WhatsApp has been updating it’s app and providing multiple useful features time to time and mobile users are loving the updated features. Now WhatsApp has come up with more useful features in year 2021 as well.
Lets check the latest features available on WhatsApp
Multi Device Support
This is a wonderful feature where users can access same WhatsApp account on multiple devices like mobile app, desktop web etc. You can also link same WhatsApp account on multiple devices. Even if you mobile number is inactive you can still use WhatsApp on same mobile and desktop web application. To link more than one device on WhatsApp, You can go to WhatsApp > click on three dots top right side > Linked Devices.
Sharing your personal feelings, moments etc has become more secure now as all you chats, messages, calls, pics, voice notes etc are going to be encrypted so no worries on your chats getting leaked or accessed by any third party other than the sole recipient. This feature is so secure that even WhatsApp can not read your messages. Not only the chats, your WhatsApp backups are also going to be encrypted no matter where you save it however WhatsApp provides only google drive as a backup destination as of now.
Enhanced Photo sharing
Earlier many users were unhappy with the feature of sharing photos on WhatsApp since photos were not getting sent and received with their original quality. WhatsApp used to compress the size of the photos, pics, screenshots, videos etc before sending them which used to degrade their quality. Now you can choose the quality of the photos and videos etc while sending – Auto (recommended) / Best quality / Data Saver.
Joining Video Call / Group Call any time
Video call is a high demand feature now especially after covid-19 pandemic since most of the people started using video calls instead of simple calling. It seems to have same feature as other video call software where someone can join a video call any time during the session.
This feature is basically for the photos and videos where you share a photo or a video on the WhatsApp and once the user at the other end sees it then the photo will disappear and it won’t be available any more. I do not have this feature as of now however if it is available for you then you can try this feature and find out how it works.
Some time back when we used to archive a chat, number or a group and if there were new messages in that then it used be on the top of the chat list. Now once you archive a chat or a group then it won’t be listed at the top even there is a new message received in the archived chat/group.
This is a very minor feature which is available on sending a voice note or an audio file to someone on WhatsApp. This feature gives you the option to control the speed of the audio file while playing it – you can increase the speed and listen to to a large audio file in half of the time or lesser time.
In-App Ban Review
Some time back there were millions of WhatsApp account banned by WhatsApp due to some suspicious contents shared across. It is also possible that some normal accounts could have been banned or can be banned by WhatsApp by mistake. In this situation WhatsApp also provides an opportunity where the user can send their account for review so that it can be activated later.
When you change your mobile number, change your mobile phone or do a factor reset of your mobile you always want to retrieve all your WhatsApp call history, chat, voice, video, photos etc. While trying to regain your account WhatsApp sends an OTP to your mobile number for verification. Now your WhatsApp account can be verified with this new feature which is Flash Calls so that instead of OTP you get an automated call to verify your account and once verified it gets re-activated and you can see all your WhatsApp history.
How to stop people from adding you in their WhatsApp group
It’s been found that our mobile number is getting added in so many unknown WhatsApp groups without our permission and agreement today since WhatsApp is widely used social media platform.
WhatsApp is a very good platform which provides the way to be connected to friends, family, colleagues all the time, it is also a method for the marketing and sales people who add you without your permission and try to sell their product and services. It is a very irritating at time as they keep sending you unwanted notification everyday.
Below WhatsApp settings gives you an option so that you can get rid of all the unwanted groups and they can not add you into their groups without your information. However, any group admin can certainly send you an invite to add you to their group.
- You can open your WhatsApp
- Click the three dots top right side on the screen
- Go to Settings options and then click account
- Click Privacy
- Then click Groups, here you see the option “who can add me to groups
- Now you can choose the option “My contact” and click “DONE” so that only the contacts whom you have added in your contact list can add you to their WhatsApp group and no one else.
- If you select Everyone then any one can add you to their group
How to read WhatsApp messages secretly without letting the sender know
Sometimes if you want to read a WhatsApp message and at the same time you don’t want the sender to know about it you can do it by just enabling / disabling some settings.
There are times we do not want to reply to a message due to some reason so that later you can tell the sender that you have not seen or read their message yet. So lets check how we can do it.
You can simply turn off the read receipt or blue ticks. This will work same way for others as well and you will also not know if others have read your messages.
It is easy to run off the read receipts or disabling the blue ticks on WhatsApp. To disable read receipts go to WhatsApp > Accounts > Privacy > Turn off read receipts by swiping left.
Another way to read a message secretly is that before opening a WhatsApp message turn on the “Airplane mode” in your mobile phone and read the message. It will be marked unread / unseen. Later you can turn off the “Airplane mode.
Another trick you can try is to switch off your presence by turning off your last seen in WhatsApp.
Go to Settings > click on Account > select Privacy > Last seen > choose Nobody
You can also mark a particular message as unread however don’t read so that you can check it later and respond
How to send WhatsApp message without saving the mobile number
Sometimes you may want to send a message but you don’t want to save the number as it could be a one time message like sharing your location to a delivery guy. So there is a way you can do it by not adding the mobile number to your contact list. Follow below steps.
- Open your phone internet browser and copy the link: http://wa.me/xxxxxxxxxx,
- Or you can use this link as well: http://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=xxxxxxxxxx
- You can replace xxxxxxxxxx with mobile number with country code whom you want to send the message
- For example if Indian mobile number – http://wa.me/919856098560 (first two digits are India country code 91)
- Now click CONTINUE TO CHAT > Looks like you don’t have WhatsApp installed! > use WhatsApp Web
- Not you get WhatsApp web chat opened for that number and you can send any message
How to chat on WhatsApp without showing online status
You can chat on Whatsapp without showing your online status to others. There are some methods available. At times we do not want to show up our online status on WhatsApp and prefer to hide it. So lets check the below tips.
- When you get a message on WhatsApp message notification you can reply from the WhatsApp notification itself which actually does not show your online status to others.
- You can reply to a WhatsApp message from your smart watch which also hides your WhatsApp online status.
- Before replying to a WhatsApp message you can turn off the wi-fi or the data on your mobile it does not reveal when you were online on WhatsApp as you turn on the data or wi-fi later which sends out the message.