WhatsApp has surely landed itself in deep trouble after its new Privacy Policy update. While many are leaving WhatsApp and moving on to other messaging apps, some do not want to part ways with their beloved messaging app. If you love WhatsApp, here are some useful WhatsApp tricks and trips that you should know of. These WhatsApp hidden secrets are worth knowing!

Interesting WhatsApp Hidden Secrets

Hiding WhatsApp group photos and videos from gallery

We all have several family groups on WhatsApp that we are forced to join. From Good morning videos and GIFs to unwanted advice in the form of motivational quotes, we are all bombarded with unsolicited content. Now, this content ends up eating a lot of space in our phone’s gallery. As a saviour, WhatsApp has now added the option to hide media from particular groups in the gallery.

Hiding WhatsApp group photos and videos from gallery

 To enable this WhatsApp hidden secret, open a WhatsApp group and tap on the group name to access the option. It is important to note that this method will only hide new images from the gallery and not the old ones.

Protecting your stories from particular contacts

Yes, you can! If you don’t want certain contacts to see your stories, then you can stop them from viewing your status updates and even stories. To do so, 

  • Go to WhatsApp settings> Account> Privacy
  • Select Status> ‘My contacts except’
  • Now select specific contacts you wish to avoid and tap the tick mark below.

If you are being too protective and only want a few to be able to see your story, then you can select the “Only share with” option.

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Reading deleted messages

We bet you didn’t know of this WhatsApp hidden secret. Yes, there is a way to read messages that your friends have deleted from their end. To do so, you have to simply download the notification log app and grant access to read the notification. This app is designed to keep a log of all incoming notifications and proves to be quite handy in case where you wish to recover a notification you accidentally swiped off.

Hiding blue ticks

Although blue ticks save us from the constant worry of whether the contact has seen our message or not, it often lands us in trouble when we read a message that we were avoiding for long. Now, you can turn the blue tick off but remember, once you do so, you won’t get read receipts for your sent messages either.

Hiding blue ticks

To enable this feature on Android smartphones: 

Go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Untick Read Receipts

To enable this feature on iOS smartphones: 

Go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Toggle off Read Receipts

Replying to a group message privately

This WhatsApp hidden secret is all that you have been looking for. You can now privately reply to a group message in a one-to-one chat, without having to go to the personal chat you have with that concerned person. You can enable this feature by pressing and holding a message in a group chat, then select More, and then click on reply Privately.

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Sharing live location

Sharing live location

While most of us are already aware of this WhatsApp hidden secret, for those who don’t know, you can actually share your live location with all your contacts on WhatsApp. The location is updated in real-time to allow your contacts to keep a tab on your exact whereabouts of specific contacts. You can share location for 15 minutes, 1 hour, or even 8 hours straight.

Limiting data consumption of WhatsApp

To restrict the data used by WhatsApp, all you have to do is go to the Settings>Data and Storage usage. Here you can easily decide what all media, including videos, photos, audio, etc., the app can download without asking for permission.

Sending a voice note without hands

Sending a voice note without hands

Instead of typing lengthy messages, you can send voice notes on WhatsApp. To do this, press and hold the microphone on the right of the message input box. In case you want to use this universal feature, you can also lock the microphone button down to record your message without having to hold your phone while driving, eating, or even while multi-tasking!

Putting Face ID or Touch ID to unlock WhatsApp

If you love privacy and want to ensure double security on your WhatsApp chats, then iOS users can set their WhatsApp account to require Face ID or Touch ID authentication when opening WhatsApp. This feature will work even when the device is unlocked. You will also be able to answer calls and reply to messages from the notifications even if the messaging app is locked.

Pinning a conversation to the top

If you often forget to reply to messages, you can pin a chat so it appears at the top of all your chats. These conversations will automatically come above new and unread chats. Remember, you can only pin three chats so make your choices wisely.

So, what do you think of these WhatsApp secrets? What are the interesting WhatsApp features you swear by? Do let us know your thoughts in the comment section. You can also sign in for our newsletter for more such hidden WhatsApp secrets and features.