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10 WhatsApp Tricks You Never Knew About

10 WhatsApp Tricks You Never Knew About

WhatsApp, over the years, has grown to be by far the world’s leading mobile messaging app. Today, it boasts well over 1 billion users with new, distinct, and innovative features popping up almost every six months. I think it’s safe to say that no one will be knocking WhatsApp off its throne anytime soon. Even with the fact that most low end Windows Phones and BlackBerries no longer support WhatsApp (you know, because WhatsApp is so good, its developers can afford to be proud and picky), the user base doesn’t seem to be affected one bit, giving the app further credibility and overall appeal.

WhatsApp has numerous uses; the ubiquitous messaging, voice calls, and the recently added video calls. However, there are some hidden things that the app is capable of performing; uses that aren’t known to just everyone. Most times, upon getting to know these WhatsApp tricks, people marvel (as if they just discovered fire or something), while other times, the hidden uses seem useless. Nevertheless, here are 10 tricks you can perform on WhatsApp that not everyone knows about.

1. Read messages without the sender knowing

There’s a usual paradigm in messaging that you have to reply to a message once you see it. Ever been in a situation where you want to read a message without having to reply, or without making the sender realize you saw it? Apparently, now you can, if you follow these simple steps:

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  • Go to your phone network settings and disable your mobile data (or simply turn on flight mode)
  • Go back to the message and read it
  • Return to your settings and switch your mobile data back on (or in the case of flight mode, switch it off again)

When you do this, blue ticks (which indicate that you’ve read the message) won’t appear, due to lack of internet connection.

2. Operate without a SIM card

This trick is only available for those using tablets to run their WhatsApp account. You can actually run your WhatsApp account seamlessly without using a SIM card. However, you’ll need a nearby functional SIM. Simply install WhatsApp on the tablet, and during the verification process, save the number of the SIM. A message containing your verification code will be sent to that SIM, and you can simply enter the code in where appropriate. Your account is verified and you’re ready to go.

3. Create contact shortcuts

For contacts that you chat with frequently – family, friends, business associates, etc. – you could save yourself the stress of having to sift through your apps, opening WhatsApp, and sifting through chats to get to them. All you have to do is to create a shortcut for their chats on your phone’s homepage. Start by pressing on the contact and holding until a pop-up filled with options appears. Included in that pop-up is the ‘create chat shortcut’ option. Choose that option, and on your home screen, a shortcut for that chat will appear.

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4. Extend validity

WhatsApp requires regular updates. If you don’t update your app by yourself, they’ll force you to do so by temporarily cutting you off. Most times, updates contain just little tweaks, and you spend a considerable amount of data and space for almost nothing. The process of extending your WhatsApp validity is quite complex, so follow closely:

  • Head into your WhatsApp settings. Go to Account, then click on Change Number
  • Enter your number as the old number. If you have a second SIM, put it as your new number
  • Do this again, swapping the two numbers as old and new. This means your original number returns to its position
  • Bam! Your WhatsApp account’s validity is extended for a whole year.

5. Hide last seen

Your ‘last seen’ feature shows people the last time you were on WhatsApp. If you’re looking to hide that, maybe from stalkers or other weird people, just go to Settings, then Account, and then Privacy. From here, you can change whatever settings you want to change relating to your privacy – your last seen, profile picture, status, etc.

6. Voice control

Voice control means you don’t have to type a single thing. There’s a microphone-shaped icon on your WhatsApp keyboard panel. Speaking clearly and directly into the speakers after pressing this icon will activate voice control, and your words will be typed as said. If you’re on the go and you don’t have the time to type, this feature can be very nifty.

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7. Directly reply to messages

Most times, you might wish to reply to people as chats go on, especially in group chats where people speak in droves, and someone else might have taken your turn before you even had the chance to finish typing. If you’re looking to reply to someone, all you have to do is to press their message for about two seconds. An option board will pop up, including the option to reply. Click this, and their message will move on top of the space where your words will appear as they are typed. After you reply, simply post your message and it will be duly shown.

8. Successfully change phone numbers

Changing SIMs often means that you have to start a new WhatsApp experience. However, there’s a way you can continue using your old account with an entirely new SIM card. To migrate, head to Settings, then Account, and finally, Change Number. Once you enter the old and new numbers in their respective spaces, your account will be moved successfully.

9. Send edited texts

Apart from normal texts and fonts, you can make special edits to them. Pay attention:

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  • To make a text bold, add an asterisk (*) before and after the text (e.g. *asterisk*)
  • To put a text in italic form, add an underscore (_) before and after the text (e.g.  _underscore_)
  • To strike a text out, add a hyphen (-) before and after the text (e.g  -hyphen-)

10. Camera gimmicks

The new version of WhatsApp comes with two special camera effects. When taking a picture with the WhatsApp camera, you can interchange the front and back cameras by double tapping the screen. You can also zoom in and out of your videos by sliding two fingers up (for zooming in) and down (for zooming out).

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Published on October 16, 2018

7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Business

7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Business

There’s nothing more fulfilling than the sense of accomplishment you get by achieving your business goals.

Gone are the days when you used pen and paper to take notes and manage your work day. As millennials are relying heavily on technology to manage almost everything from finances to their personal fitness, goal tracking apps are also becoming increasingly popular.[1]

In this piece, we will shed some light on 7 such goal tracking apps that you can use to streamline your operations.

I have handpicked these apps from a software rating web services site Best Online Reviews. Industry experts review software on these websites and help businesses to find the right solutions to meet their various, unique business requirements.

1. Aha!

    Aha! is a California-based roadmap software provider and offers excellent goal tracking app that lets you define goals and objectives for projects. The app also lets you list out primary tasks and allows you to focus on them.

    Hosted securely on the cloud, the app offers enhanced communication tools for sharing updates through emails with select colleagues or the entire organization.

    Aha! is available on multiple platforms such as the web, Android, iOS, Windows, etc. and starts from $59 per month per user.

    Available for Web

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    2. Asana

      Asana is one of the more popular project management apps available for businesses. It lets you organize all your team’s work, such as setting up and tracking goals, creating tasks, sharing files and notes, etc.

      Asana also allows your team to organize all their tasks and focus on urgent priorities. Moreover, the app offers a delightful user experience that makes task management simple and easy.

      Asana is available on multiple platforms from PCs and Mac to iOS and Android. Multi-channel adaptability makes Asana the perfect choice to track your goals anytime, from anywhere.

      Available for iOS | Android | Web

      3. Basecamp

        Basecamp is an excellent tool to manage all your team’s projects and keep your activities organized. It opens a new thread for every task and that task is visible by the whole team.

        With Basecamp, you can schedule tasks, add to-dos, discuss tasks by adding comments, add files and attachments, and much more.

        The app is available on both mobile and desktop platforms and costs $99 per month. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS platforms and offers excellent multi-channel access.

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        Available for iOS | Android | Web

        4. Forecast

          An efficient tool for successful task management, Forecast is also a popular goal tracking app. Apart from effective milestone tracking, the app also offers convenient status reporting.

          Forecast uses project history to let you know the status of your current work. Moreover, it uses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to provide high-quality assistance. It is a robust app for small teams to track goals and time.

          Forecast is available for free and comes with Android and iOS app support. The premium version of the app starts from $19 per month per user.

          Available for Web

          5. Wrike

            Wrike is a cloud-based collaboration and project management app that successfully manages projects from start to finish. It lets you create tasks, track work progress and retrieve reports with ease.

            The app also gives real-time work updates and helps team members to understand their work priorities. A custom report builder helps you to generate in-depth reporting.

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            Wrike’s premium version is available from $9.80 per month per user and is available on multiple platforms.

            Available for iOS | Android | Web

            6. Todo.vu

              Todo.vu is a unique platform that delivers enhanced customer relationship management (CRM), task management, time tracking, and billing functionality in a single app.

              According to Capterra, it’s an ideal app for freelancers and consultants, who are looking for tools to improve efficiency and transparency.

              Although the app is free to use with basic features, the premium plan starts from $5 per month per user. The app also comes with calendar sync and task reminder functionality to keep you on track, always.

              Available for Web

              7. Flock

                Looking for a tool to simplify task management? Try out Flock.

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                Flock comes with enhanced goal tracking and additional features like instant messaging.

                Moreover, Flock offers tons of integrations with tools such as Google, MailChimp, Jira, Dropbox, etc. It is a powerful tool that’s packed with robust features such as reminders, notes, polls and to-dos.

                Even though you can use the tool for free, the paid version of Flock is available from $4.50 per month per user.

                Available for iOS | Android | Web

                Conclusion

                Businesses need high-quality project management tools to streamline collaboration and operations. Enhanced goal tracking apps make it easy for your team to improve productivity by keeping its tasks organized.

                But it’s essential that you choose an app that meets your unique business requirements. You can choose from the above-mentioned apps to streamline operations and improve the productivity of your team.

                Featured photo credit: Alvaro Reyes via unsplash.com

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