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What happens if you long press the WhatsApp icon on your phone?

Despite going unnoticed, the WhatsApp logo on the home screen of your smartphone hides a series of functions. Which are? Here we tell you

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The secret function of WhatsApp can be found on iOS and Android. Photo: Technophile

Millions of users around the world use WhatsApp to communicate with their friends, family, and acquaintances. However, only a small group has managed to discover that the application has secret functions in the icon, which are activated when we press and hold it for several seconds, regardless of whether you have an Android or iOS phone. If you are interested in knowing what happens with this incredible trick, in the following paragraphs we will explain it to you.

When you download WhatsApp on your phone, an icon is automatically created on the home screen that allows you to enter the platform to chat with your friends. However, it also has an additional function that very few know about and that is native to the application itself. Next, we will tell you what happens when we press and hold the platform logo:

shortcuts

The first of them, and perhaps the most important, is that WhatsApp creates direct access to the three contacts with whom you interact the most in the application. In this way, if you have pending messages to read or want to send them one, you just have to press and hold the icon, select said contact, and the conversation will automatically open.

camera access

Another tool that is activated by clicking on the WhatsApp icon in the application’s camera, with which you can take photos or select one from your gallery and send it to any of your contacts more easily.

delete WhatsApp

Another hidden feature, accessible by pressing the WhatsApp icon for a few seconds, is the ability to remove the app from your device. It is a more practical and faster method than going to all the applications and searching for WhatsApp.

Recover an accidentally deleted conversation

If for some reason you deleted a WhatsApp conversation with very important photos and videos, then you have to know that there is a very simple trick that will allow you to recover them. Next, we are going to show you how.

The secret trick, which few people know about, only works if the WhatsApp user has made a backup of the instant messaging application. If you meet this requirement, feel free to check out this video for more details.

WhatsApp: how to export your contact list to an Excel document?

WhatsApp contacts are very important data for us. Therefore, when we have a problem with the cell phone and lose the phone numbers that we had saved in it, we have big headaches. In this sense, the best option is to be able to handle and manage them outside of the mobile. How to do it? Here we explain it to you.

You should keep in mind that having a phone book on your PC or laptop is very useful, especially in the workplace. For this reason, it is necessary to know the tricks that we can apply to export WhatsApp contacts to an Excel table.

WhatsApp Web: how to use two accounts at the same time on the same laptop or PC?

Many users use WhatsApp on a daily basis to communicate with friends and co-workers. That’s why many of them have two accounts; however, they do not know how to have both sessions open simultaneously and on the same PC. If you have this inconvenience, we will show you how this simple trick works.

Unlike what happens on a mobile phone —where we are limited to opening a single account—, on a computer it is possible to access two accounts simultaneously if we use a trick, although applying it requires a series of steps.

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