Although quite a new entry into the tech valley, WhatsApp has solidified its presence amongst the tech giants. Having been bought by Facebook in 2014 for $19 Billion, the app already has proved its worth. The purchase of the app was the largest acquisition by the social media giant till date.

WhatsApp is multi-faceted. The developers keep releasing new features and functionalities with every new update.

The bonus is, there is a nifty hack that easily turns WhatsApp into your personal storage space. So, you can now use this cross-platform, end to end encrypted software securely to send yourself and store files, notes, audios and videos, besides a hoard of other stuff.

This handy feature is nothing like iMessage and other apps which are specific to texting. You can text yourself with WhatsApp, thereby saving all important stuff that you need to stash away.

The app allows you to search through your WhatsApp messages through keywords so it becomes really easy to search in your sent messages and save them for later use.

With this easy technique, you can also share documents from the desktop with yourself, instead of mailing them and then later downloading the attachments to use them. Easy, right?

Read on to find out how you use WhatsApp as a private storage!

The idea behind the hack is pretty simple. All you need to do is add yourself as a virtual contact inside the app and voila, you can share anything and everything with yourself. In normal circumstances, it is not possible to send any messages to your own number, but this handy hack allows you to do just that.

Here is how you can message yourself on WhatsApp:

  1. Open WhatsApp and create a new group.
  2. Give a name to your group when prompted by the app to do so.
  3. Add any contact from your address book. Name the group and save it.
  4. Go to your newly created group and click on the subject to view the list of people added in the group.
  5. Tap and hold to remove the other participant from the group.

Here’s how i created it. And this is only accessible to me.

That’s the end of it! You now have a secure, private storage on WhatsApp which is accessible and visible only to you. The best part? You can access this space both from desktop via web.whatsapp.com and on your smartphone.

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