WhatsApp have successfully emerged as one of the most popular messaging applications all over the world. With more than 2 billion users and counting, the Facebook-owned app is practically the largest instant messaging app right now.
For this reason, the Facebook-owned messaging keeps adding a bevy of features on its Android and iOS devices to provide its customers with smooth messaging experience as well as certain privacy features to keep chats, media and other important information protected.
Here are some basic WhatsApp tips that you must keep in mind to maintain your online privacy and not reveal too much about yourself to unknown people.
1. Choose who can see your WhatsApp Status: Everybody, My Contacts and Nobody
WhatsApp users can choose to select which contacts can see their WhatsApp Status. The Status privacy feature can be accessed from the Settings section of the app and here users can choose to show their Status to a particular contact list or limit it only to saved contacts.
2. Choose who can add you to WhatsApp Groups
WhatsApp Group privacy settings give users the option to select who can add them in the groups. There are precisely three options where users can either select to allow anyone to add them in the group or limit it to saved contacts or select a particular contact list.
3. You can also choose to hide ‘Last Seen’ from WhatsApp Settings
Last Seen privacy settings allow users to hide their last online time from others. Under the Settings, they can choose to completely hide their Last Seen or simply set it to My Contacts.
4. Manage who can see your Profile Picture on WhatsApp
Just like other options, WhatsApp users also get the option to hide it completely or make it visible only to saved contacts.
5. About section on WhatsApp too have same privacy options: Everybody, My Contacts and Nobody
Under the About section, there are three options. Users can either choose to show it to everyone, completely hide it or choose to show it only to saved contacts.
6. You can also add a biometric lock to prevent unauthorized access to WhatsApp chats
WhatsApp users on Android can set Fingerprint lock, while latest iPhone users have the option to use Face ID or Touch ID in case of iPhone’s with physical Home button.
7. Users can block certain contacts from sending messages or view their profile details on WhatsApp
WhatsApp users have the option to block a particular contact or phone number to prevent receiving messages or from accessing your profile information. The option is available from both Settings option as well as from the individual chats.
Apart from that, you should also keep your phone’s Operating System up to date to implement overall improved features for your phone and your apps.