With the latest updates to WhatsApp came some really cool never before seen (on WhatsApp of course) features on the Facebook owned messaging app. Below in this piece I listed five of the coolest tricks these features can perform (of course if you know how). Thank me later after learning for free how to perform all the tricks below:

1. Hiding the blue ticks: Those telltale blue ticks that lets the person on the other end know if you have read their messages. You can turn them off, but it’s worth noting that if you do, you won’t get read receipts for your messages either. So go ahead and do unto others what you want them to do to you.

iOS: Settings > Account > Privacy > Toggle off Read Receipts.

Android: Settings > Account > Privacy > Untick Read Receipts.

2. Finding out who you talk to the most: This trick only works on the iOS. On iOS, there is a way you can find out the people you send the most messages to and how much storage each person takes up, among other things. This can come in handy for FBI girlfriends and boyfriends.

iOS: Settings > Account > Storage Usage > Select Contact

3.  Marking chats as Unread: Mistakenly opened a chat you didn’t have time to read and had to go back to pay it attention later? There is a way to mark important chats with dot to remind you to go back to it though. This trick will sure save a whole lot of friendships and relationships.

iOS: Chats >  Swipe left to right > Mark as Unread

Android: Long press chat > Open Menu > Mark as Unread

4. Stopping people from seeing your messages: You can turn off message preview on iOS so only the contact’s name will appear, rather than their life story.

On Android, it’s not possible through the WhatsApp app but you can stop private information showing up on your lock screen on the Android itself.

iOS: Settings > Notifications > Toggle off Show Preview

5. Hiding your profile picture: You can choose if everyone, no-one, or only your contacts see your picture.

iOS & Android: Settings > Account > Privacy > Profile Photo


Author: Ekpeki Donald Pen Prince

Ekpeki Chovwe Donald styled the PenPrince is a writer and lawyer in equity. He has an unhealthy interest in wit, pun and poetry. When he’s not writing, he’s reading and when he’s not reading, he’s breathing. He breathes words.