- How to save data on WhatsApp,
- How to Update your Privacy settings,
- How to set up two-step verification.
WhatsApp comes with a lot of features that enhance your instant massaging experience, conversation privacy, and account security on the platform. However, most of the features are optional, meaning you have to enable or disable them manually. Here is a list of the top six things every WhatsApp user should know how to do.
Set up Two-step Verification
Whatsapp uses end to end encryption to protect our conversations from third-party interception by default but for additional security, the app also a has two-step verification feature. When enabled, the feature adds more security to your accounts by asking for a pin every time you register your number again, perhaps on another device. The feature is useful in cases where your verification code somehow gets into the wrong hands, that person can log into your account but cannot operate it without inputting that second verification pin. However, it is of vital importance that you never share the pin with anyone else. Enable two-step verification today in your WhatsApp account settings.
Turn on Disappearing Messages
Turning on Disappearing Messages will make any new messages in a new chat disappear after seven days if they are sent to a contact that also has disappearing messages turned on, offering you peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent because they can be used as evidence in the future. But of course, there are still ways for receivers to save the messages like forwarding them, taking a screenshot, or saving the chat history(database). Disappearing messages are also another additional and security feature.
To turn on disappearing messages, open the chat, tap the contact’s name, scroll down to see the option “Disappearing Messages” and select on.
Safeguard your data(change your download settings)
Data is expensive in developing countries (Zimbabwe included), cut down the data you use on WhatsApp by customizing your automatic download settings, putting you in control of when and if you download files and media. That way the app will not download any media without your knowledge (in the background). Head to “Storage and Data” in your Settings and then choose if photos, audio, video, and documents can auto-download with Wi-Fi, data, or never (meaning none will download until you select them).
Leave, mute, or archive unwanted groups
At some point, some WhatsApp groups will no longer hold any value to you because it has served its intention of creation or any other reason. You can quickly and easily leave groups, or choose to mute or archive those you don’t want to hear from right now. Open the group chat, tap the group subject and scroll down to see the option “Exit Group” or “Mute”. You can alternatively, tap and hold the group in the Chats tab, then tap “Exit Group” or “Archive”
Block unwanted contacts
It’s quick and easy to block someone on WhatsApp. Head to your Privacy settings, tap block, and then add contacts or the unknown number you wish to block.
Update your Privacy settings
As a WhatsApp user you should be able to control who can see your Read Receipts, status updates, Last Seen, About, and Profile Photo in case you want to hide these things from certain people. Head to Account in Settings, then tap Privacy, and you can change any of these to be seen by everyone, just your contacts, or nobody at all – it’s totally up to you.
You can bluetick a chat without the person knowing by simply tapping and holding the chat in the Chats tab, then select option (three dots on the top right corner) and select “mark as unread”.
Certain status updates cannot be viewed by certain people which why you should know how to updates your status privacy. To select who sees your status updates, open the status tap then select options (three dots on the top right corner), and select status privacy.