How to Search Your WhatsApp Chat History [Quick Tips]

WhatsApp has grown into a byword for texting, particularly if pictures, video clips and silly GIFs are involved. It’s the undisputed messaging app of choice for smartphone users, and because it contains so much of our social life, it’s crucial to be able to search WhatsApp history quickly for older messages.

Luckily, this isn’t hard to do, and we’re here to guide you through the process.

The simplest and most all-encompassing way to search your chat history is to use the magnifying glass at the top right corner of the Whatsapp home screen. Tap it, enter the word or phrase you want to search for, and it will automatically filter messages as you type to display only those with the relevant terms.

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Alternatively, if you want to search for something within a specific Chat or Group, open the conversation, tap the three-dotted menu icon at the top right, then tap “Search” and enter your query.

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The WhatsApp search works a little differently on iOS/iPhone. From the WhatsApp home screen, tap “Chats” at the top, then in the Chats screen listing all your conversations, swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the hidden Search bar.

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Type what you want to search for into the search bar, and WhatsApp will filter conversations as you type until you’re just left with what you’re looking for … if indeed it’s actually in your WhatsApp history.

That’s it! Using the above methods you should be able to find everything you’re looking for. If you’re wondering how to do the same on Blackberry or Windows Phone, we suggest you switch platforms, as Whatsapp recently announced that it’s no longer supporting its app on either of those.

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