In the digital age, when instant messaging is king, WhatsApp keeps innovating, and as of 2023, the platform has released a number of features that are completely changing the way users communicate.
WhatsApp is pushing limits, offering conveniences like multi-device support and the eagerly awaited ability to edit sent messages.
With the addition of screen sharing during video conversations, it now competes directly with industry heavyweights like Zoom and Google Meet.
Furthermore, enhanced search capabilities and personalized chat backgrounds offer users a more tailored experience.
But perhaps the most intriguing is the disappearing media option, allowing users to send content that disappears after a single view, emphasizing privacy and discretion.
As these capabilities become available, one thing is abundantly clear: WhatsApp isn’t just keeping up with the times; it’s also setting them.
Here are 10 WhatsApp tricks you may not know:
Editing Sent Messages on WhatsApp
In May 2023, WhatsApp introduced a feature: the ability to modify sent messages.
To utilize this, ensure your app is up-to-date. Here’s the procedure for both iOS and Android:
Navigate to Chat > Desired conversation.
Send your message.
Within 15 minutes of dispatch, long-press the message.
Choose ‘Edit’ and then confirm.
Sharing Your Screen on WhatsApp
As of August 2023, WhatsApp users can share their screens during video calls, similar to Zoom and Google Meet. Here’s how:
Initiate a video call.
Tap the screen-sharing icon on the call screen’s bottom.
Confirm your intention to share.
To cease sharing, tap ‘Stop Sharing
Using WhatsApp on two phones
WhatsApp now supports multi-device usage. Please check the below points:
Ensure WhatsApp is installed on your secondary device.
On your new device, install WhatsApp.
Grant necessary permissions.
At the number input screen, tap the top-right three dots.
Select “Link a Device” to produce a QR code.
On your main device, go to Settings > Linked Devices.
Choose “Link a Device” and scan the QR code from the new device.
Inside-Chat Search Identify specifics from a particular conversation:
Android: Chats > Chosen chat > Menu > Search.
iOS: Chats > Chosen chat > Contact info > Search.
Discover Your Top Contacts
Check out: Settings > Storage and Data > Manage Storage. The list displays contacts based on storage use.
Personalising Chat Background
Personalize your chat wallpaper:
Android: Settings > Chats > Chat Wallpaper > Choose from available categories.
iOS: Settings > Chats > Chat Wallpaper > Select from various options.
Optimising Data Usage To prevent WhatsApp from consuming your data:
Navigate to Settings > Storage and Data.
Adjust ‘Media Auto-Download’ to ‘Wi-Fi only’.
To monitor data consumption, go to Network Usage.
Sending Disappearing Media
Send media that Disappear post-viewing, ideal for sensitive content. However, be wary of screenshots.
Android: In a chat, tap the paperclip > ‘Camera’ or ‘Gallery’ > Select media > Tap ‘1’ beside the send icon > Send.
iOS: In a chat, tap ‘+’ > ‘Camera’ or ‘Photo & Video Library’ > Select media > Tap ‘1’ beside the send icon > Send.