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Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Whatsapp # And Now, You Do!

What’s the difference between WhatsApp and texting?

With more than one billion users, WhatsApp Messenger is the most popular messaging application in the world however, both whatsapp and text messages (SMS) let you send and receive messages, but how does WhatsApp differ from traditional text messaging ?

What is WhatsApp?

WhatsApp is an app that lets you send messages to someone over the internet. This differs from standard SMS messaging, which sends texts over the mobile network.

Which devices does WhatsApp work on?

As well as smartphones and tablets, you can send and receive WhatsApp messages on laptops and desktop computers, as long as you’ve downloaded the WhatsApp software.

Which devices do text messages work on?

Phones, obviously, but you can also send and receive texts from a laptop, desktop or tablet, which don’t have a mobile connection. Though admittedly it’s a bit trickier than just using WhatsApp, you can send texts through email, for example, or by using a free SMS website.

What’s the advantage of using WhatsApp over texting?

It can be cheaper, depending on your situation and your data package, as WhatsApp messages aren’t counted as part of your monthly SMS messaging allowance. If you’re on a wi-fi network, WhatsApp messages are free to send, just as they are if you have enough mobile data in your monthly allowance. However, many mobile tariffs offer free text messages too, so it really depends on which package you have.

What’s the advantage of text messages over WhatsApp?

SMS is simpler, as the sender and the recipient don’t need to download any extra software – text messaging apps come as standard on all phones. There are fewer features as well, so it’s less confusing to use. But once you get to grips with WhatsApp it’s a doddle to use, and if you send a lot of images over wi-fi connections it could save you a tidy sum.

Got a new phone number? Here’s how to keep your WhatsApp messages

Because changing numbers shouldn’t mean losing your entire chat history, here’s how to change your registered number without having to set up WhatsApp all over again.

Follow these simple tips, and you can preserve every conversation you’ve ever had using the app, including all the photos and videos people have shared.

Step 1: Tell your friends

First things first – tell your WhatsApp contacts your new number. Once they’ve saved it in their phones’ address books, you should have a seamless transition.

Step 2: Check your new number is active

Make sure your new phone number can receive SMS (i.e. text messages) and calls, and has an active data connection. To do so, try calling someone, ask them to send you a text, and try browsing the web without a wi-fi connection.

Step 3: Check your old number

Your old number will have to be verified in WhatsApp on your phone. To check it is, go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings and tap your profile photo.

Step 4: Tell WhatsApp your new number

With your new SIM in your phone, go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Account > Change number. Enter your old number in the top box, and your new number in the bottom box. Tap Done. You will now be prompted to verify your new number.

You’ll still be able to access your chat history, as long as you keep the same phone. If you’re changing phone, but not your number, you’ll need to backup your old chats and restore them on your new handset.

Are you making the most of WhatsApp? 9 brilliant tips and tricks

Here’s everything you need to be a WhatsApp ninja!

1. Hide your last seen status

It’s handy being able to see the last time someone has used WhatsApp, but sometimes it can be a bit too revealing. Maybe you don’t want to talk to someone at that moment, but it could be awkward if they see you have been using the app. Thankfully, you can conceal this from recipients.

Go to Settings –  Account – Privacy – Last Seen and you can choose who sees when you saw their message. Choose between Everyone, My Contacts or Nobody.

2. Shortcuts to frequent chats

Swamped by so many chats you struggle to find your favourites? No problem, there’s a solution to that, though it’s currently only available on the Android app.

Tap and hold a chat and swipe right then select Add Shortcut. This will create a shortcut to that chat on your device’s homescreen – it will look like a new app altogether, with the conversation’s title as its name and its picture as its icon. You can then place it wherever you like on your homescreen(s).

3. Use bold/italics in messages

Getting the tone right is key – nail it, and you’ll be lauded as a great wit; get it wrong, and it could cost you a friendship. Thankfully, the ability to bolden and italicise your text will help you get your point across. To bold a word or piece of text, *place an asterisk before and after it*

To put it in italics, _bookend it with underscores_ Hey presto, no more misunderstandings.

4. Back up chats

Want to make sure you don’t lose your conversations? Go to Settings – Chats – Chat backup and you can archive your witticisms/cat gifs for posterity.

5. Hide your profile picture

A profile pic is a great way of making the chat seem more human, and adding a sense of fun to proceedings. But if you’re dealing with a business colleague, sometimes you don’t want them to see that picture of you in your Halloween costume. Thankfully, you can hide your profile pic from view.

Go to Settings – Account – Privacy – Profile Photo and you can choose who sees it: everyone, your contacts or nobody. That way, your Halloween shenanigans will stay between you and your friends.

6. See when messages are read

You can see the exact time your message was read, which is particularly useful for group chats.

On an iPhone, swipe from right to left on the individual message and you can see the time it was read.

7. Mute group chats

It’s fantastic being able to chat with lots of people at once in a group, but there are always one or two people who want to go off on a tangent. Then it’s time to mute the group, so you don’t get bombarded with notifications every time someone pipes up.

  • Android: Press the Menu button in a group chat, then select Mute;
  • IPhone: Press the name of the group at the top within the chat to open the Group Info section.

Choose to silence them for eight hours, a week, or even a year for the really annoying ones.

8. Mark conversations as unread

If you don’t have time to reply to a conversation right now, you can mark it as unread. That way, when you next look at your phone, it’ll show up as if you haven’t looked at it, acting as a handy reminder that it needs your attention.

  • Android: Press and hold on a conversation and select Mark as Unread from the menu.
  • iPhone: Swipe from left to right on a chat and it’ll appear as unread

9. Save media over Wi-fi

If you download videos then your WhatsApp usage could mean you quickly use up your data allowance.

Head to Settings – Data usage and you can choose whether you automatically download Photos, Audio, Videos and Documents using your mobile data. If you’re worried about how much data it will use, select Wi-Fi.

and then……

Use WhatsApp but don’t want to chat? How to block someone on WhatsApp

Here’s what you need to do….by operating system!

To block an exisiting contact

Android:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your phone
  2. Tap your phone’s menu button (or the menu icon if your phone doesn’t have a menu button)
  3. Go to Settings, then Account, then Privacy, then select Blocked Contacts
  4. Tap the add contact icon – a small icon the shape of a person with a plus sign on the left
  5. A list will appear. Choose the contact you wish to block

Apple:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your phone
  2. If you have a chat open, navigate back to the main Chats screen
  3. Select the Settings icon at the bottom right of the screen, then Account, then Privacy, then Blocked
  4. Tap Add New and choose the contact you wish to block

Windows Phone:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your phone
  2. Select More (the three dot icon), then Settings, then Contacts, then Blocked contacts
  3. Select the plus icon at the bottom of the screen
  4. Select the contact you wish to block

To block an unknown number

 

Android:

  1. Open the message from the unknown contact
  2. Select Block

If the message is spam, you can report it. When you receive the first message from a number not in your phone, choose Report Spam.

Apple:

  1. Open the message from the unknown contact
  2. Select Block

If the message is spam, you can tap Report Spam and then Report and Block.

Windows Phone:

  1. Open the messaget from the unknown contact
  2. Select More (the three dot icon), then block and block again to confirm

If the message is spam, you can report it. When you receive the first message you can select Block and Report Spam. Select Block and then Block again to confirm.

To unblock a number

 

Android:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app
  2. Tap your phone’s menu button (or the menu icon if your phone doesn’t have a menu button)
  3. Go to Settings, then Account, then Privacy, then select Blocked Contacts
  4. Select and hold the name of the contact you want to unblock
  5. A menu will pop up. Select Unblock

Apple:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app
  2. If you have a chat open, navigate back to the main Chats screen
  3. Select the Settings icon at the bottom right of the screen, then Account, then Privacy, then Blocked
  4. Swipe left on the name of the contact you want to unblock
  5. Select Unblock

Windows Phone:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app
  2. Select More (the three dot icon), then Settings, then Contacts, then Blocked contacts
  3. Press and hold on the contact you wish to unblock until some options appear
  4. Select Unblock

You are now, a Whatsapp Genius!

Look out for more tips and tricks on a myriad of communication apps and equipment.  Got a specific questions?  Call us on 03456885122 or email us happytohelp@connecti-it.co and we will be just that, Happy to Help!

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About Yvonne Roberts

Yvonne has spent the last 30 years in field sales, working up and down the UK. Deciding it was time retire the poor car before it died, she now is a prolific writer and teacher as well as writing and performing ceremonies as a civil celebrant. This means blogging comes off her pen as natural as breathing! Working with Connect-it gives her a platform to let her natural and alternative view on life to be expressed; as well as an understanding of the telecoms world.

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