How to edit text in WhatsApp

One year ago, WhatsApp introduced a very useful feature to its Android app: the ability to edit text just like you would in a word processor like Microsoft Word.

But I keep forgetting how to do it every now and then and constantly have to go back to my Evernote to remember it. For the sake of myself and everyone else, maybe this will come in handy.

Here’s how to do it:

  • For bold, just add * to either side of the text you want emphasized/thickened e.g. *boldthistext*
  • For italics, just add _ to either side of the text you need to be italicized e.g. _italicizethistext_
  • To strikethrough, just add a tilde, ~, to either side of the text that needs formatting e.g. ~strikethistext~
  • It is also possible to add a mix of the formatting options like, say, italicize and bold text. Here’s how: _*bolditalicize*_

Sadly, there’s no underline option, yet. At least none that I know of.

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Emmanuel Chenze

Let's just say I know my stuff. I have 7 years experience handling, tinkering with and then writing extensively about Android stuff. Sometimes it is exciting, sometimes it is not; things can get stale with nothing new to show but I live for each one of those moments. Have something Android-related that you believe I need to have a look at? Hit me up: echenze@androidkenya.com