8 Useful tips and tricks for Whatsapp

Whatsapp is most popular messenger service for mobile devices. It is available for almost all mobile operating systems so that many people are attracted towards it. At present it is estimated that more than 600 million users around the globe using Whatsapp. Whatsapp has an easy user interface with so many awesome features. Recently Facebook acquired Whatsapp. Now they made few changes in features and increased privacy like Hiding Last seen, Hiding Display Picture and status. In this article I will discuss some of the most useful tips and tricks for Whatsapp.

1. Turn off automatic image/video download
By default when someone sends us any media file (photo or video) it will be automatically downloaded and will add instantly in the album app. Sometimes it added unwanted images or videos on album. This is also cost your internet data without any notice. But you need not worry about that because you can easily stop auto download media files in Whatsapp.
  • Open Whatsapp application and go to OPTIONS > SETTINGS > CHAT SETTINGS > MEDIA-AUTO DOWNLOAD. Look the screenshot below you will find the options. Just open all of them and uncheck them one by one to stop auto download media files.

2. Hide Last Seen and Profile image
Although last seen option is quite useful for us but some people also don't want it for some reason. Like when you want to hide yourself from some of your annoying friends. After Facebook acquiring Whatsapp they update Whatsapp app and added some new privacy features. Hide last seen is one of them. Now you can hide yourself from anyone or only from your listed contacts.
  • Open Whatsapp app and Go to SETTINGS > ACCOUNT > PRIVACY > LAST SEEN. You can find 3 options, EVERYONE, MY CONTACTS and NOBODY. Choose hide yourself from everyone, My Contacts for hide yourself from those who are in your contact list. Later if you want to enable seen feature choose Nobody.

3. Share ZIP, PDF, EXE, RAR files via Whatsapp
You can share all formats of images and videos on whatsapp. But normally it won’t allow you to sharing other files like documents, ppt, zip, exe files etc. However by using a trick you can share any files other than video, image and audio files on Whatsapp. Here's How-
  1. First Install CloudSend and Dropbox on your Android Smartphone. To Download CloudSend - Click here and Dropbox - Click here
  2. Now open CloudSend and allow it to link Dropbox with CloudSend.
  3. Now if you want to share any file on whatsapp first Share it to Cloudsend. Cloudsend will upload the file to your dropbox account and will provide you a link for this file.
  4. Now Share the link to your friends on WhatsApp.
  5. You can also share this link to your friends on any other messenger application.
4. Hide your Profile Image
If you want to hide your profile image go to SETTINGS > ACCOUNT > PRIVACY. There you can find STATUS and PROFILE PHOTO
Go to SETTINGS > ACCOUNT > PRIVACY. Here you can find privacy settings of who can see LAST SEEN, STATUS, PROFILE PHOTO, and BLOCKED CONTACTS. You can select them and choose your privacy settings according to your needs. Like if you want to hide your profile image from everyone then click on Profile photo then click everyone.

5. Lock WhatsApp with password protection
You may have some personal chat on whatsapp and you don’t want others to read those chat. But Whatsapp doesn’t require any login details so that there is a chance anyone can easily access in your whatsapp and can read your personal chats if they use your mobile.
To lock your Whatsapp with password download an app name called App locker from Google Play. By this app you can lock any app with password in your smartphone.

6. How to Backup and Restore Whatsapp chats
On android Smartphone, to backup your whatsapp chats conversations go into Settings > Chat settings and tap Backup conversations to create a backup. But this will not backup your whatsapp media files, if you want to backup whatsapp media files you have to copy the media folders from /sdcard/WhatsApp/Media.

Whatsapp won’t allow restoring conversations directly. So if you want to restore a backup you have to uninstall and reinstall whatsapp. After reinstall when you open Whatsapp again it will say you to restore most recent backup. Then follow the procedures and your all conversations will be back.

7. How to use multiple WhatsApp accounts on Android
You can use multiple Whatsapp account on android smartphone by SwitchMe app. By this app you can create separate profiles on your smartphones for different account, apps, data and system settings. This is one of the most useful tricks for many users who uses dual sim support phone and want to use separate whatsapp accounts.

8. Create Shortcuts for important contacts
You can create a shortcut for your favorite Whatsapp contact or groups on your homescreen. Press and hold on the group or contact you want to create a shortcut for. When Pop Up menu will appear just click on Add Conversation Shortcut. It will create a shorcut of this group or contact on your homescreen.

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How to create a System Restore point in windows 7

If you are going to install an application on your computer but there is a chance that this application may slow down your PC or can cause system crashes than you should create a system restore point in your PC before going to install this type of application. After installing application if the application causes your computer to crash and slow down, you can get everything back to the way it was before by system restore. In this post I will show how to create system restore point in windows 7. This system also works on Windows Vista. Also I will show how can you restore your PC to an earlier state by your saved restore points.

How to create a System Restore point in windows 7

  1. Click on Start menu then choose Control Panel → System and Security. Click on the System link. And finally click on System Protection from the left panel of resulting window. This will open System Properties dialog box.
  2. In the System Properties dialog box click on the System Protection tab and then click on the Create button. Create a restore point dialog box will appear on the screen.
  3. In the Create a Restore Point dialog box, just type a name or description, and then click on Create. Choose a name that will be easy to recognize again.
  4. After that Windows will create a restore point. It will take less than a minute. When it’s all finished, you will see a massage that the restore point created successfully.

Windows 7 System Restore 

Now How can you Restore your PC to an earlier state by your saved restore points. Here's how

To restore your PC in an earlier point follow these steps-
First save or close all your open files. Now click on the Start menu, Type Accessories on the search field. Or Choose All programs → Accessories. Open Accessories then go to System Tools → System Restore. In System Restore window click on Next.

A new window will appear with a list of recent restore points you have created earlier. You should select a restore point which is most likely the one you want.

After selecting a Restore point click on Next button, a new window will come; you have to click on Finish button.
At last Click Yes to restart your PC.

That’s it. After restarting your PC a confirmation message will show that Windows has been restored.

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How to take a screenshot on Windows PC

Taking a screenshot on windows PC is very easy. In this article I will show a simple way about how to take a screenshot on Windows. Here's how

How to take a screenshot on Windows

Windows OS has a default screenshot app name Snipping Tool. This app is a useful tool to take a screenshot within 2-3 seconds. To take a screenshot via sniping tool first click on Start menu icon then type Snipping Tool in the search box. Snipping tool app should appear on above in the program menu. Then click to open it.

On windows 8 to open this program from the tile menu you have to hover over to the charms bar and click on the search tool. Then type Snipping Tool on the search box. The program will appear on the left. To open Snipping Tool simply click on this program.

Snipping tool

Once you have the snipping tool open you will see a pop up window that looks like the image below

By default the program automatically let you select or draw the portion of your screen that you want to capture as a screenshot. You can click on New button from the pop up window to take a new screenshot.

After capturing a screenshot you can save it as a JPEG, PNG or GIF file. To save go to File from menu then click Save as option. Also you can do simple edit in your captured screenshot in Snipping tool.

Note: The Plus symbol will appear instead of the cursor. You can select/draw the portion you want to capture and release to take the screenshot.

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6 useful tips to save battery life on Android device

Whether you are using an android phone or windows phone or I phone, Battery charge is one of the most important matter while using your Smartphone. Even with normal use a high end device can not cover whole day with full battery charge unless you are using your phone just for basic things like calling, note, calculator etc.

How to save battery on Android

If you are an extreme user of your Smartphone here 6 important things you should know about how to save battery life on android device-

1. Bright Wallpaper
If the display of your device is OLED, AMOLED and Super AMOLED then bright wallpaper or bright theme can reduce quickly 20% of battery charge. So in this case a dark background wallpaper/theme will be better to use.

2. Auto Brightness
Using auto brightness all time is not a good idea. In most cases auto brightness takes more battery charge. In this case instead of using auto brightness you can manually adjust the brightness level. While manually adjusting try to keep it low. Using low brightness is really useful to save battery on android device.

3. Vibration
Use vibration only when it needs. Like on silent mode. But don’t use vibration in alarm. If not necessary than disable ringing vibration, Touch vibration and Keyboard vibration.
  • To disable ringing Vibration go to Settings->Sound->Then Untick the Vibrate when ringing option.
  • To disable touch Vibration go to Settings->Sound->Then Untick the Vibrate on touch option.
  • To disable keyboard vibration go to Settings->language and input-> you will see keyboard apps, click on the settings icon which you are using -> Then tap on the sound and Vibration mode from settings menu->at last make untick on Vibration on Keypress option.

4. Update your necessary app and disable auto app update
You should update apps those you are using regularly. Though it depends on whether update is available or not. Update not only comes with bug fix and extra features but developers have also a target that their new version will take less charge than previous version. You should also disable auto app update from play store. Auto app update takes more battery charge. Also it cost more internet data without informing you. See this post- How to turn off auto updates for apps and games on android smartphone. In this post I also described that how can update your necessary apps manually.

5. Background app and Live Widget
On Android smartphone there are so many apps which can run on background even after closing the app. Smartphone which are running more background apps generally takes more battery charge. In this case its better to force stop those unnecessary apps. Also if automatic sync of your phone is enable then it also using internet that takes more charge. Live widget like Weather widget, Facebook, Messaging also gets connected with the internet time to time. So you can decrease auto refresh frequency of these types of widget. Unnecessary widget should be removed as they takes more battery charge.

6. Turn off various connections You should turn off Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS and Data connection while you are not using them. Also turn off location data after use

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Fish vs. Pirates android game, a terrible war of fishes against pirates

Fish vs. Pirates is an awesome challenging and time passing game. When I first start this game it didn’t impress me much but after playing 2-3 level I became addicted with this game.

Download Fish vs Pirates game for Android - Click here

After opening the game click on Campaign. Here you will see total 5 campaigns. Each campaign also consist 10 levels. With challenging and fun gameplay the graphics of Fish vs. Pirates game is really good. Music is also enjoyable.

Click on Start campaign to start first level. First level is very easy. You will be guided with instruction that how to play this game. At first you need to drag the yellow fish from top left corner to selected box area.

After you put the yellow fish into selected box then enemies will come and your fish will automatically start shooting to them.

If you want to bring more fish soldier you have to spend pearl. And to produce pearls you need seashell. The first item on left side is seashell and you need 40 pearls to purchase this seashell. First you will be given some pearls.
In the above screenshot the number 80 showing on the top that means the number of total amount of pearl you have in your hand which you can spend. Also 57% is showing in top right side that means 50% is completed on current level. After completing 100% you will enter into next level.

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How to recover deleted files from PC or Smartphone

Sometime we accidentally delete important data from our PC or phone. But there are also some ways to recover deleted data. If your important files got deleted from your PC or phone then you should not save any new data until you recover deleted files. Also you should disconnect Wi-Fi and 2g/3g connection from your phone. This will block data overwriting from automatic app update.

How to recover deleted files

Follow the steps below to recover deleted data from phone or PC-
  1. Download Recuva software in your PC. Recuva is an application which can recover deleted files from any drive or folder in your pc. When you connect your Smartphone with PC by USB cable then your phone SD card will also act as a drive of PC. 
  2. Download Recuva from this link. Click here
  3. Install Recuva in your PC.
  4. Then open Recuva and select the file types you want to recover. If you want to recover all types offiles which are possible to recover then mark on All Files.
  5. Select the drive from where you want to recover files. If you want to recover deleted data from phone in this case your phone have to connected with PC via USB cable. Then choose SD card or any specific folder of SD card of your phone from where you want to recover data.
  6. Then enable deep scan.
  7. Start the scanning. When scanning will be completed recuva will show a list of deleted files those are recovered by Recuva.
  8. Save your recovered files in another drive. Not in the drive from where you just recovered deleted files. If you recovered files from your phone than save these files in PC instead of SD card.

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How to reduce extra data using on your Android Smartphone

Mobile Phone Operator Companies does not provide any true unlimited internet package without giving FUP limit. FUP means Fair Usage Policy. Operators apply fup by various ways. Like they will not allow using internet after a certain limit (usually 10 GB, 20 GB etc), or they will reduce your internet speed to 1/3 after you cross their given limit.

So it is very important to use your internet package wisely. Whether your net package is so called unlimited or limited. Here I am giving some tips that you can control and minimize your overall data usage.

Stop auto app Update
Usually apps on your Smartphone can automatically update itself from play store if they get connected to the internet. But in most cases these types of update creates problem. Most irritating problem is, it cost your internet data without informing you. There are also some problems, so it is better to update your necessary apps manually instead of automatic update. I already wrote a article about how can you stop auto app update on android and how to update your necessary app manually. See this article How to stop auto app update from Play store

App Data setting
Some app can automatically refresh itself. Like Google+. Google+ usually backup your photos on cloud from your Smartphone so that you can see those photos at any time. If your photo size is big that means it will cost big amount of internet data. In this case you can set up backup option of these types of app. Find the Settings menu in this types of apps. Then find Auto Backup option in Settings menu. Then you may see various settings option for backup like which media files the app can make backup on cloud, in when the app can make backup, or which network connection the app will use for backup, etc. Or you can disable Backup on cloud. If you use Whatsapp then its better to disable media auto download. To do that go to Settings option in Whatsapp. Then go to->Chat Settings->Media auto download->When using mobile data->Select No media. See the screenshot below- the backup setting of Google+ app.

Restrict Background data
This is most important things you should know to minimize the usage of net data. Most of the app on your Smartphone can use internet even while it is inactive. In this case you can stop background data using. To do that, go to settings menu on your phone. Open Data usage option. You will see a list of apps installed on your phone. Then click on any app and give tick mark on restrict background data box. Like this way you can stop background data using for all apps by selecting one by one. But some system apps don’t allow stopping background data.

Reduce Syncing
We use various types of widget on homescreen. Like Weather widget, news widget etc. But these types of widget always refresh itself to show latest information. You can remove any widget which is not really necessary. Accounts sync also cost net data. If it is not necessary then you can off this sync feature. To off Auto Sync feature go to Settings - Accounts – then turn switch off the Auto Sync option.

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How to show hidden files in a virus affected usb Pendrive

Sometimes viruses like trozan, shortcut virus etc attacks in our pendrive and make all the files disappear. USB pendrive is one of the most important device for carrying sharing data in our day to day life so this is most irritating problem we faced often.

Here I am showing two easy method that how can you recover files in a virus affected usb pendrive.

Method 1
Open command prompt window. To open it go to Start menu and type run or press Windows logo button and R at the same time-> Run window will appear-> Then type CMD on run window and press enter.

The command prompt window will appear on the screen.

Type the following command in command prompt window and press Enter

Attrib –H –R –S /S /D H:/

See the screenshot below

Now you are done. Check your pendrive. You are now successfully recovered the files which are infected by virus.

Method 2:
Open my computer, Click on organizes button in top left corner, then select folder and scanning option.
A new window will appear on the screen, click on the View tab
Choose the option “shows hidden files and folder, and drives” and uncheck the following
Hide empty drives in computer folder
Hide extensions for known file types
Hide protected operating system files
See the screenshot below

At last click on Apply and Ok.
    Now open your pendrive. The data will be visible.
      You have now successfully recovered virus infected files in your pendrive, But in this method you have to keep these settings intake as virus files may become operating system files.

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