WHATSAPP is making it much easier to spot hoax messages with a brand new feature. The Facebook-owned app is currently battling to crack down on fake news stories, which are secretly spreading like spam chain emails from the early days of the internet. From now on, WhatsApp will alert you when a message sent by a friend has been forwarded. It's a minor change, but it should have a major impact on the spread of fake news. Unlike public platforms like Facebook or Twitter, it's hard to tell which messages are real – and which ones are a hoax. By highlighting forward messages, you'll know something is a copy-and-paste job, and might not be entirely authentic. WhatsApp isn't flagging forwarded messages as fake news, of course. Lots of people will certainly perfectly legitimate messages using the forwarding function. But the little 'Forwarded' text (accompanied by an arrow) at the top of forwarded messages may make people think twice before passing a text on. "Starting today, WhatsApp … [Read more...] about WhatsApp’s new feature will help you stop spreading HOAX messages to your mates
A NEW WhatsApp update gives you the ability to block certain people from sending messages inside your group chats. After all, WhatsApp group chats can bring people together, but they can also be seriously annoying at times. The new feature is called Send Messages, and lets you shut people out from your group convo. As long as you're a group admin, you can limit the conversation to only other group admins. That means normal participants will still be able to read messages in the group – but won't be able to share their own messages. If you want someone to be able to speak, simply upgrade them to group admin status. It might seem like a minor change, but it's great news for anyone regularly using group chats. Group chats are often created to share info with lots of people fast quickly – like wedding details, or work plans. But when you've got loads of people in a group convo, they can easily spiral into a notification-spawning hell. Worse still, large group chats often go … [Read more...] about WhatsApp update will make your group chats WAY less annoying with this new feature
YOU may have muted that Whatsapp group chat a long time ago but that won't stop it filling your camera roll with unwanted pictures and videos and depleting your phone's memory. Luckily there's a very simple way of stopping your phone automatically downloading the media and keeping your storage free. How do I stop Whatsapp saving pictures on my phone? There are actually several easy ways to stop Whatsapp from automatically downloading messages on both Android and iPhone. On Android, all you have to do is open the messaging app and tap the three vertical dots (Settings) on the top right. Tap "chat settings", then "media auto-download" and you'll see three options - images, audio and video - which you can uncheck. There are two ways to achieve the same outcome on iPhone. The first is to open Whatsapp, click the "settings" button in the bottom right, then "data and storage usage". Here you can you will see the "media auto-download" option which you can use to stop pictures … [Read more...] about How to stop WhatsApp saving pictures on your phone – tips and tricks for the message app
WE'VE all sent a message we've regretted and wished we could turn back time. WhatsApp has been letting users "unsend" messages since October 2017 but now it is believed the app will extend the grace period from seven minutes to over an hour. What is the "unsend" feature? It used to be the case that sending a WhatsApp message was final – no take-backs. But in a bid to keep up with rival services, WhatsApp began offering an "unsend" feature that lets you delete a message for everyone. There are plenty of reasons why you'd want to unsend a message: maybe you've drunk-texted an ex, or mistakenly called your boss something unpleasant in the work chat. There's been no official announcement, but tech site WABetaInfo dug into the latest beta app update for WhatsApp and uncovered the change. How to "unsend" a WhatsApp message? So if you've sent a risky text or made a mistake the feature can save you a lot of embarrassment or explaining. All you have to do to delete a message is … [Read more...] about How to unsend WhatsApp messages and what’s the time limit on ‘Delete for Everyone’?
WHATSAPP has quietly announced that its app will soon stop working on a bunch of iPhones and Android phones. The Facebook-owned messaging service currently boasts 1.5billion users worldwide, but it will cut off millions from its platform in the next two years. WhatsApp sneakily revealed the purge in an update to an old blog post titled "support for older operating systems". In it, the company says it will nix support for the following systems on February 1, 2020: iOS 7 and older Android Gingerbread versions 2.3.7 and older. Users of those operating systems can no longer create new WhastApp accounts, but will be able to use the app until the deadline. What's more, the app could stop functioning at any time, so maybe it's time to buy a new phone. Android Gingerbread launched in 2010 and still makes up for 0.3 percent of Android's market share – which amounts to roughly six million devices. Back in December, WhatsApp ended support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry … [Read more...] about WhatsApp will stop working on THESE phones soon – is yours on the list?