WhatsApp Tips and Features

November 23, 2015

WhatsApp Tips and Features

Do you really know how to use this app, apart from the obvious, sending and receiving messages? A friend recently asked how he was to back up his conversations before restoring his device to factory settings. Then I realized he was using an older version of WhatsApp, so I guess that’s the first tip, always keep the app updated. Here are some more tips:

Google Drive backup

WhatsApp conversations can now be stored in Google Drive so you won’t lose your conversations for whatever reason. To make a backup, tap on the three dots on the top-right corner and select backup. From there, you can choose how often you want your conversations uploaded from daily to monthly, but if you’re just about to restore or update the device, just select backup now.

Change group notification settings

Have you ever been invited to join a group and every minute you get too many notifications, and yet you don’t want to be rude and just leave? You’ve got 2 options to get you through:

Mute notifications: open the group’s page, go to options and select mute. Additionally, you can choose to mute for a specified time, like 8 hours during working hours. This option is for turning off notifications for a particularly busy group, but not all groups, to do that try the next option.

Disable notifications: from the settings menu, go to notifications and simply turn off group notifications. This way, you won’t be notified when a message is posted into a group, but you can always go through it later.

Change privacy settings

Anyone else hate the ‘last seen’ information? Mine’s turned off. If you’d like to do the same, head over to privacy settings and on ‘Last seen’, set it to ‘Nobody’. Now no one will ever know when you last visited WhatsApp.

Change number

If you do decide to switch numbers, you won’t have to suffer the uninstall-install process nowadays. There’s a ‘Change Number’ option which lets you switch your phone number without losing your chats and conversations.

WhatsApp web

If your wall charger is away from your favorite seat, you can still chat with friends from your computer. On your computer, visit http://web.whatsapp.com, then on your device go to the WhatsApp Web option and scan the QR code displayed on your computer. Chats will then be synchronized between the two devices.

Remember, though, that your device still needs to be connected online to be able to use WhatsApp on your computer. Plus, Internet Explorer won’t accept the service so download Google Chrome.

Final words

I hate to see a good thing go to waste, that’s why I wrote this article, and given that WhatsApp is a $19 billion app, we’d better learn how to use it properly.

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