Whatsapp Tips, Tricks And Hidden Secrets

Whatsapp is a cross platform instant messaging apps for android smart phones like android, IOS, blackberry, windows phone and Nokia Symbian. With Whatsapp you can send instant text messages to other people and can share files within the messenger. Whatsapp today is very useful because it can be found in almost every smart phone and is very easy to send instant text messages. In this tutorial you will learn about Whatsapp tips, tricks and hidden secrets that you might not know.

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1. Start New Chat: Open Whatsapp and click the menu button on your smart phone, be it an android, IOS, blackberry or a windows phone. Now tap ‘New Chat’. Now select your friend from the list to start a new chat.

2. Group Chat On Whatsapp: You can group chat on Whatsapp. In group chat you can send same message to all the group members. To start a group chat click menu button and choose ‘New group’. Enter a name for your group and click ‘NEXT’ on top right corner. Now click the plus sign and put a check mark in front of all friends whom you want to add in the group. Finally click ‘DONE’ to add friends to the group. Now click ‘CREATE’ on top right. Now the group chat will be available in chats list. Tap the group to start group chat. To delete the group, just long press the group and choose ‘ Delete and exit group’.

whatsapp group chat        add contacts in group

3. Add Conversation Shortcut To Home Screen: Open Whatsapp and long press on any contact. Tap ‘Add conversation shortcut’. The conversation shortcut for that friend will be added to home screen. When you click this shortcut on home screen, the chat will open automatically for that person in Whatsapp. This is a quick way to start chat with whom you chat a lot.

4.Change Chat Background Wallpaper: At any time you can change the chat background wallpaper. To change it open chat with any friend. Click menu>wallpaper. Choose gallery and choose your wallpaper. If you choose Whatsapp in wallpaper instead of gallery, then you have to download Whatsapp wallpaper pack for android, IOS, blackberry or windows phone and install it. Now again click menu>wallpaper>Whatsapp and choose the wallpaper to set.

5. Backup Conversations: Whatsapp messages or conversations are automatically backed up everyday. But you can backup manually whenever you need. Go to Whatsapp chat list then click menu and choose ‘Settings’. Scroll down and select ‘Chat settings’, then click ‘Backup conversations’. You can restore message backup if you delete your account. Also if you move to different android phone with same account then you also restore this backup on new phone, see this tutorial for more info. This message backup is not cross platform, which means the Whatsapp message backup of android will run on android only but not on IOS apple Iphone or windows phone.

6. Block And Unblock Contacts: To block contacts on Whatsapp just start a chat with the desired contact. Click menu button of your smart phone and choose ‘More’. From the list choose ‘Block’. To unblock the contact repeat the process but this time choose ‘Unblock’.

7. Send Media Files: Media files include images, videos and audio files. You can share these media files in Whatsapp. Start a chat with any contact then click ‘Attachment’ icon on top right. From the list choose gallery, take photo (use camera to take photo), video and audio. The files will take time to upload depending on the file size and speed of mobile internet.

whatsapp attachments

8. Send Your GMaps Location In Whatsapp: To send your gmaps location to other contacts simply click the attachment icon on top right corner and choose location. GPS should be enabled for accurate location. Click ‘Send your current location’. Your location will be sent instantly. The location can be viewed directly in the phone, just click the link and the Gmaps app will automatically open with correct location. See this detailed tutorial for Gmaps.

send location in whatsapp

9. Change Notification Light Color: A notification light is a tiny LED light present in most smart phones like Sony Xperia smart phones. This light blinks when notification appears on your phone. You can change the color of this notification light, to identify that you have received a notification from Whatsapp. To change the color goto ‘Settings>Notifications>Light’. Choose your desired color from white, red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, purple.

10. Enable Popup Notification On Whatsapp: A popup notification on Whatsapp allows you to reply even faster, without having the need to check the notification slider. A popup notification opens up on your phone’s home screen when you receive a message. Suppose you received a message from a contact, then the popup notification for that contact with the received message will open in home screen with a text box to reply quickly. See the image below.

popup notification

11. Voice Chat On Whatsapp: To voice chat on Whatsapp use the whatsapp recorder to quickly record and send your voice message to other contacts. Simply click and hold the microphone icon in below right corner during a chat. Hold the button to record the voice message and release it to instantly send it. This will make voice chat even faster because you don’t need to attach your voice message as an attachment.

voice chat

12. Update Status In Whatsapp: To update status in Whatsapp open it and click menu button. Then select ‘ Status’. Click the pencil icon to update your status. After writing the status click OK, you can insert smileys to your status.

13. Change Profile Pic In Whatsapp: To change the profile pic open the app click menu button and select ‘Settings’ then choose ‘Profile’. The current pic will open. Click add/edit and choose gallery or camera. Choose gallery to choose pic from sd card or choose camera to take a photo from camera.

14. Email Whatsapp Messages/Conversations As Text File: Your Whatsapp messages or conversations can be mailed as text file. Which means that you can email your Whatsapp messages as text to other people or to your self. To do this open a chat with any contact, then click menu and choose ‘More’. From the list choose ‘Email conversation’. A popup will open asking you to send an email with or without media attachments. Choose the desired option and then again choose the mailer app on your android phone. Either choose ‘Email’ or ‘Gmail’ to send the mail. If you deleted the conversation/chats accidently then to recover whatsapp messages when you lost the backup file check this tutorial.

15. Hide Last Seen In Whatsapp: The Last Seen time stamp in whatsapp tells other users when their contacts last checked their chat with them. You can hide Last Seen in whatsapp by going to ‘Settings>Account>Privacy>Last seen>Nobody’. You can either set it to ‘Everyone’ or ‘My contacts’ only.

16. Hide Profile Photo In Whatsapp: In whatsapp you can hide your profile photo if you no longer want it to be public. To hide profile photo go to ‘Settings>Account>Privacy>Profile photo’. You can either choose ‘Everyone’, ‘Nobody’ or ‘My contacts’.

17. Hide Whatsapp Status: To hide the status go to ‘Settings>Account>Privacy>Status’. Choose either ‘Everyone’, ‘Nobody’ or ‘My contacts’.

18. Send Encrypted Messages In Whatsapp: To send encrypted messages in whatsapp read this tutorial.

19. Use Bold, Italics And Strikethrough: You can send highlight a word in either bold, italics or strikethough in WhatsaApp to highlight a word. Please read this tutorial.

20. Hide Whatsapp App Icon On Screen: You can hide Whatsapp icon in apps menu. But this trick is supported only on phones running android 4.1 jellybean and above. To hide Whatsapp icon simply click the options menu situated on right of vertical arrow. Then select "Hide applications". Now choose Whatsapp and put a check mark on it by tapping it. Whatsapp icon will be hidden and nobody can see it. You can hide all apps by sliding the app drawer then choosing all apps on different screens. To unhide icon just click "Show hidden applications" in the same options menu.

hide whatsapp icon in apps menu

21. Install Whatsapp On Tablets Without SIM: Whatsapp can be installed on tablets without SIM support. See whatsapp for galaxy tab 3

Note: The tricks 15, 16 and 17 work only in whatsapp v2.11.169, v2.11.177 and above. You can download it from this link.

22. Whatsapp Hidden Trick
There is a hidden trick in Whatsapp that you can know about the person by his or her phone number. This trick helps you to find the person by his/her phone number and later you can search more about him/her in Google by the Whatsapp profile pic. Follow the steps below to apply this trick.

  • Save the contact number in your phone’s contact list.
  • Open Whatsapp and click the plus icon next to search icon on top right corner.
  • Now click menu button and choose ‘Refresh’. Wait for few seconds till your contact list is updated.
  • See if that person is showing up in your Whatsapp contacts list. If it appear in your contacts list then click on it.
  • Now click menu button and choose ‘View contact’. Then click on its tiny profile pic. Let the image to load completely. After image is loaded goto to this directory ‘SDcard>Whatsapp>Profile Pictures’.
  • That photo will be found in this directory. Now you can search this image on Google by Google image search by uploading the image to Google and searching it. You can get much information about that person from Google. Better use a pc to search this image.
Note: This trick is only applicable if the person is using Whatsapp.

23. Download Whatsapp Emoticons Pack: You can download all the Whatsapp emoticons in PNG format. Download Whatsapp Emoticons.

24. Install Whatsapp On iPad: See install Whatsapp on iPad without jailbreak

25. Disable Automatic Chat History Backup: Whatsapp automatically backs up chat history/conversations in database file with a crypt format. This file is stored in 'sdcard>Whatsapp>Databases'. This file contains all the chats that you have sent or received on Whatsapp. If you do not want this database to be saved automatically then switch off your phone, because Whatsapp automatically creates chat backup at 4:00 AM. If at this time your phone is off backup can't be done.

26. Enable Whatsapp Calling Feature In Whatsapp : Whatsapp has a new calling feature with which you can make voice calls, voip calls or even free international calls. To know how to enable this read this tutorial.

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57 comments:

  1. how to enable whatsapp shortcut to gallary in s3 running on 4,3????

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    1. You can't add whatsapp shortcut in gallery in s3 running 4.3 jellybean. But you can make a conversation shortcut on homescreen for every person in your contact list. See trick no. 3 of this post.

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  2. is it possible to send whatsapp+ emoticons to normal whatsapp users?? Thanks

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  3. Is there any way to delete pics/comments on both ends? Not just my side?

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    1. No there is no legal way to do this. You can do just one thing, borrow that person's phone and delete the 'Whatsapp' folder from its phone's sdcard. After the folder is deleted your messages on his/her side will be deleted instantly.

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    2. borrow that person's phone and goto 'Settings>Chat settings>Clear conversations'. Also delete the whatsapp folder.

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  4. heyyy...I was using canvass and i am the admin of one group ... Now I have change the hand set now i am using Gand-2 but now i cant see the group now....

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  5. How can I delete some pictures that are stored in my Gallery in the Whatsapp forlder? I connected my phone to the computer and want to delete a whole bunch of pictures, but it is not allowing me. Anyone had this issue?

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    1. Goto 'Whatsapp>Media>Whatsapp Images' and delete all the pics. If your whatsapp folder is stored on external sd card then put a '.nomedia' file in the 'Whatsapp Images' folder to stop displaying them in gallery. The nomedia file can be found in 'Android' folder. Connect the phone to PC and copy the nomedia file to 'Whatsapp Images' folder.

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  6. Is there a way to get notification on the whatsapp shortcut icon created? Just like we get on Facebook messenger

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    1. No. But you can get popup notification. To enable it go to 'Settings>Notifications>Popup notification>Always show popup'. When you receive a message on whatsapp you will see a popup of that particular message.

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  7. Sir..is there any ways i can send emoticons/smileys without hit enter ? I mean i click/touch certain smileys then it send straight away..

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    1. No there is no way. Smileys are like sending texts. If you do not want to press the enter button then send smileys as images. Download smileys pack and send them instantly by attaching them as images. Search in google for "Whatsapp emoji collection by lechuck80".

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  8. Is there any way I can find my old whatsapp messages that may have been deleted or times and dates I sent messages to a certain phone

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    1. If you have chat backup file with you then you can view old messages because they are stored in this file. You can restore it. Read the tip no. 5 above to backup whatsapp chat history and to restore the chats read. With this method you can recover whatsapp messages.

      http://www.pcnexus.net/2014/01/whatsapp-trick-recover-messages-from-deleted-whatsapp-account.html

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    2. how to restore them in nokia?

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    3. I have the backups of my old nokia phone but neither have the old phone nor the old sim card related to these backups. can I still extract my chats? please help.

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    4. I think its not possible because S60 chats are only valid for 7 days after backup. But you can try moving the chats database to new phone before installing whatsapp on it.

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  9. I'm struggling to change the background wallpaper on my bb 9320. Please assist :)

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    1. Open any chat tap the menu button and choose 'Wallpaper' now choose "Gallery" and select the wallpaper that you want to use.

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  10. Video clips received thru whatsapp are stored in which folder in Nexus 5?

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    1. It can be found in 'Whatsapp>Media>Whatsapp video'.

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  11. Is there a way to activate another app using whatsapp?
    I plan on developing a free app for birthday invitations. Now, it's fine if you send a card with a QR code and ask the recipient to scan it through your birthday app - No problem there. But what if I want to send a link through whatsapp and wish the birthday app to be activated, following that link?

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  12. Can I make a whatsapp message to activate an application I am working on?
    An http:// link will make the operating system ask me which broser to use and a GPS location code will make my Gmaps pop up,
    How can I make a whatsapp message activate my app?

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    1. The link that you are sending should be decoded by that app, for e.g. qr code. If you are sending a qr code then your app should be able to decode it. When we click on that link a list of apps will open including your app.

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  13. how to send msgs to all friends at same time [broadcast] WITHOUT ICON showing below right corner. do u knw that trick?

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    1. What icon you are talking about. Broadcast is the only way to send same message to multiple people at once in Whatsapp.

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  14. hi, how to activate normal messages for non watsapp users which got deactivated by mistake happend accidently

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    1. you can not chat with non whatsapp users on whatsapp. Use hike instead it gives free messages.

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  15. How do I modify the text message posted by me in group as I am the administrator of the group?

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    1. Being the administrator of the group you can't do this.

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  16. Can you help me to solve it out? actually i want to search a word or combination of words or texts in a conversation in whatsapp on an android based mobile phone. however this feature is available in iphone. i.e. open whatsapp messenger in iphone and where you see the conversation list, just slide down and you will see a search box up there. now just type your desired keyword and it will filter all the conversations having your match. i want this feature or any trick or any third party app to use this feature in an android based smartphone.

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    1. This feature is available in whatsapp for android. Tap Menu>Search. Enter your desired keyword. Tap the up/down arrows to find the word up or below. All the words will be highlighted in yellow. This is how text search works in whatsapp chat conversation.

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  17. how to hide contact pic of friend in group whatsapp? before this its not there but after I install whatsapp plus i dont know how to hide it

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    1. You can't hide the pic of your friend in whatsapp.

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  18. If you've created a group and had a conversation but then later added another contact, can this contact see the previous conversation?

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    1. No that contact cannot see the previous conversations because that conversations were not shared with him/her.

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  19. I have blocked someone,but she is part of another group.Will I be able to partake in conversations in that group chat.Will the group members receive my messages,or do I have to unblock her to be able to participate in group chat?

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    1. Yes you can take part in the group and can send messages to.

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  20. Hey, how can i delete individual msg or a part of a conversation from both ends??

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    1. You cannot delete your messages from other ends. You can only delete them from your Whatsapp account.

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  21. How to place name beside contact number so that its visible in group chat who don't have my contact number

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  22. can i share an image to all my whats app group at a time

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  23. any body can tell me how i receive in my whatsapp id from my son whatsapp id all my son whatsapp message what he send and receive from others,this for checking purpose.

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    1. All you need to do is to grab the "msgstore.db" and restore on your whatsapp account. From this method you can read all the messages that he sent to others, but this is only limited to month and date. You can't track his messages in real time and can't receive messages that he sent to others.

      Another trick : Verify his mobile number on your whatsapp account. His whatsapp account will be disabled.

      For more info read the article below.
      http://www.pcnexus.net/2013/06/how-to-backuprestore-and-transfer-whatsapp-messages-from-one-android-phone-to-other.html

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  24. I am the administrator of a chat, I have 50 crazy members, everybody is changing the name of the group and the icon, how can i stop this from happening?

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  25. Hi,
    How can I hide blocked numbers in watsapp,
    I mean the blocked numbers should not visible in here.

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  26. You don't need Chrome to use it on a desktop. I am using Firefox.

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    1. You can now use WhatsApp without chrome, firefox, opera, internet explorer or safari. Read this article
      http://www.pcnexus.net/2016/06/how-to-install-whatsapp-on-windows-7-64-bit.html

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  27. How can I see my friend profile pic if he/she change settings into "show my contacts" and he/she not saved my contact then can I see profile pic

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    1. In this case you can only see the profile pic if the pic is made public by the WhatsApp user.

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