22 Whatsapp Expert Tips and Sneaky Tricks

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Whatsapp tips and tricks for group chats mainly but some of these will be applicable for normal chats too.

Following the success of our last post about Whatsapp tips and tricks and everyone saying they wanted more I thought it was time to write another post.  There are so many tricks and so many versions but iOS and Android are mostly the same – just sometimes worded differently so I’ve tried to include some of the Android stuff.  On Whatsapp web just replace Tap for Click and of course, there is no holding down but there is an arrow there instead on PC.

You can’t do everything that you can on the mobile app to Whatsapp web but many things are similar.  Any questions please just ask. Here or find me on Twitter @michelledh

INDEX

  • How to reply to a specific message in a Group Chat
  • Using Starred Messages – as reminders or bookmarks
  • Deleting messages in a chat
  • Stop Downloading images from Whatsapp to your Camera Roll
  • Mute group chats
  • Stop Downloading images from Whatsapp to your Camera Roll
  • How to format Whatsapp messages
  • Get Whatsapp on your desktop
  • How to forward a document or image
  • Sending a voice message in a Whatsapp Chat group
  • How to search chats
  • Find who you talk to most
  • Make sure WhatsApp doesn’t use up all of your data
  • Go incognito
  •  How to archive your chats
  • How to back up your chats on Whatsapp
  • Create an event direct from Whatsapp
  • How to customise notifications
  • Reply privately from a group message
  • How to create a broadcast list
  • Who has read your message in group chat
  • How to know what time your personal message was read

Yes – 22  Whatsapp Expert Tips and Sneaky Tricks for Group Chats

Here we go …. Whatsapp tips and tricks

How to reply to a specific message in a Group Chat

  1. Find the message
  2. Swipe right
  3. And type your message

Or you can tap and hold (IOS and Android)

  • Another drop down box appears
  • Tap reply
  • And type your message

Using Starred Messages – as reminders or bookmarks

Say for instance – you ask everyone in the group for their LinkedIn Link but you don’t have time right now to add everyone you can star them and they will always be in your starred place until you can get back to it – this is genius.

Tap and hold the message you want to star

Tap the star

To see your starred messages you tap the name or group name at the top of the page

And you will see

+ Starred messages

To unstar the message after you have dealt with it

  • Tap and hold
  • Tap unstar

Whatsapp Expert Tips and Sneaky Tricks for Group Chats

Deleting messages in a chat

If you have typed a message on the wrong chat or just said the wrong thing in a chat – you can now delete it. Not only for you but for everyone.

However – you only have 1 hour 8 mins and 16 seconds to do so …. (Don’t ask me)

And it will leave a message saying message deleted which is always intriguing lol

Go to the chat

Mute group chats

Whatsapp groups are capped at 256 people so it gets really busy but you can mute the group so you don’t get notifications every time someone types a message.

Here’s how to do it

  1. Go into your group
  2. Tap the name at the top
  3. Scroll down to Mute
  4. Tick either 8 hours – 1 week or 1 year

Stop Downloading images from Whatsapp to your Camera Roll

(I believe the default is off now)
  1. Go the Whatsapp Chat
  2. Tap on the name at the top to get into info
  3. See Save to Camera Roll
  4. Set to Never

How to format Whatsapp messages

To create..

  • Bold text – type an asterisk on either side of the *word*
  • Italic text type the underscore either side of the _word_
  • Strikethrough text type a tild on either side of the ~word~
  • Change your text type three backticks on either side of the “`word“`

OR even easier on mobile

On Android

  • Tap and hold the text you’re typing
  • More
  • And choose among bold, italic, strikethrough and monospace.

On iPhone

  • Tap and hold the text you’re typing
  • BIU
  • Choose among bold, italic and strikethrough.

Who has read your message in group chat

Tap and hold your message

Tap info

Here you will see – who has actually read your message withing the group.

What time your personal message was read on Whatsapp 

We all know what the blue ticks mean your message has been read – unless someone has bypassed it by going Incognito (see other tips)

but if you

Tap info on a private message it will show you what TIME it was read.

Get Whatsapp on your desktop

Just go to https://web.whatsapp.com/ 

I use this all the time, hardly even use it on the phone! 🙂

How to post media documents, your location or contact to your chat

Open your group or chat

  1. Tap +
  2. Choose the type you want to send from the drop down
  • Camera –
  • Photo and video library – you can tap Add+ bottom left to select multiple videos.
  • Document
  • Location
  • Contact

How to forward a document or image

(Make sure you have permission to share and check that it’s not fake or abusive BEFORE sharing  -“I didn’t know” is not an option)

Note:

Everyone will know it’s a forwarded message because it will have the “Forwarded” label.

a) Tap and hold the message you want to forward – tap FORWARD

b) Select any other messages you also want to forward

c) Tap the Arrow at the bottom left

d) Choose the person you wish to forward the message to then again tap forward.

Send a voice message in a Whatsapp Chat group

Open the group….

  1. Take and hold the microphone bottom left and start speaking
  2. When you have finished your message you can remove your finger from the microphone.
  3. It will then send

 

Note – it’s not a tap – you have to hold it and it will auto send when you release.

 

To play a voice message you press the play button.

How to search Whatsapp chats – groups or personal

I love this!

You can either search all of your chats or a specific chat if you know where the message is that you are looking for.

Search All

  • Go to Whatsapp at the top it says CHATS
  • Just under its says Search – on Android, there is a search Icon.
  • Type here what you are searching for and it will search all chats.
  • Click on the one you want from the results and you will go to the message in the chat.

Search a chat

  • Open the chat
  • Tap the name or group name at the top to go into Info
  • Tap Search
  • Type in your search.

Find who you talk to most on Whatsapp 

(this might be scary)

In Whatsapp Tap…

  1. Settings
  2. Data and storage usage
  3. Storage Usage
  4. Select Contact

Make sure WhatsApp doesn’t use up all of your data

In Whatsapp Tap

  1. Settings
  2. Data and storage usage
  3. See Media Auto Download
  4. Switch to Wi-Fi only

How to go incognito

If you don’t want people seeing when you were last online you can turn off WhatsApp’s last seen feature.

You won’t be able to see when others were last seen either.  (Fair enough)

Go to Whatsapp and tap

  1. Settings
  2. Account
  3. Privacy
  4. Click last seen
  5. Tick either – Everyone – My Contacts or Nobody

 How to archive your chats

You might want to do this from time to time if doesn’t delete the chat it just removes it from your main chat screen so it’s not so full.

Open Whatsapp

  • Chats at the top
  • Swipe the chat you wish to archive to the left and tap archive

Or to Archive all chats go to

  • Settings
  • Archive all chats

How to back up your chats on Whatsapp

You should back up your chats from time to time, if you are getting a new phone or if you were to lose or break you phone you can still get your whatsapp back but you lose all of your chats.

  • Go to Settings
  • Chats
  • Chats Back up
  • Back up now

Create an event direct from Whatsapp

If someone has typed a date into a chat you can automatically set this as an event on your calendar

Press and hold date within the chat and tap create an event.

How to customise notifications

If you have notifications on you can customise them to messages or groups
Go to settings and tap notifications – here you can turn them on or off and change the sounds.

Reply privately from a group message

Although I think this is rather rude to do so – without asking first within the group.  However, Whatsapp have made it easier for us to reply privately to something we have seen in a group.

  1. Tap on the message
  2. Tnen tap more
  3. Next, tap reply privately

This will take you directly into a private message with the person – and bring over the message so that they know what you are referring to – like it does when you reply to a message in a group.

Sent a message to multiple on Whatsapp

I’m not a fan of this one, as I think you have to be careful not to end up being a spammer.  However, sometimes you might want to invite people to an event.   The good thing is the recipient has to have you in their own address book (contacts) to receive the message.

Go to Whatsapp

Chats

At the top left it says Broadcast Lists.

  • Tap Broadcast Lists
  • Tap create new list at the bottom
  • Add who you want in the list from your contact list
  • Tap create

Now you can type the one message to all of the people on that list.

Looks like a group really.

Editing your profile on Whatsapp 

How to add your name to your bio on WhatsApp

This is important for whatsapp groups – to people know who you are.

Tap – Settings

Tap your profile photo and then tap your name

Type in your name

Note this will only show to people who haven’t already added you as a contact.

Here you can also see how to add your profile pictures and addition information in the about section.

I hope to add more videos to this Whatsapp Expert Tips and Sneaky Tricks for Group Chats when I get time, hope you enjoy getting more out of Whatsapp – I love it.

And I’m  happy to help you find any more Whatsapp tips and tricks just ask.

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