I'm a WhatsApp genius and I found hidden codes you can text to unlock features

WHATSAPP has hidden codes that you can type to unlock special features.

A TikTok user who specialises in tech tips has revealed some of these magical texting tricks in a video.


Tens of billions of WhatsApp texts are sent each day – so you need something special to make yours stand out.

As teased by a TikTok user and previously revealed by The Sun, there are ways to customise your WhatsApp texts.

You just need to know the right codes to type alongside your messages to tweak them for recipients.

How to make an emoji smaller

If you send a single emoji, it will appear very large for the recipient.

But if you flank the emoji with a single asterisk on either side, it will shrink it.

This means it will be reduced to the same size as the emoji would appear in a normal text message.

So the message would be like: *emoji*

How to make WhatsApp text bold

Bolding text is a great way to emphasise a word or phrase: bold.

It can also make a message stand out, which can be handy in group chats.

All you need to do is place an asterisk either side of the word or phrase you're trying to embolden, like so: *text goes here*

That'll make your message appear bold for you and for everyone else who sees it.

How to make WhatsApp text italics

Similarly, it's also possible to make WhatsApp message italics, which is great for emphasis: italics.

It works in exactly the same was as the bold trick, but using different symbols.

You need to place an underscore on either side of the word or phrase you're trying to edit, like this: _text goes here_

How to do a WhatsApp text strikethrough

The strikethrough features draws a line all the way through your text: strikethrough.

It's usually used to signify that something is wrong, or should be ignored.

To get a strikethrough, place a tilde (that's that squiggly line symbol) either side of your message, like this: ~text goes here~

But here's one you can't do…

Sadly, it's impossible to underline text on WhatsApp: underline.

The company simply hasn't added the feature, which means you'll just have to settle for the other formatting methods instead.

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