WhatsApp text formatting rolls out, including bold, italics and strikethrough in messages

by: Kris CarlonMarch 29, 2016

WhatsApp text formatting

WhatsApp is now rolling out its new text formatting options including bold, italics, strikethrough and any combination of these. The basic text formatting was first tested in WhatsApp’s beta channel in mid-March, but is now rolling out via official Play Store updates. From what we can see it should be working on any version from v2.12.535 and above.

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Much like other apps that support formatting text, you simply add a symbol to either side of the word or phrase you wish to format.

  • To bold something, add an asterisk to either side of the word: *bold*
  • To italicise something, add an underscore to either side of the word: _italics_
  • To strikethrough something, add a tilde to either side of the word: ~strikethrough~
  • You can combine any of these options together simply by adding the relevant symbols to either side of the word or phrase

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When you receive messages from someone with the latest version, their name will be bolded in the notifications shade and the formatting of the message will also show up. For those that are wondering, the latest beta channel WhatsApp update just added a quick reply function, multiple selection capabilities for chats and contacts and solid color wallpaper options.

  • Siva Pradeep

    i installed latest beta vr …535 i cant find the bold and italic … how to access them..?

    • eric1357a

      Just send with *, for example *hello* and _hello_
      I tried and it works!
      My version of Whatsapp is 2.12.535

      • Siva Pradeep


      • sri charan

        Is there like a page where I can find a list of all the beta features and how to use them….

        I am on beta too my current version is 2.12.537….

  • Randall Buchanan

    please add support to .hit please…

  • Yogime

    my version is 2.12.510 but that doesn’t works for me -_-

  • Hower

    i tried all of the formatting options on 2.12. 556 but nothing works for me… anyone?

    • Francisco Peralta

      Same, here… I wonder if they removed it after 535 for some reason.

      • Hary Ayala

        I’m 561 and it works.

    • Osakwe tochukwu

      Same here…why couldnt they have made it simpler…this process is a lot complex. Simply long press and options of italics bold and strikethru pops up then u select the one u want and move on. This process is complex and annoying

      • Rooney-

        Exactly, everytime we cannot keep adding symbols on either side of the text. Its complex!

  • Rooney-

    i have 2.12.559. its not working. What version you guys are using??

  • Nadir

    Well I’ve finally been punished for procrastinating. I had a messaging app in development (for the past 2 years) which had working text formatting, bold, italic, underline and sarcasm. It was going to have full control on UI customisation (when I say full, I mean full. (font, font colour, background speech bubble thing either side, background, the works)). Only thing was some underlying database related issues/lack of implementation and it only working with SMS (for the moment). Time to move on to the next project then I guess.

  • Am using 2.12.556 & it doesn’t work. Hope this feedbacks can go back to Whatsapp.

    • Morpheus

      Same version also and not working for me either. Ironically I tried this feature on my group chat and everyone on iOS version was so impressed and now they keep using it and what I see is *wow* or _cool_

  • Nope, does not work for me either. Version 2.12.556

  • AlfredJ

    Just got 561 update today. Works.

    LG g3 Sprint

  • barney222

    version 2.16.13 on android not working… why?

  • Hemant Chaudhary

    version 2.16.13 on android not working..

    • alexsander falcucci

      as always late

  • ♪ Joel Tan ♫

    it’s not working on whatsapp web. haha

  • Obi

    It works for me now. Using the latest WhatsApp version on Nexus 6.

  • samujjwal kashyap

    Works on WhatsApp for Windows phone as well..
    version: 2.16.52

  • Kabier Raj Mahara

    Version 2.16.57 and it’s working.

  • Kabier Raj Mahara

    Version 2.16.57 and it’s working, wow.

  • eCoaster

    Oh, everyone’s using this already – came across bold last night when I put asterisks on either side of a phrase (for emphasis). Version 2.16.4 on iPhone 4.

  • onismus phuti

    works well 4 me

  • Hidden format for monospaced text in WA, syntax are: “`MONOSPACETEXTHERE“`

    • SG


  • Momodu Oladapo

    Awesome. Works perfectly well

  • Working for me. Using version 2.16.275.