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Here are some tips that can help to make the chat experience better:


Learn useful WhatsApp basics:


How to shorten URLs:

1) Use a URL shortening service: Copy out the long link, paste it into t.ly, and it will create a short version of it.

Do be aware that some corporate or government intranets forbid such links for security purposes, as it can be used by hackers to hide malicious links.


2) Remove characters from the back of the URL. Look for the first ? inside the link, and remove anything from it onwards. Examples:

  • https://scontent.fsin4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/17239833_10154263940487554_7806473610997802836_o.jpg?_nc_cat=1&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&_nc_ht=scontent.fsin4-1.fna&oh=4d79b303aba0682351d9eaf37b37df6f&oe=5C94E7C5
  • https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/dec/13/rain-man-at-30-autism-hoffman-cruise-levinson?fbclid=IwAR2vFCkhXoZBHI28ENiVFd1oIYN4533vU7FSWahabiIgvdarveVzmL_r4Y0
  • https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/charging-mobile-phone-electrocutes-indonesian-girl-to-death-during-lightning-strike?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1544690207
  • https://www.facebook.com/HennyKupferstein/posts/1192909977542751?__xts__%5B0%5D=68<lots of stuff>&__tn__=C-R0.g

Do note that some links, such as that from Facebook, may need to retain the characters in order to work properly:

  • https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1888559508119084&id=1557825057865287

When in doubt, remove the stuff behind the ? and try to see if you can still access that page using your browser.