Moving old WhatsApp Messages to my New Phone
Chances are that you recently started using a new phone and you don’t want to lose that naughty chat you had with your girlfriend/boyfriend on WhatsApp or some important information someone sent through the app. Be it iPhone or Android, you can move all your chats to your new device.
If you use an Android phone with the option for external storage like microSD card then all that you need to do is go to Menu > Settings > Chat settings > Backup conversations in your phone. Ensure that you find the WhatsApp folder there. Move the SD card to your new phone and install WhatsApp. During installation, it would give you the option to restore. In case of phones with internal storage, use the built-in folder explorer app to navigate to /sdcard/WhatsApp and move the contents of the folder manually to the new phone or SD card.
Using WhatsApp on my computer
Yes, you heard that right; you can use WhatsApp on your laptop or desktop through a web interface when you are tired of typing those long texts when a conversation gets interesting. Just go to https://web.whatsapp.com/ (please note that it only works with few browsers such as Chrome, Opera, Firefox and some versions of Safari). Open your WhatsApp and follow the instructions given on the website. In no time, you’ll see a window similar to your app with all your contacts loaded and you chat with them using your keyboard.
You need to ensure that your phone has internet connection active. It is preferred to have Wi-Fi since the app syncs messages with the phone instantly. To start using WhatsApp, open the site, open the app in the phone, go to Menu, Settings then click WhatsApp Web option and scan the QR code on the site.
How can I mute the annoying group chat notifications?
Are you part of a really big group on WhatsApp and sick of your phone buzzing every few seconds, thanks to the creative geniuses who create those funny and informative viral contents? You may not want to quit the group but at the same time not get annoyed by constant notifications. All you need to do is mute notifications from a specific group; this will not mute notifications from your other regular WhatsApp contacts.
For Android users, open the app then go to the specific group chat window that annoys you. Open the Menu and tap on Mute. You’re done. You also have the option of specifying time when the notifications should be muted.
How can I recover my deleted WhatsApp messages?
WhatsApp locally backs all your messages and content in your phone every morning at 4 am EST. The most convenient way to restore old messages is to uninstall the app and then re-install it again and during this process, it will give you the option to restore or install fresh. Select restore and you’ll recover the deleted messages. Please note that you’ll only find chats from the last seven days on your app restored. In case you want to visit older chats, you need to use a file explorer to go to sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases to find the relevant backup chats. You need to find the relevant file as to msgstore.db.crypt and then return back to main menu option of the WhatsApp and then go to Settings, App, WhatsApp, and then tap on Clear data. Now restart the app and it will provide the option of restoring, choose that.
Can I create chat shortcut on WhatsApp?
If the only person you chat with on WhatsApp is your high school crush, and you don’t care a damn about others. You could create a chat shortcut for that contact on your phone home screen for direct access to the contact’s chat window. To create the shortcut, just go the main WhatsApp window, find the contact you wish to create shortcut for. Tap and hold on the contact until you see a drop down menu. Tap on ‘add conversation shortcut’. You’re done. Go to home screen and you’ll find the new shortcut.
Hiding your ‘last seen’ timestamp on WhatsApp
Are you annoyed by the fact that you kissed goodbye your partner on WhatsApp at midnight before you told her/him that you will sleep too, but then you were up for a good few more hours chatting up an old friend, and then having to answer why you were up that late to your partner next morning just because she/he saw your last seen at 4 am?
For iPhone users, just go to Settings from WhatsApp main window, chat settings, advanced and then turn last seen timestamp to off. For Android users, go to Settings, Accounts, Privacy then tap on Last Seen and set it to ‘Nobody’. You’re done.
Manual Backup of WhatsApp chats
In case you’re among those few who may not completely automatic features of apps, you could backup your valuable WhatsApp info manually. On Android phones, go to Settings, Chat Settings and tap on Backup Conversations. Please note that this option does not allow backing up of media content from chats, which you would have to do manually using a file explorer or manager from /sdcard/WhatsApp/Media location.
For iOS users, open the app and go to Settings, Chat Settings, Chat Backup and then tap on Back Up Now option.
How can I stop WhatsApp images from showing up in Gallery and Camera Roll
How often do your close friends flip your smartphone open and scroll through your phone image gallery? It could be often and you could be part of some nasty WhatsApp chat group of old buddies, who share everything nasty from naughty images to videos of people making out, and you don’t willingly participate yet those images and videos show up on your main image gallery. Well, you could put an end to that.
On Android phones, you need to create a new file in WhatsApp’s images and video directories called ‘.nomedia’. You would need a file explorer to do this. Using the app, navigate to mentioned folders then tap on ‘New’ button and choose ‘File’ option to create a new file and name it ‘.nomedia’ and you’re done. Now those images and videos will not appear on your image gallery.
For iOS devices, it is much simpler. Just go to Settings, Privacy, Photos and then turn the WhatsApp option to ‘Switch Off’.
WhatsApp Chat Heads like Facebook Messenger?
What we like the most about Facebook is its separate app for messaging called Facebook Messenger. It has a hovering chat head for each contact that we can float over other apps and be moved anywhere on the screen we want. We could have something similar for WhatsApp chats too. This is not a built-in feature of WhatsApp so we would need an external app that can break WhatsApp chat windows into chat heads.
There is an app called ‘WhatsApp Chat Heads’ by a third party developer. One could install it to customize WhatsApp chats with specific LED, sound notifications and chat head colors. At the time of writing this, the app was in beta mode and required root access to your phone, which may be of concern to some.
How can I lock my WhatsApp messages?
Well you pretty out of luck with iPhone on that unless you want to jailbreak your phone. For Android users, there is no WhatsApp built-in feature to lock the app but you could secure your WhatsApp messages with third party security apps such as Chat Block, AppLock and Smart AppLock. This will put your apps including WhatsApp behind security features like PIN and password.
Some of these apps also have the feature of snapping pictures of any person who may try to access the app with incorrect password or pin. These apps are also available for Blackberry and Windows Phone users