WhatsApp Has A LOT of Hidden Features You Might Not Know About

“I’ll WhatsApp you,” has now become a pretty standard phrase, usurping the conventional practice of “texting” SMS messages and replacing it with account-based instant messaging over more versatile or lower cost wi-fi or data connections, while, at the same time, preserving the link to the person’s telephone number. The messaging apps ubiquity is no surprise, with its user base far surpassing any previously popular messaging service such as BBM and Facebook messenger; by 2016, Whatsapp had ONE BILLION active users and is the most used and trusted IM client on the planet.

Here’s how to get the most out of WhatsApp.

The backstory to Whatsapp is awesome as well. Two guys — Brian Acton and Jan Koum — left their employment at Yahoo and searched for new opportunities at Facebook, where they were turned down. Looking for what to do next the two engineers took interest in the then-embryonic App Store, a thing they saw as a HUGE opportunity, and set about working on an idea for a proprietary messaging service.

Whatsapp was incorporated in 2009, just seven years ago, and the rest, as they say, is history. Whatsapp, like Facebook and Instagram before it, is a shining example of how just a few people, armed with the right idea and sense of timing, can make HUGE waves in the technology space.

WhatsApp users send 42 billion messages a day, they share 1.6 billion pics each day and 250 million videos, and there are over 1 billion WhatsApp groups.

No wonder Facebook bought the company for a whopping $19 billion in cash and stock. But despite a large number of users, most people don’t know the little tips and tricks that make using WhatsApp even better. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to help you get the most out of WhatsApp. With it, you’ll be chatting like a WhatsApp pro in no time.

Disable Read Receipts

Read Receipts are the two little blue check marks next to a message that signal when the message has been read. They’re handy, but sometimes you don’t want people knowing that you’ve seen their message already—usually because you don’t have the time to reply right then and it could make the sender feel like they aren’t important. To display read receipts:

  1. In WhatsApp, go to Settings > Account > Privacy
  2. Toggle the Read Receipts option to off.   

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