WhatsApp Messenger is an internationally available American freeware, cross-platform centralized instant messaging (IM) and voice-over-IP (VoIP) service app owned by Meta Platforms. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other content. WhatsApp’s application runs on mobile devices but is also accessible from desktop computers, as long as the user’s mobile device remains connected to the Internet while they use the desktop app. By scanning the QR code shown on the desktop screen through their smartphones, users can connect WhatsApp to the desktop. The service requires a cellular mobile telephone number to sign up. In January 2018, WhatsApp released a standalone business app targeted at small business owners, called WhatsApp Business, to allow companies to communicate with customers who use the standard WhatsApp client.
Send Voice Notes from the WhatsApp Desktop Application:
Voice notes, or WhatsApp audios, are a very quick way to communicate. It is also available on the computer now. It is even accessible from WhatsApp Web in the browser. It’s as simple as clicking on the microphone icon you can see in the bottom right corner. As far as video calls and voice calls are concerned, it is necessary that you have installed a compatible microphone on your computer or have it built-in.
Send Videos as GIFs on WhatsApp:
When it comes to sending videos via WhatsApp, the application has a feature of converting a short clip, about 5 to 10 seconds approximately, into a GIF. If the video you want to send is longer, you must divide it by selecting the desired portion in the upper timeline. Then, just click on the GIF button before sending it.
Using Different Sizes of Emojis:
The size of emojis varies depending on the number of emojis you send in each message. If you only add one, without any type of text, the emoticon will be displayed bigger. When you send two emojis, the size is a little smaller, and so on. The smallest emoji size is reached when you send four or more in the same message…
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Remove Audio from Video Before Sending to a Contact:
WhatsApp allows you to delete the audio of a video before sending it. Simply tap on the speaker icon located on the left side of the screen, just below the timeline.
Change the Sound of your Notifications:
WhatsApp lets you change the sound of notifications from the application settings. You have to select the following options:
- Notification sound for chats.
- Notification sound for groups.
Additionally, from the settings of each conversation, it is possible to choose a custom notification for each contact.
Export Complete Chat as a ZIP File/Create A Clone in Telegram:
Within the settings of each conversation, you can view the Export chat option. When you click on it, WhatsApp asks if you want to include the attachments or just the text messages. In both cases, the resulting file is a ZIP compressed folder. When you send that file to Telegram, you create an exact copy of your WhatsApp conversation.
Control your Privacy:
The first and important factor we want to highlight is related to privacy. If you go to Account > Privacy in the application settings, you will have the following parameters:
- Select which users can see the last time you logged in.
- Specify the contacts who have access to your profile picture.
- Choosing which users can see your biographical information.
- It also includes options related to real-time location, blocked contacts, or the default duration of temporary messages.
Lock your WhatsApp with Fingerprint or Facial Recognition:
In WhatsApp options, there is a screen lock by fingerprint or facial recognition. Depending on the sensors included in your device you can use one system or another.
Use Mailing List to reach More People
Create your lists by opening the three dots menu on Android. On iOS, press Broadcast lists at the top of the conversation list. Remember that the content sent is broadcast in private conversations, not in a group conversations
Control Your Messages from Your Computer Faster With Keyboard Shortcuts
The desktop version of WhatsApp offers a series of keyboard shortcuts that will allow you to manage all your conversations in a simpler way. You should note that these combinations are only available in the native WhatsApp applications for Windows and macOS. Therefore, these shortcuts are not useful if you use WhatsApp Web from the browser. This is mainly because most of the proposed combinations are occupied by the browser itself. The WhatsApp shortcuts for computers are as follows:
- Ctrl + N: Start a new conversation.
- Ctrl + Shift+ ]: Move to the next conversation.
- Ctrl + Shift+ [: Go to the previous conversation.
- Ctrl + E: Archive a conversation.
- Ctrl + Shift+ M: Mute a conversation.
- Ctrl + Backspace: Delete a conversation.
- Ctrl + Shift + U: Mark conversation as unread.
- Ctrl + Shift + N: Create a new group.
- Ctrl + P: Open user profile.
- Alt + F4: Close the conversation window.
If you have a computer with macOS, you must replace the Control key with Command.
Change the Chat Background for Each Contacts Individually
In the options of each conversation, you can see the Wallpaper and sound settings. Use it to modify the background of the conversation individually for each contact or group. The changes you make will only be visible to you.
Create A WhatsApp Group Where Only You Write
If you are the administrator of a group, you can configure it so that only you (or any other administrator) can write. You can open the group settings and click on Group settings. Then, under Send messages, check the Administrator only option. From then on, only administrators will be able to send content
Create A Backup Copy of Your Chats in Google Drive or iCloud Drive
In WhatsApp, we usually store important information. It is better to have a backup of your conversations that will save you on more than one occasion. In the application settings, in the Chats section, you will have at your fingertips the backup options. In Android, this is done in Google Drive and iOS in iCloud Drive.
Reply to each Message Individually in WhatsApp
By swiping an item in the conversation to the right you will have the ability to reply to it. When you write a text, the original message will be quoted at the top. The other parties will quickly know which message you are replying to.
Manage WhatsApp Storage
Go to the Storage and data section of the settings to open the storage manager. With it, you will check which conversations are taking up the most space on your device. Take advantage, then, to delete the heaviest files and free up space on your terminal.
Highlights Messages to Return them Later
The function to highlight messages is very practical, as it helps you to quickly locate an important message and filter out messages from many chats. We must clarify that this trick works with both sent and received messages, as well as photos, videos, files, and links. Simply press and hold an item within a conversation and tap on the “star” icon that will appear at the top of the screen, in the case of Android, or the context menu, if you use iOS.
Log Out From All The Devices You Used Your Account
It is possible to see a complete list of the computers on which you are logged in. By tapping on each of them you will have more information, such as the last time you have connected to your computer.