Technology: 7 best, latest WhatsApp tips and tricks

Updated: Nov 18, 2016, 09:57 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

From emojis to GIFs, from video messages to voice calls, WhatsApp offers a number of interesting features that make messaging an interesting affair

  The best latest WhatsApp tips and tricks

With handling more than 30 million messages daily, WhatsApp is now the most popular instant messaging application across mobile platforms. From emojis to GIFs, from video messages to voice calls, WhatsApp offers a number of interesting features that make messaging an interesting affair

How to edit Whatspp picture message:
The latest update helps you doodle on and edit pictures before it is sent. With the conversation open, the user from one end can tap the camera icon and select an image from the camera. Then he/she can choose one of the new icons at the top right to crop the picture, add a sticker, draw a doodle or enter a text. Once it is done, the message is ready to send.

How to send animated GIFs
To send GIF, the user has to press the + icon, then Photo and Video Library. Any video which is up to 6 seconds long can be selected. Users can also select 3D touch on a live photo from their Camera Roll, the n swipe up and then select Send option as GIF. Users can even simply copy paste a GIF from Giphy.

How to tag people in WhatsApp messages
Users can now tag other members of a WhatsApp group message, even if the members have muted the conversation. To do this, users only need to type @ and select the person they want to tag from the list that appears.

How to add formatting to messages
WhatsApp has finally rolled out formatting option to messages. This enabled WhatsApp users to add bold, italics and strikethrough formatting options to their messages. This task is very simple for users with versions 2.12.535 on Android and 2.12.17 on iOS.

Hide ‘Last Seen’ timestamp
If users do not disable the option, then all their friends can see when they were last online. There is a way to disable the timestamp. On iOS and Android devices, users need to head to the Settings menu, then tap > Account > Privacy > Last Seen Timestamp and finally sure that ‘Nobody’ is selected.

  The best latest WhatsApp tips and tricks

Backup and restore WhatsApp conversations
Since last few days, WhatsApp has introduced the feature to back up every chat and media in case one changes (or looses) his/her smartphone. Though this is automatically done once in every few days or weeks, there is also a manual backup if needed be.

Find your WhatsApp ‘Best Friend’
This seems to be a latest and interesting feature on WhatsApp. However, as of now this is only available for iOS (Sorry Android!) users. One needs to go to Settings > Account > Storage Usage and find total number of messages at the top of the page followed by a list of chats ranked on most > least messages. This will help users to find out that with whom he/she has spoken the maximum number of times.

With all these new or little bit old incorporations in WhatsApp, the instant messaging application is spreading its wings across more and more smart phone users.

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