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How to use the search feature in WhatsApp for Android


Whatsapp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world. When you have a lot of friends, messages, and contacts flying around, it can be hard to keep track of what is where. Fortunately, Whatsapp incorporated a sort of Universal Search into its app that can help you locate basically anything that has happened in the app. That makes it easy to search for chats, attachments, contacts, or anything else, all from one search bar.

How to use Universal Search in WhatsApp

Open Whatsapp
Tap Search

Enter text for whatever you’re searching for.


That’s it. You can type in anything and Whatsapp will search all of your chats, contacts, documents, links and more and display the results for you.

How to use filters in Universal Search

Using Universal Search is great, but Whatsapp also includes some filters you can use to try to narrow yuor results. You can filter by photos, videos, links, GIFs, audio, and documents. In most cases, you cannot search by names of files (e.g. filenames of photos) but you can use filters to search for a contact, and filter photos sent to or from that contact. Note: As you search, Universal Search will show you what kinds of results you have (links, documents, etc) and you can tap on a filter to apply it to the current search.


A phone built for search

Google Pixel 5


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