WhatsApp is the most used messaging service in the world but, as with everything, there are always some tips that can help make the experience more pleasant. Meet six of them.
Six Tips For Using and Organizing WhatsApp
Staying in touch with friends, family, colleagues, and a few more individuals who appear in group conversations created just for the hell of it is already part of most people’s everyday lives. WhatsApp is currently the most used messaging service in the world.
But there is always some functionality that users are unaware of and that can facilitate and make the user experience more pleasant.
Of course, when constantly used, the application ends up consuming some resources and memory of the mobile phone. Group conversations drive anyone crazy with so many meaningless notifications and images and videos also fill the memory.
Thinking about the problems and advantages of WhatsApp, we bring you some “tricks” of the application that may be useful:
1. This message is important
How many times do you get lost in the middle of thousands of messages in a WhatsApp group? And those referring to a group also speak of a conversation with just one person.
From time to time there is a need to post a specific message that contains information that will come in handy later, but as the conversation progresses we lose track of it. Not necessarily!
Both on Android and iOS, pressing a message brings up some options. One of them is a simple star that makes the message stand out.
When accessing the Marked Messages menu, all those marked as such and the respective contact who sent them will appear, thus facilitating the search for the important message. Clicking on it takes you to the respective part of the conversation where it is located.
This process works in any type of conversation and is very useful in order not to lose any information that has been sent to you, such as an address or a contact.
2. Photos, videos and less memory space
The smartphone’s memory holds all our information: photos, videos, documents, music and who knows what else is lost there.
WhatsApp may not even take up much memory space, but the “thousand” images, videos and documents that people decide to share with us through the application can be a big problem. What matters is that there is a solution that lets us really choose what interests us.
In the case of iOS, just go, within the application, to Settings > Conversations and deactivate the Automatically save option.
By doing this, the application stops saving the images and videos directly in the image gallery, thus allowing the memory not to be full with files that are not interesting to keep.
On Android, the process is similar, you have to go to the Settings > Data usage menu and here you just have to choose what you want to download automatically and with what type of connection.
In the case of Google’s operating system, the user will always have to download it to the gallery to be able to see the image or video that was sent, as this option only prevents the process from being automatic, thus giving the option to choose what you really want to see. Then just delete from the gallery and it disappears.
3. And all the wind took
Many years of using WhatsApp give rise to a large amount of messages exchanged and many conversations created and later forgotten. To do general cleaning of messages without having to select one by one, there is a specific feature in the application.
On iOS, the functionality is in the previous settings ( Settings > Chats ) while on Android it will be necessary to go to Settings > Chats > Message history and there are several options available.
One of them allows, on Android, to send the history via email. The option is also available on iOS when swiping a conversation to the left (appears > More > Export conversation) , but in this case the process only covers one conversation.
To free up some space, the other options are the ones that really matter, especially Clear or Delete all conversations. Thus, the application deletes everything automatically and in a matter of seconds, and in the first option it deletes the messages but leaves the conversations that were created and in the second option it deletes everything completely.
4. The blue double check
A feature that can be both useful and frustrating is the double check – the two signs that appear next to messages indicating when it has been sent, delivered and read.
But everything that is good also has a bad side. How many times have you not opened a message because you were curious to see what it said but then you didn’t know what to reply at the time? He ends up replying only because it looks bad for the person to know that he read the message and ignored it.
WhatsApp lets you get around this little embarrassment. In the application’s Privacy Settings (on both systems) you can choose the information you want to share and which you prefer to keep to yourself. The last time you were online, the profile picture, the confirmation that you read a message, can all be turned off and thus prevent people from knowing what you did or didn’t do.
The downside (but fair) is that if you don’t want them to know what you’ve seen, you won’t be able to know if they’ve seen what you’ve sent either. It is a decision that affects both sides.
Extra tip: There is, in fact, a way to view a message and not know you did it. When you realize from the notification that it’s something you’ll want to read but that you’re not going to respond to at that very moment, what you should do is turn on airplane mode (or turn off all Internet connections) before opening the message.
After that, you can read it at will without the reading notice being sent. After that, just close the application completely (it cannot be in the background) and turn all the services back on, so only when you open WhatsApp again does the person receive the blue double-check.
Whenever you change your cell phone it’s always a problem to be able to transfer everything, but it’s not that complicated to do it on WhatsApp.
In Settings > Chats > Backup you can find the easiest way to transfer chats from one smartphone to another (at least within the same operating system).
On iOS, the iCloud service is used, while on Android, Google Drive is used. This function allows you to create a backup directly on the cloud services and, when installing WhatsApp again on the new mobile phone, you will be prompted that there is a backup copy from which you can recover the information.
That way, when you log in, you’ll have all the conversations available as if nothing had happened.
6. This only works for Android
Taking advantage of the feature to create widgets – shortcuts to features on the main screen – that the Google system offers, we can create a direct shortcut to a conversation.
To do so, just select the desired conversation, open the options menu and choose Create shortcut for the conversation. There, an icon automatically appears on the main screen, with the photo of the contact that, when clicked, opens the WhatsApp conversation.