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5 cool WhatsApp tricks you should know in 2021

Here are some helpful WhatsApp tips that can enhance your chatting experience.

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With over 1 billion active users, WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps.

People prefer WhatsApp because it is free to use and offers more features than any other messaging app. WhatsApp is constantly being updated with new features, and every few weeks, we come across an interesting version.

Here are some helpful WhatsApp tips that can enhance your chatting experience.

Don’t let others discover that you’ve read their message

WhatsApp has the “Tick” feature that determines whether you’ve read the message or not. One grey tick means delivered, two tick symbolizes received, and a blue tick means to read.

To disable the ticks, go to Settings >> Account >> Privacy and uncheck Read Receipts. You can enable it whenever you want.

Another alternative way is to turn on your Flight or Airplane mode whenever you get a text on WhatsApp. Read the message on WhatsApp and again disable the airplane mode. You read the message, and the blue tick won’t show.

On a Single Phone Use Two WhatsApp Accounts

Officially it is not allowed to use two WhatsApp accounts on a smartphone. Today most android smartphones have dual-sim support. With this feature, there is a chance that you would want WhatsApp for both numbers.

Companies like Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Huawei, and Honor now provide ‘Dual Apps’ or ‘Dual Mode’ features, which enable users to run different accounts of the same messenger app.

To use the Dual WhatsApp feature on your smartphone, go to setting, open the Dual App option and click on WhatsApp to duplicate it. Go to the home screen and open the second WhatsApp logo. Make an account using your mobile number.

For android phones that do not have the Dual App feature, several apps are available on the play store like Parallel, Dual App Wizard, DoubleApp, and many others.

WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp is the desktop version of WhatsApp messenger, launched on 21 January 2015. There is no need to download the app on your computer. You can send and receive messages from your browser.

WhatsApp Web does not require any signup or sign-in. Your mobile number should already be connected to your WhatsApp. 

Your smartphone should be near your computer to use WhatsApp web. As it is an extension of the mobile version, thus WhatsApp must be installed on your smartphone. You need to scan a QR code with your phone that appears on your PC. This syncs all your texts and contacts, mirroring WhatsApp in such a way that what you do on this web version appears on your phone and vice versa.

Running WhatsApp via Bluestacks Emulator

Bluestack App Player is an android emulator for windows and Mac that produces a smartphone-like android interface, allowing you to download and run android apps from Google Play Store on your device, including WhatsApp.

You can download it freely from bluestacks.com. Select the yes option when you are asked for app store access during installation. Once the download is complete, open Bluestacks App Player on your PC and sign in to your Google account. In the app player, search for WhatsApp and install it. When completed, enter your phone number to get the verification code. Enter your mobile number, and a verification failed message appears on your computer screen. It is fine; click on the Call Your Phone option to play an automated message to provide the verification code. Enter this verification code to complete the verification process. After entering the code, you will see WhatsApp on your PC. Start to chat with any of your friends to see if it is working correctly.

Let Others Know Your Location

WhatsApp allows you to share photos, videos, and contacts, but now you can share your location as well. If you want your friends and family to know where you are, do it with a single tap. This feature helps parents to have a check on their children when they are going outdoor. 

To enable this feature, turn on GPS, open WhatsApp, open any conversation, tap on the attachment section, and choose the location.

To see with whom you share your location, go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Live Location.

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