Whatsapp is one of the most popular messaging apps out there and it might be pretty hard to find someone with a smartphone without Whatsapp installed it. While there are billions of active Whatsapp users and more and more people joining the app every day, a surprisingly small number of people only use Whatsapp to its full potential.
Even though Whatsapp is primarily a communication app with features like audio, video calling, and file sharing, the app is much more than that and there are so many hidden Whatsapp tricks that you might not even know most of them even though you use the app every single day.
So, in this post, we will be sharing 13 best Whatsapp tricks for your Android and iPhone in 2021 most or all of them that you might not have heard of before.
13 Whatsapp tricks in 2021 you might not have heard of
How to read deleted Whatsapp messages
This is probably one of the best Whatsapp tricks if you want to read deleted Whatsapp messages either in private or group conversations in Whatsapp. Just follow the below steps.
First, install the below app on your Android device.
Now all you need to do is wait for someone to delete a message and the app will automatically send you a notification with the contents of the deleted message.
The app saves your Whatsapp notification history so it will be able to display you a deleted Whatsapp message from your notification history even if the message is immediately deleted by the person who sent it.
This trick only works if you have Whatsapp notification enabled and if the app is running in the background. So, don’t close the app or clear it from recent apps screen if you want to read deleted Whatsapp messages.
Whatsapp tricks for audio and voice messages
How to listen to voice messages without showing blue tick
Even if you have disabled read receipts in your Whatsapp, blue ticks would be shown if you listen to a voice note sent to you by someone thus revealing your online status.
If you want to avoid this, just long-press the audio note that was sent to you and then forward it to a private group where you are the only member.
You can create a private group by adding someone to a newly created group and then removing that person, you will now be the only member of your own private Whatsapp group.
Once you have forwarded the audio note to this private group, you can then listen to it without revealing your online status
How to transcribe Whatsapp audio messages to text
If you are unable to listen to Whatsapp audio messages that were sent to you for some reason, then you might find this to be one of the most useful Whatsapp tricks you have ever seen.
Follow the below steps to transcribe the audio messages to text format and then read them instead.
First, download the below apps based on what phone you are using
For iOS devices:
For Android devices:
Once you have installed the above app on your device, all you need to do to transcribe a Whatsapp audio message to text is long-press on the audio message, select the share option, and then select the above-installed app from the share sheet.
The app will then automatically transcribe the audio message into text and will display the result to you. You can also select What language you want the audio to be transcribed as well from the app.
Whatsapp trick to listen to audio messages before sending them
If you are someone who sends a lot of audio messages in Whatsapp, then this might be one of the most useful Whatsapp tricks for you. If you want to check how your audio is or that if you had many mistakes before sending the audio, just go to the home screen while you are recording the audio on your phone.
Now open Whatsapp again and you can now listen to the audio before sending it.
Whatsapp tricks for improving privacy and security
How to send self-destructing messages on Whatsapp
While apps like Telegram and Facebook Messenger has options to send secret or self-destructing messages, Whatsapp still has not added that feature yet. However, you can use this Whatsapp trick to send self-destructing messages to anyone in Whatsapp and improve your privacy.
First, go to this link and type the message you want to send and then click on the show options button.
You can now choose whether to immediately destruct the note after it was viewed or select a time limit like 1 or 2 hours for the note to be destroyed.
You also have the option to protect the note with a password and even get a notification email once the note has been self-destructed.
Just click on ‘create note’ and you will be given an encrypted link which you can send as a message to anyone on Whatsapp and it will be destructed automatically based on your settings.
How to reply to messages without going online
If you want to reply to a message on Whatsapp but you don’t want your online status to change for some reason, then you can use this simple Whatsapp trick to send a Whatsapp message or reply to messages without going online.
First, clear Whatsapp from the recent apps menu on your phone and then enable flight mode on your device.
Now, Open Whatsapp and send the message you want and then close the app from the recent apps menu again and disable flight mode again.
Your message will now be sent but you will not be shown online and your last seen status will also remain unchanged.
You can also send a Whatsapp message without going online by using the Google Assistant on your phone.
Just open Google Assistant and use the voice command, ‘Send a message to contact name’.
Your Google Assistant will then ask you for the content of the message and once you have dictated it, you can send the message to anyone in Whatsapp without going online.
How to protect Whatsapp with fingerprint or face unlock
Whatsapp recently added the option to lock the app using your fingerprint or your face, depending on the feature on your device.
To enable this added security feature on your Whatsapp app, just open Settings->Account->Privacy->Screen Lock and then enable the fingerprint or face unlock option based on your device.
How to hide Whatsapp images and videos in your phone gallery
If you don’t want the images and videos you receive in Whatsapp to be displayed in your phone’s Gallery either because it is too cluttered or you just want to keep things separate, you can use this trick to hide Whatsapp media in your phone Gallery.
For iOS devices:
On your iPhone, just open the chat or group whose media you want to hide from your phone’s gallery and then click the name of the chat to go the chat settings.
From here, click on the Save to Camera Roll option and then select the never option to hide media sent in that particular chat from your phone’s Gallery.
If you want to do this for all your Whatsapp contacts and group, then go to Whatsapp settings, and click on the Chats option.
From here, just disable the Save to camera roll option to hide all your Whatsapp images and videos in your phone gallery.
For Android devices:
If you are on an Android phone, the process is similar, except that instead of Save to camera roll option, it is named as Media visibility. Just select the option from a chat or from Whatsapp settings and choose no to hide Whatsapp media from your Android phone’s Gallery.
Whatsapp tricks for customization
How to set custom ringtones for Whatsapp contacts
If you want to send custom ringtones for your Whatsapp contacts whenever they call you, you can do so by following this Whatsapp trick.
Just open the contact you want to set a custom ringtone for and then tap on the contact name to open the chat settings.
From here, click on the custom tone icon to select any custom ringtone for any of your Whatsapp contacts.
How to Schedule Whatsapp messages
If you want to send a scheduled Whatsapp message to someone either to wish them on their birthday, or for reminding something to them, or for any other reason, you can do so with this simple Whatsapp trick.
First download the below apps based on your phone.
For iOS devices:
For Android devices:
Now just open the app on your phone, select the contact you want to send a scheduled message to, enter your message and then select the date and time you want the message to be sent to.
That’s it. Your scheduled Whatsapp message will now be automatically sent to the selected contact.
Whatsapp tricks for media and files
How to take a backup of a particular chat in Whatsapp
If you want to take a complete backup of a particular Whatsapp conversation, be it in an individual chat or a group chat, then you can do that by following these simple steps.
For iOS devices:
Just open the chat you want to backup and tap on the name to open the chat settings. From here, scroll down to select the Export chat option.
You can choose either to export the chat with or without media and then you can either store the backup on your phone or share it with someone.
For Android devices:
If you are on an Android phone, then just tap on the options icon near the name of the chat and then select more->export chat to take a backup of a conversation.
Whatsapp trick to delete media files sent by a particular contact or a group
If you are running out of storage space on your device, or if you just want to delete some unnecessary media files sent by someone or in a group, then you can save some storage by deleting media files send by a particular contact instead of deleting all the files by using one of the most useful Whatsapp tricks in this list.
To do that, just go to Settings->Data and Storage Usage->Storage Usage and then select the contact or the group whose media files you want to delete.
Now click on manage to select the file types you want to delete and click clear to remove all the media files sent by that particular contact or group.
How to send files from your PC to your phone using Whatsapp
If you often send files from your PC to your phone or vice versa and are always searching for your USB cable or are fed up with unreliable spam apps like Shareit, then you might find this Whatsapp trick very useful.
Using this Whatsapp trick you can send any file from your PC to your phone with just your Whatsapp app. Here is how.
First, go to a web browser on your PC and visit the website web.whatsapp.com
You will now be shown a QR code. Open Whatsapp on your phone, go to settings->Whatsapp Web, and then select the scan QR code option.
Now use your phone to scan the QR code on your PC and your Whatsapp account will now be logged in to your PC.
You can now create a private group by following the steps mentioned in the ‘how to listen to voice messages without showing blue tick’ and then share any file you want to in that group by clicking on the attach icon at the top right corner.
You can then download these files from the same group on your phone’s Whatsapp app.
These are the 13 Whatsapp tricks in 2021 that you might not have heard about before and even if you already knew some of the tricks on the list, I am pretty sure that you didn’t know most of it. Let us know in the comments section below about your favorite Whatsapp trick and which one would you use the most!