and more

WhatsApp needs no real introduction. It’s now the world’s most popular instant messaging service, and we love it to lumps. As a demonstrate of appreciation for WhatsApp and the joy it brings into our lives, we’ve determined to compile a comprehensive list of WhatsApp tips and tricks to help AndroidPIT readers get the most out of the app. Here are our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about WhatsApp, and some fresh tips for creating WhatsApp Statuses, GIFs and more.

Quick access

Basic functions

How can I listen to WhatsApp messages discreetly?

Voice messages are played through the main speakers on your smartphone, and will usually permit all of your nearest and dearest to listen in as well. There is a deceptively ordinary solution for this issue: just hold the phone to your ear. The proximity sensor will think it is a standard phone call and will automatically switch speakers.

How do I cancel a WhatsApp voice message?

When you send a voice message via WhatsApp you need to hold the record button. As soon as you stop pressing the button, the message will be sent. That said, you are still able to cancel these messages. Just slide your finger to the left of the input field and a petite trash can will show up. This indicates that your message has been deleted.

Did you stammer? No problem! Delete your message and attempt again. / © AndroidPIT

How do I mark a dearest WhatsApp message?

If you are a strong WhatsApp user you’ll be writing and receiving a lot of messages. For one reason or another, you may want to have some of these messages more readily available than others. Go to the conversation and press down on the message you want to bookmark, all you need to do then is press on the starlet in the fresh menu at the top.

To access your beloved messages, go to the main window and click on the three vertical dots. Then come in the "Starred Messages" tab and you will find your favorites there.

Selecting favorites makes them lighter to retrieve. / © AndroidPIT

How do I find individual contacts or messages in WhatsApp?

Do you need to find the details for one of your contacts but hate to scroll through everyone else to find them? No problem! Just click on the magnifying glass and type the name of the person you are looking for.

Searching is not limited to finding your contacts. If you have had a long conversation with a contact and you want to find a specific message, you can lightly access it. Go to the conversation and click on the three vertical dots in the top menu, click on search and then just inject your key search words.

In addition to searching, you can see your entire contacts list by going to the messages tab and tapping the lil’ message icon on the top right of the screen.

You can check as many contacts as there are conversations. / © AndroidPIT

How do I send a file to a contact on WhatsApp?

Just go after the same procedure as above to find your contact, except this time you will need to press on the paperclip and choose "Document." You can then access your memory, select the file you want and send. You can also send numerous files at once.

How do I send my location or a contact number via WhatsApp?

In some circumstances, you may need to send your exact location or send the phone number of another contact. All you need to do is go to the talk window for your contact, and then click on the top right paperclip. In the menu select "Location" (obviously) and you will be given numerous options. Select the option which best fits where your current location is, and it will be sent to your contact.

To send a contact, simply select "Contact" on the same menu, pick one from the contacts list and confirm with the arrow.

You can send files and your location via WhatsApp. / © AndroidPIT

How can I be sure I have the latest version of WhatsApp?

As a general rule, the Play Store will notify you when your apps can be updated. Of course, you are able to check whether a fresh version is available by visiting the Play Store, click on "my apps" and you will be able to see if any updates are available. If you don’t want to wait for the update to become available in the Play Store, you can always go to the APK file and install it by hand.

If you’d like to see what’s fresh in WhatsApp, we recommend you wait for a WhatsApp beta to become available.

How do I install the latest WhatsApp APK?

Very first, head to Settings > Security > Unknown sources and ensure the box is checked.

Then, on your smartphone browser either head to the WhatsApp website or APK Mirror and download the latest APK (APK Mirror is usually ahead of the WhatsApp website). Once the file has downloaded, open it to install the latest WhatsApp APK.

How can I participate in WhatsApp beta?

Like many apps, Facebook / WhatsApp offers its users the chance to test fresh features in a pre-release version. Once you’re all signed up you can install the beta version of WhatsApp from the Play Store.

You too can become a WhatsApp beta tester. / © AndroidPIT

How can I send messages via WhatsApp with Google Now?

If for whatever reason are incapable to use your palms, you should know that you can go through Google Now to send messages via WhatsApp entirely by speech interface.

Simply commence it by hand or say "Okay Google" (if you have it voice enabled), and then say "Send to #message #contact on WhatsApp." For example, "send Cuckoo Carole on WhatsApp." The application will then ask you to confirm, so you can either press the arrow or confirm vocally.

How do I make an audio or movie call using WhatsApp?

Nothing could be lighter! On the conversation window you will find in the top right the symbol of a phone next to the paperclip. Press it, and the application will ask if you want to make an audio or movie call. Just select your preferred function and the call will commence.

How do I switch my WhatsApp status?

Simply click on the three vertical dots in the upper right. On the menu, click "Status." All you need to do is press on the pen at the end of your current status and you edit the text to your liking. Alternatively, you can also select the default statuses that are already available.

You can switch your current status quickly. / © AndroidPIT

How do I add photos and movie to my WhatsApp Status?

The process is almost the same as with text statuses, but the fresh feature permits you to post photos and movies which vanish after a day, just like Snapchat. You can edit them to add emojis, text, stickers and more. To create and send a GIF, check out our peak above.

Now you can add photos to your Status. / © WhatsApp

How do I delete my WhatsApp status?

If you send a photo or movie by accident, you can liquidate it before your friends see it. Just go to the Status tab, tap the three dots next to your status and then tap the little trash can icon at the top right.

How do I find out who looked at my WhatsApp Status photo or movie?

Just like Snapchat or Instagram, the fresh WhatsApp Status feature permits users to post movies and photos which last twenty four hours as part of their status updates. As with these other apps, you can also see who has viewed your photo or movie status updates. Simply go to the Status tab, open the published status and swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see a list of who has viewed it.

Photos and movies

How can I create and send a GIF in WhatsApp?

You can take a movie and convert it into a GIF to share. Tap the camera icon in a conversation, record a movie, then hit OK. When the movie trimming page pops up, tap the camcorder icon on the upper right and it will switch to a GIF icon. Then you can send your up-to-six-second-long movie as a GIF.

Create, clip, convert and send your movies as GIFs! / © AndroidPIT

How can I share GIFs in WhatsApp from Giphy or Tenor?

Tap the emoji button and you can choose inbetween the GIF and emoji modes on the bar that shows up at the bottom. Choose GIF and you can see a list of popular emoji or search by keyword for just the right GIF for the occasion. The GIF feature is from either Giphy or Tenor, with users split inbetween the two services evenly. This works the same on Android as it does on the PC web version of WhatsApp.

Use the GIF button on the keyboard. / © AndroidPIT

How do I delete photos and movies sent via WhatsApp?

WhatsApp can be annoying sometimes because every time you send a picture or a movie, it is saved to your phone. For example, if you took a photo in town today and then sent it to a friend, that photo will be stuck not only in your photo file but also in your WhatsApp conversation.

You can delete these by hand. Just go to the WhatsApp folder in your phone’s internal memory to the media file and select what you want to delete, and then go to the "Sent" folder and select the items you want to delete.

How can I disable automatic downloading of multimedia files on WhatsApp?

When you receive a lot of pics via WhatsApp, you don’t always want them to be downloaded by default. This isn’t only because they are not that interesting, downloading them consumes a lot of data. Fear not, you can disable the annoying automatic download. Instead, you will need to validate the download by hand.

Go to the settings menu then "Data Usage". You can then choose which items can be downloaded automatically with mobile data, WiFi or wandering. Simply click on the configuration that you want, for example "using mobile data", and then select your preferred options – you can disregard the ones you don’t want.

If nothing needs to be downloaded automatically, simply turn off all of the available options.

WhatsApp can be configured so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises. / © AndroidPIT

Blocking and muting

How do I block someone on WhatsApp?

It’s actually very ordinary. Open the conversation with the contact, press the "Menu" key and select "Block." If you determine its time to begin talking again, you can find your list of blocked contacts in Settings > My Account > Privacy.

Getting messages from an unwelcome contact? Block them! / © AndroidPIT

How do I block and report spam on WhatsApp?

Since WhatsApp version Two.1.23 was introduced it has been possible to block and report users if you receive messages you don’t like or they are spamming you. You’ll be suggested this option every time, unless the contact is already in your address book.

How do I stop someone from calling or messaging me on WhatsApp?

If you do not want to receive calls from certain contacts, you can simply block them. To do this, go to the WhatsApp Settings, select "My Account" adn then "Privacy". You will find "Blocked", and the procedure for blocking contacts will be outlined in there. In the fresh window, click on the petite icon at the top right and choose the contacts to block.

Choose who shouldn’t contact you via WhatsApp. / © AndroidPIT

How do I know if someone has blocked me on WhatsApp?

There are four ways to suss whether someone has blocked you on WhatsApp. Each sign is largely meaningless by itself, but together they form a solid reason to believe that your friend doesn’t want to be your friend.

Take note that WhatsApp has deliberately made it difficult to tell whether someone has blocked you or not, in order to maintain users’ privacy. There’s always an outlying chance that you’re just being paranoid, even when all four of the below points apply.

A contact’s ‘last seen’ time shows up in the top bar right under their name. If there’s no information about when they were last online, this could be a bad sign. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ve blocked you – it is possible to stop this information appearing without blocking someone. Your friend might just value their privacy, so don’t go searing bridges just yet. Read on.

If you can read this, everything is okay. / © AndroidPIT

Check marks are WhatsApp’s way of compounding your obsessive streak by ensuring that you know what’s going on on the other end of the line.

The very first check mark means that your message has been sent. When the 2nd one emerges, your message has been received by the recipient’s phone. This doesn’t mean that the person has read your message, just that it is on their phone; when those check marks turn blue, that’s when they have seen the message. If you see the check marks turn blue, they haven’t blocked you, and everything is fine. Take a deep breath.

If your messages never get beyond that single, sad gray tick, you might have been blocked.

There’s a vague chance they still love you, tho’, surely? Time to keep digging.

A single gray tick is bad news for any relationship. / © AndroidPIT

Another indicator that your friend hates you is that all those desperate WhatsApp calls you make never go through.

Again, maybe their phone is violated, maybe they’ve switched their number, etc, etc, but if this one is true and the two signs above it are, too – well, things aren’t looking good, are they?

Has their picture or profile switched?

If you notice that a contact hasn’t updated or switched their profile in a while, or they’ve had the same picture for months, this could mean that they’ve blocked you. Or that they just never update their profile. Maybe everything is fine.

Let’s go a step further and check from a different account, meaning from a mutual friend’s smartphone. If you see here that your estranged friend’s profile information and picture have switched, then we’re sorry to break it you, but your friend has blocked you and, given how strangely you’ve been acting, with good reason.

How do I mute those annoying WhatsApp group talks?

We’ve all been here. You’ve somehow been dragged into a group talk that you either didn’t truly want to be in in the very first place or just don’t want to receive notifications from every duo of minutes. Rather than just leave the talk, which may offend some people, you can simply mute the talk so you stop receiving notifications from it.

In WhatsApp, select the "Talks" tab and then tap on the group you want to mute. With the group open, tap the Options icon at the top right. Tap Mute, then select the amount of time you want to mute the group for. You can also untick the Display notifications box so that you never hear from the group again until you determine otherwise.

Are you being harassed by group talk notifications? Go into the talk and mute it. / © AndroidPIT

Privacy and security

How do I lock WhatsApp?

Some conversations are not for further circulation. WhatsApp helps you along here by permitting you to use a PIN to access the app, so all you will need to do is recall your numbers. Some smartphone manufacturers will suggest this feature by default, a good example here is the App Locker on OnePlus models, but if it isn’t already in your device you can lightly download an app that will do this for you.

The AppLocker on OnePlus devices permits you to block access to application. / © AndroidPIT

How do I hide my "Last Seen", profile picture or current status on WhatsApp?

For one reason or another you may want to hide this information from your contacts. Go to the settings tab "My Account", "Privacy", and you can adjust everything from the next screen. With "Last seen" you can specify who can see your date of last access, with "Profile photo," this is obviously your picture with "Status" you can set who can see your personalized message.

Can you see me? Not anymore! / © AndroidPIT

How do I enable the two step verification system on WhatsApp?

This is a excellent feature as it gives your WhatsApp an added layer of security. Go to settings, My Account > Verification in two stages. You can then choose to receive a verification email when you need to login to WhatsApp, such as when you’re using another device.

Protect your WhatsApp account. / © AndroidPIT

How do I delete my WhatsApp account?

For anyone wanting to leave WhatsApp, it is possible to delete your account. If you do determine on this option, you should know that all of your contacts, message history and other settings will be deleted entirely, and you will not be able to restore this data if you end up switching your mind.

If you are accepting of all of this and truly, indeed want to delete WhatsApp, go to "Settings" and then inject the "My Account" tab. You will then find the "Delete my account" option. Confirm your selection by pressing the "Delete my account" tab.

Deleting your WhatsApp account is effortless. / © AndroidPIT

What do I do if my smartphone is stolen?

Firstly, don’t funk. If your device has been stolen your best option is to eliminate the number from your network, or at least to block the SIM card. If for whatever reason you aren’t able to do any of this – again don’t fright, you can deactivate your account via email. That said, this option is not effective if the thief can connect to your WhatsApp account.

Just send an email clearly outlining your situation and a specific request to deactivate your WhatsApp account. Once you send the message, you’ll have thirty days notice prior to deactivation. In other words, if you reconnect within thirty days after sending the email, the procedure will be canceled.

  • The subject of the email should be "Lost / Stolen: Deactivate my account"
  • In the figure of the email, type "Please deactivate my account. # thirty three your-number"

After following these steps, please send email to [email protected] If necessary, WhatsApp will contact you for more information concerning your request.

Notifications

How do I get floating notifications on WhatsApp?

You can get floating notifications, or Talk Goes, by using the WhatsBubbles app. Here you will get floating notifications that are similar to those you find on Facebook Messenger. Another application you could consider using is SeeBye Talk Goes, which will also give you floating notifications but you will need root rights to use this app.

Floating WhatsApp messages. / © AndroidPIT

How do I entirely disable WhatsApp notifications?

Do you have that many contacts that you are receiving a notification every thirty seconds? The elementary solution would be to just turn them off. To do this, all you need to do is go to "Settings" and you will find this option either in the notification options or in the application options itself. You can then disable your notifications.

How do I turn off the sound on notifications WhatsApp?

Getting a little tired of hearing an alert every ten seconds? Just turn them off! Inject the "Settings" and then in the notifications menu, you can choose whether or not a noise will announce the arrival of any fresh messages. An alternate method is to simply press and hold on a conversation from the main window, then click the crossed-out speaker at the top right.

You can determine how you want to manage your notifications. / © AndroidPIT

How do I react to WhatsApp messages from pop-ups?

If notifications are not enough, you can configure WhatsApp to open a window in the middle of your screen when you receive a message. You can then quickly react directly from this window without having to open the entire application.

To enable these pop-ups, inject the "Settings", go to "Notifications" and then select "Popup notification".

React directly from popups. / © AndroidPIT

WhatsApp for PCs

How can I install WhatsApp on my PC?

All you’ll need to do is go to the WhatsApp website and download the app directly from the site.

The identification process is the same: you will still need to connect your smartphone to your PC using a QR code. Once you’ve got past this part, you’ll then be able to talk directly from your computer.

It’s significant to note that WhatsApp can only be installed if your computer’s operating system is Windows eight (or newer) or Mac OSX Ten.9 (or newer). For any other operating systems, it’s recommended you refer to the WhatsApp website for further information.

How can I receive WhatsApp notifications on my PC?

In these cases, you can always opt for getting your Android notifications sent directly you to your PC. Apps such as Desktop Notifications and Pushbullet will send any notifications you to receive on your Android device directly to your PC.

How can I delete my message history in WhatsApp Web?

Don’t want people to spot the content of your talks on your computer screen? You can delete your talk history on your computer and the switch will also be reflected on your phone.

To do this, open the conversation you want to clear and tap the three dots button, then select the option to clear all of the messages.

How can I switch the talk window color on WhatsApp for PC?

Like switching the wallpaper or background color of your WhatsApp talks on your smartphone, you can also switch the background color of your PC talks. Open up the Web or PC version of WhatsApp and tap the three dots icon, then go to Settings and select a fresh background color. It’s that effortless! Doing so switches the background color for all of your talks, however, not just individual ones.

Group talks and mailing lists

How do I add an administrator to a WhatsApp group?

It’s possible to have numerous administrators within a group talk, and any admin within a group can make another participant an admin. All you’ll need to do is access the group information and select the member of the group you want to make an admin. Then tap "Make group admin."

How do I archive a WhatsApp conversation?

WhatsApp permits you to store your conversations so they no longer show up on your "Talks" screen, but can still access it later if you need them. To do this, go to the talks screen and long press on the talk you want to hide. On the top bar select, the "Archive" icon.

How do I erase or delete a WhatsApp conversation?

Here you have to make a choice as to what you want to do with your messages. Delete means your conversations will be eliminated entirely and you will not be able to recover them. Erase is more or less the same, but you will be able to retrieve these messages after a restore. You’ll find these options via Settings > Discussions > Talk History. You can also delete a specific conversation directly from the talks screen.

Archive, delete, erase. the choice is yours! / © AndroidPIT

How do I send a WhatsApp message to numerous contacts through a group?

Sending in bulk is a fine way of circulating information without the hassle of forwarding individual messages to numerous contacts. To create a fresh group, tap on the "Menu button" and select "Fresh group." Select the contacts you want to add to your group and then tap on the green arrow. Once your group is set up you and all your friends will be able to talk in real time.

How do I send a WhatsApp message to numerous contacts via a mailing list?

If you want to send the same message to several contacts, but do not necessarily want all of them to talk with one another about it, you can always create a mailing list. All you need to do is tap on the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the talk screen, and then select "Broadcast lists." Then select your contacts and save your list to your app.

Messaging

How do I send automatic messages on WhatsApp?

While it is possible for you to send automatic messages on WhatsApp, you will need a rooted smartphone to do so. Don’t despair, as all is not lost. You can download Seebye Scheduler ROOT, which will permit you to configure your device. The app is very intuitive, so all you will need to do is name your process, select the contacts and then configure the date, time and content of the message.

Seebye Scheduler ROOT permits you to send messages automatically. / © AndroidPIT

How can I talk quicker on WhatsApp?

Like many other apps, you can send messages using the "Come in" key instead of skipping a line. Just go to the settings, and then in "Discussions" select "Come in is send."

It’s quicker as well. / © AndroidPIT

How can I decrease my data consumption on WhatsApp?

Texting actually consumes very little data, but calls and sending pictures and movies will lightly eat into your allowance. Rest assured, there are methods available to help you get around this issue. Inject the settings and in the "Data usage" tab select "Low data usage."

Lower your data consumption. / © AndroidPIT

How can I access my WhatsApp conversation statistics?

Unless you reset the app, WhatApp automatically scans how many messages, data and calls you’ve sent and received. To access this information you’ll need to go to the settings and open "Data usage." In the "Network usage" tab you will find all the data you’ve been looking for.

How many messages have you sent? / © AndroidPIT

General use

How can I create a shortcut to WhatsApp conversations on the home screen?

It’s now possible to use a widget as a shortcut to your beloved WhatsApp conversations. Go to the widgets list – which will usually come up after a long press on the home screen – and select "WhatsApp discussions." You’ll then be asked which conversation you want to select and all that needs to be done is to validate your choice.

Alternatively, in the conversation window come in the options in the right-hand corner and click "More." You’ll find the "Add shortcut" option, which will then be automatically placed on your locked screen.

A plain widget will permit you to place the conversation icon on the home screen. / © AndroidPIT

How do I switch the WhatsApp font size?

If for some reason you want a fatter or smaller font, you can lightly switch this in the options. Click the three vertical dots at the top right-hand corner to open the settings, then come in "Talks" and then "Font Size". It’s up to you to choose which one you choose.

You can switch the font size of conversations. / © AndroidPIT

How do I switch the wallpaper on WhatsApp?

After a while the default wallpaper can become a little annoying. The simplest solution is to switch it, and WhatsApp has made this a relatively straightforward process. Just go to the options and come in the "Talks" menu. You’ll then find the "Wallpaper" options. Here you can:

  • Use an picture from your own gallery
  • Switch the color of the wallpaper
  • Use a wallpaper from the WhatsApp library
  • Use the WhatsApp default wallpaper option
  • Opt to not use wallpaper at all

Several options are available to switch the wallpaper of conversations. / © AndroidPIT

How do I turn off the read receipts on WhatsApp?

When you see the blue ticks at the side of your messages, this means they have been read by the recipient. This also the case for any messages you send to a contact. There may be times that you don’t want your contacts to know you have read their messages, so WhatsApp permits you to cover yourselves on these occasions. That said, you can disable the read receipts but this also means you will not know whether your own messages are being read.

If you’re willing to take that chance, just go to the options and come in "Account" and "Privacy." All you need to do now is uncheck "Read receipts."

Read receipts can lightly be turned off in WhatsApp. / © AndroidPIT

How do I put text effects into my WhatsApp messages?

Maybe there are some key words or phrases you truly want to stand out in your WhatsApp messages. For bold text just put your word or phrase inbetween two *, and for italics inbetween two _. You can even do both!

Italics, bold – or both! / © AndroidPIT

How do I mark a conversation as unread on WhatsApp?

You can select a message as unread so you don’t leave behind it. This can be useful if you read a message when you are not able to react, as this will enable to you recall that your contact is waiting for a reply.

On the main window, press and hold the conversation once it has been validated (you will find the tick symbol next to your contact’s profile photo). All you have to do then is tap on "Mark as read."

Simply select a conversation and click Mark as unread. / © AndroidPIT

Connectivity and updates

How do I install WhatsApp on a tablet?

It’s possible to install WhatsApp on a tablet, but you must keep in mind that if you do you will not be able to use the app on your smartphone.

How do I use WhatsApp without a SIM card or with another number?

If you’ve already configured WhatsApp to your number you’ll still be able to use it even if the SIM card is no longer in it. If you have never set up your device with a phone number, well that’s different.

When you install WhatsApp, you need a phone number to check your device. That said, this number may very well be a stationary telephone number or another smartphone. In the verification phase, you receive the code by SMS so you can copy it to your device. Better yet, you can ask WhatsApp to call you directly to give you the code.

How do I switch my phone number?

Your WhatsApp account is associated with a number. If you switch your number but want to keep your WhatsApp account as it is, all you need to do is contact WhatsApp and inform them that you have a fresh number.

To do this, simply go to the three dots in the top right-hand corner, then in "My Account" select – of course – "Switch number". Press "Next" at the top right, inject your old number in the very first line, the fresh one in the 2nd line and validate by clicking "Done" at the top right.

You can lightly switch your phone number. / © AndroidPIT

Restoring messages

How can I backup my WhatsApp conversations on Google Drive?

To keep your conversations and avoid the frustration of loosing all that info, you can go after this effortless step-by-step guide:

  • Open WhatsApp on your old phone.
  • Go to "Settings".
  • Click Talks > Talk backup > Backup
  • You can also set the backup to be done automatically (on Google Drive, of course).

Backing up to Google Drive can be done in seconds. / © AndroidPIT

How do I backup my WhatsApp conversations and send them via email?

Want to keep track of your talks? Nothing’s lighter. Just go to the talk window and click on the three points at the top right-hand corner, click on "More" and you will see an option which will permit you to send the conversation by email.

Send your conversations by email. / © AndroidPIT

How do I backup my WhatsApp conversations to my internal or outward memory?

Your conversations are recorded daily by default on your phone in the / WhatsApp / Databases in your internal memory or sdcard / WhatsApp / Databases in your outer memory. You’ll need to use this folder during restore in order for you to find all your conversations.

Backup files can be accessed via a file explorer. / © AndroidPIT

How can I restore my WhatsApp talk history?

When you reinstall WhatsApp it will ask you if you want to restore your talk history. By default you will be able to use the Google Drive system we eyed above.

You can choose to restore your conversations via local files, but you will have to roll up your sleeves and do a bit of work.

  • Go to the directory where your files are stored (sdcard / WhatsApp / Databases for microSD cards) (/ WhatsApp / Databases for internal memories)
  • Rename the file you want to restore (the save date is in the name) by providing it the name msgstore.db.crypt12. Do not switch the crypt number if the name was in crypt10 or crypt9.
  • Uninstall and then reinstall WhatsApp
  • Restore when the option emerges on the screen

Other tips and tricks

Which Xposed modules can I use on WhatsApp?

Why lodge for the Facebook version of WhatsApp if you can get something which will give you more freedom? The most popular of these is undoubtedly WhatsApp Mods . It permits, among other things, to delete the camera and voice symbols, and to highlight (using another color) messages in group talks.

You might love WhatsApp Quiet Hours, which permits you to mute WhatsApp for a specific period of time. You’ll be able to disable notifications, stimulations, and notification LEDs without switching your system settings.

How can I use WhatsApp without the Internet?

I regret to inform you that this is unlikely. If you can not get the Internet, you will have to stick with good ol’ text messaging. Anyone who says otherwise is attempting to sell you a pup.

How can I use WhatsApp in the car?

This serves as a good prompt to remind you that sending and / or reading messages while behind the wheel is a indeed bad idea and I advise you avoid doing so. If you need to send a message urgently, I advise you to opt for the simplest solution: the voice interface. Google Now will be able to send a message to a WhatsApp contact if you ask.

Do you use WhatsApp as your main messaging app? What’s your own beloved peak or trick for using WhatsApp? Let us know in the comments below!

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