10 handy Whatsapp features you didn’t know existed

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WhatsApp has more than 1 billion users worldwide and has become one of the best ways to communicate with people in other countries.

It’s free (pretty much), quick, convenient and easy to use.

Best of all, it is likely that the vast majority of your contacts also use the Facebook owned messaging service.

There are also a whole load of hidden features that many users don’t know about.

Here are some of the Whatsapp features you maybe didn’t know existed:

1. Mute group chats

If you are in a large group chat constant notifications can become annoying. To mute them simply click on the group chat in question and select “mute”. This can be done for 8 hours, a week or a year.

2. Hide last seen time

This is great if you don’t want people to know when you last checked Whatsapp. To turn off this feature go to: Settings > Account > Privacy > Last Seen. The downside of this is that you won’t be able to see the last seen times of other users either.

3. See how many messages you and your friends have sent each other

This is more of an ‘out of interest’ option but still you may want to know who you communicate with most. Simply go to: Settings > Account > Network Usage and the total number of messages sent back and forth will be right in front of you.

4. Change your WhatsApp number if you change phone numbers

Contrary to popular belief your WhatsApp account is not actually linked to a phone number, just the first number that you enter and verify. To change the number associated with account go to: Settings > Account > Change Number and following the steps on screen.

5. Know when someone has read your message

This can be very useful for a variety of reasons and is very simple to do. All you have to do is drag the message to the left and it will reveal the time that it was delivered and the time it was read. In a group chat it will show who the message has been delivered to and who has read it rather than showing times.

6. Access Whatsapp on the Web

Web access via web.whatsapp.com brings the phone access to all major browsers. It is easy to do once on the website you can simply scan the QR code with the WhatsApp app and you will be logged straight in. Alternatively, check out the new dedicates apps for OSX and Windows.

7. Switch off read receipts

Not answering messages is seen as bad etiquette but you can stop people ever knowing that you are ignoring them by turning off Read Receipts. Simply go to Settings > Account > Privacy and switch off Read Receipts.

8. Star messages that are important

To mark a message as important or so that you can refer back to it quickly simply double tap on the message and select to mark it with a ‘star’.

9. Save conversation as text file

This is useful if you want to refer back to message at a later date or use the information contained within the message in a different format. Simply select the message and go to the menu button and select: More > Email Chat.

10. Backup and restore messages

This is great if you want to transfer the messages to a new phone. All you do is go to: Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Back Up Now. To restore chats just follow online prompts.

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