How to read WhatsApp
The almost extinct SMS messages were long ago displaced by WhatsApp and today it is more common to say “I’m sending you a WhatsApp” than “I’m sending you a message”.
Even Android 4.4 Kitkat could put a WhatsApp widget on the lock screen but this has changed since Android 5.0
Lollipop arrived. Here we show you all the options you have to view WhatsApp messages without unlocking your phone.
How to have WhatsApp notifications on the lock screen
Since Android 5.0 Lollipop arrived and its new security requirements for a very connected world in that 2014 everything changed in Android.
The blocking screen is one of the most sensitive areas in terms of privacy in our smarphone.
The lock screen is the only place where a person outside of us can take a look at our privacy. With this in mind we are going to show you how you can read WhatsApp messages directly on the lock screen.
All applications with notifications can display this information on the lock screen and currently these preferences are centralized in the settings menu.
Depending on the manufacturer the route is a bit different but we will find it in ‘Security’ or ‘Lock and Security Screen’.
Once a terminal access mode has been configured, either PIN and/or fingerprint, we will be able to choose what to display on the lock screen.
There are usually three options: show notifications with their content, hide sensitive information such as WhatsApp messages, or show no notifications.
In order to view WhatsApp messages on your smartphone’s lock screen, you must enable the ‘Show all notification content’ option.
Read WhatsApp messages on the lock screen of a Samsung Galaxy
In Samsung devices the options are almost the same but can be somewhat more complex. To activate WhatsApp notifications on the lock screen we must follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Lock and Security Screen > Notifications.
- Here we make sure that the tabs ‘Hide content’ and ‘Notification icons only’ are disabled.
- Within ‘Show notifications of’ we can choose which section of each application will be shown on the blocking screen.
- Scroll down and choose what you want to be displayed from WhastApp
How to have a WhatsApp widget on the blocking screen in Android 4.4 KitKat
If you still have Android 4.4 KitKat, or a ROM based on this version, just go to Settings > Security, and tick the Enable widgets option.
Then lock the terminal and slide your finger sideways until a sum (+) icon appears. Click it and choose the WhatsApp widget from the offer.
When you lock the terminal, the next time you turn it on, the WhatsApp widget will appear, and you’ll be able to see the latest messages from your contacts.