Owing to its simplicity and ease of access, WhatsApp is one of the most widely used messaging services in the world. Just a month prior, WhatsApp recorded a whopping 1 billion daily users.
However, as simple as WhatsApp is, a few folks have been skeptical about some of its features — both old and new. In this article, we have rounded up 10 of the most common asked questions about WhatsApp. For starters, we help you by answering one of the most popular questions — Can Someone Track My WhatsApp?.
As it’s going to be a long one, let’s get started.
1. Can people know if I screenshot a WhatsApp conversation?
Though WhatsApp has gone to great length in getting ‘inspired’ from Snapchat, however, rest assured that it doesn’t let others know if you have grabbed a screenshot of the WhatsApp conversation.
2. Is my WhatsApp number visible to all my contacts?
Since WhatsApp uses the mobile phone number for registration, thus it’ll be visible to everyone who has saved your number in their phone’s contact book.
An easy workaround is to use a separate number for WhatsApp if you own a dual-SIM phone. This way, your WhatsApp number would be available only to a few selected people and the primary number would remain shielded from the prying eyes of WhatsApp users.
Unlike the contact number, the WhatsApp profile picture can be given a layer of protection. Depending on your choice, you can choose to make your picture visible only to the saved contacts on your phone.
Once you delete a particular number, they won’t be able to see your picture. Unlike Facebook, if a picture is visible others can still go ahead and grab a screenshot of your picture.
4. Can I hide WhatsApp Images from the Gallery?
The WhatsApp feature of automatically saving images and videos can be both a boon and a bane. For one, it can clutter the Gallery folders. Thankfully, WhatsApp images and videos can be easily hidden from the Gallery.
All you need to do open the file explorer and head over to the WhatsApp images folder and create a file called .nomedia. Restart your phone and all the WhatsApp media will be hidden.
Unfortunately, yes. WhatsApp conversations and accounts can be hacked into. Thanks to the security checks in iOS, iPhones are exempted from this. For Android, there are quite a few apps which intercept messages without you knowing. The worst part is these apps can’t be seen in the app drawer.
If you are suspicious that someone else is listening to your conversations, first take a look at the apps that are installed on your phone through the App Manager (Settings > App Manager) and kick out any apps which you don’t recognize.
Please note that we at Guiding Tech don’t condone spying.
6. How do I remove only the WhatsApp memes from the phone Gallery?
If you are part of several WhatsApp groups, you know the price that your gallery pays. Tens and thousands of forwards in the form of memes, GIFs and a lot more. Instead of manually scrolling and deleting, a handy solution is in the form of Siftr Magic Cleaner.
This app sifts through piles of media and smartly separates the junk from the important files. At the end, you just need to review and delete. Simple.
7. Is it possible to send a WhatsApp message without adding their number as a contact?
Yes, with the advent of a few smart Android apps, it’s possible to send WhatsApp messages without adding the number as a contact. The app of the hour is the Click2Chat app. As suggestive of its name, it’s a one click solution to send WhatsApp messages.
8. Can I Read WhatsApp Messages without Going Online
I won’t be exaggerating if I say that this question has been forever haunting mankind since the advent of the WhatsApp Blue ticks. Fortunately yes, WhatsApp messages can be read without going online. And no, it doesn’t have to do with disabling the WhatsApp Read Receipts.
9. How can I add someone to a group without adding them to my phone contacts?
Gone are the days when you needed to add a person’s contact number before adding them to the group. WhatsApp now lets you send a group link to add him as a participant either as an SMS, email or through the Click2Chat app.
All you need to do is tap on the Invite to group via link option and share the link. Neat, isn’t it?
10. Can I run multiple WhatsApp account on the same phone?
Yes, you can run multiple WhatsApp accounts from the same phone. Many devices from companies like Xiaomi, OnePlus, etc sport the dual app feature, which creates a separate partition in the phone.
For others, an app which goes by the name of Parallel Space can solve the issue. It lets you clone and run multiple accounts at the same time.
That’s All, Folks!
So, these were some of the common questions related to WhatsApp. If some related questions have been bugging you, you know where the comment is.