With a user base of close to over one billion as of February 2016, WhatsApp has became the default instant messaging application for most smartphone users.
WhatsApp was first released in January 2009 and was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for approximately US$19.3billion!
WhatsApp has constantly released useful features and currently supports cross platform and end-to-end encryption. Other features includes using the Internet to make voice calls, one to one video calls, send text message, documents, PDF files, GIF, videos, user locations, audio files, phones contacts and voice notes.
To enjoy these latest features and any other that WhatsApp releases, always update to the latest version.
We begin with introducing the TOP 9 most asked questions about WhatsApp.
1. How to bold, italics and under strike messages in WhatsApp?
With the ability to bold, italicize and under strike message, using WhatsApp feels like having Microsoft word lite in your hands. : ) Now, messages can be more pronounced. This is a very useful feature that adds “emotions” especially the bold function, to the messages. GJ WhatsApp!
To BOLD message – Add an * before and after the text. For example *Hello*
To italics message – Add a _ before and after the text. For example _Hello_
To strike through message – Add a ~ before and after the text. For example ~Hello~
2. How to quote a message in WhatsApp?
Quote is a really useful feature that was recently released. This feature especially helpful when an appropriate response to an earlier message buried in the avalanche of messages that follows in a group chat.
To quote a message, Press and hold the message that you would like to reply to. Select reply from the context menu and your answer will contain a full quote of the message that you would want to reply to. Then enter your reply. The quoted message is displayed in a separate preview above your text reply input.
3. How to make a video call in WhatsApp?
I am not a Skype user and neither am I a FaceTime user and so when video call was made available for WhatsApp, it was like Christmas came early : )
To make the video call
A. Go to contacts tab
B. Find and tap the contact you want to initiate a WhatsApp video call with
C. Tap on the phone icon towards the TOP of the screen
D. From the popup, choose Video call
4. How to backup WhatsApp?
Backup in WhatsApp can be done with Google drive and it’s free!
A. Go to Menu button > Settings > Chats > Chat backup
B. Tap on Back up to Google Drive and set up the backup frequency to your liking.
C. You will be prompted to select a Google account that you will back up your chat history to. You will need to “Add account” to create an account.
It is good to note that the first backup might take a while depending on the size of your chat. Media and message backed up in Google Drive are not protect by the end-to-end encryption mechanism.
To restore from backup
A. You would need the same good drive account added to your phone.
B. After verifying the mobile number, you would be prompted to restore your message from your Google drive account.
C. WhatsApp will start the restoring process
5. How to block people in WhatsApp?
Especially helpful when you receive SPAM message from an uninitiated source, follow the steps below for a peace of mind..and save your battery power : )
A. Tap on Menu button > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts. This page displays all the contacts that you have blocked.
B. Tap the Add in in the TOP right.
C. Select the contact you wish to block.
6. How to ignore WhatsApp messages?
The double blue tick means that you have read a message in WhatsApp. However, not everyone wants to be “tracked” in that manner. So if you are one of those or you are in one of those conversations that you do not wished to be “tracked” by the double blue tick…do this:
Go the Settings and enable Airplane, or Flight mode. Read and close the app while still in airplane mode. The ticks will remain grey until the app is opened and synced online again.
7. How to send GIF (or any other documents) in WhatsApp?
Click on “Attach” button (image of a paper clip) in the chat window to show WhatsApp Tool share menu. Click on the received message to open Download file popup. Choose GIF or any file and send it to your WhatsApp contacts.
8. How to text yourself on WhatsApp?
Want to save something from your message for future reading or maybe test out a message that you are planning to send to a group…having the option to send to yourself can help you visualize the draft. Unfortunately, WhatsApp does not have this feature nut there are workarounds.
A. Make a group, call it “test”. Add any one contact to this group.
B. Once group is created, remove this contact from the group.
C. Your self group chat is now created : )
9. How to save important message in WhatsApp?
With WhatsApp group chat, you can have one important message followed by wave after waves of “unimportant” message and you will have a hard time scrolling through the messages just to find THAT message. Well, there’s a better way..
Ever heard of “Starred Messages”?
Double tap on any message and tap on the star icon to mark it. To find it again, all you have to do is tap on the chat’s name, and tap on Starred Messages to see all the messages you’ve marked out.