This article will let you learn about 25 cool WhatsApp tricks and tips which will convert you into a master. So, for being expert you need to read the whole hub to gain your level of knowledge.
As you know, WhatsApp is the world’s most popular instant messaging (read “chat”) application. According to some statistics, WhatsApp has more than 800 million users worldwide. So, if it was a country, WhatsApp could be 3rd after China and India in population!
I know you and your friends are also among the 800 million users of this service. But most of them do not know much secret tips and tricks of using WhatsApp. If you learn some of these tricks, you will become a geeky hero among your friends and acquaintances. So, Mr. Geek (or Ms Geek), get ready to acquire some knowledge and increase your IQ level a bit.
1. WhatsApp without Mobile Number
One of the problems of WhatsApp is that you will have to reveal your mobile number to everone. You may get unwanted calls from unknown peoples of a group. You can use a fake number to solve this problem.
Download an app named Voxox from the playstore for Android phones and iTunes for Apple. Now, register with your email ID and other details. Voxox will supply you a free US number.
Now, you will have to reinstall WhatsApp. After that, select the country as USA and give your Voxox number to register. Do not forget to use the country code 1.
Check your Voxox app for the activation message from WhatsApp. Click the message to verify your WhatsApp account. That’s it, you have now a fully activated WhatsApp.
2.Turn Off Automatic Image Download in WhatsApp
WhatsApp auto downloads every photos and videos send to you by others. In this way, it will consume huge amount of data. This can be problematic if you are in a limited plan. You can control this thing by going to the WhatsApp Settings. Go to Settings, then to Chat Settings. After that, you should select the Media auto -download option. There you will get three options: When using mobile data, When connected WiFi and When roaming. You can select Image, Audio or Video which will be auto loaded in which option. I hope that you will like this Whatsapp trick.
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3.Hide Timestamp Last Seen Option
When you click some contact on WhatsApp it shows last seen at ___. This option can sometimes be problematic for you. For instance, if you don’t want to show somebody that you use WhatsApp much, then you will surely like to hide the last seen option. Another such case is if you ignore to answer someone else’s message but do not let him/her know.
So, is it possible to hide it? Es, you can do it by following this WhatsApp trick.Just go to the WhatsApp Settings. Then go to the Privacy option. There you will get the “Last seen” option. There are three buttons to choose “Everyone”,”My contacts” and “Nobody”. So, in this way you can select who will know that when you were last seen online.
4.Send a PDF via WhatsApp
You can share a video , photo or soundclip via WhatsApp. But it is not possible to send a pdf file or a ebook to a friend via WhatsApp app directly.
Dropbox is a cloud storage app. It will save the PDF on the cloud. When you install CloudSend on your phone it will generate a special folder on Dropbox.
Find and select the PDF file via File Explorer or other file browser on your phone. Long pressing the file will show the “Send” or “Share” option. Send or share it to CloudSend.
It will take some time to upload the file on Dropbox via CloudSend. After that, you will get a link with share option. Share it to WhatsApp. Next, you will be asked to select the contact. In this way, you can send a PDF via WhatsApp.
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5.Using Multiple WhatsApp Accounts in One Phone
Would it not be cool and very convenient to run multiple WhatsApp accounts from a single phone? You can use one for family and others and another one for friends.
Well, you can do it by using an application named SwitchMe. But, to run this app root is required. This app allows you to have multiple accounts of WhatsApp in a single phone.
6.How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Messages
Often we delete old WhatsApp conversations to keep the app clutter free. But sometimes need arises to check some of the old conversations. So, what is the method of doing it?
To get the old chats the WhatsApp app has to be uninstalled from your phone. After that, reinstall it from the Playstore. WhatsApp always keep a backup of all the chats in the phone’s memory card. When you reinstall the app it would ask you to restore history. If you agreed to restore than all the old chats will be back on your WhatsApp account.
7.Send a Hidden Image inside Another Image
In WhatsApp , you can send one image to a person. When the recipient clicks on that image, a totally different image opens. Is not it great? You send your friend an image of a flower, which she will try to open, but she will see that the flower has been changed into a cockroach.
This WhatsApp trick can be done using an app named “magiapp tricks for WhatsApp”. No, you could not find it on the Google PlayStore. You can get it from the link provided by me. Just click here to get “magiapp”.
You can use this app to do the above mentioned trick. It is quiet easy to setup and play with.
Video: Download WhatsApp Profile Picture
8.How to Download the Profile Pictures of the Contacts
WhatsApp does not officially allow you to download a contact’s profile picture. There is no option to do it. But you can grab somebody’s profile photo if you know the method. It is not that difficult to do.
Open the WhatsApp folder on your phone’s file explorer. There you can find a subfolder named profile pictures. Just copy the pictures you want to keep. The file name of these pictures will be [Contact_Number].jpg.
9.How to Change a Friend’s Profile Picture
No, no, do not get too much excited. You can not actually enter inside WhatsApp server to change someone’s profile picture globally. But you can change it on your phone. So, if you want to hide the photo of a beautiful girl who is your friend with an elder sister type woman, you can easily do it.
To do it, again go to the above mentioned place: SD Card > WhatApp > Profile Picture. Choose the photo which you want to change. Then, rename the photo which you want with the contact’s mobile number with country code. Now copy the new photo and paste it inside the Profile Picture folder. After that, you can see that photo as your friend’s profile picture only on your phone.
10.How to Password Protect Your WhatsApp
It is very much possible that your phone might be checked by friends or relatives or small sister or brother. In this case, you may not want them to look around your WhatsApp. So, it should be locked.
There are many app lockers available in the Google Play Store. “Messenger and Chat Lock Pro” is one of the best among these apps. It is specially designed for WhatsApp. It can also lock and password protect your Gmail, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Hangout etc. Another name of this app is ChatLock +.This app is very simple and use very little battery juice and CPU resources.
11.How to Change the Theme of the WhatsApp App
You can change the theme of WhatsApp i.e., you can alter the look and feel of the app. You can change the chat experience dramatically by changing the background color, font size etc. All these can be done by using the app named WhatsApp+.
WhatsApp Plus is a modified form of the official app. After downloading it, you will notice a more stylistic user interface. There are themes already pre-downloaded on the app which can be changed. You can also download many such themes from the “Download” option inside the “themes” tab of the app. Do not download this app form any other un-trusted source as there are many hackers who have made fake versions of this app to steal WhatsApp accounts.
12. How to Know WhatsApp Usage Statistics
There is an app for the stats lovers. You will know how many messages sent or received by you or your contacts, in which time of the day they are most active or how many conversations are actually started by them, etc. You can see the message distribution history. All these data will appear as charts, pie charts and graphs.
You can find all these data by using an app named WhatStat. The app was working pretty solid until vvery recently. But, unfortunately WhatsApp has updated their app to block access to its database by any 3rd party app. So, now you need a rooted phone to use WhatStat. Otherwise, it will not show any stats. So, this WhatsApp trick is now not working properly.
13. How to Use Unique Big Smileys during Chat
Using a Smiley can enliven a conversation in any chat app. There are a number of smileys present in the official WhatsApp app. But all these smileys are over used and boring is not it? You can use some better and unique smileys from another app.
Download this app named WhatSmileys. After starting a chat conversation in WhatsApp, open this app. You can find hundreds of interesting, funny and unique smileys. Share these smileys with oyur friends and enjoy. Moreover, you can use these smileys in Facebook, Hangout or WeChat, too.
14. How to find New Friends in WhatsApp?
If you do not have many friends then WhatsApp is of no or little use. So, how to get some new WhatsApp friends? The android app named WhatsFriend has tried to solve this problem by trying to build a social app with WhatsApp users. You can search for friends here.
15. How to get Some Cool WhatsApp Status Update Messages?
One can change his status in WhatsApp. Status change reflects one’s personality. You can look cooler by using some great status updates. But you know, collecting great status messages is a long time consuming task and nowadays who have so much time to spend?
For you there is a solution named “50000 Status Quotes”, an Android app with more than 50,000 status update messages! These all are divided into 15 categories like “Crush Quotes”, “Daring Status”, ”Decent Status”, “Cute Status”, “Diwali Status”, “Eid Status” etc. All these status messages can be easily shared.
16. Schedule WhatsApp Messages
You can schedule our WhatsApp messages. So, you can send a message at a certain time to someone automatically. You do not need to open WhatsApp at that time to do it. The app named Seedby Scheduler can do it for you. But off course, you need to possess a rooted Android device to get that advantage.
Seedby automatic message sender can be very useful if you have a large number of friends. You can send similar messages to different friends at different times by using it. This app also supports Viber.
17. Know Whether and When your Message has been Read
You can see the delivery time of your message on the time stamp. But do you know how to check whether your message has been read or ignored by your friend? Well, if you interested then there is a way to know it.
In the case of Android phones, open the chat conversation. Then select the particular message sent by you. Long press it to get the hidden menu. You will see an “I” inside a circle. Click on it to get the details of your message. There you can see the delivery time and when the message was read (or not).
Video: Mute WhatsApp Group Chats
18. Mute Group Chat
Are you been added to too many groups? Is your WhatsApp account being flooded by scores of messages from a particular group? Yes, you can mute a particular group.
Enter the group chat and then tap the menu button. There you will see a mute option. Click it to open the mute options. You can mute the group for 8 hours, a week or even a year. There is also the option of allowing or blocking notification from that group.
19. WhatsApp Chat Shortcuts on Home screen.
If you have a frequently visited chat then this option could be helpful. It would be very convenient for you if you can send her/him a message without opening WhatsApp first and then finding that chat.
For doing so, you will have to open that favorite chat. After that, tap the menu option and then select “More”. There you will find the”Add shortcut” option. Click it to get your shortcut on Android home screen. The shortcut will be named as the contact name and the profile photo will become the icon of it.
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20. How to Hide WhatsApp Images from Gallery
WhatsApp photos appear in the phone’s photo gallery. Sometimes, it could be embarrassing. So, some of you really need to hide these photos from the Gallery. It can be done in both iOS and Android.
On an iPhone, the user will have to go to the “Settings” menu. Inside “Settings”, go to the “Privacy Settings > Photos”. Inside “Photos” menu select “Whatsapp” and uncheck it. In this way, the WhatsApp photos will be blocked from the Photo Album.
But, this process is little bit complicated on Android phones and tablets. The android users need to have a good file manager app like the ES File Manager or Astro File Manager.
Open your file manager and go the folder named “WhatsApp”. Open it and select the “Media” folder. Inside media you will find six subfolders. Select “WhatsApp Images” and enter into it. Inside that folder you have to select “New” (+ button on the ES File Manager) and the select “File” to create a new file named “.nomedia”.
Now, check the Gallery app and you will see no WhatsApp images on the gallery. That “.nomedia” file will hide WhatsApp images from the gallery.
21. How to Delete Your WhatsApp Account
People may want to delete the WhatsApp account for various reasons. To do that, they normally uninstall the app from the phone. They think that by uninstalling it they have permanently deleted their WhatsApp number. But unfortunately, uninstall will not remove your account from the WhatsApp world.
To delete your WhatsApp account you need to open the app to go to its “Settings”. Then open the “Account” option and then delete your account.
22. Create a Fake Chat on WhatsApp
Do you want to brag about your short chat conversation with hot film star? Do you want show your friends a fake chat for fun? Then, you can use the app named “WhatSaid”.
“WhatSaid” is a prank app where you can create both the fake profiles of a fake chat with the profile name photo chosen by you. But beware, use it only for fun otherwise it may lead you into trouble.
23. How to Get Voice Notifications for WhatApp?
If you are always online on WhatApp then you will find that the traditional notification system is not always enough to alert you about an incoming message. For instance, while riding a bike or a crowded bus it becomes close to impossible to get the alert, or to check it on the phone.
Use the app named Voice Notification: Shouter. It will read the notification and so you will know it is important or not. In the settings of this app you need to select and check “WhatsApp”. The app supports notifications for five apps. So, if you want you can also select four other apps. There is also a shake to stop option which can be used to stop the notification being read aloud.
24. How to Extend WhatsApp Trial Period for Free
WhatsApp is free for 1 year. After that period, they charge $0.99 as fee to renew your account for another year. In this way, WhatsApp makes money without cluttering its platform with advertisements. The price is reasonable and required to keep the service running. You can pay them via PayPal or Google Wallet. You need to pay them if you can.
But the problem is in some countries paying via PayPal or Google Wallet is very difficult to do. Again in countries like India or Pakistan, most of the students do not have a bank account or credit card for making online payments while they are the most frequent users of WhatsApp there.
So, if you are one of them I will reveal you the trick to do so. It is a very simple method. At first, make a backup of your WhatsApp data. Then delete all the conversations from your account. Now, go to the Settings > Account > Delete my account.
Confirm your country and give the mobile number to delete your WhatsApp account. Now, reinstall WhatsApp from the play-store.Register it with same old number. After installment it will detect the backup files automatically. Select “OK” to get all the old chat conversations back. Now, you will have a fresh account with one more year of free license.
25. WhatsApp Web: Open WhatsApp on PC
Do you know how to use WhatsApp on PC? It can be done by two ways. One method is to use WhatsApp via your computer’s internet browser. The users should go to the link https://web.whatsapp.com/ to use WhatsApp via web browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Opera etc.
When you will go to the link a basic interface of WhatsApp will open. Then the webpage will show you a QR code. You will have to open the WhatsApp app on phone to scan the QR code. Open the menu option and then select “WhatsApp Web” from the drop down menu. After that, WhatsApp will read the barcode and your WhasApp account will be opened on the web browser. But the problem with this method is that you need to keep WhatsApp open on your phone otherwise the browser version will not load and run.
Another way of getting WhasApp on PC is to use an Android emulator ( an application which enables you to run android apps on computer) application on Computer. “Blue Stacks” is one of the most powerful and popular android emulator on PC. There are also many such free software like “GenyMotion”,”Windroy” etc.
After downloading and installing an Android emulator, you need to download the WhatsApp apk from here.
After that, run the emulator and install the apk on it. Now, register it there and enjoy it on PC.
I think some of these WhatsaApp tricks and tips were known to you. But I know some of these can be helpful to you. I am happy to help common WhatsApp users like you. I will try to update this guide with some latest tips and tricks. It would be great if you let me know about some such tricks.
Singh is King on November 11, 2015:
Awesome WhatsApp tips and tricks man and thank you for the article. Now with your help I can surprise my friends. Write some more about such things.