WhatsApp: discover how to protect your chats when your phone is no longer compatible with the app

In November, dozens of Android phones and certain iPhone models will no longer have access to WhatsApp. Learn how to preserve your chats before it happens.

With this method you can save your messages and access them when you have a compatible device. Photo: Mika Baumeister

WhatsApp will be updated this coming November 1 and will no longer be compatible with a large number of phone models, both in Android or iOS operating systems. The reason is that the application needs more and more powerful terminals, so it is necessary to leave behind some others.

Through a new update on its support page, the company detailed that this measure will affect all those cell phones that run Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system or earlier versions, as well as iOS 10 or older versions.

If your team is included in the list of mobiles that will no longer be able to access the application from next month, don’t worry, you can save your conversation history before that date and protect all important information.

How to save your chat history?

While all your WhatsApp conversations are automatically saved to your phone’s memory on a daily basis, you also have the ability to periodically create a backup copy to the Google Drive (Android) and iCloud (iOS) cloud services.

The advantage of doing it through these platforms is that, if you delete the application or change your smartphone, you will not lose your messages and you will be able to access them at any time. Next, we will show you how to make this type of backup.

From Android devices:

  1. Enter the WhatsApp application.
  2. Tap the three dot icon ⋮ located in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Click Settings> Chats .
  4. Access the Backup section and press the Save button.

From iOS devices:

  1. Open the WhatsApp application from your iPhone.
  2. Go to the Settings tab.
  3. Click Chats> Backup.
  4. Select the Make Copy Now option.

Other WhatsApp tricks

How to create a chat with yourself

The trick is to use the groups of WhatsApp. To do this, enter the application and click on the three-dot icon to open the options menu. Here select “New Group” to create one, add a trusted contact and finally choose a name for the chat.

When it is successfully created the group of WhatsApp, only sufficient to eliminate the contact you previously added. Ready, now there will be a chat where the only participant will be you and which you can use to send messages to yourself.

How to delete WhatsApp call log

To delete the complete history of calls made on WhatsApp, enter the Calls section and click on the three-dot icon to access the menu. There you can choose the option ‘Delete call log’.

But if what you are looking for is to delete only certain calls, WhatsApp offers us the possibility to choose specifically which ones to delete. To do this, enter the Calls section and keep your finger pressed on each one of them to select them, then click on the trash can icon and that’s it.

How to access hidden WhatsApp functions

Did you know that there is a method to access hidden WhatsApp features before they are officially released to the general public? It is very simple and all you have to do is participate in the beta program of the application.

The first step is to sign up for the WhatsApp beta tester community. If you are an Android user, you can do it from the Google Play website, by clicking on the “Become a tester” button. Once done, the word Beta will appear next to the app in the app store.

On iOS, the TestFlight app will need to be installed. Upon entering it, press the ‘Continue’ button and then read the terms and conditions. The beta invitation link will appear, there select the option ‘Start testing’. Finally, this will take you to a section to install the trial version of WhatsApp.

How to put music in your statuses?

WhatsApp is an instant messaging app used to share photos, videos or make video calls. But that’s not all, it also has a ‘status’ section that allows users to post messages for 24 hours.

Thanks to a ‘trick’ shared by a YouTube user, we will be able to place our favorite songs in the WhatsApp statuses. If you want to know how to do it, then do not hesitate to review the following video that is all the rage on the networks.

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Written by Christina d'souza

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