Three clever WhatsApp tricks every user should know – including how to clear your mistakes

IF WHATSAPP is your main app for communication then there are three tricks you really need to know.

With over 2 billion users around the world, WhatsApp is one of the most used instant messaging apps.

WhatsApp has many smart features for users to try


WhatsApp has many smart features for users to tryCredit: Alamy

However, this app is not only one of the most popular, but it also has some of the coolest features to make your messaging experience completely seamless.

We’ve rounded up three of the smartest WhatsApp tricks every user should know from protecting your privacy to using multiple devices.

How to delete a message you sent

By far, the ability to delete messages once you’ve sent them has been one of WhatsApp’s standout achievements.

And unlike other messaging services (i.e. iMessage), when you delete a text from a WhatsApp chat box, it deletes it for everyone, not just you.

This feature is especially useful if you send a message to the wrong chat or your message contains errors.

You can delete /s messages by opening WhatsApp, then going to the chat containing the message.

Once you’ve located the message, you’ll want to tap and hold it until ‘Delete’ pops up.

Tap ‘Delete’ then ‘Delete for everyone.’

Messages that are successfully deleted for everyone will be replaced with: “This message has been deleted.”

How to send disappearing messages

Another good security feature that everyone should know about on WhatsApp is how to send disappearing messages, photos or videos.

If you enable this feature, it will make any new messages in the chat disappear after seven days.

To do this, go to the specific conversation > click on the person’s name at the top of the chat > ​​tap on ‘Disappearing Messages’ > tap on ‘On.’

You can also send an image that disappears or a video that collapses after the recipient has viewed it once.

This is useful when sending sensitive information, such as bank details.

To do this, start by going to the specific conversation, then tap the “+” sign next to the message input field.

Next, select ‘Camera’ to take a photo or ‘Photo & Video Gallery’ to select a photo.

Once you’ve selected a photo, tap the “1” next to the blue send arrow, then tap the blue arrow to send.

How to use WhatsApp on your laptop

Another great thing about WhatsApp is that the service is not only limited to your mobile phone, you can also use it on your tablet or laptop/desktop.

There’s a browser app you can access as a WhatsApp user, which syncs everything from your phone to your laptop.

You can also download the desktop app if you want.

Simply go to or download the desktop app from

Then you have to open WhatsApp on your phone.

Go to Settings > WhatsApp Web/Desktop > Scan QR code on browser or Desktop app > Follow the instructions from there.

WhatsApp lets you delete a message after you send it


WhatsApp lets you delete a message after you send itCredit: Alamy
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Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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