6 Awesome WhatsApp Tricks and Tips You Might Not Know About

WhatsApp tricks and tips

WhatsApp is fast becoming the most popular chat app in the world of social media today. To even think that such an awesome application is accessible for free is ridiculous. Welcome to the world of technological advancements – things are just awesome around us today. Cannot say the same for the people of the past.

Despite the popularity though, there are still tons of things that we can do on WhatsApp but that we are not aware of. Straight to the point, here are secret (can we call them that!?) tips you might not know about, diversified with a few typical tips for those new to WhatsApp.

Find who you talk to most on WhatsApp

To even think that your favorite person on WhatsApp might not who y0ou thought it would be, is incredibly comical. Find out who that is by:

  • Going to Manage Storage through this route: Settings > Storage and Data > Manage Storage 
  • You’ll see a list of contacts at the bottom in in order of which is using the most storage
  • Well, if he/she has the most storage on your WhatsApp, what else does that say!

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And you can send a disappearing image or video

Wants to send a sensitive image or video that you do not want the recipient to be able to share it with other contacts, but have little faith in this person being able to keep a secret? Fear no more!

You can send an image or video to a person and this recipient would not be able to view it more than once. Once the recipient closes this image or video (after viewing it, of course), it will disappear, though keep in mind that this person might still take a screenshot.

For iOS devices:

  • Tap on the “+” icon at the left side of the message input field
  • Select “Camera” to take a new photo or video, or “Photo & Video Library” to select the media file from your gallery.
  • Choose the image or video you want to share
  • Tap on the “1” icon sitting next to the blue send arrow
  • Tap the send icon to send the media file.

For Android devices:

  • Tap on the attachment icon to next to the input field to choose from your media gallery or the camera icon to take a new photo or video
  • Choose the image or video file you wish to share
  • Tap on the “1” sitting next to the send arrow 
  • Tap the send icon to send the media file.

You can as well stop people from seeing your messages

Regardless of how you feel, there are situations where you cannot stop yourself from passing your phone to your friend, partner or family member even though you have stuff you wish to hide from them especially on your WhatsApp account. The worst is the messages that might come into to your phone while they are with it. The incoming message notifications can prompt them to be interested in viewing your chats, of course. However, panic no more. You can turn off message previews so only the contact’s name will appear, rather than their life story, or you can turn off notifications altogether. 

You can do this on iOS powered devices by following the steps below:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Notifications
  • Switch off the Show Preview / Settings toggle functionality
  • Under Notifications, toggle off Show Notifications.

Android users can achieve the same result by following the steps below

Android offers a range of notification controls. Within the WhatsApp app itself, you can turn off high priority notifications – those that will pop-up at the top of the screen. Or you can control the notifications at a system level to keep details private or remove them completely. 

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Notifications
  • Under Notifications, toggle off Show Notifications.

You might also want to pin a chat to the top

If you are a type that receives multiple messages within a very short time, especially with having too many contacts, it is very easy to miss important ones. This problem can, however be combatted by having some important contacts pinned at the top. Hence, their chats can easily be seen as they come in. Apart from having them as unread messages, pinned chats usually appear at the top of the chat list002E

If you are prone to forgetting to reply to messages, you can also pin a chat so it appears at the top of all your chats, including above new and unread chats, rather than just marking it as unread. It’s only possible to pin three chats though so don’t get too complacent with your replying.

Pin chats on iOS devices by doing the followings:

  • Go to Chats
  • Target the important chat and swipe left to right
  • Now pin the chat.

On Android devices:

  • Long press the target chat
  • Tap the pin icon that appears at the top of the screen.

Reduce that data spent on WhatsApp calls

While WhatsApp’s free and effective voice and video calls can be very enjoyable, users often complain about the amount of data that get eat up in the process. Nonetheless, you can instruct WhatsApp to eat less data while you still enjoy the same free voice and video calls. To do this;

  • Go the app Settings page
  • Select Storage and data from the options
  • Now, enable the “Use less data for calls” toggle.

Stop your account from being hacked

Here is the greatest thing you can do on your WhatsApp account now. We have seen and heard of frequent hacking scenarios on WhatsApp accounts lately. The rate at which this is done is becoming alarming. However, there is a way you can stop yourself from being a victim.

Ideally, WhatsApp asks for the phone number connected to your account and send a One-Time password when you try to change devices. However, hackers can get past this stage when your account is not secure with a Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) feature available on WhatsApp. To enable this security feature, follow the steps highlighted below:

  • Go to the app Settings
  • Select Account from the options
  • Tap on Two-step verification.
  • From here, you’ll be prompted to create a secret six-digit PIN for whenever you add WhatsApp to a new phone Provide a secure PIN code
  • Add your email address for PIN recovery in case you forget it

Related: How to access Another person’s WhatsApp messages

Upon activation, WhatsApp will periodically send request for you to enter your security PIN. Remember that this is different from your phone’s security PIN (unless you used the same). This is to ensure that your phone is not being used by another person to access your chats.

So that is it, guys. We hope you found this article useful as you enjoy using your WhatsApp account. 


Founder/ CEO of Emma Builds. I Had this dream since 2018, but it came into reality In 2022.

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