Your ultimate guide to WhatsApp: tips, tutorials and updates

Your ultimate guide to WhatsApp tips, tutorials and updates-androidability

WhatsApp Messenger is one of the most downloaded apps in the world. With over 600 million users, and having just been purchased by Facebook, it seems like there is no slowing down for this Android messaging giant. We’ve covered it extensively since it came on the scene, and we’ve lost count of how many articles it has appeared in. That’s why we’ve collected them all for you here! Read on to find out all of our WhatsApp tips, tricks, guides and comparisons.

​WhatsApp for beginners

Let’s start at the beginning. Seems like a reasonable place to start, wouldn’t you agree? If you’re new to WhatsApp, or maybe have overlooked some of the simple stuff, check out our WhatsApp for beginners guides.

WhatsApp tutorials

Next, we have some in depth tutorials. Everything from installing WhatsApp on a tablet, to disabling those pesky blue check marks. Find out how to do it all and more below.

WhatsApp explained

Below we have some explanations of some of the inner-workings of WhatsApp, things which you might have come across, without having a clue about what they mean.

WhatsApp problems, fixed

Everybody has happened across some problems with WhatsApp at some point, haven’t they? Thankfully we have a couple of articles which explain a range of common issue with WhatsApp, and how to fix them!

WhatsApp alternatives

We know WhatsApp is popular, but it’s not to everybody’s liking. Here are some suitable alternatives if you’d prefer to go down another route.

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Telegram – A safer alternative to WhatsApp

TelegramTelegram is one messenger among many, however, this app has some important advantages over the others, advantages that set it apart from the very things for which WhatsApp and Co. are always criticized. That’s right, Telegram is set apart by its secure transmission of messages and files and the ability to use the app on multiple devices. To see how the app performs in practice, you’ll discover in today’s review.

Features & Use

Telegram works very similarly to many other messengers. After starting the app, you must first verify your mobile number. You will then receive a code via SMS. This is either automatically confirmed or you must enter it by hand. Then you’ll instantly be able to see which other contacts in your phone book have already installed the app via the Telegram contact list.

One thing is clear immediately: Telegram, by design, is very much reminiscent of WhatsApp. Anyone who has the popular WhatsApp messenger on their phone already will not have any trouble finding their way around Telegram. Profile information of your chat partner can be accessed with a quick tap on the small profile picture at the top right. You will also find their last-seen status, phone number, and you can set a custom notification ringtone for each contact. Previously exchanged media such as videos, photos and location data can be found under “Shared Media”.

What makes Telegram so special is the end-to-end encryption of messages that you can set as an option in the profile of the chat partner. “Start Secret Chat” will open your chat in a new chat window with end-to-end encryption. This means that encryption is used on all transmission stations for your chats. Your data is encrypted on the server side and again until unraveled at the receiver’s end. No data is stored on the Telegram servers. You’d have to read the source code of the app to know exactly how secure this is, but Telegram is claiming any Secret Chat will be 200% secure, which certainly sounds confident.

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WhatsRemote Brings WhatsApp to Your Computer

WhatsApp Enter WhatsRemote, an app that recently came under my radar thanks to Aatif Sumar. It essentially promises to let you continue your WhatsApp conversations from your computer’s browser. Does it work, and what are its caveats? Let’s take a look.

Setup
Before you get started, you need to know 2 things: WhatsRemote only offers 3 days of free trial, after which it costs $1 every 6 months. Also, it will only work on rooted devices. If you don’t mind both of these restrictions, you can move forward with the setup.

After you install WhatsRemote on your phone, it will ask for root access then require you to login with your Google account. This is used as an identification method between your phone and browser, instead of requiring separate usernames and password. WhatsRemote then starts working its magic in the background, and you can change some of its settings. For example, you can set it to disable notifications on your phone so you don’t get nagged constantly while on the desktop, and automatically mark all the messages as read on your phone after the service is stopped.

On your computer browser — preferably Firefox or Chrome — you need to head to whatsremote.com and sign in with your Google account. Once that is done, you will be treated to a chat-like interface with your conversation list on the left and the messages on the right.

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How to Backup Your SMS, Calls and Whatsapp Messages to Gmail

In this how-to, It will explain on how to set up SMS Backup+ to save all your communication to Gmail. It should help you use the app for the first few times until you are familiar with its different configurations.

Step 1: Set up SMS Backup+

In order for SMS Backup+ to work, you need to enable IMAP access in your Gmail inbox. To do that, go to gmail.com in your computer’s browser, click the Settings icon in the top right and choose Settings. Jump to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab, and make sure you enable IMAP like in the screenshot below and make sure you save the settings. Now, you can install SMS Backup+ on your phone, click on Connect and give it access to your Gmail account.

Step 2: Choose Your Preferences

SMS Backup+ is a very configurable app and you might get lost at first with the different settings. Here’s what you need to configure at first.

Set and Enable Auto Backup

In the main SMS Backup+ window, you need to tick the Auto Backup option. This will ensure that your device is automatically sending your new messages to Gmail in the background without you needing to lift a finger. If, instead, you’d rather manually trigger the backup, you can leave it disabled.

The Auto Backup Settings page lets you pick the frequency of the backups — from every half hour to once daily — and whether the backup should also be triggered after receiving a new message. I personally prefer to leave that last one set as Never, since I don’t receive a lot of messages and I’d rather let the app run only once daily. You can also force the app to only use WiFi, which is a wise decision if you also want to backup your Whatsapp communication.

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