WhatsApp Messenger is a proprietary, cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging client for smartphones. It uses the Internet to send text messages, documents, PDF files, GIF images, video, user location and audio messages to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers.
More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp1 to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. WhatsApp is free2 and offers simple, secure, reliable messaging and calling, available on phones all over the world and come pre-installed on some smartphones today.
If you use whatsapp, you may think you have exploited the app fully, but it will surprise you that theres so much more you can do to enhance your security especially. Check these out:
1. Hide “Last Seen” Timestamp
By default, WhatsApp shows a “last seen” timestamp, telling other users the last time you were on WhatsApp. Some of you may want to disable this timestamp, for privacy reasons. You can disable this timestamp on both iOS and Android.
If you’re an iOS user, you’re in luck, since all you need to do is go into Settings > Chat Settings > Advanced and set Last Seen Timestamp to Off.
If you’re an Android user, you won’t have access to this setting from the app itself. Instead, you’re going to have to rely on a third party app such as Hide WhatsApp Status. The app disables your WiFi and data connection when you open WhatsApp.
Once you exit the app, your WiFi and data connections are reactivated, WhatsApp will sync, and your messages will be sent.
2. Lock Your WhatsApp
Everyone, at some point or another, has probably had to deal with friends or family taking a sneak peek at their WhatsApp messages. Thankfully, if you’re using WhatsApp on Android or BlackBerry, there are apps that can help secure your WhatsApp from prying eyes.
If you’re using Android, there’s WhatsApp Lock, while BlackBerry users will want to check out Lock for WhatsApp.
Basically, both of these apps work similarly: when you use them, WhatsApp will be protected by a PIN (in the case of WhatsLock) or a password (in the case of Lock for WhatsApp). Either way, once you have things set up, the people around you shouldn’t be able to take a sneak peek at your WhatsApp any longer.
3. Create Shortcuts For Imported Contacts
Want to speed up your WhatsApp communication? How about creating a shortcut to your favorite Whatsapp contact or group straight from your homescreen?
On Android, this is as simple as long pressing on the group or contact you want to create a shortcut for. When the menu pops up, just tap on Add conversation shortcut. This will create a shortcut to the contact or group you have chosen right on your homescreen.
This behaviour isn’t available on WhatsApp for iOS, but you can use a third-party app such as 1TapWA to have similar functionality on your iPhone. Since it’s an app, 1TapWA also has some extra features such as an image editor and an action scheduler.
4. Stop WhatsApp Images from Appearing In Gallery or Camera Roll
Having WhatsApp images in your Gallery or Camera Roll can be very annoying; maybe the images are somewhat private, or you just don’t like having these images clutter up your Gallery or Camera Roll. You can fix this on both iOS and Android.
On iOS, it’s pretty simple; just go to Settings > Privacy > Photos and then turn the WhatsApp switch off.
On Android, you have to create a .nomedia file in WhatsApp’s images or videodirectories. To do this, you need a file explorer such as ES File Explorer. Navigate to the images or video folders. Tap the New button in the lower left, pick Fileand create a file named .nomedia. This will stop the Gallery from scanningthe folder.
5. Get WhatsApp Notifications on Desktop
If you’ve ever missed a WhatsApp message while working on your desktop, you’ll know how annoying it can be. If you’re using Android, there are a few ways to make sure that you never miss a WhatsApp message again. You can use Pushbullet, which includes notification mirroring alongside a lot of other features, but if all you want is notifications on your computer, check out Desktop Notifications.
Just install Desktop Notifications on your Android phone, then install either theChrome or Firefox extensions depending on your choice of browser. Link the extension to the app using the code provided and you’re good to go; you’ll now get WhatsApp (and more) notifications on your desktop.
Go to Settings > Account > Change number. Enter your old phone number in the top field and then your new phone number in the bottom field. Then press done. Verify your new phone number, and all your chat history, groups and so on will be migrated to the new number.
6. Find out who has read your group message
Whether you’re organizing a night out or planning a holiday, WhatsApp is one of the best mobile apps for chatting with groups of friends.
In one-to-one messages, it is easy to see when a message you have sent has been read by the recipient, because two blue ticks appear under the message in question.
However, in group chats in can be less clear, because the blue ticks only appear when everyone in the group has read the message.
But there is a way to check which members of the group have read your message and which haven’t – and it’s got nothing to do with the blue ticks.
Here’s how to do it on Android:
Do a long press on a message sent by you; this reveals an “i” with a circle around it
Tapping on it shows you who the message was delivered to, and read by.
And here’s how to do it on iOS:
- Open a chat
- Swipe your message from right to left
- See delivery and read notifications
- It’s as simple as that. Now you can see exactly which members of your group have read your message, and which are asleep or just useless at checking their phones.