WhatsApp, 5 functions whose meaning you perhaps don't know

Whatsapp is a messaging platform owned by Half, i.e. Mark Zuckerberg's company. To date it is undoubtedly one of the most loved and present applications on smartphones. Thanks to it it is possible to send …

A padlock for protected chats: the new feature of WhatsApp

Whatsapp is a messaging platform owned by Half, i.e. Mark Zuckerberg's company. To date it is undoubtedly one of the most loved and present applications on smartphones. Thanks to it it is possible to send and receive multimedia messages, make phone calls and much more.

Despite being widely used, however, there are many users who do not know all its functions. Today, to clarify, we present 5 particularly important and unknown ones.

WhatsApp, what it means when a call is unavailable

If you are trying to make a call with WhatsApp, but the system tells you that the person you are trying to contact is not available, this could mean a number of things: one of you has a problem with the device; he blocked you; activated the mode “Full immersion” or “Do Not Disturb”; or you have an unstable Internet connection.

What to do in these cases? The first thing to do is ask yourself if the problem is not with the person you are contacting, but with you. To get started, you can try turn the phone off and on again, a very traditional method, but one that often works. If this is not the case, you should check your own connection is stable and that both WhatsApp and the operating system are correctly updated.

If it is correct for you and the situation persists, it is likely that the problem lies with the other user. In this case, it is advisable to try contacting him with a simple phone call, or with a normal SMS, in order to further try to circumvent the malfunction.

WhatsApp, what does “back up” mean

The backup function on WhatsApp is definitely one of the most important, as it allows you to to secure what is inside the app: chats, photos, videos, etc. In practice, every day, at a certain time, WhatsApp automatically activates this function and saves the data within the cloud space – iCloud or Google – to which your device is connected. In this way, if the user decides to change smartphone, he will be able to keep and take with him all the data he had on WhatsApp.

It is essential to remember that to perform a backup you need to have storage space, otherwise it will not be possible. Furthermore, the smartphone must have sufficient battery and be turned on. If it is turned off, the backup will start automatically once the device is turned back on.

WhatsApp, what does the exclamation point mean

It may happen, in certain situations, that when you send a WhatsApp message a appears next to it Exclamation point. Many, at the sight of this red punctuation markthey become alarmed, because they believe that the contact they are sending a message to has blocked them.

Fortunately, we can reassure you: this is not what this is about. The user you are trying to send a message to has not blocked you or, at least, if he has, this will not be the signal that will let you know. The red exclamation point, in this context, in fact, symbolizes the impossibility of sending the message due to a unstable connection or its total absence. So, if it appears, it is advisable to try to check the wi-fi network, or simply try to move around to try to find a place where the line is better.

WhatsApp, what does “modified message” mean

For some time now, WhatsApp has allowed you to edit sent messages. In the past, it often happened that users typed and sent messages with errors inside and were forced to first delete them and then write them again. Understanding that this practice was very inconvenient, the company decided to give users the opportunity to edit messages within 15 minutes of sending. To do this, simply press on a message you have sent and press on “edit“. At this point you can correct and send again.

On the other hand, it is necessary to know that if a user modifies a message, whoever receives it will notice that the text has been modified, since “modified” will be written on it.

WhatsApp, what does “ephemeral messages” mean

The function “ephemeral messages” was created to offer users more privacy. In practice, if activated, it automatically deletes the messages exchanged with your contacts afterwards 24 hours, 7 or 90 days. The duration of messages can be changed by accessing the privacy section, found within the settings, and selecting “default message timer”.

The function it is not retroactivethis implies that, if activated today, it will not have an effect on messages exchanged until yesterday.

Furthermore, it can be activated both for a single contact and for all.