As one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, WhatsApp is the go-to place for many people who want to avoid expensive charges for sending text messages.
But did you know that there are a few simple tricks you can use to get the most out of the app? We’re taking a look at some of the best.
View All Media
A pretty straightforward tip, but one that could be missed within the multitude of options. If you select someone with whom you regularly swap photos, you can view all the images they’ve sent to you in a photo gallery by tapping this command in their Contacts page.
Stop images automatically appearing in camera roll
Maybe you want to save some space in your camera roll, or keep some images a little bit private. Either way, going into the Settings menu in iOS and then choosing Privacy and Photos will let you switch off the autosave for WhatsApp, keeping them within the app itself.
Set shortcut to favourite contact
If you have a favourite contact who you’re always chatting with, you can save a link to the message feed between the two of you to your homescreen. Just press and hold on them in your chat list and select Add Conversation Shortcut.
This will add their profile picture to your homescreen as an icon, and tapping it takes you straight to the conversation. The only drawback is that this doesn’t seem to be possible on iOS.
This is a bit of a roundabout one, and only for Android users, but if you download an app called Desktop Notifications you’ll be able to set your computer to tell you when you have a WhatsApp message.
Get the app, then add the corresponding extension for either Chrome or Firefox. Follow the simple set up instructions and you’ll get notifications appearing on your desktop, just like you do with emails and other things.
Chat back up
One for iPhone users – go to Settings with the WhatsApp app, then Chat Settings and Chat Backup. You’ll get a couple of options that allow you to manage the way your chats are saved to iCloud, making sure you and restore them whenever you may need to.
Looking for some other tips on getting the best out of free messaging on your smartphone? Take a look at our rundown on how to go about it.