What started as an effort to provide competition to the push-enabled notification technology in 2010, slowly developed into an instant messaging cross-platform that allowed users to do much more than just update their status. Yes, you guessed it right. We’re indeed talking about the popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp.
More than six years of existence proves that everyone who uses a smartphone must know a thing or two about WhatsApp. But still there so many users who have limited their app usage to making calls, sending across text messages, audio-video files and other documents. If you’re one of them then we’ll update you with the hidden features that will add up to your WhatsApp experience. Here are some rarely used features that you may not have explored.Trick#1 tells you how to Archive your Chats
Trick#1 tells you how to Archive your Chats
If you wish to hide your conversation from others and save it for later then this feature helps you do just that. To get started, just long press on a chat that you wish to protect and opt for Archive Chat mode. Not just one conversation, you can even archive all your chat conversations by selecting Archive all Chats in your Chat Settings. This feature helps you maintain an element of secrecy in all your chat conversations, without deleting any of your conversation threads. There’s just one drawback to the feature, it doesn’t allow you to back up chat information on your phone’s external memory card. If you’re okay with the limited functionality that it offers then go explore the feature.
Trick#2 helps you Mute group chats
There’s a feature that enables you to turn off notifications when you feel that the group chats are getting a bit noisier. To use it on a silent mode, go to the main menu and hit the mute option. Select the time duration for which you want the group to remain muted.
Trick#3 lets you Hide your Last Seen time
WhatsApp by default broadcasts your last seen time on the app and provides a read receipt with two blue ticks when the message is read by you. You can disable the feature by changing the last seen option to nobody in your Account Privacy Settings. The last seen feature works both ways. If you opt out of the feature then you won’t be able to track the last seen details of other users as well.
Trick#4 allows you to add a shortcut to a group or chat on your home screen
To add a shortcut on your home screen, press a bit longer on the group or chat menu option. Also, users with Cyanogen OS can opt for more privacy by simply dragging the app icons into a password protected folder.
Trick#5 lets you save bandwidth by turning off auto-downloading media
The cross platform instant messaging app even lets you specify if you wish to auto-download the photos, audio and video on your phone. You can manage this feature in your Chat Settings by selecting media auto download option via any of the sources such as mobile data, Wi-Fi and roaming.
Trick#6 helps you find the exact time when your message was read