FAQs (and Answers) about WhatsApp ‘Starred Messages’ feature

In recent times, WhatsApp has introduced new features to its platform. Revolutionizing instant messaging in the process by making it better, cooler, and more resourceful. From Status updates, to the ability to Quote Messages and replies both in private and group conversations, as well as the recently announced biometric authentication support for iOS devices, WhatsApp is no longer just a messaging platform; it has become a force, one we can barely do without in our everyday activities. Right?

Star Messages‘ is another super resourceful feature to be incorporated into the instant messaging platform. With hundreds and thousands of messages coming being sent daily, it is easy for information to get lost in the ocean of texts and media. And while you can use the Search button to dig it out, it is somewhat stressful and requires you to remember at least a keyword out of the information you’re searching for. If there’s a piece of information you (think) you’d be needing for reference purposes in the future, staring it is the best way to conveniently get it bookmarked.

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By choosing to Star messages, you are simply marking them as favorite or saving them for later. Perhaps a text contains information you want to have a secind look at. And while some rival apps (like Telegram) also possess this feature, it is a lot less sophisticated on WhatsApp.

Frequently Asked Questions about WhatsApp Starred Messages

Q: How do I Star Messages on WhatsApp

For Android

  • In an individual or group chat, tap and hold the message/text you want to save for later
  • Tap the “Star icon” that appears at the top of the app’s menu bar

For iOS

  • Long-press the messages you wish to Star in an individual or group chat

  • On the pop-up menu above the text, tap the Star icon to save the text for later.

Q: How do I see all my Starred Messages?

For Android

  • Tap the three-dotted More options icon at the top-right corner of the app

WhatsApp Starred Messages

  • Tap on Starred messages

WhatsApp Starred Messages

  • Starred message from all chats will be listed and sorted by date; with the newest at the top and oldest at the bottom

For iOS

  • Open your WhatsApp Settings
  • Tap on Starred Messages

Q: How do I see Starred Messages for a specific individual or group?

For Android and iOS

  • On the chat page of your WhatsApp, open the chat or group that houses the starred message(s) you wish to see
  • Tap on the name of the chat
  • On the user/group details page, tap Starred Messages

WhatsApp Starred Messages

  • All the starred messages from that particular sender or group will appear on the screen

Q: How do I unstar a message?

For Android and iOS

  • Simply long-press the starred message
  • Tap the Unstar icon from the list of options

WhatsApp Starred Messages

Q: Who can see Starred messages?

Only YOU can see your Starred messages.

Doesn’t matter if you starred the message in a group or in a private chat, starred messages are personal. They are stored in your app and no one (not the group admin, the sender, nor other members of the group) but YOU can see them.