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6 WhatsApp hidden features you should probably know

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Whatsapp is one of the world’s most popular instant messengers having more than 1.5 billion users across the globe, with nearly 250 million in India itself.

In order to keep its large user base engaged, WhatsApp regularly rolls out new, improved features regularly to subscribers.

However, there are some features that many users didn’t know existed. Take a look.

YouTube Videos

Users can watch YouTube videos right within the app

When users click on YouTube links shared on WhatsApp, they are usually redirected to YouTube website or the on-device YouTube app.

However, a recent update allows users to watch YouTube videos without even leaving the WhatsApp app. This is reportedly available only for iOS users currently.

Users can play the video in a floating window even while chatting or navigating around the app.

WhatsApp Payments

Send money to your friends directly on WhatsApp

Users can now send/receive money on WhatsApp without even leaving the chat window thanks to a new feature for UPI-based payments service. WhatsApp rolled out the “Payments”  feature first in India.

This option can be accessed in the chat window after clicking on the “attachment icon” where other options for sending audios/videos/documents are located.

The money is credited directly to the recipient’s bank account.


You can add location stickers to images and videos

WhatsApp users can now customize photos/videos before sending by adding some new stickers and filters.

They can tag a location and add the current time as stickers on pictures/videos apart from the regular emoji stickers.

After choosing image/video, users only need to select the “smiley” icon at the top to add stickers. The location stickers are available only for iOS users at present.


Sent message to wrong person? You can delete it now

Users can delete messages sent by mistake thanks to the “Delete for Everyone” feature WhatsApp introduced last year.

It helps users delete or revoke a sent message.

For deleting a message, users can select a message and click on “Delete” (trash icon) to choose from “Delete for Me” and “Delete for Everyone” (deleting messages from others’ chats) options.


But, what if you want to read a deleted message?

Whenever a message gets deleted, it gets replaced with “This message was deleted” in both sender and recipient’s chat.

However, the messages don’t really disappear. Recipients can read the revoked messages as they can be found (at least partially) on their devices.

All they need is some third-party app that can access the phone’s notification log and show the deleted messages existing as “notifications”.

App Language

You can use WhatsApp in these 10 Indian languages

Many users probably don’t know that WhatsApp supports as many as ten Indian languages. To use WhatsApp in a different language, users can change the app language in WhatsApp settings.

They can go to Settings > Chats > App Language > Select a language.

Apart from English, WhatsApp supports Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, and Malayalam for Indian users.

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