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Hidden Truths and Facts about WhatsApp

Hidden Truths and Facts about WhatsApp

Facebook was ruling the text chat market until WhatsApp came into the picture. Although Facebook was created with the intention of text messaging, WhatsApp gradually became the most sought-after app for internet users. Its simple, intuitive UI and easy to operate have made it the most used messaging app all over the world. Since it is the most used messaging app, we have written hidden truths and facts about WhatsApp

It gradually attracted users from all segments when it started adding many new features to it regularly.

But have you ever known about the unknown facts of Whatsapp? There are many interesting facts and tricks of WhatsApp that are still unknown to many WhatsApp users.

So let’s know about these hidden truths and facts about WhatsApp.

Hidden truths and facts about WhatsApp.

1.WhatsApp is worth more than some of the biggest companies in the world like American Airlines and Harley Davidson. If you don’t know, let me tell you that American Airlines is worth more than $15 billion and Harley Davidson is worth $6 billion.

2. Jan Koum, who is the co-founder of WhatsApp, actually moved from Ukraine to the US at the age of 16. 

3. Whatsapp has nearly 2 billion monthly users.

4. You can play WhatsApp dare games with your friends using WhatsApp. People call it a WhatsApp game where you will put many funny dares using numbers, emojis, or stickers to ask dare questions. 

5. Out of the 2 billion active WhatsApp users, about one-quarter of its users i.e,  about half a billion of its users use the WhatsApp status feature everyday

6. Initially, WhatsApp had only 50-55 employees. But gradually, the number has grown and currently has 1700 employees (according to Linkedin).

7. Before launching WhatsApp both the founders i.e. Brian Acton and Jan Koum were employees of Yahoo.com.

8. Nearly 4.5 billion photos, 55 billion text messages, and 1 billion videos are shared through Whatsapp daily

9. At any point in time Whatsapp has a value that is worth more than NASA’s entire annual budget (which was estimated to be 17 billion dollars)

10. Back in 2009  WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton was rejected by both Twitter and Facebook for a job. He tweeted about being rejected. And soon after 2014, he sold the WhatsApp to Facebook for $21 Billion

11. WhatsApp never spent a single penny on advertisements. And even today, Whatsapp works ads-free. Nevertheless, there is speculation that it will soon be showing ads on its status section

12. When Jan Koum was working with WhatsApp he had a note on his desk written by Brian Acton i.e No Ads! No Games! No Gimmicks! It helps in focusing on the real motto of WhatsApp.

13. Generally most Whatsapp users use English as a default language, However, you must know that it supports a total of 60 languages. You can change the language  in the Settings->Chats section

14. Whatsapp is banned as a messaging app in more than 6 countries. China is one of the largest countries on the list that banned WhatsApp

15. Initially, WhatsApp was free to use just for a year after registration, then it would cost $ 0.99 for unlimited usage. But after Facebook acquired it in 2014 it became free.

16. Did you know that whenever you send any images or videos, it compresses them to a decent quality level to save storage space and internet data.

17. Unlike Facebook, WhatsApp never stores any data of its users. Their server only keeps the undelivered messages; once the message is sent to a receiver, it gets erased from the Whatsapp server.

18. According to an official report, WhatsApp users open the app an average of 23 times a day. That is, we open WhatsApp every one hour

19.WhatsApp revealed its official figures that, on average, WhatsApp users open the app 23 times or more per day. This implies that WhatsApp users open the app roughly once every hour.

20. Before Facebook, Google had approached WhatsApp to buy it for $10 billion. The founders of WhatsApp knew the real value of the app and declined the offer. Later, Facebook acquired it for double the amount Google offered.

21. WhatsApp is one of the most downloaded mobile app on the Google play store. Around 5 Billion Android users have downloaded the WhatsApp in Google Play Store. On the other hand, it tops the list in the Apple App Store.

22. WhatsApp got its name, which sounds like ‘What’s Up’. This word is used to start a text conversation with everyone

23. ISIS used WhatsApp to coordinate terrorist attacks in 2015. In January 2020, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was the target of cyber attackers using WhatsApp.

24.WhatsApp hopes to integrate Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency as a payment method

25. You can disable the blue double tick by turning off the read receipt. Once the message is seen, the grey double ticks turn to blue. And if you don’t want anybody to know when you have seen their message, then you can simply uncheck the read receipt in Settings -> Account -> Privacy -> Read receipt.

26.WhatsApp can ban you at any time if its bot finds you violating their terms of service and policy. Sometimes this can happen by mistake. It doesn’t send a warning message before the ban, but you can certainly contact WhatsApp directly to review their ban.

27.WhatsApp Web and Desktop do not support audio or video calling. They are only capable of sending and receiving messages.

28. Both WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop are different. WhatsApp Web is used to work on the browser with no need to download and install additional software. In contrast, WhatsApp Desktop is software, and to be used without a browser, it must first be installed from the WhatsApp website.

29. You can write Whatsapp text in bold, italics, or strikethrough format.

30. Put the given special characters at the beginning and end of the desired word or sentence and you can change the style

  1. Bold – Use the asterisk(*)to make bold text. Eg. *word* 
  2. Italics – Use underscore(_) on either end of the word/sentence. Eg. _word_
  3. Strikethrough text – Use tilde (~) on both ends of the word. Eg. ~word~
  4. Monospace text – Use three grave accents (“`) to either side of the text. Eg. “`word“`

31. WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption of 256 bits to send and receive messages. It protects your privacy from being breached by hackers or any third-party apps

32. In the browser address box, type “whatsapp:/send?text=HELLO”.

33. You can enter the above text in your phone browser and it will launch the WhatsApp app(if it is installed on your phone) and prompt you to select the contact you want to send the message to. Replace the word “hello” with any message you want to send. This can be a fun way to send messages to your friends.

34. In a WhatsApp group, you can reply to a friend personally by highlighting a particular message in the group.

Just tap and hold the message, and then tap on “3 vertical buttons”, select “Reply privately” to send the message personally by highlighting the message he sent on the Whatsapp group.

35. You can Tag your Friends in the WhatsApp group. Similar to Facebook, WhatsApp also has similar features but it is unknown to most of the users. With this feature, you can tag your friend(a member of that particular group)in the WhatsApp group by using ‘@’ and then the name of the friend you saved on your phone.

36. You can send one message to all contacts at once by using the ‘New Broadcast’ feature of Whatsapp. Simply tap on the three vertical dots and select “New Broadcast” to avail of this feature.

37. Recently Whatsapp has added a payment feature to send and receive money directly using Whatsapp. Just tap on the attachment/pin in the message box. It is located near the record button. And then you can see a payment option. if you don’t see it you need to update the app

Conclusion- WhatsApp Facts

Friends, I hope you did not know these facts before. If you came to know about these facts for the first time then share them with your friends

And if you know more such interesting facts then you can comment below.

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