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How to Master WhatsApp's Text Formatting Options

Thursday February 22, 2024 4:05 am PST by
Meta's WhatsApp chat platform offers more than just the ability to send messages. It also provides various text formatting options to help you emphasize your messages. Whether you want to make your text bold, italicize it, strikethrough, or change the font, WhatsApp has you covered. Here's a quick guide on how to use these text formatting features to enhance your chatting experience,...

How to Make Custom WhatsApp Stickers on iPhone

Thursday January 11, 2024 8:39 am PST by
WhatsApp has introduced a custom sticker creation tool for iPhone users running iOS 17 or later. Keep reading to learn how to use it. In the world of instant messaging, stickers offer a dynamic and playful way to express your emotions and thoughts. But instead of using standardized stickers from an existing stock, wouldn't it be better if you could create your own? WhatsApp on iPhone has...

How to Send Original Quality Photos and Videos in WhatsApp

Monday December 4, 2023 4:36 am PST by
WhatsApp has rolled out a new option that lets users on iPhone share photos and video over the messaging platform in their original quality. Here's how it works and how to use it. Previously, WhatsApp users could only send media in high resolution or "HD quality." But while that is a welcome improvement that addressing the service's low quality media sharing limitation, it still involves...

How to Send High Resolution Photos and Videos in WhatsApp

Friday August 18, 2023 6:50 am PDT by
WhatsApp has rolled out a new option that lets users send photos and video over the messaging platform in high resolution. Keep reading to learn how it's done. WhatsApp has released an update allowing iPhone and Android users to send photos and videos in high resolution, finally addressing the service's low quality media sharing limitation. Called "HD quality," the option means users can...

How to Silence Unknown Callers in WhatsApp

Wednesday June 21, 2023 3:09 am PDT by
Unsolicited phone calls are a regular annoyance and even a cause of stress for many smartphone users these days. Thankfully, iOS includes an option to automatically silence calls to your iPhone from unknown numbers, and now you can do the same for calls you receive via WhatsApp, too. WhatsApp announced a new Silence Unknown Callers feature for the encrypted messaging platform in June 2023....

How to Lock Individual and Group Conversations in WhatsApp With Chat Lock

Friday May 26, 2023 1:56 pm PDT by
WhatsApp in May 2023 introduced a new Chat Lock feature that allows you to secure select conversations in your inbox behind a passcode, fingerprint, or Face ID authentication. Keep reading to learn how it's done. Millions of users rely on WhatsApp as a means of privately and securely communicating with others, which is why the company's developers are continually seeking new ways to improve...

How to Edit Sent Messages in WhatsApp

Monday May 22, 2023 9:23 am PDT by
WhatsApp is rolling out a new ability for users to edit messages after they have been sent over the popular Meta-owned encrypted chat platform. Keep reading to learn how it works on iPhone and Android. It's been a long time coming, but WhatsApp has finally brought its much-anticipated sent-message editing feature to the chat service. When Apple released iOS 16, it introduced the ability...

How to Use Your WhatsApp Account Across Multiple Phones

Friday May 12, 2023 5:47 am PDT by
Previously, WhatsApp has allowed users of the encrypted messaging platform to link up to four devices to their account, but only one of those devices could be a smartphone. Happily, that's now changed, and WhatsApp has introduced the ability to use the same account on multiple phones. So now you can link another phone as one of up to four additional devices, the same as when you link with...

How to Hide Your WhatsApp 'Last Seen' Status From Specific Contacts

Tuesday August 9, 2022 5:17 am PDT by
In a new privacy-centric update released in August 2022, WhatsApp has added the ability for users to adjust the visibility of their "Last Seen" status on a contact-by-contact basis. Keep reading to learn how it's done. As regular WhatsApp users will know, the "Last Seen" status of a contact you're in conversation with sits atop the conversation thread, informing you when that contact last...

How to Transfer Your WhatsApp Chat History From Android to iPhone

Wednesday June 15, 2022 6:35 am PDT by
After a long wait, Meta this week announced the ability to transfer WhatsApp chat history, photos, videos, and voice messages from Android to iPhone while maintaining end-to-end encryption. The system uses Apple's Move to iOS app for Android phones, and can be initiated during the setup process for a new (or factory reset) iPhone. This article runs through the steps involved in transferring...

How to Enable Disappearing Messages in WhatsApp

Tuesday January 25, 2022 8:06 pm PST by
WhatsApp in 2020 launched disappearing messages on its end-to-end encrypted chat platform as a way of doubling down on user privacy. If you want to have control over how long a message lasts in WhatsApp, read on to learn how it works. When you sit down and have a face-to-face conversation with someone, usually you're reasonably confident that your conversation isn't being recorded and stored ...

How to Hide Your 'Last Seen' Status in WhatsApp

Wednesday January 12, 2022 9:36 am PST by
For a long time now, WhatsApp has included a feature that shows when a user was last online or last active on the messaging platform, which can be either helpful or a hindrance, depending on your personal or business situation. As regular WhatsApp users will know, the "Last Seen" status of a contact sits atop the conversation thread, informing you when that contact last opened the app and...

How to Use WhatsApp on iPad

Tuesday January 11, 2022 4:44 pm PST by
Despite strong competition from the likes of Telegram and Signal, WhatsApp remains the most popular mobile messaging platform by a mile, connecting over a billion active users around the world every day. As a smartphone app, WhatsApp messages are principally exchanged between iPhones and Android phones, but WhatsApp is known to be developing an iPad app that would increase the number of...

How to Use WhatsApp on Mac Without a Connected iPhone

Monday November 8, 2021 11:09 am PST by
WhatsApp has rolled out multi-device support to all users on iOS and Android, allowing WhatsApp to be used on up to four linked devices without users needing to be connected via a smartphone. Previously, the WhatsApp mobile app was required to authenticate an account used on another device, such as a computer, and used a QR code to link a user account to a web browser or desktop app. While...

How to End-to-End Encrypt Your WhatsApp Chat Backups in iCloud

Friday October 15, 2021 1:03 am PDT by
WhatsApp end-to-end encrypted backups are now rolling out for iPhone users, Facebook has announced. Until now, WhatsApp let users back up their chat history to ‌‌iCloud‌‌, but the messages and media contained in the backups weren't protected by WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption while in ‌‌Apple's cloud servers‌. End-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you're...

How to Review and Delete WhatsApp Media

Thursday April 8, 2021 4:47 pm PDT by
If you're a heavy WhatsApp user and your iPhone is running low on storage, it may be that all the videos, voice messages and photos stored in the app are taking up a hefty amount of space on your device. Fortunately, WhatsApp features a built-in media management tool that can help you identify, select, and bulk delete GIFs, photos, and videos that may be filling up your phone. The tool...

How to Use WhatsApp on Your Mac

Thursday February 11, 2021 9:21 am PST by
Despite strong competition from the likes of Telegram and Signal, WhatsApp remains the most popular messaging platform by a mile. At the last count in 2020, the Facebook-owned service had more than 2 billion WhatsApp users around the globe and rising. If you consider that it had 1.5 billion users in 2018 and 1 billion in 2016, then the number of active WhatsApp accounts has been increasing...

How to Import WhatsApp Chats into Telegram on iPhone

Wednesday February 3, 2021 6:33 pm PST by
Over 100 million new users joined encrypted messaging app Telegram in January 2021. The stunning growth in the platform's user base was linked to an exodus from rival chat app WhatsApp, which concerned many of its users with a confusing privacy policy update that seemed to imply that more of their data would be shared with Facebook. WhatsApp tried to deal with the fallout by clarifying that...

How to Customize Alert Tone for Individual WhatsApp Contacts

Wednesday June 17, 2020 2:46 pm PDT by
In WhatsApp, you can set a custom alert tone for messages and calls from a specific person in your contacts, just like you can in the Contacts app on iPhone. Setting a special alert tone for a WhatsApp contact enables you to recognize when that particular person is calling you or has sent you a message, without you even having to look at your phone's screen. To know instantly when someone...

How to Disable WhatsApp Message Previews on iPhone

Monday June 15, 2020 11:05 am PDT by
Facebook's free WhatsApp instant messaging app uses end-to-end encryption so that messages exchanged over the platform can only be read by the intended recipient. If you use WhatsApp for important conversations and you want to further ensure your privacy, you can prevent WhatsApp messages from showing previews on your iPhone. When you receive a WhatsApp message on your iPhone, the...

How to Lock WhatsApp on iPhone With Face ID or Touch ID

Thursday June 11, 2020 11:31 am PDT by
WhatsApp on iPhone includes an option to lock the app with your device's Face ID or Touch ID authentication. This article explains how to enable the feature. Locking WhatsApp is a neat way of doubling the security and privacy of your messages, and especially useful if your iPhone isn't set up to automatically lock after a few minutes of idle time, because even you leave your iPhone unlocked,...

How to Create a Group Video Chat With Up to 50 WhatsApp Users

Wednesday June 3, 2020 1:06 am PDT by
WhatsApp has been updated to allow users to create group video chats with up to 50 people on the social platform, thanks to an integration with Facebook's recently announced Messenger Rooms feature. Facebook unveiled Messenger Rooms as an alternative to Zoom and Group FaceTime in April, releasing it to a small trial group of users. Facebook said part of its plan was to extend the capability to ...

How to Group Video Chat With Up to Eight People in WhatsApp

Tuesday April 28, 2020 2:56 am PDT by
WhatsApp has upgraded its end-to-end encrypted video call feature, which now allows groups of up to eight participants to chat together, up from the previous limit of four. WhatsApp has been gradually developing its group video call capabilities through beta builds, as rival video call services like Zoom, FaceTime and Skype have exploded in popularity amid the ongoing stay-at-home measures....

How to Enable WhatsApp's Dark Mode for iPhone

Thursday March 5, 2020 7:15 am PST by
WhatsApp messenger recently rolled out its long-awaited Dark Mode theme for iPhone, which is good news for anyone who uses the chat app in bed when they just can't sleep. With Dark Mode enabled, users will benefit from no more bright white splash screen blinding them upon opening WhatsApp, a less harsh app interface, new dark themes for chat threads, and potentially less battery drain....

How to Stop WhatsApp Auto-Saving Images and Video to Your iPhone's Camera Roll

Friday June 22, 2018 3:04 am PDT by
Some 60 billion messages are sent over the WhatsApp chat platform every day. One of the reasons for the service's massive popularity is that it lets users send and receive as many media-rich messages as they want, which – as long as they've limited WhatsApp's use of their cellular data plan – costs them next to nothing. That's great news for senders, but one of the drawbacks of receiving...

WhatsApp Articles

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WhatsApp Gets Overhauled Interface Design and New Attachment Tray

Friday May 10, 2024 9:01 am PDT by
WhatsApp is receiving a refreshed design on iPhone and Android, the first interface overhaul of its kind since 2021. The new design rolling out for the Meta-owned social media platform is meant to be fresh, approachable, and simple, according to WhatsApp. WhatsApp says that sending photos and videos on iOS is now easier, thanks to a new attachment layout. Instead of a full screen menu,...
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WhatsApp for iOS Gains Support for Passkeys

Wednesday April 24, 2024 4:40 pm PDT by
Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp today announced that it is rolling out support for passkeys on iOS, a feature that will let WhatsApp users log in to their accounts on iOS devices using Face ID, Touch ID, or their device passcode. Passkeys serve as a replacement for a traditional password, and because device authentication is required, passkeys put a stop to online attacks like...
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WhatsApp Rolls Out Chat Filters to Help Find Conversations Faster

Wednesday April 17, 2024 12:09 am PDT by
WhatsApp is rolling out new Chat Filters to make it easier to find the messages you are looking for and reduce the need to scroll through your inbox. The following three new filters appear at the top of the app's main conversation list: All, Unread, and Groups. In a blog post, WhatsApp describes them like so: All: The default view of all your messages. Unread: Perfect for when you want to ...
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WhatsApp Gains New Text Formatting Options in Latest Update

Thursday February 22, 2024 2:49 am PST by
WhatsApp has added new text formatting options to the chat platform, enabling users to message each other everything from grocery lists to step-by-step instructions in mid-conversation. Following Wednesday's update, WhatsApp users can now use bulleted and numbered lists, block quotes, and inline code to communicate more effectively. The new formatting options join the existing bold,...
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WhatsApp Working on Interoperability With Other Encrypted Messaging Apps

Wednesday February 7, 2024 7:44 am PST by
As part of its compliance with the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA) legislation, WhatsApp is putting the final touches to introducing platform interoperability with other encrypted messaging apps. In September, EU lawmakers designated WhatsApp parent company Meta as one of six so-called "gatekeepers," along with Google, Amazon, Apple, ByteDance, and Microsoft, giving them six months to begin...
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WhatsApp Now Lets You Send Photos and Video in Original Quality

Monday December 4, 2023 3:29 am PST by
WhatsApp is rolling out a new option that lets users on iPhone share photos and video over the messaging platform in their original quality. As spotted by WABetaInfo, the official changelog included with WhatsApp's 23.24.73 update on the App Store says that users can now "easily send original quality media as a file." The update follows a recent feature addition that lets WhatsApp users ...
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WhatsApp Gains Email Address Verification for Authenticating Accounts

Tuesday November 21, 2023 1:05 am PST by
WhatsApp has started allowing users to authenticate their account on a device with an email address as an alternative to using a phone number, for times when cellular coverage is poor. The new option to link an account to an email address does not replace SMS verification via a six-pin code, and opening a WhatsApp account still requires the user to provide a number. But with email...
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WhatsApp Rolls Out Voice Chats for Large Groups

Wednesday November 15, 2023 12:48 am PST by
WhatsApp is rolling out a new voice chats feature in groups that lets users start voice calls without disturbing everyone in the group. Previously in WhatsApp group chats, the only option was to start a voice call, which rings every member in the group. If no-one joins, the call doesn't go ahead. In contrast, voice chats can be initiated in a group without anyone joining, and users are...
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WhatsApp Now Lets You Hide Your IP Address During Calls

Wednesday November 8, 2023 6:23 am PST by
WhatsApp has introduced a new privacy feature that lets you hide your IP address from whoever you call over the encrypted communications platform. As it stands, one-to-one calls over WhatsApp are established as a direct peer-to-peer connection between users. While this ensures the best possible voice quality, it means the connected devices must reveal their IP addresses to each other....
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WhatsApp Working on Passkey Support on iPhone

Monday October 30, 2023 6:53 am PDT by
WhatsApp is planning to add passkey support to its iPhone app, according to code discovered by software researcher @aaronp613 in the latest beta version of the app. Passkey support would allow iPhone users to sign in to WhatsApp with Face ID, Touch ID, or the device's passcode. Passkeys are stored in iCloud Keychain. To use passkeys on the iPhone, the device must be updated to iOS 16 or...
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Latest WhatsApp Beta Features Native iPad Support

Wednesday September 20, 2023 2:31 am PDT by
WhatsApp for iPad finally appears to be nearing a release. In the latest version of WhatsApp Beta for TestFlight, Meta has introduced an option to use WhatsApp on an iPad independently of an iPhone, thanks to an update to its Link a Device feature. WhatsApp currently allows users of the encrypted messaging platform to link up to four devices to their account even when their main smartphone...
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WhatsApp Releases Redesigned Mac App With Support for Group Calls

Tuesday August 29, 2023 7:46 am PDT by
Meta today released its overhauled WhatsApp app for macOS, introducing support for group calls, dragging and dropping files, and more. The new native Mac app is optimized for large displays and desktop-class experiences like dragging and dropping files into chats and viewing more messages in chat histories. It also touts better performance and supports WhatsApp group calls from macOS for the ...
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WhatsApp Gets 'HD Photos' Option for Sending High-Res Images

Friday August 18, 2023 6:14 am PDT by
WhatsApp has released an update allowing iPhone and Android users to send photos over the messaging platform in high resolution, finally addressing the service's low quality image sharing limitation. Previously, WhatsApp users sending photos would see the images automatically compressed and the resolution reduced to 920 x 1280 to save storage space and keep image-sharing fast over low...
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WhatsApp Announces One-Way Broadcast 'Channels' for Following People and Organizations

Thursday June 8, 2023 3:00 am PDT by
WhatsApp today introduced Channels, a feed-style one-way broadcast service coming to the popular chat platform where admins can send text, photos, videos, stickers, and polls to followers. WhatsApp calls Channels "a simple, reliable, and private way to receive important updates from people and organizations," and cites hobbies, sports teams, and updates from local authorities as examples. ...
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WhatsApp Usernames May Let You Keep Your Phone Number Private

Thursday May 25, 2023 7:07 am PDT by
WhatsApp appears to have a username feature in the works that could potentially provide people on the messaging service with an additional layer of privacy. As things stand, if someone wants to add you as a WhatsApp contact, you're required to share your phone number with them, even if they add you via the QR code method. That's how it's always worked in WhatsApp, but it looks as if...
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WhatsApp Gains Chat Lock Feature for More Private Conversations

Tuesday May 16, 2023 2:38 am PDT by
WhatsApp is rolling out a new Chat Lock feature that allows users to secure select conversations in their inbox behind a passcode, fingerprint, or Face ID authentication, parent company Meta has announced. In a post on its news page, Meta explained that locked conversations are removed from the regular chat list and hidden in a password-protected folder. Notification previews for any locked...
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WhatsApp to Let Users Transfer Chats to Another iPhone Without Using iCloud

Wednesday May 3, 2023 1:37 am PDT by
WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will allow users to transfer their chat history to another iPhone without using iCloud. Currently, WhatsApp only lets ‌iPhone‌ users migrate their chat history and media to ‌‌another ‌iPhone‌ if they have created a Chat Backup which is uploaded to ‌iCloud‌. With the new feature, called "Transfer Chats to ‌iPhone‌," users need only download...
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WhatsApp Users Can Now Save Disappearing Messages If the Sender Consents

Friday April 21, 2023 2:33 am PDT by
WhatsApp has announced a new option for disappearing messages conversations that lets recipients keep individual messages if the sender approves the request. "Keep in Chat" enables users to long press a disappearing message and ask to keep it, which sends a notification to the sender: "Someone kept your message so they can refer back to it." The sender can then either allow the save to go...
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WhatsApp, Other Messaging Apps Sign Open Letter Urging UK Government to Rethink 'Surveillance' Bill

Tuesday April 18, 2023 3:53 am PDT by
WhatsApp, Signal, and other messaging services have penned an open letter to the British government appealing for it to urgently rethink the Online Safety Bill (OSB), a piece of legislation that would allow regulators to ask the platforms to monitor users in order to identify child abuse images. Under the bill, the government could force chat services to apply content moderation policies...
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WhatsApp Gains New Group Features for Admins and Members

Wednesday March 22, 2023 2:23 am PDT by
WhatsApp parent company Meta has announced two new updates related to WhatsApp groups, including a new privacy control tool for admins and a way for users to find out which groups they have in common. For group admins, WhatsApp now includes a Pending participants tool that gives them the ability to decide who can join the group. When an admin chooses to share their group's invite link or ...