A constant presence on Google Play and the App Store’s top apps charts, it’s one of the first apps you’ll download when you buy a new phone and almost certainly your biggest source of notification on a typical day.The app has developed dramatically since it emerged almost a decade ago, picking up the ability to transfer files and make voice and video calls – all now core features – along the way.If you don’t like the idea of someone else reading your Whats App messages as they flood in, through the previews that pop up on your screen, you can simply restrict the amount of information they display.
As with emails, you can easily mark key messages with a star, allowing you to find them easily when you want to.
Simply tap and hold a message and hit the star icon to save it, and return to it later by selecting Starred Messages in Whats App’s main menu.
Beyond showing off, there’s no need to italicise your Whats App messages, or make them bold – all phone users know that’s what Caps Lock is for.
However, if you have the finger speed and are willing to commit the commands to memory, you can do exactly that.
If you’ve gone through the effort of turning a conversation into a home screen shortcut, you may as well bless it with a custom notification too.
On both Android and i OS, just tap the top bar above a chat and select Custom Notifications.
More useful than SMS, slicker than Hangouts and easier to use than Skype, it's no wonder Whats App is the number one communications service of choice for hundreds of millions of smartphone users.
Even if you use it on a daily basis, Whats App is packed with lots of handy, little-known features you might not be familiar with. Both a blessing and a curse, Whats App’s ticks-based system shows when your sent messages have been delivered (one grey tick), received (two grey ticks) and read (two blue ticks).
If you’re a multi-platform whizz, you can go a step further by actually exporting conversations as emails.
Emoji will be embedded automatically, which is clearly a great thing, and you can choose to include or leave out media attachments.