Life has changed with the introduction of WhatsApp web services. It allows you to send and receive messages, sending images, and sharing media files easily through your computer. The WhatsApp PC system is gaining increasing popularity due to its awesome features that make the operation a breeze.
All you have to do is to scan the QR code on web.whatsapp.com using your phone and you are through. Logging out is also easy. Just go to the settings and click on “logout”. But, there are some tips and tricks that help to use it more effectively. Here are 10 such for you to use WhatsApp like a pro.
Use WhatsApp web keyboard shortcuts
You can do everything faster using these cool shortcuts.
- To start a new chat: Ctrl + N.
- For next chat: Ctrl + Shift +].
- For previous chat: Ctrl + Shift + [.
- For archive chat: Ctrl + E.
- For mute chat: Ctrl + Shift + M.
- To delete chat: Ctrl + Backspace.
- To mark as unread: Ctrl + Shift + U.
- To create new group: Ctrl + Shift + N.
- To open profile status: Ctrl + P.
Other than these, you can also use the general keyboard shortcuts
Do away with the mouse an access Emojis with the keyboard
Messaging is incomplete without emojis. But, it is a hell of a job to shift from the keyboard to the mouse and click the emoji icon to find the right one. You can do it easily in WhatsApp PC as below:
- Type the “colon” and the first few letters of emotion in the text area of a chat.
- There will be a prompt display of emoji on the screen.
- Use the left and right arrow keys for switching between different emojis.
- Press “enter” to include.
Auto-change emoticons to emojis
Although the internet has brought a radical change in our communication, it is unable to convey the verbal tone and body language. This paved the way for two new-age hieroglyphics; emoticons and emoji.
WhatsApp can automatically convert emoticons to emojis. For instance, typing it will be auto-converted to a smiling emoji, and typing >_< converts it to a laughing emoji. If you do not want auto conversion, then load Tampermonkey and install WhatsApp Emoticon Preserver. It will stop auto changes.
Upload files by dragging and dropping
WhatsApp is an amazing way of chatting and sending images. You can also send files on WhatsApp. Click the paper clip icon on the top right corner of a chat and WhatsApp allows sending attachments. But there is a much easier way in the WhatsApp PC system. You can open the folder containing the file. Now drag and drop that into the chat for uploading.
Run two WhatsApp accounts on the same PC
Maybe you Have two mobile phones with separate WhatsApp accounts or have a dual SIM mobile with different WhatsApp accounts. No matter what is the reason, if you want to run two accounts on the same PC, it can be done in two ways.
Open an incognito window or a different browser for your second number. Just login normally and use the other account to scan the QR code. Alternatively, you can use dyn.web.whatsapp.com proxy app for this.
Read a message without notifying the sender
Sometimes it may be necessary to read a message without knowledge of the sender. WhatsApp PC has a unique way of doing this that does not need turning off the read receipts.
- Open the chat in the WhatsApp window.
- Open another window and change the size so that the chat can be viewed in the background.
- Click on the window and keep the cursor over there. This fools the computer to think that you are working on the new window and not WhatsApp.
- You will be able to read any message coming on the chat avoiding blue tick. The sender will know that you have received the message.
The downside of this is that you can view only one message at a time. Of course, no one needs to do this frequently!
Use WAToolkit for Message Preview
WAToolkit is a great WhatsApp PC extension. It shows the number of unread messages. Just hover over its icon for a nice preview without any read receipt. Using this, you can also receive notifications with the WhatsApp tab closed. The wide text bubble is another amazing feature of WAToolkit. It organizes the text on full-width for a nice presentation.
Manage playback speed and volume with Zapp
Although WhatsApp does not allow making calls, one can make voice messages using WhatsApp PC. Sometime these voice messages could be too soft or too long. You can use the Zapp extension to increase the playback speed and for making it loud with arrow keys.
Keep a backup of conversations to your email
Keep a backup of conversations with your email. Open the conversation you want to save and click Options > More > Email Chat and follow the instructions displayed on the screen. Follow this individually for each chat you want to save.
Configure privacy options
WhatsApp sets the privacy settings, by default. The ‘Last Seen’ feature shows when you were last active on WhatsApp, If you do not like this, you may change privacy settings in the following way.
- Press Options > Settings > Account
- Now choose who can view the Last Seen, Profile Photo, and about, Also turn off Read Receipts, if required and view who you have blocked.
WhatsApp PC system gives you a unique viewing experience on a bigger screen, But it has got certain limitations, It needs an extremely strong internet connection, It also becomes irritating when a family member does WhatsApp on your mobile and you get a constant notification on the PC.