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WhatsApp Tweaks for everyday users
August 1, 2015, 4:40 pm

For many people WhatsApp has become the default go-to messenger as most of their friends, colleagues and relatives are on it, or because it is conveniently present on nearly every platform.

For those who have to deal with the app on a daily basis, here are a few tips and tricks to improve the user experience on WhatsApp.

Mute group chats and notifications: To mute group chat, tap the Menu button, and hit Mute. Then, choose the time-frame for which you would like the group to be muted. You can also disable notifications for the specified period. This feature is now available on the web browser too.

Find readers of your message in a group: To find out do a long press on a message sent by you. This reveals an 'i' with a circle around it. Tapping on it will show you who the message was delivered to, and read by. Read receipts, marked by two blue ticks, indicate that the recipient has read your message.

Disable media to save on cellular bandwidth: To specify what you would like downloaded on mobile data and when connected to Wi-Fi, go to Settings > Chat Settings > Media Auto-Download to specify when you want images, audio and videos to be downloaded to your phone.

Change profile photo, status message from desktop: This new feature recently added to WhatsApp Web lets you tap on your avatar on the left hand corner, to change your profile photo with a laptop camera or webcam, or a photo on your drive. The feature also works with groups that you are an admin of.

Disable Last Seen and Read Receipts: By default, WhatsApp lets everyone know the last time you used the app. Your last seen timestamp, profile photo and status message can be toggled between 'Everyone', 'My contacts', and 'Nobody' in Settings > Account > Privacy. Remember that disabling Read Receipts means you will also not be able to see read receipts from other people.

Send a broadcast message: This is cheaper than sending a group SMS. The replies from your broadcast will be visible only to you. To send a broadcast, tap on Menu > New Broadcast, and select all the contacts you would like to round up for the message.

Migrate to a new number: To import your account information, groups and settings, if you have changed your SIM card, make sure that your new SIM is active and able to receive SMSes and calls, then tap on Menu > Settings > Account > Change Number and enter the old phone number in the first box, followed by the new number in the second one. Keep in mind that your old number will be deleted.

Explore hotspots around you: Tap on the Send location icon in the attachment pane to explore interesting hotspots around you. You will find everything from local tech start-ups to restaurants, marked as blue dots.


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