If you’ve gone through the effort of turning a conversation into a home screen shortcut, you may as well bless it with a custom notification too.On both Android and i OS, just tap the top bar above a chat and select Custom Notifications.Unfortunately, it also makes it tough to ignore somebody without upsetting them.Fortunately, there are ways to covertly read your messages, without those blue ticks appearing on your friend’s screen.Android users can do this by hitting the Menu button in a group chat and selecting Mute, while i Phone users can find the same option in the Group Info section of a conversation.Whats App can be a data-sapping terror if you’re not on a generous plan, with photos, videos and voice messages capable of gobbling through the lion’s share of your allowance in no time.On i OS, you can see exactly how much space each of your chats takes up by navigating to Settings Storage Usage. You can save shortcuts to your favourite Whats App conversations directly on your home screen by tapping and holding a chat and selecting the Add Chat Shortcut option from the menu.
Smartphones contain such deeply personal information that handing them over to a friend or family member can prove an ordeal.Sorry Android users, this one’s also just available on i OS. As long as you don’t speak in a Scottish accent, you can command Siri to type your Whats App messages out for you, leaving your hands free for less menial tasks.With the sheer volume of messages sent via Whats App, it can be easy to lose track of important details, such as an address or special date.More useful than SMS, slicker than Hangouts and easier to use than Skype, it's no wonder Whats App is the number one communications service of choice for hundreds of millions of smartphone users.Even if you use it on a daily basis, Whats App is packed with lots of handy, little-known features you might not be familiar with. Both a blessing and a curse, Whats App’s ticks-based system shows when your sent messages have been delivered (one grey tick), received (two grey ticks) and read (two blue ticks).As with emails, you can easily mark key messages with a star, allowing you to find them easily when you want to.