WhatsApp has several functions that are not used so often by all 1.5 billion monthly active users of the latest application released by Facebook in August 2018. Over time and the arrival of new updates, the list of skills messenger increases, but most people go with the basics: sharing text and media, replying and forwarding content, among other features that have been around since the launch of the Android and iPhone (iOS) app ten years ago. Here are seven things WhatsApp does, but few people use on a daily basis.
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1. Digital unlocking
WhatsApp j lets you block access with fingerprints without the need for ancillary applications. The feature has been around since the beginning of the year on the iPhone (iOS) and has recently come to beta on Android. As a new tool, few users may have joined the feature. Go to settings, go to the "Account> Privacy" menu and enable the "Screen Lock" (iOS) or "Fingerprint Lock" (Android) function. You can also choose how long the messenger will wait until requesting biometric authentication. You can schedule the lock immediately or one to 30 minutes after closing the app.
Digital lock protects conversations in WhatsApp Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
2. Upload image without losing quality
WhatsApp automatically reduces the size and quality of shared images, but you can circumvent compression and send photos in high resolution. The trick is to pretend to send a document: tap the share button, select the "Documents" option, and choose an image from the phone gallery. Instead of going through automatic reduction, the item will be shipped to its original dimensions.
On iPhone, the feature only works if the image is accessible through the Files app. To place a Camera Roll photo there, just open it in the Photos app, tap the share button and select the "Save to Files" option.
Send photos as documents not to lose quality Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
3. Share Your WhatsApp Link
WhatsApp lets you create a personal link to share anywhere that lets someone else chat with you without having to add the number to your phonebook. When clicking, the link takes the user to a web page that shows the phone number and brings a button to start chatting. To create a link, simply copy an official WhatsApp code (https://api.whatsapp/send?phone=) and insert the phone with country code and DDD at the end. You can also make a modification to the link to create custom text.
WhatsApp link lets you start conversations without adding calendar number Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves
4. Hide photos and videos received from WhatsApp from gallery
Since May 2018, WhatsApp for Android has a function that hides images received by messages from the mobile gallery. The handy feature is not to mix personal photos with memes and any junk mail received in groups of friends and family. To enable it, simply open the app settings, go to the "Conversations" menu and turn off the key next to "Media visibility".
Impea that media received on WhatsApp appears in gallery Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
5. Clear history and free memory
Highly active groups and individual conversations tend to accumulate many megabytes of shared images, videos and other files. From WhatsApp itself, it is possible to discover the heaviest conversations and remove materials that are taking up unnecessary space. In addition to freeing up phone memory right away, the feature reduces automatic application backup and helps speed up the restoration of your conversations on a new device.
To access the file manager, navigate to the menu "Settings> Data and storage usage> Storage usage" and select a conversation WhatsApp organizes from the heaviest to the lightest. Then select "Free up space" and choose a media type to remove from the chat.
WhatsApp lets you delete media from heavier conversations Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
6. Listen to audio without being discovered
Audios always send read confirmation even if WhatsApp blue visas are turned off. To bypass monitoring and listen to undiscovered audio, you can add your own number as a calendar contact or call the trick of the conversation with yourself: create a group with a friend and then delete the contact to have a personal chat with yourself. When you receive audio, simply forward them to one of these conversations and listen to them there so as not to let the contact know that you have already heard.
Forward audio to other conversations for private listening Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
Available since 2016, WhatsApp text formatting is still little used in everyday life. The feature allows you to write large texts in a more organized way, drawing the reader's attention to certain words. Use two underscores to write in _itlico_, two asterisks for *bold*Useful at the beginning and end of a strikethrough or writing between three apostrophes to change the font. You can also apply these formats through the drop-down menu that appears when tagging a snippet on Android or iPhone.
Use text tricks to type in italics, bold, strikethrough or monospaced font Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves
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