Whatsapp Text Formatting

Whatsapp Text Formatting

Hello guys, I’ll be showing you how to format texts in Whatsapp, to make your texts stylish and not just bland. It’s common knowledge that text is the most used function of the app, people still prefer sending texts be it greeting, jokes or important messages even though the app supports voice and video calls,  hence the usefulness of text formatting. These formatting options are available both on Android and IOS devices.


Here is a list of formatting styles and how to use them in Whatsapp.



If you wish to create a word in italics, WhatsApp has got you covered.

To achieve this, add an underscore ( _ ) before and after the text. For instance in the text “Lagos is a _crowded_ city” the word crowded will appear in italics.














Similarly, making a text bold is possible, this is when you want to stress and important section of the text.

To achieve this, add an asterisk (*) before and after the text. As in the example “Corel Draw is *better * than Illustrator” the word better will be emboldened.














You might want to show a striking out of text to show a correction of a message earlier sent.

To add a line above a text, place a tilde (~) before and after the text. For example, if you want to strike out facebook from the sentence to mean Instagram is the best social media network, you will type out ~Facebook~ Instagram is the best social network.














Monospace font which is the only alternative font type provided by WhatsApp can be achieved by adding three backticks(“`) before and after the text.

For example, I love “`using“` reactjs. The word using will be monospaced













Combining Formatting Styles:

You can combine more than one formatting style in a text. Meaning, you can make the same text bold, italic, and even change its font to Monospace.

To do so, enclose the texts with the respective symbols. Take note, the symbol entered first will be closed last for instance creatives *~_and_~* tech meet





  • On Android, hold down the typed text, an options tab will open > More  > choose among bold, italic, strikethrough and monospace.
  • On iPhone, hold down the typed text > BIU > and choose among bold, italic and strikethrough.


I’d love to hear your views in the comment section!


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1 Comment

  • Mary
    January 16, 2020

    Thank you mr kef

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