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How to star and save messages on WhatsApp

You can save any words of wisdom sent to you on WhatsApp.
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January 4, 2022
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The more you use WhatsApp as your default messaging platform, the more you’ll have to find a way of saving your important messages. WhatsApp has a good search function for finding messages, but that relies on knowing the exact keywords to enter. There’s another easier way to save what’s important to you — you can star messages on WhatsApp and see them all organized as a list.

Read more: How to use WhatsApp — a step-by-step beginner’s guide

QUICK ANSWER

To star and save messages on the WhatsApp mobile app, long-press on the message you want to save. A menu will pop up, and one of the options will be to star it. Select that. On the desktop app, move your mouse to the right of the message, and a downwards arrow will appear. Click the arrow, and the same menu will appear. Select Star message.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

How to star or unstar your messages on WhatsApp (Android and iOS)

To star a message on WhatsApp mobile, long-press the message you want to save. A few seconds later, a menu will pop up. Tap on Star.

whatsapp mobile star message

You’ll now see a small star appear on the message.

whatsapp mobile starred message

To unstar the message when it’s no longer needed, long-press on the message again. When the menu comes up, tap on Unstar.

How to star or unstar your messages on WhatsApp (desktop)

It’s almost the same procedure on WhatsApp desktop. But instead of long-pressing the message, you instead need to move your mouse to the far-right of the message. When a downwards arrow appears, click it and the menu pops up. Click Star message.

whatsapp desktop star message

To unstar the message, just repeat the above procedure and select Unstar message instead from the menu.

How to view your starred messages on WhatsApp

Obviously, if you are saving your messages for future reference, you will want to know how to access them later. Otherwise, what’s the point?

On WhatsApp mobile, go to Settings, then Starred messages.

whatsapp mobile settings starred

You’ll now see the saved messages in date order. If you tap on one, you’ll be taken to the exact place in the conversation with that person where the saved message was said. This is useful if you need to read the context of the message.

whatsapp mobile saved messages
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On the desktop, it’s slightly different. You need to tap on the name of the person at the top of your conversation with them.

whatsapp desktop click username

This opens up a sidebar called Contact info. Scroll down till you see Starred messages.

whatsapp desktop starred messages link

When you click on Starred messages, you’ll now be able to see your saved messages.

whatsapp desktop saved messages list