Did you know that apart from hiding your ‘last seen’, you can also disable those cruel blue ticks? How? Read on…
1. Backup your chat history, pictures and videos on Google Drive.
Android users can now backup their WhatsApp messages on Google Drive. Not only messages, people will be able to save all their media items as well – pictures, videos and voice notes. Till now, the privilege rested with iPhone users, whose WhatsApp history gets automatically saved on iCloud.
“Google Drive was an easy choice. It offers the native Android experience we want for our users and the scale to grow with us,” said Brian Acton, WhatsApp Co-founder.
The announcement was simultaneously made by WhatsApp and Google on their respective blogs. The feature will be rolled out on Android in the coming months.
2. How to keep your ‘last seen’ unchanged
To keep your ‘last seen’ unchanged, turn off your internet and then open Whatsapp. Type in the message and then close WhatsApp. Then turn on the net. This will send your message but will keep your ‘last seen’ unchanged.
3. Use your WhatsApp without using your phone number. Yes, that’s possible
After downloading WhatsApp, block the verification message by setting the mobile in flight mode. WhatsApp will then choose an alternative way for the verification, so choose the ‘verify through message’ option, type your email address and click on the ‘send’. Once you do that, cancel the sending message option. By doing this, you have spoofed your number.
4. Here’s how you can send PDF files on WhatsApp
There is a major size restriction on WhatsApp due to which you cannot share PDFs and other heavy files. However, with WhatsTools, it is now possible to send up to 1GB of files. The app allows you to send heavy files and you can integrate with your Google drive.
5. How to check the time of when your message was read by the recipient.
There is a way to find out whether your friends are lying about when they read your message. You can now find out the exact time the recipient read your message. Long press on the message and you will get a blue selection on it. Then press the ‘i’option on the top-right corner of the screen. You will be able to see at what time the message was read by the recipient.
6. How to write a long status on WhatsApp
WhatsApp has a character limit on its status bar. However, you can write a long status with this hack. For that you will need, a PC, iTools (or iFunBox), and your iPhone. Open iTools. Wait for your device to pop up.Then click on Applications under its name. In the main panel, search for WhatsApp (search-bar at the top-right corner) and then click on browse. Out of the four folders, open the ‘Documents’ folder. In this, double-click on ‘StatusMessages.plist’. There would be tags. Edit the text inside any one of them to your desired long message and save the file. Disconnect your phone and open WhatsApp. Select the long status you just edited.
7. How to check if you’re blocked
To check whether you’re blocked by a contact, try making a group with the contact. If the person has blocked you, you won’t be able to add them to the group and you will get the above message.
8. You can now get notifications on a certain contact’s online and offline status
If you wish to know when a particular person comes online, there’s an app which will notify you about your contact’s WhatsApp online history. An app called WhatsDog, when installed, will ask for the contact and then notify you when your contact comes online.
9. How to access deleted messages on WhatsApp
Did you know that you can retrieve deleted messages on WhatsApp? Go to the WhatsApp Database folder in your Android phone. SD Card > WhatsApp > Databases. In the database folder you will see some files named ‘msgstore-2014-01-04.1.db.crypt and msgstore.db.crypt. Click on the second file. Rename this file msgstore.db.crypt to something like backup-msgstore.db.crypt. After this step, change the file that contains the appropriate conversation. Now rename that file to msgstore.db.crypt and then navigate to Setting > Applications > manage applications > WhatsApp, and click on Clear Data option to remove all the data. Open your WhatsApp and it will ask you to restore the Backup. Press restore and your old deleted chats will be back in your phone.
10. You can change your friend’s DP on your phone and prank them
To scare your friend send a screenshot of their ‘changed’ DP from your phone. But remember, you can change their picture only on your phone and not globally. Take a scary, funny image that will shock your friend. Resize the image to 561×561 dimension. Save the image in the SD card and rename it to your friend’s phone number. Reopen WhatsApp and take a screenshot of the picture and send it to your friend and then watch them getting paranoid.
11. How to change the WhatsApp phone number to a new number
If you have inserted a new sim card into your phone, then you don’t need to download WhatsApp again. Simply, go to Settings > Account > Change number on your WhatsApp. Type in your previous mobile phone number in the above field as well, and then your new mobile number in the below field. Then click Done. Validate your new mobile phone number, and all your chat history and groups will migrate to the new mobile number.
12. How to disable blue ticks
Blue ticks have ruined relationships. But the good news is, WhatsApp now allows you to disable the blue ticks, also called read receipts. Install the latest version of WhatsApp, go to Settings >Account> Privacy > and now disable the ‘Read Receipts’ option. And you’re done!
13. How to read your friend’s personal WhatsApp chats
To pull this prank, you’ll need to acquire your friend’s phone SD Card and navigate to SD Card > WhatsApp > Database folder. Here you will come across two files -msgstore-yyyy..dd..db.crypt which will contain the date and year when the backup was created. Copy these files to your computer and then upload this file to “RecoverMesages.com” to view them online. And voila! You have access to your friend’s personal chats.
14. Send two images in one
You must have come across a forwarded picture on your group where at first you see an attractive woman but when you clicked on it, you get a monkey. There’s a trick to hide an image within an image. For iPhone, use FhumbApp which allows you to send two images in one. For Android users, Magiapp will do the trick.
15. Find your WhatsApp statistics
Want to know more about how much time you spend on WhatsApp or which contact checks your profile a lot? Try WhatStat on iPhone and Android. The app gives you detailed graphs of your message distribution and history of WhatsApp.
16. You can now schedule messages on WhatsApp
Yes, that’s possible. No more staying awake to wish your friend on his birthday, because you can schedule your message hours before. Download the new tweak called Message Scheduler for WhatsApp which allows you to schedule the messages to be sent later. For iPhone users, it can be installed when the device is jailbroken. For Android users, you can use WhatsApp Messenger Scheduler Lite.