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4 Things you didn’t know about WhatsApp

The days of relying on SMS’s are long gone. Now, nearly everyone with a smartphone uses WhatsApp– even our grannies! Although you may send messages via the popular app practically every day, we bet you didn’t know about these four tricks that are sure to come in handy the next time you’re on WhatsApp.

1. You don’t need to type to chat.

Thanks to advanced technology, WhatsApp can now be seamlessly integrated with personal assistants like Siri and Google Assistant. This spares you the trouble of typing when your hands are occupied, or you’re just too lazy to do it. That’s because you can simply switch on the voice assistant and verbally dictate your messages instead!

2. It’s not only for messages– it creates gifs too!

Once your message is all sorted, why not spice things up by creating a gif to go with it? Go to the lowest part of the emoji menu, where you can follow a link to Giphy’s full library. What’s more, if you’re importing a video into WhatsApp and reduce the length to five seconds or less, it’ll automatically turn into a gif. Your messages are about to get a whole lot more exciting…

3. It can be used as a digital notebook.

Ever heard of Slack? It’s basically the business version of WhatsApp that allows you to store and transfer various files, and make notes. However, you don’t have to download Slack because you can now do all of that on WhatsApp. Just tap on a group chat for which you are the administrator, and remove the other group members. You’ll then have that formerly shared space, all to yourself. 

4. You can prevent those little ticks from turning blue. 

A major concern with modern technology is privacy, and one of the things that you may want to keep private, is whether or not you’ve read your messages. That way, no one can complain that you’ve read their message without replying. By default, WhatsApp alerts senders that you’ve read their messages with two little blue ticks. If you go to your WhatsApp privacy settings and opt to turn off Read Receipts, those ticks will remain grey, rather than turning blue whenever you read a message.

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