These are simple, not-too-visible features of the most popular instant messaging application in Spain. At this point in the film, it is not surprising that WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging application in the world, currently having more than 1,500 million users, 25 million of them only in Spain.
It was born more than ten years ago, although it was not until 2010 that it began to resemble the application that we know today. Since then, it has undergone several retrofits with each update, adding more and more features, some of which are not as visible or as well known. So below, we have collected 15 WhatsApp tricks that will probably make your life easier.
UNTIL NEVER DOUBLE CHECK BLUE
We are talking about the two blue corners that have been tormenting the users of the messaging platform since 2014. Causing discussions, misunderstandings and the occasional divorce, there is a way to end them. Silver bullets and stakes are not necessary, WhatsApp itself allows it, although the sneak is activated by default.
It is enough to go to Settings (in Android it is accessed by pressing the three points that appear in the upper right corner), select Account and press Privacy. Once inside this section, deactivating the Reading confirmation box will be enough to end this ‘evil’.
Although, it is not all good news. They will appear in the groups, but in gray, also this deactivation does not affect the audios. People who send a WhatsApp audio to a user with this function disabled, will know that they heard it, both due to the double check and the point that marks the beginning of the audio, which will go from gray to blue ‘informer’.
In a world that increasingly dispenses with paper, things like hand-shopping lists have been digitized. Yes, there are a thousand applications to create lists and notes, but there is nothing more comfortable than having all those little notes from daily life in the application that, with total security, we use more times during the day.
We can use the chat of a person who blocked us as a notepad. Ex-boyfriend: -Buy lactose-free milk, jam, toilet paper. Buy a gift for Yaya’s birthday. Let no one tell you that you don’t know how to take advantage of a breakup, that is.
If no one has ever blocked us (or you are an amazing person or a manual sociopath), we have a more ethical option, our own chat. How? Yes, a chat with our own number, something like the conversations between Gollum and Smeagol from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ but without unique rings in between.
Enjoying this function is as easy as adding your phone number as a contact, creating a new chat and searching for yourself on the WhatsApp list, a treasure trove of information.
Despite being one of the simplest tricks, it is also one of the least known. How many times have you seen people approach the speaker from the bottom of the mobile to their ear to listen to an audio. If we want to prevent half the city from listening to our conversations, just move your mobile to your ear. As you hear it. As soon as the proximity sensor detects the proximity of the phone to the face, the audio begins to automatically play in the speaker of the calls, so only you will hear it.
Emoticons were born to express complex feelings in a summarized way. Thanks to imagination, which is one of the most important skills of Homo sapiens, linked to creativity, the use of these characters has become a worldwide form of communication that also does not understand languages (they could already be having occurred during the construction of the Tower of Babel).
During the first years of the application, the emoticons were the same size as the plain text, something that fortunately has changed with the latest updates, allowing us to appreciate the details of the poo with eyes, the moon with a smile of Mona Lisa or the three monkeys from Toshogu Shrine (covering eyes, mouth and ears).
To see them with the maximum size they have to be sent one by one, if we send two at a time they will look somewhat smaller, so on until we send four or more in a row, then they will have text size.
There are people who stayed at the time of the SMS language: ‘tb’ instead of also, ‘+’ for more or ‘tkm’ for I love you very much. The rubbish of language is no longer necessary to protect the pocket. On WhatsApp, unlike in the publishing world, you don’t pay for words.
This paradigm leads us to the second type of people. Those that do not forgive a comma or a tilde (even the one only), that separate the information into paragraphs and do not send every three words. Those writers who deserve the chair of the W (WhatsApp) at the Royal Spanish Academy, who should be owners of an editorial group or the next Cervantes. For the latter, the application offers the possibility of bold, italic, strikethrough and even monospaced.
In the case of wanting to write in italics, place an underscore before and after the text. (_text_).
If you want to mark something in bold, just put an asterisk before and after the text. (*text*).
To cross out the text, place a bold before and after the text. (~ text ~).
In the case of monospacing, three inverted quotation marks must be placed before and after the text. (“ `text“`).
THE ART OF ANSWERING WITH GIFS
Along with memes, interacting with gifs (small animated clips, without sound and played in a loop) has become a new form of communication indispensable for new generations. Like many other functions, it first appeared on Telegram and later it was added to WhatsApp. To start using it there are several ways.
First, by sharing the gifs from the Gallery, which requires having previously downloaded it. You can also do a DIY (‘Do it yourself’, do it yourself in English) and make one from a video. When sending it, in the application itself it will leave the option of ‘Gif’ as long as it is selected, dragging in the WhatsApp editor, a fragment of four seconds.
Another option would be through the Google keyboard, which has an integrated gif search engine, or by pressing the emoji for the happy face, with which the menus for emoticons, gifs and stickers will be displayed (to send stickers).
HIDDEN PROFILE PHOTO
One of the first steps after registering in the application is choosing a profile photo, the state and the name that will be shown to those who do not have our number in the phonebook. If we use WhatsApp professionally, that is, for work, a profile picture of reeds or a state that is a joke about Móstoles dumplings or a “digamelón” is not very serious.
This will no longer be a headache since it is also another of the customizations of the application, which allows, through the Settings-Account-Privacy menu, to choose who sees this information, for everyone, for our contacts or hides.
WHO READ WHAT
For the most ‘stalkers’ or gossips, there is the possibility of knowing who received the message that we sent in a group and which people read it. You just have to press the message (be it text, video, audio or photo), select the three points and press ‘Info’.
This information may be poisoned, if the chat is very crowded, it may be that the user has opened the chat, without specifically reading our message, but it would still be indicated as read.
USE OF FAVORITES
Another of the lesser known, but more useful, functions of the application is the possibility to bookmark photos, videos, messages or any item that appears in a chat. In this way, conversations can be somewhat more orderly, being able to separate important elements from more banal messages such as “I buy bread” or “it is raining in my neighborhood”.
To highlight an element of the conversation, you only need to click on it, then several icons will appear at the top: an arrow to the left that serves to quote the text that is answered in the conversation, a star to mark as Favorite, a garbage can that is effectively to delete the message, three connected nodes to share outside the application and a right arrow that is used to forward to another WhatsApp contact.
Indeed, the icon that matters to us now is the star. After pressing it, we will see how an animation of a star appears in the chat. It should be noted that this action is reversible and any element can be unchecked.
To consult the saved elements of a chat there are two ways. From the main menu, where all the conversations are seen, if we press again in settings, we can access all the highlighted messages. Then, from each conversation, pressing on the user’s name, we will access the highlighted messages of that specific chat. In both cases, the elements will be shown in reverse chronological order from the one we have marked as favorites.
As in some social networks such as Instagram, if we are using the integrated camera function within WhatsApp, to switch from the front camera to the rear camera or vice versa, just quickly tap twice on the screen.
There is a button for this function in the lower right corner, but if we use the mobile with one hand, this shortcut ends up being useful and indispensable.
After the update that added the ability to remove the double blue check, the delete message feature is the next most popular. Attention because it can lead to confusion.
To delete a sent message, just press and mark the trash, then several possibilities will appear: Delete for me (we stop seeing the message but it appears in the other person’s conversation), cancel (to go back) and Delete to all of them, a function that marked a before and after in the use of the application, allowing you to delete that lag photo that you shared in a work group or that green joke that you forwarded to the “Family” group.
WhatsApp doesn’t allow this second chance for a long time for each message, so hurry to use it if you sent what was not. Also, replacing the deleted, a “deleted message” notification will appear. The app is a sneak but it’s still better than nothing.
You can also delete received messages, it may be in order to check our mobile, something that should not happen under any circumstances, for the right to privacy. Be careful, if it is for a legal issue, even if the message is deleted, the police can ask the companies for the full conversations through the courts.
They gave us the address of that restaurant awarded by the Metropolis Guide, but looking for it in a sea of memes and humorous comments is an Odyssey. WhatsApp has thought about this and has a solution, the option to search.
You can search within a specific chat, selecting the three settings points, marking the Search option and typing in a word that can accompany the desired message.
Another option is from the general menu, clicking on the magnifying glass icon, yes, this search is general, although it indicates which chat each search corresponds to.
SWIPE TO QUOTE
This function is very useful to answer specific questions. If we want to reply to a specific received message, just slide your finger to the right on the received (or sent) message, and immediately the reply window will appear just below and glued to a box with the quoted text.
SEND MESSAGES WITH THE ASSISTANT
It may happen that we are busy cooking or doing some botch at home, with the result of not being able to pick up the phone with our hands to answer. Fortunately, assistants like Google allow you to reply and send messages through voice commands.
First of all, what we must do is activate the Google assistant with the voice command “Ok, Google”. Then, we will indicate by voice command to whom we want to send the message (“send a WhatsApp to Mom”), always using the name by which we have the contact stored on the phone. Then, the assistant will open a dictation window to collect the words that we dictate to you. Once we finish, we can confirm the shipment, redicit the message or cancel the entire operation.
One of the most demanded functions is already here, that of putting WhatsApp in dark mode, it uses less battery and our eyes will thank you. To replace the nuclear white of the background of the application, you just have to go to General Settings, Chats and Theme, we can change from light to dark, very easy.