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WhatsApp hidden features 2022: 20 tricks for both Android and iPhone users

Written By Axel Nash |

There are indeed piles of messaging apps that boast about how easy, functional, and packed with numerous features they are. And they may be right.

So what is the WhatsApp? It is one of the most widely used messaging apps that has dominated the hearts of nearly every mobile user on earth. 

And when Facebook owns WhatsApp, it evolves with more features and opportunities to connect with 'two billion users.

whatsapp hidden features

There are various WhatsApp features like making video calls, sending your current location, etc. Here, you will get to know all WhatsApp tips and tricks in 2022 that have blown away all the other struggling messaging apps.

Check our video tutorial below:

1. How to pin a chat on the top of the screen?

No matter how many notifications from multiple people you receive, the pinned chat on WhatsApp always stays on the top.

Here is how you can pin a chat on iPhone and Android:

* For iPhone users:

pin a chat on iphone

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp on iPhone
  • Step 2: Hit the Chats tab now.
  • Step 3: Then open the Chats screen and swipe right on the chat you wish to pin.
  • Step 4: Once you find the Pin option, tap on it to pin your desired chat.

* For Android users:

pin a chat on android

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp on Android.
  • Step 2: Now tap and long-press the preferred chat you want to pin.
  • Step 3: When the conversation gets selected, you will notice a pin option appear on the top of the screen.
  • Step 4: To pin the chat, tap Pin.
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2. How to hide your chats?

You can hide your chats by Archiving them. It is a significant feature of WhatsApp, where you can archive your notifications and hide them from people. 

Here is how to archive chats:

* For iPhone users:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp in iPhone.
  • Step 2: Once on the Chats screen, find the chat you wish you archive and swipe left.

hide your chats on iphone

  • Step 3: You will see two options, Archive and More. Tap Archive and the conversation is archived now.

hide your chats on iphone

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp in Android
  • Step 2: Locate the chat to archive.
  • Step 3: Tap and long-hold the conversation.

hide your chats on android

  • Step 4: A drop box icon emerges on the top of the screen.

hide your chats on android

  • Step 5: Tap on the icon to archive the chat.

3. How to recover deleted WhatsApp contacts?

If you ever lost contacts on your phone, you also lost WhatsApp contacts. It is because WhatsApp uses similar contacts stored in your mobile. 

Luckily, there are various apps and tools to recover your contacts. But here, you will know one for Android and one for iPhone.

* For Android users:

The best Android app to recover deleted contacts is by MobileTrans. This professional tool is the safest method to recover deleted contacts for Android users.

Here is how to recover contacts:

  • Step 1: Download and install the MobileTrans application.
  • Step 2: Tap Backup & Restore option

recover deleted whatsapp contacts whatsapp on android

  • Step 3: Then tap Choose Deleted WhatsApp Data Restore tab.

recover deleted whatsapp contacts whatsapp on android

  • Step 4: Now connect the computer to your phone.
  • Step 5: Now back up your WhatsApp data on the device by following instructions and clicking the Next button.

recover deleted whatsapp contacts whatsapp on android

  • Step 6: Now, MobileTrans installs a custom WhatsApp custom version on the device to finish the recovery process.

recover deleted whatsapp contacts whatsapp on android

  • Step 7: Permit the software to access your Android mobile.

recover deleted whatsapp contacts whatsapp on android

  • Step 8: Next, restore your backup data on the custom WhatsApp from your Android mobile.

recover deleted whatsapp contacts whatsapp on android

  • Step 9: Finally, view the deleted messages or call logs and decide which contact you wish to recover. Tap on the "To Device" or "To Mac" button and restore them.

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* For iPhone users:

The best tool to recover WhatsApp contacts on iPhone is the iMyFone D-Back. Besides recovering contacts, it also restores photos, videos, and documents from WhatsApp. 

recover deleted whatsapp contacts whatsapp on iphone

Here are the quick and easy steps to recover contacts:

  • Step 1: Download and install the software.
  • Step 2: Now click "Recover From iOS Device" and connect the computer to the phone.
  • Step 3: Now choose the Contacts as the target to scan
  • Step 4: After scanning, a pop-up notification shows lost messages, contacts, Whatsapp messages, etc.
  • Step 5: Select the WhatsApp folder and press the Recover button to restore your lost contacts. 

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4. How to schedule WhatsApp messages?

Scheduling WhatsApp messages manage your work, saves you much time, and keeps you away from remembering to contact someone. 

Numerous apps are available to schedule your WhatsApp messages. Even some official ones too.  

So here they are:

* For Android & iPhone users:

WHATSAPP BUSINESS

It is an official WhatsApp app that houses many features like scheduling messages. It has an "Away Message" that you can utilize to schedule messages.

Here is how to use it:

  • Step 1: Install the WhatsApp Business.
  • Step 2: Register with your number.
  • Step 3: Now, open the Settings tab
  • Step 4: Click Business Tools.
  • Step 5: Now, click on Away Message in Messaging.

scheduling whatsapp messages

  • Step 6: Tap on the "Send Away Message".
  • Step 7: Click on the pencil icon beside the Away message to write your text.
  • Step 8: Now click on Schedule and set the time or use custom options.
  • Step 9: Add people to whom you want to send the message.
  • Step 10: Finally, click on Save.

scheduling whatsapp messages

* For iPhone users:

USE SIRI SHORTCUTS

iPhone's Shortcuts app provides a bulk of facilities, out of which one is scheduling messages in various apps.

Here is how you can schedule your WhatsApp messages with the Siri Shortcuts app:

  • Step 1: Go Shortcuts app on iPhone or download if unavailable.
  • Step 2: Tap the Automation tab down the bottom.
  • Step 3: Tap the "+" icon at the top right and select "Create Personal Automation"
  • Step 4: Select a day and time to schedule your message by clicking "Time of Day"

scheduling whatsapp messages

  • Step 5: Select "Add Action"
  • Step 6: A suggestion box opens where you click Send Message with WhatsApp.

scheduling whatsapp messages

  • Step 7: Now, click the "+" sign to write your message and add a contact to send the message.
  • Step 8: Finally, click on the Next button. 

scheduling whatsapp messages

5. How to mark important messages?

Mark any WhatsApp message so you can refer it quickly anytime. This WhatsApp feature is essential for business people who have multiple priority messages from various vendors, staff, etc.

Here is how to mark priority messages on WhatsApp:

* For Android users:

mark priority messages on whatsapp

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and open the chat you want to select to mark an important message.
  • Step 2: Long-hold to select a text.
  • Step 3: A Star icon appears on the top panel.
  • Step 4: Finally, click on it.

* For iPhone users:

mark priority messages on whatsapp

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and open the chat you want to select to mark an important message.
  • Step 2: Tap and hold the message you consider as important.
  • Step 3: A pop-up menu appears.
  • Step 4: Select the Star icon and select the message as an important one.

6. How to hide your last seen status?

What does last seen mean on WhatsApp?  It means when was the last time any contact was available on WhatsApp. If you want to hide your "last seen" status, the most common and easiest way to hide your last seen is to disable it from the WhatsApp application.

* For Android users:

Here is how to do that:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and click on the three dots at the top right corner.
  • Step 2: Click on settings.
  • Step 3: Tap on the Account option.
  • Step 4: Next, click on the Privacy option.
  • Step 5: Then click on the Last Seen.
  • Step 6: Finally, click on the Nobody option to hide your last seen status from everybody.

hide your last seen status

* For iPhone users:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp.
  • Step 2: Click on the Account and then the Privacy option.
  • Step 3: Click on the Last Seen option and select it to Nobody.

hide your last seen status

7. How to export WhatsApp chat?

Exporting a conversation lets you backup all messages and media files in case of mobile theft or later use.

Here is how you can export the conversation:

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: Open a single chat or group in WhatsApp.
  • Step 2: Click on the three dots button.
  • Step 3: Select the Export option.
  • Step 4: Select if you want to export only messages or include media files.
  • Step 5: Select the suitable method for your needs.

chats export

* For iPhone users:

  • Step 1: Open a single chat or group in WhatsApp.
  • Step 2: Click on the chat name.
  • Step 3: Now, click export on the information page.
  • Step 4: Decide if you also want to export media files along with the messages.
  • Step 5: Now, choose the preferred method to transfer the complete chat.
  • Step 6: WhatsApp will export entire chats into a ".zip" file.

chats export

8. How to find all your WhatsApp photos and videos?

If you face trouble finding your photos and videos, you may have some settings issues with the application. Fixing it will help you find and see all media on WhatsApp.

Here is how to do it:

* For Android users:

Enable Media Visibility

  • Step 1: Open WhatsApp and click on three dots on the top right of the app.
  • Step 2: Select your desired chat to view media files and click the settings option.
  • Step 3: Now click the Chat option and enable "Show media visibility"

finde media on whatsapp

* For iPhone users:

Allow media on your phone

  • Step 1: Open the Settings on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Find the WhatsApp option and tap on it.
  • Step 3: Now click on "Photos" and tap "Read and Write" You now have permission to view images on your iPhone.

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9. How to hide media from certain chats in your gallery?

You can hide your personal or official media from other people viewing it. It adds privacy to your communication with the sender. 

Hide media from chats as follows: 

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and open the chat you want to hide media.
  • Step 2: Go to the Menu option and click the View Contact.
  • Step 3: Click Media Visibility option.
  • Step 4: A message says "Do you want to show newly downloaded media from this chat in your phone's gallery?". Select No.

hide media from chats

* For iPhone users:

  • Step 1: Open the chat you want images to hide.
  • Step 2: Click on the contact's name.
  • Step 3: Tap "Save media to camera roll"
  • Step 4: Hit the "No" option.

hide media from chats

10. How to disable read receipt?

Disable Read Receipt in WhatsApp to avoid others knowing you have read the messages. It gives you time to think about the reply to that specific talk.

Here is how you can do it:

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: Open WhatsApp and open settings by clicking three dots.
  • Step 2: Tap on the Account and then the Privacy option.
  • Step 3: Finally, uncheck Read Receipt.

disable read receipt in whatsapp

* For iPhone users:

  • Step 1: Open WhatsApp
  • Step 2: Tap on the Settings at the lower right corner.

disable read receipt in whatsapp

  • Step 3: Click on Account, then Privacy, and uncheck Read Receipt.

disable read receipt in whatsapp

Click here to know various methods to read messages without acknowledgment by the sender.

11. How to identify a fake contact?

With the growing number of users on WhatsApp, scamming is also rapidly increasing. Avoid scammers by identifying if the unknown number is fake or real.

Here is how you can identify it:

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: When you receive an unknown message, tap on the profile and check the registered number.
  • Step 2: If the number starts with +1, the identity may be fake.

identify a fake contact

* For iPhone users:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and open senders WhatsApp chat.
  • Step 2: Click on the name of the sender.

identify a fake contact

  • Step 3: Look below to find the phone number of the sender.
  • Step 4: If the starting number of contact starts with +1, it is a fake contact.

identify a fake contact

12. How to hide WhatsApp group photos and videos from gallery?

Just as hiding individual chat media, you can also hide photos and videos of a WhatsApp group.

Here is how to do it:

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: Open WhatsApp on Android.
  • Step 2: Click three dots on the menu and tap on the Settings option.
  • Step 3: Then tap on the Chats section and uncheck Media Visibility.

hide photos and videos of a WhatsApp group

* For iPhone users:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and click the Settings tab.
  • Step 2: Now click on the Chats option and disable "Save to Camera roll"

hide photos and videos of a WhatsApp group

13. How to read messages without being given away blue ticks?

When you send a message to any of your contacts, if you do not get any check, WhatsApp is not sending messages. If you get one check on WhatsApp message, the message is delivered but not read yet. But two blue ticks on the message indicate the receiver viewed the message. If you want to read WhatsApp messages but are not ready to reply yet, this is a trick for you. 

Here is how you can do it:

* For Android & iPhone users:

Disable Read Receipt

disable read receipt

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and go to the Settings option.
  • Step 2: Then go to the Account tab and then the Privacy option.
  • Step 3: Find the Read Receipt option and uncheck it.

disable read receipt

14. How to enable an automated reply to WhatsApp messages?

It is a handy tool for WhatsApp users that sends automated replies to people when they are unavailable.

Follow the below steps to send automated replies:

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and open the menu by tapping on three dots.
  • Step 2: Choose Business tools.
  • Step 3: Now select Away Messages.

 send automated replies

  • Step 4: Now enable Send Away messages and type your automated text.
  • Step 5: Then schedule your messages by clicking the Schedule option and choosing the preferred option.
  • Step 6: Now decide if you want to send these messages to everyone or specific contacts.

 send automated replies

* For iPhone users:

 send automated replies

  • Step 2: Now open Automation Settings.
  • Step 3: Click on + for a new shortcut and select Create Personal Automation.
  • Step 4: Now decide the day and time and click Add Action.
  • Step 5: Now, Click Send Message on WhatsApp.
  • Step 6: Click the Message button, enter the text and click Done.

15. How to send WhatsApp messages to numerous people?

Sending messages to multiple people allows you to communicate to the masses. The option available in WhatsApp is the Broadcast. It saves the trouble of sending one message to multiple people

Here is how you can do it:

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: Open WhatsApp.
  • Step 2: Click on the Chats.
  • Step 3: Click "Broadcast Message"

 broadcast message

  • Step 4: To send a message, select numerous contacts.
  • Step 5: Click Done.
  • Step 6: Type the message and attach media if you want to.
  • Step 7: Finally, hit the Send button.  

 broadcast message

* For iPhone users:

  • Step 1: Open WhatsApp & click on the Chats.
  • Step 2: Then click on the New Chat.
  • Step 3: Now click on the New Group and add multiple contacts to send the message.
  • Step 4: Click Next.
  • Step 5: Enter group name and picture and then tap create.
  • Step 6: Now open the group in your WhatsApp and send the message to a group similar to sending an individual.
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16. How to hide your online status on WhatsApp while chatting?

Hiding your online status gives privacy and trouble-free conversation at chatting and working. There are various ways to hide online status like blocking users, replying from the notification panel, etc.

 hide whatsapp onlien status

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17. How to find out who read your WhatsApp messages?

Finding who read your message keeps you updated about the situation. It helps decide if you or the guy receiving the message should act accordingly or not. It is used widely in group chats. 

Here is how you can keep updated about the situation:

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp on your Android.
  • Step 2: Open the group where you sent the message.
  • Step 3: Now hold the specific message which you want to get the report.
  • Step 4: Now click on the Info.
  • Step 5: The ones who read your message will be available under the Read By tag.

 find out who read your message

* For iPhone users:

  • Step 1: Open WhatsApp on iPhone.
  • Step 2: Open the group chat where you sent the message.
  • Step 3: Now press and hold the message to get the report.
  • Step 4: Click on the Info option.
  • Step 5: Those who read your messages will appear under the Read By tag.

 find out who read your message

18. How to disable group notification in android? 

It disappoints a lot to hear bulk on WhatsApp notification messages when at work or sleeping. So you disable all the notifications rather than blocking them.

Here is how to do it:

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: Open WhatsApp and go to the Settings by clicking three dots.
  • Step 2: Now head to the Notification section and click the "Popup Notification".
  • Step 3: Finally, choose the "No Popup" option to disable all notifications.

If you want to know all tips and tricks to turn off WhatsApp Notifications, click here.

19. How to add emojis and text to WhatsApp images?

You can add text and emojis to make your WhatsApp images appealing and creative.

Here is how to do it:

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and open the chat you wish to send a photo.
  • Step 2: Click on the camera icon below.
  • Step 3: Now select an existing picture or take a new one from the camera.

 add whatsapp emojis

  • Step 4: Now click on the smiley face on the top of the screen. It is an emoji icon.
  • Step 5: Click on the "T" button next to the smiley face to add colored text.
  • Step 6: Once done, tap the paper icon at the bottom to send the image.

add whatsapp emojis

* For iPhone users:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and open the chat where you want to send the picture.
  • Step 2: Click the "+" sign.
  • Step 3: Now click photo/library.
  • Step 4: Find the photo to share and click on it.
  • Step 5: Add emojis or text from the top of the screen.
  • Step 6: Now click on the smiley icon to add emoji.
  • Step 7: Add text by clicking the "T" button next to the emoji icon.
  • Step 8: To draw something on a picture, click on the pencil icon and start drawing.
  • Step 9: Finally, hit the send button to send your photo. 

make own whatsapp emojis

20. How to send gifs on WhatsApp?

Sharing short animated clips to someone creates interest and makes chat more exciting. It's a cool feature from WhatsApp.

Here is how to do it:

* For Android users:

  • Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and open the chat you want to send GIFS.
  • Step 2: Click on the smiley icon.
  • Step 3: Now at the bottom center, click on the GIF logo.
  • Step 4: Either search for the specific GIF or select from existing ones.
  • Step 5: Type your text.
  • Step 6: Single tap a GIF to preview.
  • Step 7: Add a caption to GIF.
  • Step 8: Send the GIF. 

send gifs on whatsapp

* For iPhone users:

  • Step 1: Select the chat you want to send GIF.
  • Step 2: Click on the "+" sign at the bottom left corner and click Photo & Video Library.
  • Step 3: Either you can select an existing GIF collection or a video to send as GIF.
  • Step 4: If you pick any video, it will be converted to GIF only if longer than 6 seconds.
  • Step 5: Finally, hit the Send button.

Conclusion:

There is a reason WhatsApp is used & loved by over 1.4 billion users worldwide. It provides all the features that help you to not only stay connected but also enjoy your conversation. From sending GIFS or videos to utilizing privacy features, WhatsApp delivers the best features provided by any messaging app out there.

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