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WhatsApp 2015 Guide: 5 Useful Tips & Tricks Every WhatsApp Lover Should Know

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Follow these tips on how to get the most out of the popular WhatsApp messenger. (Image courtesy of Whatsapp.com)

WhatsApp is one of the best messaging applications around. It lets you send unlimited messages to contacts across various platforms like Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and even Java or Symbian. As of January 2015, the app already has more than 700 million active users.

If you use this popular messenger on a regular basis, then you better check out these easy WhatsApp tips and tricks to improve your experience.

Disable media auto-download

Unlimited data plans are becoming harder and harder to come by. If you?ve settled on a bundled monthly data plan, it?s wise to know the things you can do to save on data. Earlier versions of WhatsApp automatically download media files so you can view them much faster, but this may take a toll on your limited data allowance. The latest version of the app now allows you to disable this feature and only download when you?re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Do it by heading to Settings > Chat Settings > Media Auto-Download.

Hide ?Last Seen? timestamp

Some users enjoy this feature because it reassures them that messages are properly delivered and viewed. However, some may also find it intrusive (especially those who don?t want to let their friends know that they?re still awake at 3 a.m.) Thankfully, the app now provides the option to disable the ?Last Seen? timestamp. You can do it yourself by navigating to Settings > Account > Privacy > Last Seen then choose ?Nobody?.

Remove WhatsApp photos on your Gallery or Camera Roll automatically

If you don?t want WhatsApp photos or videos sent by your contacts to clutter your Android phone?s Gallery or your iPhone?s Camera Roll, folks from Hongkiat.com has a suggestion. On iOS, all you have to do is go to Settings > Privacy > Photos and then toggle off the feature. It?s slightly complicated on Android. You have to create a ?.nomedia? file in WhatsApp?s images or video directories. In order to do this you?ll need a file explorer like ES File Explorer. After that, head to the images or video folders. Tap the ?New? button in the bottom left side, select ?File? and create a file named .nomedia. Doing this will stop the Gallery from scanning the folder.

Deactivate WhatsApp if you lose your phone

WhatsApp strongly recommends that you immediately deactivate your WhatsApp account once your phone is lost. They suggest that you call your mobile provider to lock your SIM card ASAP. Then, it will not be possible to verify the account on that phone again as you need to be able to receive SMS or phone calls to verify an account.

Once you?ve locked the SIM in your stolen or lost phone, you can now use a new SIM with the same number to activate WhatsApp on your new phone. This is the fastest way to deactivate your account on the stolen phone since WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time.

Use WhatsApp on your desktop

You know exactly how annoying it could be if you miss an important WhatsApp message every time you?re focused working on your desktop or laptop. Fortunately, the team behind the popular messenger has just launched WhatsApp Web client so you can read and reply to new messages directly from your computer. Check out our previous post on how to use it.

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