Line, the answer to WhatsApp by Japan’s own messaging app, seems to be creating wonders in South Asia and several other parts of the world.
Although the monthly active users are on a lower side when compared to WhatsApp, this should not stop you from downloading Line. Line consists of exciting features like Line Taxi, Line Mall, Line Wow (deliveries) and etc.
Line, which currently has around 217 million monthly active users, also has its own physical stores called Line Friends. Here you can buy merchandise featuring your favourite line character and have it delivered to you with Line Wow.
Regardless of whether you’ve just joined Line or you’re an existing user; from the sticker game to improving the quality of the photos you share, the list of tips and tricks I’ve prepared will help you get the most out of Line.
While the application blew up, there were some features that weren’t announced to every user and those tips and tricks are what we will be discussing in this article. Also, a few tricks to improve your overall appeal to everyone in your Line contact list.
Tips and Tricks For Line Messenger App
The Sticker Game
With Line’s stickers being the coolest feature, I decided to start with this.
Finding stickers you like is hard. However, LIne helps you find the perfect sticker for any occasion.
Just type the keyword into the text and Line will suggest all stickers associated with the keyword. Chances are you will discover the perfect emote; select and download your favourite sticker and emote away.
In the digital world, some words are best expressed via emoticons. Line stickers have got your back with their awesome sticker game.
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The Photo Quality Setting
Most of us would like to share our photos at its best, while some would prefer to save their data and share low quality photos. Well, with Line, you have the choice for high quality photo sharing or saving data by sharing low quality photo. You will not find this choice in other messaging apps.
This trick will help you save your data while also enabling you to share your media more conveniently. This feature lets you compress your file and save your data. Line also features customization for Image Auto-Download and Auto-Play Videos. You can select downloads to be only via Wi-Fi and save your phone data.
Click on More->Settings->Images & Video and then choose the quality of the photo sent from Standard or Low as per your desire.
The New way to Add Friends
With most other messaging apps, you can add your friends by scanning codes and adding using their phone number. Line has a new feature where you can find friends just by shaking your phone.
Yes, I know it sounds silly and you do not have to necessarily use this method. You can add your friends normally via scanning each other’s QR codes or using their phone numbers. You can even add your friends by inputting their username.
- For friends willing to use the “Shake it” feature, go to More->Add Friends->Shake It! If this works, you’ll see each other on your screens, just tap to add them.
- For adding via QR code, More->Add Friends->QR Code. This will open your camera app to scan your friend’s QR code. For your own QR code, tap “My QR Code” at the bottom right to display it your friend.
The Phone number Unlinking Trick
This trick requires a little more effort when compared to the other tricks listed here. However, this trick is quite useful and I recommend all of you to read this trick carefully. Before you start following the steps, make sure that you have a backup of your chat history as you need to uninstall Line.
- Head on to More->Settings then tap on Accounts.
- Tap Link to the Facebook option. To link, you need to accept all the permissions.
- Next up is Uninstalling the Line app.
- Reinstall the app.to which links are at the bottom of this page.
- Now you can go ahead with the installation. Login with your Facebook ID and password.
There you go! Now you can start using Line without having it linked to your phone number.
The New way to Blog
All of us share thoughts and posts with our friends and family. Line has a dedicated timeline where you can view posts that are shared by your friends. All you have to do is swipe left and see the posts shared by your friends.
This is basically your Timeline where you share media, also start a conversation on what you’ve posted. Similar to how Facebook operates; these post are open to comment, like and share.
Be sure and double check what you post as the wise man once said: “ You are what you post”
The Photo Finder
Finding a week old photo from a group chat is like finding needle in a stack of hay. With this Line trick, not anymore.
This trick enables you to save images in the Line album or directly to your phone. In case you need to save photos that you might need in the future, just follow these steps and have a tidy album of photos ready for future use.
- Go to a Chat or any Chat room containing photos.
- At the top right there is a ‘dropdown’ button, choose Photos.
- Mark the photos you want to save using the Save button at the bottom. Save it where you want to, the Line Album or to your phone.
Avoid spending lots of time going through old conversations searching for the photo that you need. Thank me later for saving up your time.
The Self-Destructing Trick
Hang on! This is only for messages. You must be aware of the Snapchat feature which automatically makes the conversation you had with your friends disappear. Line offers the same option but with more customization to it. With Line, you can set a timer to your messages and set after how long you want the chat to self-destruct.
- Open any Chat window->Tap on the arrow at the top right.
- Select Hidden Chat.
- Select after how long you want the chat to disappear. The timer starts from 2 seconds to a week.
Some messages are not meant to be seen, so use this feature and enjoy your Right to Privacy.
The Automatic Addition of Friends
We do not interact and send messages to all the people in our phonebook on a regular basis. With Line, you can now set limits such that you only accept contacts that you wish to.
All you have to do is either accept or reject their invitation by following the simple steps mentioned below:
- Click on More-> Settings
- There are two options:
- Auto Add Friends and
- Allow Others to Add, since the Auto-Add is enables, untick the Allow Others to Add option.
After you’ve unticked the Allow Others to Add option, you can now decide which friend request to accept and whose not to. So go ahead and enjoy your personal space.
Free Voice and Video Calling
Yes, I know that most of the messaging apps feature free voice and video calling. Line also features free voice and video calling.
While WhatsApp got this feature 7 years after its inception, Line had this feature way before other app. In fact, most of Line download in its initial stage was all thanks to its Free Calling function.
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We all might’ve experienced unfortunate instance where all our chats got deleted or we might have just uninstalled the app. To access old chats and save your chat history, Line features a backup option where we can save messages. Here are the few steps to save your chat history:
- Enter the chat room that you want to backup, Tap on the Dropdown ->Edit Messages.
- Tick on the messages you wish to save and click Save the Notes option.
There you are, save all your important chats by just following these simple steps.
Subscribing to official Channels
Did you know that you can subscribe to official channels on Line?
Now subscribe to official channels on Line and stay updated with all significant things happening around the world.
So, I hope the tips and tricks I listed helped you. Line offers various features that are not present in other messenger apps. If you are looking for a new messenger app to try, download Line and experience a new way of chatting.
If you have other tricks that I haven’t mentioned, or want to share your experience with Line, feel free to drop comments down below.