9 WhatsApp tips and tricks everyone should know

If you love spending hours in WhatsApp, use it to chat with friends, make phone calls and see what your contacts are doing through status, get to know a few tricks and tips that can help a lot.

WhatsApp is one of the best social networking applications today. Much of this is due to the great features it offers, such as free video calls, and the ability to delete messages. However, even if you use WhatsApp regularly, you may be unaware of some of your best features.

In this article, we’ll look at some amazing WhatsApp features. Although for some users, these features are old acquaintances, for others it can be a sensational discovery.

1. Adjust your WhatsApp privacy settings

You do not always want everyone to know when you’re online, or have the chance to know if you’ve read the last message you sent. Sometimes you want a little time to think before you respond.

Another thing you may wish for is that only a few people see your profile photo. In fact, it’s a good idea to leave the profile photo visible only to your contacts, otherwise, anyone who adds you as a contact will be able to see it.

Go to  Settings> Account> Privacy and there you can adjust all your WhatsApp privacy settings. By default, everyone – not just your contacts – can see when you’ve been online, status message and profile photo, but this is not recommended for security reasons.

It’s a bit strange that an application that has decided to invest in both encryptions, has also opted for overly public privacy settings. It’s up to you to make WhatsApp more secure and private.

2. Back up your WhatsApp messages

If you never want to miss your WhatsApp conversations again, you need to back up your chat history. To do this, go to Settings> Chats> Chat Backup> Backup.

If you’re on iOS, the backup goes straight to your iCloud account. On an Android device, it accesses your Google Drive account. Of course, you need to be logged in to the cloud storage account before you back up.

It’s best to put your backups on autopilot and forget about them. This is where Auto Backup is useful. It allows you to back up your chats daily, weekly, or monthly. (You can specify whether to include videos in the backup.)

Now, if you accidentally delete WhatsApp messages, you still have some hope of getting them back.

3. Export WhatsApp Chats

If you want to share specific conversations by email or some other service, use the Export Chat option. You’ll find this by going in the three dots that are in the top left corner (inside the conversation being exported) and clicking More> Export Chat.

The exported conversation appears as a ZIP file, which you can share with others. During export, you can specify whether the file should include media.

4. Change the wallpaper of WhatsApp

Chatting in WhatsApp does not have to be a bland experience since it is very easy to change the scenery. Just go to Settings> Chats> Wallpaper and put a new background, from the library of embedded wallpapers. You can also choose a solid color or one of your own photos as wallpaper.

Want the original WhatsApp wallpaper back? All you have to do is follow the same path above and, on the last screen, click on No wallpaper.

5. Know when WhatsApp messages have been read

If you’re anxious to know if your friend has read your last message, just watch the conversation and look for the blue markings to see if your last message was read (if read receipts are enabled).

Need more information? Press and hold the message, and tap Information to see exactly when the message was delivered and when it was read.

Remember that you will see some shades of gray if your friend has not read the message, and a single gray visa if it has not yet been delivered.

6. Check your usage of WhatsApp data

No one likes to spend too much internet data, so it’s worth checking how many WhatsApp data is using. To do this, go to  Settings> Data & Storage usage> Network Usage, and you can get all the details of all your data consumption.

If you want to keep data usage low, adjust the automatic download and media call settings in  Settings> Data and storage usage> Low data usage.

You can restrict automated media downloads to Wi-Fi connections, or turn them off completely to save on mobile data. Choosing a lower voice call quality also helps keep data usage inactive.

7. Use WhatsApp Web

You can use WhatsApp on your PC. To do this, go to web.whatsapp.com on your computer. Then open WhatsApp on your smartphone and go to  Settings> WhatsApp Web.Now point your smartphone at your computer screen, and scan the QR code displayed there. Your conversations should appear instantly.

You can also use this method to access WhatsApp on a tablet.

8. Change your WhatsApp number

Changing your mobile number does not mean the end of your WhatsApp account. You can transfer it to the new number. Go to  Settings> Account> Change number and start the process. You will need to enter the old and new numbers to migrate the data correctly.

9. Delete your WhatsApp account

If for some reason you want to totally delete your WhatsApp account, go to  Settings> Account> Delete my account.

You can always start a new account later if you change your mind, but your current account’s chat history will be lost permanently. Cloud backups of your messages also disappear. In addition, you’ll disappear from your friends’ groups and contact lists.

Keep in mind that all the conversations you’re part of are still visible to your contacts, as those conversations are also part of their chat history.

If you need help, have doubts or concerns, do not hesitate to leave a comment in the comment box below and we will try to help you as soon as possible!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

We use cookies for providing you with the best-possible user experience. By using PrivacySavvy, you accept our privacy policy.
Cookies settings
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active

Privacy Policy

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you register on our site or place an order. When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address or mailing address.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways: To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs) To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you) To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs) To process transactions Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested. To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature To send periodic emails The email address you provide for order processing, will only be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access your personal information. We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to?keep the information confidential. After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be kept on file for more than 60 days.

Do we use cookies?

Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information We use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart, understand and save your preferences for future visits, keep track of advertisements and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business. If you prefer, you can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies via your browser settings. Like most websites, if you turn your cookies off, some of our services may not function properly. However, you can still place orders by contacting customer service. Google Analytics We use Google Analytics on our sites for anonymous reporting of site usage and for advertising on the site. If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics monitoring your behaviour on our sites please use this link (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/)

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.


The minimum information we need to register you is your name, email address and a password. We will ask you more questions for different services, including sales promotions. Unless we say otherwise, you have to answer all the registration questions. We may also ask some other, voluntary questions during registration for certain services (for example, professional networks) so we can gain a clearer understanding of who you are. This also allows us to personalise services for you. To assist us in our marketing, in addition to the data that you provide to us if you register, we may also obtain data from trusted third parties to help us understand what you might be interested in. This ‘profiling’ information is produced from a variety of sources, including publicly available data (such as the electoral roll) or from sources such as surveys and polls where you have given your permission for your data to be shared. You can choose not to have such data shared with the Guardian from these sources by logging into your account and changing the settings in the privacy section. After you have registered, and with your permission, we may send you emails we think may interest you. Newsletters may be personalised based on what you have been reading on theguardian.com. At any time you can decide not to receive these emails and will be able to ‘unsubscribe’. Logging in using social networking credentials If you log-in to our sites using a Facebook log-in, you are granting permission to Facebook to share your user details with us. This will include your name, email address, date of birth and location which will then be used to form a Guardian identity. You can also use your picture from Facebook as part of your profile. This will also allow us and Facebook to share your, networks, user ID and any other information you choose to share according to your Facebook account settings. If you remove the Guardian app from your Facebook settings, we will no longer have access to this information. If you log-in to our sites using a Google log-in, you grant permission to Google to share your user details with us. This will include your name, email address, date of birth, sex and location which we will then use to form a Guardian identity. You may use your picture from Google as part of your profile. This also allows us to share your networks, user ID and any other information you choose to share according to your Google account settings. If you remove the Guardian from your Google settings, we will no longer have access to this information. If you log-in to our sites using a twitter log-in, we receive your avatar (the small picture that appears next to your tweets) and twitter username.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Updating your personal information

We offer a ‘My details’ page (also known as Dashboard), where you can update your personal information at any time, and change your marketing preferences. You can get to this page from most pages on the site – simply click on the ‘My details’ link at the top of the screen when you are signed in.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.
Save settings
Cookies settings