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OVER two billion people use WhatsApp but many don’t know about all the hidden features it has to offer.
From new fonts to finding out your WhatsApp ‘best friend’, we’ve rounded up some of the best WhatsApp features you should be using.
Change your WhatsApp font
This image shows what a monospaced text looks likeCredit: The Sun
It’s possible to make your WhatsApp messages bold or italics, add a strikethrough effect and even change the font to a secret monospace style.
A monospaced font is one where every letter and character occupies exactly the same amount of horizontal space.
First, you’ll need to locate the backtick icon, which looks like a reverse apostrophe.
On your phone, just hold down on the apostrophe icon and it’ll show up.
WhatsApp has several ‘hidden’ featuresCredit: Alamy
Then, place three of those before and after your message, like this: “`text goes here“`
That will monospace your message, which will definitely confuse your friends.
Pin your favourite chats
If you’d rather have your favourite chats permanently at the top of your WhatsApp then this is the trick for you.
On an Android phone, tap and hold the chat you want to pin and then tap the Pin icon that appears at the top of the screen.
To unpin the chat, tap and hold it, then tap the Remove Pin icon.
On an iPhone, swipe right on the chat you want to pin.
Then tap Pin, which will lock the chat to the top of your app.
To unpin a chat, swipe right on the pinned chat and then tap Unpin.
If you’re using WhatsApp for desktop, click the down arrow at the right side of a chat.
Then choose Pin to pin the chat.
Alternatively, to unpin a chat, follow the same steps but press Unpin Chat.
You can only pin up to three specific chats to the top of your chat list.
Find your WhatsApp bestie
You can check which of your friends you send the most WhatsApp messages to, and track the exact number of texts you’ve sent.
You can find the number of texts you’ve sent and received in a chat, and how many times you’ve shared locations.
This trick also shows how many photos, GIFs, videos, voice messages, documents and stickers have been sent – and the amount of storage space they’re taking up.
Finally, you can even see exactly how much storage space your chat with a person is clogging up overall.
You can find the message counter under Storage UsageCredit: The Sun
To check your message counter simply open the WhatsApp app and click on the Settings tab.
Next, open the Data and Storage Usage panel, then click Storage Usage at the bottom.
Here you’ll be presented with a big list of your chats, ordered in terms of storage space taken up.
The people at the top of the list will be sucking up the most storage, and can take up significant amounts if you trade lots of pictures or videos.
To see how many texts you’ve sent with a person, click on any of the chats and you’ll get a breakdown of stats.
Lock out snoopers
It’s possible to make your WhatsApp super safe even if someone has unlocked your phone.
You just need to make use of a feature that requires you to open WhatsApp with Face ID or Touch ID.
To set this up you need to head to your WhatsApp settings.
Then click “Account” and then “Privacy”.
From here, you can switch on “Screen Lock” with either Touch ID or Face ID.
You’ll also be able to pick a duration time for when the ID is required again.
Now whenever you go to open the app, it’ll ask you for your prints or a picture of your face to check it’s really you reading your private chats.
You can still read and quick reply to messages in your notification window, so the tool isn’t foolproof.
You’ll also be able to answer WhatsApp calls without Touch or Face ID.
WhatsApp – a quick history
Here’s what you need to know…
- WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum – former employees of Yahoo
- It’s one of the most popular messaging services in the world
- Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like “what’s up”
- After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users
- It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast. Then in 2016, it became free again for all users
- Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn)
- The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers
- As of 2020, WhatsApp has over 2billion users globally
In other news, Instagram has warned users to watch out for scammers contacting them via direct message and pretending to be from the company.
The next iPhone will revive a beloved feature and sport a brand new look.
And, Samsung has launched a “try before you buy” scheme for its most expensive mobiles to date.
What’s your favourite WhatsApp feature? Let us know in the comments…
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