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How to Use Bold, Italic and Strikethrough Text on WhatsApp

A silent update brought some new functionality to the popular WhatsApp messenger without being mentioned in the change log: You can now add bold font, italic font and strikethrough formatting to your text in WhatsApp. By using a simple trick, you can format the text in our messages quite easily and add some extra emphasis, hence communicate more effectively. Here’s a tutorial on how to use bold, italic or strikethrough text in your messages in WhatsApp.

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You’ll need the latest version of WhatsApp to follow along with this guide, or at least use the 2.12.17 build of WhatsApp by updating it through the App Store app.

Bold, Italic & Strikethrough Text formatting in WhatsApp

Open the WhatsApp application on your iPhone, then start a chat with one of your contacts. To format any of the text inside your message, use one of the special characters from the list below to add emphasis to one word or even a sequence of multiple words.

  • Add bold text by surrounding it with the * (star) symbol.
    Example: “Make sure to *bring the tickets*.”
  • Add italic text by surrounding it with the _ (underline) symbol.
    Example: “It is _not really_ necessary to print all of the pages.”
  • Add strikethrough text by surrounding it with the ~ (tilde) symbol.
    Example: “Your cooking skills are ~quite impeccable~ absolutely horrible.”
  • You can also combine any formatting mentioned above to use two or all three formatting options at the same time.
    Example: “I feel the need to scream at the top of my lungs.”

With the recent WhatsApp Updates the message window displays a preview of these shorthand notations for the different WhatsApp formatting but will also show the symbols used for formatting. Once you send the message, the symbols will no longer be visable and just show the formatted text.

WhatsApp – Underline Text

Underlined text in WhatsApp refers to an existing link to either a website or another app on your iPhone and this feature is automatic. WhatsApp also underlines text like addresses, dates and phone numbers. These link to Apple Maps, your Calendar app and your Phone app.
These links are supposed to help users find places on Apple Maps, call phone numbers or add them to your contacts, as well as add dates to your calendar.
Since this feature is automatic we can not provide a tutorial on how to underline text in WhatsApp.

Tip: You use WhatsApp a lot? Even expert users can still learn a few handy tricks, so we put together a list of 10 WhatsApp tricks every user should know. Check out the article and learn something new.

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