How to Bold, Italic, Strikethrough and Underline in WhatsApp
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How to Bold, Italic, Strikethrough, and Underline in WhatsApp

WhatsApp offers the option of bold, italics, strikethrough, and monospace. In this post, you’ll see the steps to use these options.

Note that WhatsApp doesn’t offer the option to underline. But you’ll see the steps to underline in WhatsApp here. Note that this one applies only to Android devices.

Here I’ve also talked about changing the font color and size and using other font styles. Let’s begin.

Bold, Italic, Strikethrough, and Monospace Text in WhatsApp

You can apply over one format (except monospace) to the text. For example, you can use bold and italics for the same text.

Also note that when you apply a specific option, you can see the formatting in the text. Don’t worry about the special characters around the text. They won’t be there in the message when you sent it.

I use the iPhone, Android phone, Web, and Desktop here.

iPhone

Here are the steps:

Open the WhatsApp Messenger app. Ensure you’re in the “Chats” tab and hit the group or contact conversation.

Type the text in the compose box at the bottom. Select the text you want to format.

You’ll see the “Format” option.

Format option
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Tap it, and you can see the “Bold” and “Italic” options. Hit the “Arrow” icon to see the “Strikethrough” and “Monospace” options.

Bold and Italic on WhatsApp for iPhone
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Select the one you want.

You can also do this task in another way. Please refer below section (Web or Desktop) for that.

Android

Open the WhatsApp app and hit the chat you prefer. Type the text and select the text you want to format.

“Bold” to make your text bold, and “Italic” to make your text italic.

Bold and Italic options
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Hit the three vertical dots in the pop-up. You can find the “Strikethrough” and “Monospace.” The former is for strikethrough, and the latter option is for monospace.

Tap the one you like.

Please refer below for an alternate method to do the above.

Web or Desktop

You can follow the below steps to format the text on WhatsApp Web or the Desktop app. Keep in mind that this method applies to the iPhone and Android too.

Here are the steps:

  • To make the text bold, type the words between two asterisks (For instance: *Hi*).
  • To make the text italic, type the text between two underscores (Example: _Hi_).
  • To make the strikethrough text, type the words between two tildes (Example: ~Hi~).
  • To make text monospace, type the words between the three backticks.

That’s it.

Here’s an alternate method for Desktop app users:

After typing the text on the chat’s compose box on the WhatsApp Desktop app, select it. You can now see four options. From the left, the first one is for bold. The second, third and fourth are for italics, strikethrough, and monospace, respectively.

Change Font Size in WhatsApp

Note that WhatsApp doesn’t have the option to change the font and the font size change only applies to you.

Web or Desktop

On the Desktop app, you can enlarge or reduce the font size by changing the text size of the PC.

On the Web, you can change the font size by using the “Zoom” option in the browser. I’m using the “Chrome” browser here.

Press the “Ctrl” key and scroll the mouse wheel down to have a bigger font size. Press the “Ctrl” key and scroll the mouse wheel up to have a smaller font size.

Here’s an alternate method: Open WhatsApp Web. Now click the three vertical dots at the top right of the “Chrome” browser.

Besides “Zoom,” you can see “+” and “-.” The former increases the font size, and the latter decreases it. Use the one you prefer.

iPhone

WhatsApp for iPhone cannot change the font size like WhatsApp for Android. But you can change the WhatsApp font size by changing the text size of the iPhone.

Here’s how:

Open the “Settings” app and tap “Display & Brightness.” Find and hit “Text Size.”

Now you can see a slider at the bottom. Slide it to the left decreases the text size, and sliding it to the right increase the text size.

Use it and open the WhatsApp app to see the change.

Android

Launch WhatsApp and tap the three vertical dots at the top right. Select Settings > Chats.

Select “Font size” between “Media visibility” and “Keep chats archived.”

You’ll see these three options in the pop-up – Small, Medium, and Large.

Font size popup
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Choose the one you want.

Underline in WhatsApp (Android)

Install and open the Blue Words app. Once on the main screen, find and hit “Underlined words.”

In the “Type here,” type your WhatsApp message.

You can see the preview at the top. Hit the “Copy” icon beside the preview to copy the underlined message.

Copy icon
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Now open the WhatsApp app and tap the chat (group or contact) you prefer.

Long press in the compose box at the bottom and hit the “Paste” option.

Hit the “Send” button, and that’s it.

Note:

If you wish, you can follow these steps after typing your message in the app as said in the above steps.

Hit the “Share” icon at the bottom right. In the pop-up, you can view “Share with WhatsApp” at the top. Hit “Just once.”

Choose the WhatsApp chat you prefer. Hit the “Arrow” icon at the bottom right.

Now you can see the underlined message in the compose box of your chosen conversation. Tap the “Send” icon, and that’s it.

See: How to Delete a WhatsApp Contact

Change Font Style and Color in WhatsApp

WhatsApp offers a few font styles, such as bold, which you’ve seen above. But the following third-party app allows you to use many font styles.

You’ll also see the steps to change the font color (Blue only). Also, note that the blue font color is only visible to Android users.

The following steps are only for an Android phone. Let’s see the steps.

Install and open the Blue Words app.

At the bottom, you can see these tabs: Text Styles, Number Styles, Text style Art, and Stickers. Make sure you’re in the former.

Above, you can see many options like all caps. Choose the one you like.

You can see many text styles on the screen now.

Choose the “Blue words” if you want to change the font color. Otherwise, choose your preferred font style for the chat, about, or status.

In the “Type here” field, provide the text you want. You can see the preview at the top.

Hit the “Copy” icon beside the preview to copy the text in your chosen style. Alternatively, you can long-press it to copy it.

Paste it in the text status, about, or chat per your preference.

That’s it.

To use this copied text as a status or message, you can also follow these steps:

Once you have typed your message, as said in the above steps, hit the “Share” icon at the bottom right.

In the pop-up, you can see “Share with WhatsApp.” Hit “Just once.”

If you want to set it as status, hit “My status” and the “Arrow” icon at the bottom. Make any changes here if you wish, and hit the “Send” icon.

If you want to send it as a message, hit the chat you prefer and tap the “Arrow” icon at the bottom right. Hit the “Send” button.