IF YOU'RE looking for a quick way to store files and texts on WhatsApp, this quick trick should do the job for you.
The messaging app allows you to open up a chat with yourself where you can post notes, photos, shopping lists and whatever else you fancy.
It's especially useful if someone sends you something important, like a password or link, that you want to bookmark for future use.
You can simply forward their message to your solo chat where it's less likely to be buried under heaps of other messages.
The technique is a little less fiddly than copying and pasting stuff to your preferred notes app, or uploading it a cloud storage service.
On top of that, WhatsApp messages are secured against hackers by end-to-end encryption, meaning only the sender and recipient can read them.
How to chat to yourself on WhatsApp
To open a chat with yourself on WhatsApp, open you phone's web browser and follow the steps below.
- In the address bar, type wa.me// and then add your country code and phone number. In the UK, the country code is 44 while in the US it's 01
- A popup will appear asking with an invitation to chat with the number you typed in. Tap "Continue to chat".
- Alternatively, your phone will issue a popup saying something along the lines of "'Chrome' wants to open 'WhatsApp'." Tap Open.
- Your WhatsApp will launch a chat with yourself
- Keep your solo chat within easy reach by pinning it to the top of your WhatsApp inbox
How to pin WhatsApp chats on Android, iPhone and desktop
On an Android phone, tap and hold the chat you want to pin.
Then tap the Pin icon that appears at the top of the screen.
To unpin the chat, tap and hold it, then tap the Remove Pin icon.
On an iPhone, swipe right on the chat you want to pin.
Then tap Pin, which will lock the chat to the top of your app.
To unpin a chat, swipe right on the pinned chat and then tap Unpin.
If you're using WhatsApp for desktop, click the down arrow at the right side of a chat.
Then choose Pin to pin the chat.
Alternatively, to unpin a chat, follow the same steps but press Unpin Chat.
Remember that you can only pin up to three specific chats to the top of your chat list.
WhatsApp – a quick history
Here’s what you need to know…
- WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum – former employees of Yahoo
- It's one of the most popular messaging services in the world
- Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like "what's up"
- After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users
- It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast. Then in 2016, it became free again for all users
- Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn)
- The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers
- As of 2020, WhatsApp has over 2billion users globally
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