How to use WhatsApp?

This post focuses mainly on how to use WhatsApp in a more effective manner. It also has all the WhatsApp Tips & Tricks 🙂

WhatsApp is a Simple, Personal and a Real time messaging app, which has revolutionized our normal day to day text messaging. It is one of the most popularly used mobile applications across the globe. Due to its popularity Facebook announced its plans to acquire WhatsApp on February 19, 2014. WhatsApp had 1 billion active users by the end of February,2016.

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Why WhatsApp?

Using WhatsApp has several good reasons:

1. Convenient – It is very easy to use. You don’t need to have any technical knowledge to use it.

2. Multimedia – You can share texts, photos, documents, audios, videos, voice messages, location and contact with others.

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3. Group Chat – You can create groups and chat with different people in your contact list. Thus you can easily stay connected with your folks.

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4. No International charges – WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to send and receive messages to your friends and family. You do not have to pay for every message.

5. WhatsApp web – You can even use WhatsApp through your computer browser.

6. Connectivity – No matter where you are or what you feel you can always WhatsApp your contacts 24×7. You just need to have data connection in your smartphone and you are all set.

How to use WhatsApp?

Its pretty straight forward,

Step 1: Download WhatsApp on your smartphone.

Step 2: Run the application and follow the instructions to set up your account and WhatApp profile. Once you’re done your phone number will be automatically linked to your WhatsApp account and thereby all your phone contacts will be synchronized onto the app.

Step 3: To start a conversation click on the name of the person under the contact list and start conversing.

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Step 4: You can change your status according to your mood by tapping on Status.

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Step 5: You can also send a WhatsApp invitation via Tell a Friend / Invite feature available on the app to start conversing with folks who are not on the app yet.

Here are a few Interesting Facts about WhatsApp,

  1. WhatsApp was created in 2009.
  2. India has the highest number of active users.
  3. Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $ 22 billion in 2015.
  4. WhatsApp replaced the traditional SMS.
  5. WhatsApp doesn’t promote ads.
  6. WhatsApp offers you several emoticons to express your emotions.

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How to install WhatsApp?

Step 1: Open the Play Store/App Store in your mobile phone & type “WhatsApp” in the search bar.
Step 2: In the search results displayed below, Tap on “WhatsApp.
Step 3: Tap on the “Install” button (If your mobile prompts with any messages, hit OK).
Step 4: You will see the app getting downloaded & installed (will take a few minutes, based on your internet speed).
Step 5: Once the app is installed, Tap on the “Open” button.

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Is WhatsApp free ?

Yes, WhatsApp messenger is a free messaging app.

How does WhatsApp work?

It uses your phone’s internet connection to work. You can use WhatsApp for messaging instead of SMS.

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Does my phone supports WhatsApp?

The WhatsApp service is available on all iOS, Android and Windows platforms.

How to verify my number on WhatsApp?

Enter your phone number with your country code in the boxes allotted. After you enter your phone number, please wait for an SMS to be delivered to your phone. The SMS will contain a 6-digit verification code, which you can enter on the verification screen in WhatsApp.

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How to use Whatsapp call?

Open the chat head of the person you want to Whatsapp call . Then tap on the phone button on top to place a call. WhatsApp call connects you to all the folks on your contact list with a valid WhatsApp connection on the other end as well. It uses your internet plans to work. Data charges may apply.

Note: You cannot call emergency numbers by using WhatsApp.

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How to receive a WhatsApp call? 

If someone calls, you can see an incoming WhatsApp call screen. Swipe the green button to answer the call or slide red button to decline the call. You can also decline the call by tapping on the message symbol to decline with a quick message.

How to check whether someone has read your Whatsapp message?

When the recipient has read your message you can see the blue tick marks near the messages you sent. If you have sent a Whatsapp message in group it will have blue tick marks once everyone has read the message.

How to set preferences on WhatsApp?

By default, WhatsApp will automatically set your privacy settings to allow any WhatsApp user to view your Read receipts, last seen, profile photo and status. If you don’t share your last seen, you won’t be able to see other people’s last seen. Please note there is no way to hide your Online or typing status.

To change these settings, simply go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Account Privacy.
You can set the following options separately for last seen, profile photo, and/or status.

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How to uninstall WhatsApp?

Go to Settings> Applications>WhatsApp>Uninstall. Reboot your phone

How to use WhatsApp web version on laptop?

– Visit on your computer.
– Open WhatsApp on your phone. On the Chats screen > Menu > WhatsApp Web.
– Scan the QR Code on your computer screen from your phone.

From your phone, navigate to WhatsApp Web to view your logged in computers or to logout from an active WhatsApp Web session.

Why use WhatsApp? Is WhatsApp safe?

WhatsApp is an essential messaging application that enables you to share texts, audios, images, videos, location and even make calls. The best feature being that it does not charge anything extra and is free of ads. The tools and features designed on WhatsApp helps you stay safe while using WhatsApp.

How to transfer Whatsapp messages from one phone to another?

The easiest way to transfer data to a new phone is by using Google Drive. If you want to use a local backup, you will need to transfer the files to the new phone using a computer, file explorer or SD Card. If your data is not stored on the /sdcard/WhatsApp/ folder, you may see internal storage or main storage folders.

How to change Whatsapp number?

To change your WhatsApp phone number

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap More > settings > account > change my number > continue.
  3. Enter your old phone number, the one currently verified in WhatsApp, in the top box.
  4. Enter your new phone number in the lower box.
  5. Tap accept at the bottom of the screen to continue.

After successfully verifying your new number, your old number will be deleted from WhatsApp and your account information will be migrated to your new number.

How to hide Whatsapp activity in my phone?

-Go to Menu Button > Settings > Account > Privacy.
-Choose who can see your last seen time, profile photo, or status:

  • Everyone: Anyone who has your phone number can see your information.
  • My contacts: Only contacts whose phone number is in your address book can see your information.
  • Nobody: No one can see your information

How to block a number on Whatsapp?

To block a contact that’s on your contact list

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the Menu Button > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts. This page displays all contacts that you have blocked.
  3. Tap the Add in the top right.
  4. Select the contact you wish to block from the list.

To block a contact that’s not on your contact list

  1. Open the chat with the unknown contact.
  2. Tap Block.

How do I check Whatsapp blocked contacts?

To view your blocked contact list

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the Menu Button > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts. This page displays all contacts that you have blocked.

Whats the best Whatsapp profile picture size?

For normal 4-5 inches or larger screens, the Whatsapp profile picture size should be at least 192×192 pixels. But if you are using any smaller phone with smaller screen sizes less than 4 inches, then the minimum supported size of Whatsapp profile picture is 140×140 pixels. You can use a photo editing application to get that perfect square size photo for you profile.

Where can I get more Whatsapp emoji?

WhatsApp by default has a set of inbuilt emojis that you can use. There are no third party applications which offers more emojis than WhatsApp.

How to make a Whatsapp video call?

This feature is currently under development stages and thereby has not been released on the application. We’ll keep you updated once this feature is out 🙂

How to create a Whatsapp group?

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the Chats tab.
  2. Tap the Menu Button > New Group.
  3. Type in a subject or title. This will be the name of the group that all participants will see.
  4. Add an icon for the group by tapping on the empty photo box. This will show up next to the group in your Chats list.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. Add a group participant by selecting + or by typing the name of the contact.
  7. Tap Create when you are finished.

How to change my Whatsapp theme?

  1. Open Whatsapp 
  2. Tap the Menu Button > Settings
  3. Tap Chats > Wallpaper. Here you can change you chat screen wallpaper.

How to delete WhatsApp?

Where can I get the WhatsApp Symbian version?

WhatsApp had announced on their official blog earlier that, by the end of 2016 they would  no longer support the following platforms:

  • BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7.1

Although, since its not the end of 2016 yet; you can download the Symbian version from the official WhatsApp website 🙂

How to backup WhatsApp messages?

You can back up your WhatsApp data using Google Drive and/or a local backup. Local backups will run automatically every day at 2 am and save your database in a file on the phone itself.

How to back up to Google Drive
  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Go to Menu Button > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
  3. Tap on Back up to Google Drive and set up the backup frequency to your liking, or tap Back Up to do an immediate backup.
  4. You will be prompted to select a Google account that you will back up your chat history to. If you do not have a Google account, tap Add account when prompted. Please remember the Google account you are using for the backup.
  5. Tap on Back up over to choose the network you wish to use for backup. Please note that backing up over cellular may result in additional data charges.

How to use the WhatsApp location feature?

  1. Open a chat.
  2. Tap the icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Choose Location to send your location or a nearby place.

Any special WhatsApp tips to keep in mind?

You can enhance your text messaging by using the new text formatting features like Bold, Italics and Strike-Through that WhatsApp has.

Bold: Add an asterisk (*) before and after the specific words or phrases you want to embolden e.g. *hello*

Italics: Add an underscore (_) before and after your chosen words or phrases e.g. _hello_

Strike-Through: Add a tilde (~) before and after the words or phrases you want to strike a line through e.g. ~hello~

Happy Messaging 🙂


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