WhatsApp has five comprehensive tips for its users on how to better communicate with Messenger even in times of crisis.
WhatsApp and similar applications have gained importance again in the last two months. At the same time, these applications are also a problem, because fake news can be spread in private communication and no administrative body can avoid these predecessors. WhatsApp had already implemented several changes in recent days, such as new restrictions on forwarding messages. Now there are five tips for WhatsApp users on how to better handle daily communication via WhatsApp in times of crisis.
WhatsApp: 5 tips to exchange messages quickly, easily and safely during the Covid-19 pandemic
Turn off automatic media storage
Sending photos and videos is a great way to be a part of your loved one’s life, even if you are currently unable to meet them in person. However, if you are currently receiving many more media files from your friends and family than usual, your smartphone storage space can quickly run out. Because as soon as you receive a media file from a contact, it is saved by default in your smartphone’s photo albums. Therefore, here you will find how you can disable automatic saving of media files to save storage space.
Use the desktop version of WhatsApp
Today, WhatsApp is used much more frequently for long conversations that cannot take place in person or to coordinate local offers of help. Constant typing on the small smartphone screen with the equally small buttons can quickly get tiring. The desktop version of WhatsApp, which you can download and install here, allows you to send messages directly from your PC. By scanning a QR code once, WhatsApp Desktop syncs with your smartphone and all your conversations are mirrored so you can chat from the comfort of your desk.
Start video calls with up to four participants
Exchanging longer messages is not always enough: you want to see your loved ones at least virtually live and in color. You can use WhatsApp video calling for this. Up to four people can participate in the video call. To do this, simply open the chat window of one of the people you want to participate in and start the video call via the camera symbol. Once the connection is established, you can add other people to your contact list using the plus symbol on the right side of the screen. You can find detailed instructions here. So you can safely talk to your friends or visit Grandma and Grandpa virtually at Easter.
Manage group settings
Group chats also offer a good opportunity to exchange and coordinate with several people at the same time during the coronavirus pandemic. At this point, however, it can quickly happen that you are invited to many group chats at the same time. So that you can better control which group chats you want to be active in, you can now customize your group settings. You have the option that everyone can add you to a group, only your contacts, or even only selected contacts. Here are the instructions so that you can completely avoid unwanted group invites in the future.
Check forwarded messages
People trust WhatsApp to communicate easily, quickly and safely with other people in their close environment. But in times of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve also seen a significant increase in forwarded messages on WhatsApp. Since last year, messages that are forwarded with particular frequency have been marked with a double arrow symbol so you know that this message is not coming directly from one of your contacts and is therefore less reliable. In this way, we would like to further protect your private conversations and prevent false information about Covid-19 from being spread. If you receive a forwarded message, you should check it carefully. You can also contact the fact-checking organizations represented on WhatsApp directly to verify the content of a message.