How To Bold, Italic and Strikethrough Messages On WhatsApp

Recently, news was all over most tech blogs stating that WhatsApp will soon be introducing the ability to bold, italic and Strike-through messages on it’s mobile messaging app.

With the rolling out of the update which brought about the end to end encryption technology on the mobile messaging app, the ability to bold, italic and strike through messages on WhatsApp also came to limelight.

whatsapp bold, italic and strikethrough formatting features

If you are using the latest version of WhatsApp on your android and iOS devices, you should be able to bold messages, make messages italic and even strike-through messages.

Styling WhatsApp Messages In Bold, Italic and Strike-through Formats

  • If you’d like to make a whatsapp message bold, simply use * before and after the message. For example, *bold*.
  • If you’d like to make a whatsapp message appear in italic format, simply use _ before and after the message. E.G, _italic_.
  • If you’d like to make a WhatsApp message to appear in strike-through format, simply use ~ before and after the text. For example, ~strikethrough~.

It’s that simple. You can go ahead and give it a shot.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t work on blackberry phones. Based on my experiments, using the formatting styles from a BlackBerry to an iOS or android works. However, using the formatting styles from an iOS or android to BlackBerry doesn’t work.

For example, using *TechsNG* on an android and then sending to a WhatsApp user using a blackberry phone only display the message as *TechsNG* instead of automatically formatting it into bold style.

However, sending *TechsNG Blog* from a BlackBerry WhatsApp user to an iOS or android WhatsApp user automatically bolds the text when received on the iOS or android. Understand?

Hence, you may want to be sure of the kind of phone the recipient uses before confusing them with signs instead of feeling like a boss. Perhaps, Blackberry’s inability to perform these features may just be signs of WhatsApp stopping support for the platform as earlier announced by the mobile messaging app.

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Related: I have posted an update which talks on how to download, install and still use WhatsApp on your blackberry phone even though it’s no longer supported. Interested? This is the link to the post.

Another feature being introduced by WhatsApp, is the new status update. This allows for users to share updates with their contacts. While this is really cool, there are times you could mistakenly share updates you wished you never did. Being able to delete it is easy. To know how, this is the post for you.

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    • Elly, i am not sure it does and that’s because i haven’t tried. However, you can give it a shot and if it doesn’t convert on your phone (If using android or iOS), then it isn’t working for status updates.

  • That’s Cool. But I thought, the user also is expected to see it? Or is it only the recipient that gets the Styles? i.e. I tried it, but I’m not seeing it. Is it the receiver that will see them in Bold, Italics…….?

    • John, both the sender and the receiver can both see the styles format as long as they both aren’t using a blackberry phone. If you are using an android phone or an iOS, make sure you are using the latest version of the app.

  • Please I need your help. Am currently using a bb10 but was using a BlackBerry 9810. When I registered my email I was using an MTN line and it [email protected] am using glo for my bb10 thanks to u but I can’t register this email and can confirm the email sent there for some app. I have tried to register it but it keep asking me to tap advanced setting and asking for some things I don’t understand. Help me I need to open this email address cos an important email. You can reply me via my email at the top.

    • Awwww! Sorry about that Funke. That’s actually the issue with using an ISP powered blackberry email service. However, have you tried logging in instead of registering? In my opinion, you may have to revert back to using MTN in other to be able to access that email account steadily. More so, you should create an email account probably under yahoomail, gmail, hotmail or any other good emailing service and use the newly created account as your primary email address. That way, you can access your email account regardless of the ISP you are actually using.

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