Using WhatsApp as a Private Digital Wallet for your Private Documents and Notes
WhatsApp is a nice messaging app for staying in touch with friends and family. It is super-fast, works on nearly all phones (including desktop computers) and the best thing is that it is free service from facebook.
You have been using WhatsApp primarily for text messaging and calling but there are a couple of other interesting uses for WhatsApp that will help boost the utility value of this app even further. Other than communicating with the external world, you can also use WhatsApp to:
- Capture and save ideas, notes, voice memos, scanned documents and everything else in your own private storage space that is accessible from everywhere.
- Quickly transfer web links, documents, screenshots, and other files between your computer and phone without having to sign-up for another service.
- The idea is simple. You create a new group having you as the only participant inside that group and everything that you wish to store privately, you can do so just by sharing in that group which belongs to you only.
Create a new WhatsApp group with just a single participant – you. Here’s how:
- Open WhatsApp on your phone and create a new group.
- Add any contact from your address book to this group. Give your group a name as Personal Data or any other name you wish and save.
- Now go to the group in WhatsApp, tap the Group info to view the list of participants.
- Tap and hold the participant you added in step 2 and remove it from the group
That’s it. What you now have a private store in that WhatsApp group that is visible only to you and accessible from the web (desktop) and your mobile phone.
If you wish to transfer a document from computer to phone, open web.whatsapp.com on the computer, send the file to this group and it will instantly become available on your phone. There’s search built-in so you can easily find messages by keyword later.