WhatsApp tips and tricks

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging program in the world, with one billion people using the service each month.

South Africa is no exception, with millions of people in the country using WhatsApp as a primary method of communication.

While it is easy to use the messaging service, there are some tricks and tips which can add value to a WhatsApp user’s life.

Here are some of WhatsApp’s best features (as accessed through an Android device).


Read a WhatsApp message without your friends knowing

Turn on Airplane Mode on your device to read a WhatsApp message without a read receipt being sent.

Turning Airplane Mode off afterwards will then deliver the read receipt.

Airplane mode


Disable WhatsApp read receipts

Open WhatsApp and tap the three vertical dots icon on the top right. Go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Uncheck Read receipts.

WhatsApp read receipt


See the exact time your message was read

Go to WhatsApp chat > Tap and hold on the message > Look at the info option.

WhatsApp message read time


Staying private in WhatsApp group chats

Go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Select who you want to see your info (Everyone, Contacts, or Nobody).

WhatsApp Privacy


Share locations

Tap on the Paperclip icon and select Share Location. A GPS location will appear as a dropped pin, while an entered location will appear next to the dropped pin.

WhatsApp location


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