Respond privately in WhatsApp with all the context

Press and hold a message in WhatsApp when you’re in a group. Click on the three dots and you’ll see this option called ‘Reply privately’.

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The message from the group is actually quoted when you respond privately on WhatsApp

It lets you respond to your friends via private chat with context. The message they sent in the the group actually gets quoted so they know what you’re talking about.

Quite hidden and useful occasionally.

Hat tip: Shrinivas

Listening to WhatsApp voice messages when people are around you

You have some lazy friends who constantly send you voice messages. But often, you can’t listen to them right away because you’re at work, or you’re surrounded by people.

The next time someone sends you a voice message, just press the Play button and hold your phone close to your ear. The recording wouldn’t play on loudspeaker, but in the earpiece (like a regular phone call).

This option is so undiscoverable, isn’t it? 😉

The forward your mom received – fake or authentic?

Fake news is a hard problem. WhatsApp messages are encrypted, so the app doesn’t know if the forwards my mom and dad received are fake or if they’re indeed authentic.

Verificado seems like a simple and cool solution to this problem. If you forward a message to their number, they do a fact check and tell you if something is true or not. Verificado has already fact-checked over 13k messages in Mexico. They also use WhatsApp statuses (stories) to broadcast the truth behind messages that are spreading like crazy, so more people are aware.

It’d be nice to have something like Verificado for India (as a participant in every family group) 😉

Responding privately on WhatsApp

Yesterday, I learned about this option that helps you respond privately to a person from a WhatsApp group. You press and hold their message, and press the three dots that appear on top.

From here, you can tap ‘Reply privately’ to respond to that person in a private chat. The best part is that the context is retained, and their message is added to yours as a quote when you send it across.