One of the most used social platforms is WhatsApp. Its plethora of features include audio calls, group video calls, dark mode, status updates, and “crazy fun chatting” that offers stickers. Because Facebook took over the site, there is a more straightforward method for sharing to Facebook in a matter of one click.
Aside from calling, messages on the platform are increasingly popular, with communication possible between groups or individuals.
If you’re unfamiliar with the varied features, calls, messages, and learning how you can tell if someone is talking to someone else, plus so much more. Now, you can follow along to get the basics of the platform here.
The fundamentals of the varied WhatsApp features
With WhatsApp, the features are relatively user-friendly. If you want to message with someone, you can see whether the person is online in just a few easy steps. You can also learn if people actually read your message.
There are also ways you can discern whether someone you know is talking with someone else. Let’s dive in and learn some of the steps for these features.
Learn if someone is online
You can learn if someone you want to send a message to is online. Plus you can find out the last someone read your messages. Follow these steps:
- Open the platform on your chosen device
- Navigate to the “chats” heading
- Select the discussion you want to see whether this individual is on or offline. If you’ve never had a conversation with this specific person, go under the search icon at the top to look for that contact. Then click on the “chat bubble” that pops up on the new screen to start a conversation.
- You can see if someone is online when the word “online” appears beneath their name. Otherwise, it will indicate the last time they were on.
Find the exact time a contact read your message
You might find situations where the contact reads your sent messages. But the “blue tick” is not visible on the message leaving you confused about whether the message was actually received.
Usually, the problem is due to the reading receipts feature being on or off. If someone needs to know for sure that their message was read and when, these steps will help with that:
- Turn on Read receipts. If the person you messaged turned on their “read receipts” in the “settings” menu. These steps should work.
- If the post you produced shows “double ticks,” the message would have been read by the other person. But learning what exact time it was read will require a “long press” over the post you want to check. At the top of the screen, click on the three dots to show a “display,” “copy,” and “info” menu from which you will select “info.”
- The “info” page will advise the “delivered” and the “read” times with a specific date.
- If you have group content and need to see the time it was read, you would hover and hold over the message and then tap on the “info” option. This will tell you who read the post at what time and the date, followed by a “delivered to” compilation.
If the “read receipts” are not on with the person on the other end, it might be a bit more challenging. But you can still see if your message was read and the time. If you know the individual is online, but your posts are going without responses, you can send a “recorded audio message.”
A checkmark indicator will pop on the screen over the message when the person hears the recorded post. You can hold over that post to see the time it was checked.
Seeing if someone is talking to someone else
In a lot of cases, when you go snooping into other people’s devices, you can go a bit too far, bordering on breaking the rules and invading their right to privacy.
If this is a boyfriend or a girlfriend and your trust issues are this far gone or your insecurity is this intense, you might want to have a conversation with your mate before checking up on them.
They might share with you willingly what you want to know before you go snooping behind their back. Some things you try can be construed as illegal. So it’s wise to research before you engage.
One bit of technology called “Aispyer” is supposed to help people see who is messaging with whom. It’s a third-party software that allows this capacity in a safe, user-friendly, unobtrusive, and “parental controlled” app meant to protect friends, children, and family.
Before using the app effectively, you need to create an account on the website using your laptop or mobile and then sign in using the credentials you developed.
Once you have successfully launched on your intended “target” device, you can track the WhatsApp activities on the targeted device. You can do that by simply viewing the dashboard when you log into your account on your device.
It’s ideal for a parent to keep track of children. But in any other circumstance, you would need the express permission of the person you intend to plant this app on and monitor through your own device. Otherwise, that’s a clear case of spying and is illegal when done without someone’s permission.
Spying made easy on WhatsApp
It seems there are a plethora of spying apps on the market offering compatibility with virtually any mobile device. Meaning any amateur with a desire to learn what someone is doing with their mobile has the technology to find out.
Once installed, these spy platforms will gain access to virtually any WhatsApp profile and spill the beans on an activity a “spy” hopes to find out with their Android or iPhone device.
They have the capability of gaining entry into appointments, locations, calls, whether incoming, missed, outbound, pictures, and pretty much everything private a person could have in their account.
It seems the demand for this sort of “spyware” is exceptionally high and a fan favorite. The audience tends to be couples concerned about cheating through a secret cell phone number or parents worrying over children. It is decidedly unfathomable that people would resort to this.
Parents, sure, there’s a right to keep children safe. An insecure partner spying on their mate? Is it sincere that people are genuinely and legally using spyware to do this?
The suggestion is that one specific service has a few ways to activate it. Still, it’s straightforward on the iPhone since the only thing that the “spy” needs is the intended “victim’s” user ID and password with Apple.
The consensus is that these are not challenging to learn, suggesting that the spy can generally coax family or close friends to fess up to the information. That is in no way, shape, or form this writer’s suggestion or mindset, simply what the research indicates.
The idea is to simply install the app on the iPhone and Android as you would any app.
You can also simply use the WhatsApp Web Service. Still, again you need access to the victim’s mobile in order to take a picture of the computer screen showing the QR code with the victim’s mobile. After that you can gain access to their whole chat history on the computer and do so each time the history is updated.
How can you see if you’re being spied on with WhatsApp?
I’m not sure if anyone who has WhatsApp can tell when there’s new spyware installed on their phone, especially when these go incognito.
There would have to be a way under the app’s settings. With the web, you can definitely see it in the settings, especially if you’ve never had the platform attached to your computer or noticed entries that differ from your specific activity.
With the web, you’ll need to hit the “log out from all devices” button to get it to disconnect. For the spyware apps, if you find these, you need to uninstall them.
The shame is even if you do catch these at some point, the damage has already occurred. Someone has already invaded your privacy, looked into your private files, and taken information that didn’t belong to them.
That can’t be undone. But hopefully, something can be done about this sort of activity. Under no circumstances should spying be condoned unless it’s a parent and a child for safety purposes.
The people taking advantage of other people in this manner should face repercussions for invading other people’s privacy. That is against the law.
People should remember that no one should have access to their phone, even if it’s a boyfriend or girlfriend or anyone outside their immediate, intimate family.
Today, phones comprise far too much essential and sensitive information having to do with business and personal, private facts. Keeping clients and business details confidential is a must.
If a partner or mate is that adamant about sharing devices, it would be curious to discover their motive. Otherwise, it’s better to be safe than to be sorry later.