How to format WhatsApp Text messages ~ Bold, Italicize and Strikethrough!

Formatting WhatsApp text messages is not new. However, I realized some whatsAppers still don’t know how this is done. At the moment, we are able to style messages in just three ways:

  1. Bold
  2. Italicize
  3. Strikethrough (typographical presentation of words with a horizontal line through their center)

While you can apply these formats individually to different words and sentences, properly nested, you are able to surround a single word or phrase with the three at once. Take a look at this:

-> All three styles applied at once

The text above is bold, italicized and striken. So how is this done?

How to Format WhatsApp text messages

Before we get into seeing the 3 simple tags that allow us to format WhatsApp text messages, I want to quickly mention some helpful articles I have written here to spice up your whatsApp experience:

Ok so let’s go back to formatting messages to make your conversations more exciting…

There are three html tags and you don’t need to be a webmaster or web developer to apply these to your text messages.

1 – Bolding your text messages

To make your text bold, it’s as simple as rapping the asterisk around the text you want bolded. Here is how to do it:

Unformatted message:
Hi John, I’ve got some important news for you

Formatted, bolding the phrase “important news”:
Hi John. I’ve got some *important news* for you

You notice I have placed the asterisk before and after the phrase I want bolded. Once submitted, the asterisk will be interpreted and applied to the surrounded text only. Here is what you get on your chat app:

how to format whatsapp messages

2 – Italicize your text

This formatting adds another beauty to your chat experience and helps you lay emphasis on some areas of your text.

Let’s look at our sample above:

Unformatted message:
Hi John, I’ve got some important news for you

Formatted, bolding the phrase “important news”:
Hi John. I’ve got some _important news_ for you

You see to italicize my message, I have placed an underscore on both sides of the text. Here is what it looks like once submitted:

italicize whatsapp text

3 – Striking through your text

There are many reasons why people trikethrough text. Most often, this is done when you want to edit what you’ve written, while leaving the original text for disclosure/posterity/transparency. Whatever reason you want it for, here is how to strikethrough WhatsApp text messages. Let’s see our example above:

Unformatted message:
Hi John, I’ve got some important news for you

Formatted, bolding the phrase “important news”:
Hi John. I’ve got some ~important news~ for you

You do this by simply placing a tilde on both sides of the text. Here is the result:

strikethrough whatsapp text

How to format WhatsApp text messages, applying the 3 at once

You can apply the three commands at once to a junk of text (or just one of two words together). Let’s see how this can be done to our example above:

Unformatted message:
Hi John, I’ve got some important news for you

Formatted, bolding the phrase “important news”:
Hi John. I’ve got some *~_important news_~* for you

Here is the result:

how to format whatsapp text

You see it’s quite easy to format WhatsApp Text messages with simple commands. While these 3 commands add more excitement to the chat exercise, we still expect more, maybe the commands to add colors and font sizes. Anything can be done so let’s wait for subsequent versions of WhatsApp.

What do you think about being able to format WhatsApp Text messages? Drop a comment let me know what you think if you are a WhatsApp user. Kindly share the post on social media to give it more exposure.

24 thoughts on “How to format WhatsApp Text messages ~ Bold, Italicize and Strikethrough!”

  1. Thanks for the heads up, enstine.

    I have seen this stuff being used by my friends more often. I almost asked one of them to show me how to do it.

    I’m happy now that I can do it on my own

    Good share!

  2. Hi Enstine,

    I have been using WhatsApp for a long time now and I knew these features when WhatsApp officially launched them.

    I am amazed to see so many people didn’t know and it’s great they found this article.

    Basics are important too 🙂

  3. Hello, I did not know these customizations, very good tips, certainly some day I will be using.

  4. Hello Enstine,
    Thanks for those really great tips, Hopefully when I will use them, I won’t be telling them to my friends and they will be shocked for sure. Thanks again, Keep writing (Y)

  5. I have been using whatsapp since 2016.I’m really surprised because Whatsapp massage text can be format.I think This tricks will be useful for whatsapp lover.good stuff.thanks for the great tips.

  6. Hi, Estine, thanks a ton for your post. I have been searching for a way to customise Whatsapp texts in my Android phone and that’s when I came across your post. Thanks a lot man! I really needed this trick.

  7. Hi Enstine Muki
    i read your many articles, and found you pro always.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge
    but still i have a question, what i do for huge traffic from whatsapp on my website ?
    i am waiting your reply
    Thank you

  8. Hi Enstine

    Never thought a Whatsapp message could be customized that much though I usually just write simple text and then click it to go.

    The way you explained is easy to understand and a non-techie like me can get it fully.

    Love the idea of the post and it really helps a lot as this is one of the most used tools of communications nowadays.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Muki,

    Really fabulous tips on whatsapp.

    Someday before someone send me bold and italic type messages but i didn’t understand how he did. Now i learned about this.


  10. Hi Ensitne!

    Got this post notification from my mail box!

    WOW!! It’s a cool feature on whatsapp indeed! I think it will be more useful for all whatsapp users. Loved this one really!

    Anyway, thanks for the post!

    Keep it up!

  11. Hey Enstine,

    Thanks for sharing this interesting and well explained about Format WhatsApp Text Messages, actually am reading or knowing about this for first time.

    Am sharing this post, because many WwhatsApp users do not know about this tips.



  12. Hi Enstine,

    Happy Monday 🙂

    And this is an interesting post, as I have just started getting the hang of Whatsapp, though still don’t use much of it! On reading through, I realized that the commands mentioned are similar to the ones on G+, isn’t it? So, that would make it all easy to remember!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Hi Harleena,
      I’m glad you are here again to drop a contribution.
      Yes these are same and basically as a programmer myself, I allow these commands in some of my apps. They are safe and add some formatting beauty to text.

      Hope we start chatting on WhatsApp some day. It’s my most used mobile chat app 😉

      Do have a nice week ahead as well

  13. Hello Enstine,

    Thanks for the WhatsApp tips,

    I love the ways you explained everything it was so easy to understand and implement these styling to WhatsApp.

    Thanks and have a great day Enstine,

    • Hi Saminus,
      So good to see you here and thanks for the comment. I wanted it to be as easy as possible for every reader to get 😉

      I hope you are having a wonderful new week

  14. I have been a great admirer of you and your works.
    But this time i am quite disappointed with your choice of content.
    It’s no longer a technical thing to do it almost everyone is aware of this nowadays.
    We expect something extraordinary from you or at least i do.
    Sorry Enstine but it’s you who have set the bars so high that every time we expect something really good from you.
    Please do not take it otherwise.

    • Hahaha this blog is for both beginners and experts bro. You are wrong to think that a certain class of people should be left out.

      Ain’t you more disappointed in yourself by reading comments like that of Harleena above? How on earth would you think everyone else knows everything at your level?

      Do you believe that Facebook still does paid advertising of its platform? That’s because despite being the most popular social platform, the whole world is not on it. Everyone that signs up today needs the very basic steps you needed some years back (If you’ve used it that long)

      Sorry my friend. I’m even more disappointed in your comment. Looks like you are thinking 7b people are using WhatsApp. You must put your brain to use again 😉

      • Nice reply Enstine.. Lots like him are the “know it all” when in actually sense, they know nothing at all

      • Nice reply Enstine.. Lots like him are the “know it all” when in actual sense, they know nothing at all

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