5 WhatsApp hacks you may not know about

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1) Two-factor authentication

WhatsApp recently rolled out two-factor authentication. The chat service has deviated from it’s traditional method of phone number verification via OTP SMS to using a six digit passcode, which WhatsApp will ask every time you try to re-verify your account.. If someone steals your phone, even if the phone is locked down, they could take out your SIM card and put it in a different phone. With just that much effort, they would have access to your WhatsApp account, as it would just require an SMS to verify the new phone. By enabling two-factor authentication, you can protect yourself from such fraudulent behaviour, as it will ask you the passcode and in case you forget your it, there’s a way to reset it via email too.

2) Find out who’s read your message in a group chat
In a one-on-one conversation, it is easy to figure out whether the recipient has read your WhatsApp message, thanks to the blue coloured double tick symbol. But in a WhatsApp group conversation, it’s not as obvious to tell who exactly from the group has read your message. All you need to do is press and hold the message and hit the ‘i’ button on the top on Android (‘info’ on an iPhone). Here, you’ll get to see how many people from the WhatsApp group have read this particular message. Maybe your crush read that subliminal message you posted!

In iOS, you can also just hold and drag the message to the left to go to that menu.

3) Listen to voice messages discreetly
Ever received a voice note in public and you want to listen to it in private but you can’t because you don’t have earphones? Well, the solution is pretty simple – just hit the ‘Play’ button and put the phone to your ear – it will automatically switch from speakerphone to the earpiece and play the WhatsApp voice message back there!

4) Manipulate text for better emphasis
There’s certain syntax that you can apply to manipulate text for better emphasis on WhatsApp. For example, applying an asterisk before and after words (e.g *like so*) makes them appear in bold in the WhatsApp conversation. Similarly, adding underscores (e.g _like this_) makes text appear italicised, and words enclosed inside two tilde symbols (~) strikes them off. It’s actually a pretty cool feature!

5) Message a user in a group to get their attention
Last but not the least, adding an @name in a WhatsApp group conversation lets you alert other users that they’ve been mentioned inside a group, similar to @mentions on Twitter or Instagram.

You can also press and hold on a particular line of text, and hit the backward arrow button that appears on top on Android (or tap ‘reply’ on an iPhone). This lets you quote the particular message in a conversation, which you can comment on. Also, tapping on a quoted WhatsApp reply scrolls the conversation to the position of the original message. Goodbye to those days when you reply a little later, and it leaves the other side wondering about the context.

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