WhatsApp has taken the world by storm.

This free messaging service, which may soon start a completely new video and audio calling feature, is here to stay. Though the takeover by Facebook has kept the app in news, it is only for the right reasons. The app is more popular than ever before, despite what a lot of people thought about it. It has already broken all records for average monthly active users, and is aiming to make many new ones. However, if you are new to the app, there are some basic things you need to know before you start using it. Here is what you need to know:

You Have an Online Status

No, the status option on WhatsApp is nothing new, and is certainly not something that Facebook has brought about. The status update option on the app has been there since forever. This is a way for you to express your individuality, or simply let people know what is happening at your end. Since this is a social networking app, communication with your social network is paramount, and hence the status update feature. Before you begin using the app, check and change your status. The default status on WhatsApp is ‘Hey there, I am using WhatsApp’ and you can change it to whatever you like. You can even put your own picture on your profile page.

Know What Broadcast Means

There is a simple way to send a single message to multiple users, and that is the function of the ‘broadcast’ button. This tool allows you to compose a message and then select multiple users to send it to. This way, you can send a single message with alarming speed to a set of friends. If you have a group of friends who message each other a lot, you can create a group with them and then simply post the messages in the group instead of broadcasting to them individually. This makes it much more convenient and simpler.

You Can Send Different Varieties of Messages

WhatsApp is known best for its ability to send free text messages. However, this free messaging app also lets you send a lot more to your contacts. You can send images, videos, and audios. In addition to all of this, you can choose to record an audio clip through WhatsApp and send it directly to your friends. This takes communication to a completely new level. You can also click pictures or record videos and send directly through the app. Otherwise; you can select the images or videos from your phone’s gallery and send them as attachments.

Emojis Don’t Come with WhatsApp

Unlike Viber, where you get a large assortment of stickers with the app, WhatsApp has no such thing. Apart from the basic emoticons, you will not be able to send many graphics with your texts unless you download emoji or any other emoticons app. Once you do download that, you can integrate it with WhatsApp and use it whenever you want to.

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