New Delhi, Jan 5: WhatsApp, the world's leading instant messaging platform, continually enhances its features, thanks to Meta's ongoing efforts to improve the user experience. For dedicated WhatsApp users, exploring these five hidden features can add a new dimension to their messaging experience.
Screen Sharing During Video Calls:
WhatsApp has long supported free video calls, and now it takes collaboration to the next level with screen sharing. Users can share their smartphone or computer screens (PC or Mac) in real-time, making it ideal for presentations, discussing monthly targets, or pitching a product during video calls. To initiate screen sharing, click on the screen share button during a video call, and to end it, simply click on the stop sharing button.
Send Short Video Messages:
In addition to text-based, sticker-based, emoji-based, and audio-based messages, Meta has introduced short video messages on WhatsApp (less than 60 seconds). These circular format videos add a touch of fun and allow users to capture the attention of friends or partners. To send a quick short video message, click on the microphone icon, wait for it to change to a video camera icon, record your message, and hit send.
Enhanced Privacy and Security:
Meta has centralized privacy-related features on WhatsApp, accessible through a new privacy menu in the settings tab. This menu empowers users to control who can contact them, manage personal data, and enable disappearing messages, streamlining privacy settings for a more secure experience.
Lock WhatsApp and Individual Chats:
To bolster privacy on WhatsApp, users can lock the entire app on both Android and iOS devices or opt to lock individual chats. Recent updates have introduced the ability to set a separate password for each locked chat, providing an extra layer of privacy and security. Android users can secure WhatsApp with a fingerprint sensor, while iPhone users can utilize Face ID.
End-to-End Encryption for Chat Backups:
While WhatsApp chats are encrypted by default, chat backups are not, leaving them vulnerable to cloud storage providers like iCloud and Google Drive. To enhance security, users can enable end-to-end encryption for chat backups. Navigate to settings > chats > backup, and enable end-to-end encryption to safeguard private messages and multimedia content stored on WhatsApp.
By exploring and utilizing these secret features, WhatsApp users can elevate their messaging experience, ensuring a more secure, private, and collaborative platform for communication.