WhatsApp was made to be minimal, but lately the popular messaging app has been adding functionality. WhatsApp is currently beta testing Quick Quotes, which enables users to respond to messages in-line. This is particularly helpful if you're in a long group exchange and want to respond to something typed 12 lines back. Learn how to quote and do so much more with your chats with our 10 hacks for WhatsApp.



To quote, long-press any text or media message in your conversation. When the reply arrow appears to the left of the star, trash, copy, and forward buttons up top, type your response in the message box and then tap the reply key. The person you're chatting with will see their quote attached to your response.

Add formatting


Formatting can help you get your point across by emphasizing words, showing tone, or conveying a change of thought. To format a word or phrase, put symbols on either side: asterisks for bolding, underscores for italics, or tildes for strikethrough. Hit Send and see your text come to life.

Back up your chats


You say so much over chat, from work communications to love notes, that it would be a good idea to back up your messages to the cloud. Tap Settings, Chats, Chat Backup, then Back Up Now. If you're on an iPhone, your chat history will be stored on iCloud. On Android, it will be backed up to Google Drive. To avoid having to do this again and again, tap Auto Backup and choose to back up your chats daily, weekly, or monthly.

Retrieve deleted messages

If you've accidentally deleted an important message, don't despair -- that is, if you've set your phone to back up daily. Before your phone backs up next -- usually in the wee hours of the morning -- just uninstall and reinstall the app, and WhatsApp will retrieve the previous backup with your "lost" text.

Mute group chats


There is nothing more annoying than a ceaseless stream of group chat notifications every time someone chimes in. If you're sick of getting these alerts, mute them. In an existing group chat, tap the name of the chat at the top, then Mute, then your preferred break time: 8 hours, 1 week, or 1 year.

Broadcast your message


Another way to avoid an endless group back-and-forth: Broadcast your chat, sending it out in multiple private messages rather than one big group conversation. On Android, go to Chats, tap the menu button on the top right, and then tap New Broadcast. On iOS, head to Chats and tap Broadcast List. From there, add contacts, type your message, and send.

Turn off Read Receipts


Sometimes you don't want to respond to someone, but you may feel pressured to because you know that they know that you've seen their message. To turn off that blue tick, tap Settings, Account, and Privacy, and then toggle off Read Receipts.

Turn off Last Seen


Last Seen shows when a contact was most recently on WhatsApp. If you don't want anyone to know when you were last on, go to Settings, Account, Privacy, then Last Seen, and tick Nobody. The only downside is that now you won't be able to see when others were last on.

Hide chat contents on lock screen


If you're privacy-minded, you won't want coworkers, for example, to see personal exchanges popping up on your lock screen. To disable message previews, go to Settings, then Notifications, and toggle off Show Preview.

Stop saving pictures to your iPhone Camera Roll


For iOS users, WhatsApp saves incoming photos and videos to your Camera Roll by default. You may not want that to happen, if you're getting personal photos or videos that you don't want others to find, or if you're just trying to save space on your phone. Go to Settings, then Chats, and toggle off Save Incoming Media.

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Joshua Rotter is a copy editor for Download.com and covers iOS.