People are just realizing that WhatsApp has hidden ‘texting’ codes that unlock features

WHATSAPP comes equipped with a number of handy codes that can jazz up your texts.

The codes allow you to format your WhatsApp messages in just seconds, adding both flair and expression to your texts.

WhatsApp comes equipped with a number of handy codes that can jazz up your texts

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WhatsApp comes equipped with a number of handy codes that can jazz up your textsCredit: Getty

How to access the features

To italicize your message, place an underscore on both sides of the text: _text_

To bold your message, place an asterisk on both sides of the text: *text*

To strikethrough your message, place a tilde on both sides of the text: ~text~

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To monospace your message, place three backticks on both sides of the text: “`text“`

Other ways to format

You can also perform these actions using shortcuts on Android and iPhone.

For Android: Tap and hold the text in the text field, then choose ‘Bold, Italic, or More’.

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You can tap More to choose Strikethrough or Monospace.

On iPhone, simply tap the text in the text field > Select or Select All > B_I_U.

Then, choose Bold, Italic, Strikethrough, or Monospace.

But here’s one you can’t do…

Sadly, it’s impossible to underline text on WhatsApp.

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

The history

WhatsApp introduced this update several years ago, in 2016.

And despite these tricks being outlined on WhatsApp’s Frequently Asked Questions page since, many users are still unaware of their existence.

However, such features are coveted by social media users.

In fact, one person recently asked Elon Musk to add similar text codes to Twitter.

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“@elonmusk Hello – please could we have italic & bold text?” the user inquired.

“Thank you 🙂 I realize there are workarounds (e.g. 𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘤 / 𝗯𝗼𝗹𝗱) but much nicer to have it as a native thing, as WhatsApp has with _italic_ or *bold*. Come to think of it ~strikethrough~ would be nice too.”

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