10 secret features you didn't know you could use on WhatsApp

A new Android update for Whatsapp is allowing users to do a whole host of new things on their phones.

1. WhatsApp Speak

Whatsapp can now read your message back to you. You can find the option with Copy, Reply, Forward, Delete and Message.

2. Voicemail

iOS devices and Androids can send and receive voicemail to each other if they can’t take a Whatsapp call.

3. Selfie at night

An Android update makes it possible to take front-facing selfies in the dark with flash (by lighting up the screen). Score

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And, in case you haven't been using the original phone app to its full potential, here are 10 other things you may not know you can do:

4. Bold, italics, strikethrough

  • For bold, add (*) to the beginning and end of the word
  • For italics, add (_) to the beginning and end of the word
  • For strikethrough, add (~) to the beginning and end of the word

5. You can change your friend’s profile picture to a monkey

  • Go to contacts and copy your friend’s number.

  • Rename the monkey image your friend’s number, taking out the (+).

  • Paste the image to his/her WhatsApp profile picture, and voila, your friend is now a monkey!

6. Blue-ticks-no-more

  • Open WhatsApp

  • Go to settings, account and then privacy

  • Un-check the ‘read receipts.’

Unfortunately, this means you can’t see when people have read your messages, either.

7. Tricking the blue tick

  • When you’ve received a message, turn on Airplane Mode.
  • Open the message.
  • Read it in secret.
  • The sender won’t see the blue ticks until you open WhatsApp again!

8. Saving your chat history

  • Got to settings, chats, and chat backup
  • Configure your chat settings so that the backup frequency is either weekly or monthly, and tick ‘include videos’ if you want to

9. Sending a giant heart

  • This one has been around for a while, but it’s still a nice reminder.
  • Find the heart emoji
  • Send it without anything else

10. Transfer files between your computer and your phone

  • Create a group, add a friend and then delete them (so you’re in a group with yourself)
  • Open WhatsApp Web and login by scanning the QR code
  • Send the media you want to transfer to your computer through the WhatsApp group
  • Open the chat on the computer and the media is there!

11. Custom notification rings for different chats

  • Go on the chat you want
  • Tap on the name
  • Enable the ‘custom notifications’ option
  • Pick the tone you want

12. See someone’s Last Seen and hide yours

  • Send one message to the person of your choice
  • Delete said person from your contact list
  • The chat will still be in the app
  • Go to settings, account and then privacy and change the 'last seen' preferences to My Contacts

13. Change your WhatsApp wallpaper

  • Go to settings, chats and wallpaper!

You're welcome

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