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WhatsApp is sure to have found a space on almost everyone’s handsets. The app with over a 800 million active user base, offers one of the best services to have a real-time conversation. Most of us must be using the app for a while now, but you probably didn’t know that WhatsApp is hiding many features that could make the wrinkles from your forehead, vanish. Mastering the tool can help you save the bandwidth, mute negligible groups, keep the stalkers at bay, and hence, have a good night’s sleep.

Here are some of the features that can make your life a lot easier.

Add Conversation Shortcut to the Home Screen

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There must be folks in your WhatsApp contacts with whom you talk frequently to. Bring them a step closer by creating a chat shortcut on Home screen. Long tap on the desired contact and click ‘Add chat shortcut’ present in the chat menu. An icon will add to your home screen through which you can chat directly with the person, without surfing through a list of contacts. A useful feature, unfortunately missing on Apple devices.

Pop-Up Notifications

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This feature on WhatsApp lets you access messages even when the screen is locked. Go to Settings > Notifications > Popup Notifications and select ‘Only when screen is off’ to see messages and reply without unlocking the device. Pop up notifications put aside the hassle of unlocking screen to see received notifications and reply to them.

Mute Group Chats

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Besides giving you the convenience of sharing things at one place, Group chats can be a bit noisy at times. No worries! Mute them and let your friends do the talking. Click on the group and from the drop-down menu, select Mute. Select the time frame for which you don’t want any updates and disable Show notifications.

Disable Media Auto-Download

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Media auto-download gobbles up your internet data. Turn it off to save the bandwidth and specify WhatsApp when you want the audio and video files to be downloaded. Click on Settings > Chat settings > Media auto-download and choose from the options when using mobile data, Wi-Fi and roaming.

Send Conversations Through Email

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Users are going to love this feature, at least some of them. WhatsApp allows you keep a record of your chats on your PC or inbox by sending conversations through email. It’s as fast as any other mailing process and takes mere seconds. Long press the contact and tap on ‘Email chat’ from the chat menu. Add recipients’ email address and the conversation will be sent to the provided address. You can choose to include media file if you like.

Avoid Blue Ticks

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Where the cross-platform social messaging service got acclaims for real-time conversation, blue ticks brought outrage for offering recipients with read receipts. The new WhatsApp version allows you to avoid this through a simple setting. Click on Settings > Account > Privacy and disable Read receipts if don’t want the sender to know about the delivery status. Now, neither you nor any sender will be able to see read receipts. Isn’t it useful?

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Meenakshi Rawat
Meenakshi Rawat
iGyaan's newbie Meenakshi handles content at iGyaan. She is an ultimate foodie, loves travelling and likes to read.
55 comments
sharmanikhilesh1
sharmanikhilesh1

Hidden features! Man! Seems like you just started using Whatsapp. There's another futuristic feature where one can call anyone through whatsapp. Magical!

Bibil Bahuleyan
Bibil Bahuleyan

Hidden features? Thank god she didn't write we can chat and share media on whatsapp. Please don't post such craps

SiddharthBhadauria
SiddharthBhadauria

You should instead tell that people can see when the message is delivered and when it is seen, on personal chats or even in the groups nowadays ! just hold the message for 2 seconds, click on the i-circle above, and you can see the delivery and seen timings of that message.

Aakash Mehta
Aakash Mehta

Most of the users know this already \U0001f612

Gladwin Gracias
Gladwin Gracias

Thanks but just to be clear im not saying that she shouldn't post tech things, but atleast dont try to pull crap like this

Prasun Parihar
Prasun Parihar

I just want to tell a hidden feature of Facebook Mobile App. You can search friends by clicking the search box on the header. Believe me, nobody knows this.

Prasun Parihar
Prasun Parihar

:D...............I agree with you man. Superb......

Gladwin Gracias
Gladwin Gracias

"HIDDEN" Meenakshi Rawat -Foodie,Loves to travel and Read . then why doesn't she post something on those topics ,i'm sure they'll be more interesting than just randomly picking up 6 well known features and calling them hidden -_-

Gladwin Gracias
Gladwin Gracias

Hike Whatsapp k baad mein aaya . -_- Hike aur baaki sab chor hai whatsapp nahi

SanjayBarua
SanjayBarua

very amateur article, I bet you could write something about sharing files from whatsapp webb from your computer. I'm sure you didn't know that.. iGyaan is deteriorating on content quality..

Manoj Gohil
Manoj Gohil

Ismain naya kya hai? My niece she is 14 years old she know all this feature's, we expect much better than this from igyan....

Vishal Goodwin
Vishal Goodwin

Hike Ka beta hai WhatsApp Saala chor log ne ise banaya hai

Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan

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AmitMahajan
AmitMahajan

u think people don't know about all this...? but good u have put something like this... so we know there is nothing hidden from us... :p


Mohit Punjabi
Mohit Punjabi

Talk to my hand iGyaan...हद होती है chu****पा की।

Anuj Khatri
Anuj Khatri

these aren't tricks but features tricks be like, reading a message without sender getting a read receipt even if your read receipt feature is ON