What does the star mean on whatsapp? Here is the answer!

Here exactly is the meaning of the star on the new version of WhatsApp. See images below!

One of my friends on Facebook asked me this question: what does the star mean on whatsapp? and that set my braining spinning.

The reason is that as an Android user, I have known and written about these popular Whatsap symbols and the STAR is not one of them.

You can check out my blog post about WhatSapp symbols  – The clock, single and double ticks in different colors

Here are some two WhatsApp post you may want to check out:

By the time I got this question, I was running WhatsApp version 2.12.285 on Android version 4.4.2. That was the point of my frustration given that the new WhatsApp feature (the star) while fully functional on iOS in version 2.12.7, other Smartphone operating systems like Android were still to be updated.

On November 3, 2015, WhatsApp Version 2.12.338 was rolled out in beta, with the feature to “star” messages, videos and audios so you can easily locate and read them on a later date.

WhatsApp Update – What does the star mean on whatsapp?

For android users who want to experience the usefulness of the star on WhatsApp, you need to upgrade to version 2.12.355 and above.

You can simply do that through Google Play store. What I did was I downloaded this WhatsApp beta APK and ran it on my phone. That process upgraded my app to the current version without causing any data losses.

The ‘Star‘ or bookmarking feature allows you to filter out those critical and important messages from thousands of them on Whatsapp groups and PMs.

Sometimes you may think you don’t need the ‘star‘ thing because you can search and locate any message you think is important. But when it comes to images, videos and audios, it can really become a serious time waster without this new ‘star’ feature.

Once you have an important text message, video or audio, simply long-press on it and the tools menu will be activated with the ‘star‘ button on it. Then, hit the star and instantly, your item will be added to the ‘Starred Messages‘ section of your app.

What does the star mean on whatsapp

Note that you can do this with videos and audios too.

Now, accessing your starred items is very easy. Open the main WhatsApp menu and click ‘Starred Messages’.

star in whatsapp

While on your list of starred items, you can unstar (or remove from the list) by press-holding and clicking the barred star icon.  Note however that this is NOT deleting the item from your phone. It wil simply take it off the bookmark.

Star on WhatsApp -> How do you identified starred items?

While browsing through messages from friends or on groups, you can easily identify your starred items. Simply, there is a little star right to the bottom right of every starred item

whatsapp starred message

Now, this tells you that item is bookmarked or starred. Press-holding it will pop the tools menu with a barred star icon, given you the command to remove it from the list of starred items.

Is the new Star in WhatsApp important?

I sincerely think it is given the number of messages we receive daily from friends and groups. There is always the need to mark some messages as important for future reference. The ‘Star’ makes it very exciting in that you don’t only mark the message as important, you also bookmark it, making it easy to locate at any time without having to go through tons of expired items.

Once a starred message is no longer relevant or important, it’s recommended to ‘unstar’ it so you can keep a short list of starred items. You know how it can be boring to scroll through a long list.


A lot of people have asked the question what does the star on whatsapp mean. I think I have properly answered this question here.

Though this Facebook owned App is pretty slow in adding new features (compared to its competitors), I’m keeping my eyes open and will surely announce here should there be any exciting feature.

Let me know what you think about the new star in WhatsApp. Did you know it before this post? Have you been using it before?

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Enstine Muki

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  • Nikhil says:

    Hi Enstine,
    Thanks for introducing me about this feature. I also use the android phone., but was not aware of it. The star feature is really helpful for me. We usually search through the past messages while we need to find any important message. This feature will help me a lot to find them fast.

    You are really a tech savvy guy.

    Thanks for coming with it.


  • Subha says:

    Hi Enstine,

    I am sure those wondering what stars actually mean on whatapps will find this post very helpful because you’ve provided very detailed answer. Well written post and deserves five stars, I wish I could add stars in the comment:)

  • Areesha Noor says:

    Hi Enstine Muki,

    Great post indeed!
    Actually I use Whats App some time so that I don’t know more about it. but now I will check all Whats App feature. I think this is great app for time pass.

    Thanks Enstine for sharing such new thing with us.
    Areessha Noor!

  • Hello Sir,

    Thanks for introducing new features.. I am using whatsapp such a long time but i didn’t know about this star features..

    It will really help me to find messages easily.. Great Post.


  • Rachit says:

    I too wondered, what that star could possibly mean.

    Whatsapp is wonderful app with wonderful features. However I love using Hike, it has far more features. Please consider using it once.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Yogesh says:

    I was also wondering what it was and now I came to know about it. Thanks for the informative article.

  • Amit Rockz says:

    Hello Enstine,

    Very unique content. And i must say, i am using whatsapp from long time but came to know about this feature from your post.. thanks for sharing this with us.:)


  • Hi there Enstine. May I ask you something? What plugin are you using to insert that “Please to tweet” prompt in between paragraphs? thanks in advance!

  • Joy Healey says:

    Hi Enstine,

    I’m pretty slow on the uptake with “mobile” stuff, although the family have dragged me into the WhatsApp world recently. But I hadn’t spotted the star function, so perhaps this will be my chance to shine and tell THEM about it instead of the other way round.
    I can already think of several applications for this, as some of the groups I’m in get pretty busy.

    Thanks for giving me a bit of an edge over the younger members of the family!


  • Vishal says:

    I haven’t heard about this feature before and I am going to upgrade my whatsapp to try it now. Thanks to introduce me to this new feature.

  • Ted says:

    Enstine Muki thanks for the informative post, yesterday my friend was asking me this same question, and today i got the answer from your post.

  • fakhar says:

    Thanks for sharing knowledge. I also use the android phone. but was not aware of it. The star feature is really helpful for me.keep it up .

  • MINHAJ UDDIN says:

    Hi Enstine,

    Honestly i did not much familiar about this whatsapp feature before! Really you come with very cool ideas to write blog post. I did not aware about that anymore!

    Thanks a lot for sharing this cool post and letting us introducing about this feature very clearly.

    Keep it up!

  • I am using whatsapp application from long time .Your topic is really unique and to the point .Everything is easy to understand.I am happy to visit your website .A big thanks for sharing this article with us.

  • Suprabhat says:

    Hey Enstine,

    Thanks for wrapping up this post, as I have already seen this star mark on my WhatsApp but never try to investigate for it as I was quite busy, but when I landed over your blog and found this post which helped me in solving all my queries regarding this Star on my WhatsApp.

    Best Regards

  • Enstine,

    Hey buddy even though I am not an Android user I just wanted to give you some love for the awesome tutorial you put together here. I am always amazed by your consistent production of quality content.

    Have a great day Enstine!


  • Nicole Pary says:

    Hey Enstine,

    In recent time, One of the best Messenger app where its features and specification are too much and this Messenger app is User-Friendly, In above article, I don’t know the use of star message, thanks for sharing tips.

  • Tanvir says:

    This is the new update of Whats app.
    But one problem is in Bangladesh recently Whats app has been banned.
    So it is so boring day without Whats app. 🙁

  • rahul samant says:

    Hi ,
    Its new for me. I dont know whats is mean by * in whatsapp. Even yet i dont recived any * message.thanks to share it update my whatsapp knowledge.

  • Amit says:

    Hello sir,

    I uses whatsapp a lot. More than 10 hours In a day. But I never noticed such a nice feature in whatsapp. This feature helps me a lot to find important messages

    Thanks a lot

  • caroline says:

    Hi Enstine Muki,

    Thanks for sharing this info. We were really keepon searching and searching for the important data text from thousands of whatsapp messages. And now its easily accessible.

  • Nafees says:

    Good Option add in Whatup. This Star Facility really helpful for android user, Fast Search important msg.

  • Christina Lynn says:

    Hey Enstine,

    I don’t use the whatsApp, but information of this app is quite good, and whenever I will be the use of this app, definitely applied and used of it. Thanks for shared and excellent worked.

  • Kalyana Kumar P says:

    Good feature. But I just want that starred message to kept even after we uninstall our app. When we don’t keep backup of our whatsapp data we need to import those starred messages onto it.

  • MS Qureshi says:

    This is simply great and elaborate explanation. It is simply exceptional to write articles like this.

  • cel says:

    For instance I will send a message to anyone, If I put star on it or what we call bookmark, is it still readable by the receiver?i mean, they can read it? because I sent a message to my friend and I put star on it, not showing she can read but the other message I sent after that message shows read already with two blue check…can u let me know how it goes? Thanks.

  • Susan Unsworth says:

    the new star feature appeared on my app tonight but now I no longer have the “I” for information at the top of the page so I can’t check when the message was read now. 🙁

  • Fakharuddin says:

    Hello Muki Bro,
    Thanks for introducing with this awesome WhatsApp feature. Now, it will help people to response someone message more easily and quickly.

  • Paul says:

    WhatsApp is undoubtedly the best messaging app till date. Many ones out there who actually don’t have the accurate idea of every feature of it. but, peoples like you Enstine are like an angel to them.
    Thanks for this awesome post.

  • jayjaymartin says:

    Dear Sir i am trying to Personal WatsApp Messanger using PHP , but i am facing some issue , when i choose the sender i have got this ERROR : “there was an error with the AJAX request. XML/Json format is bad.”, Please guide me how can i solve this pls pls

  • very professional and helpful article, im using WhatsApp for a short time and i still need some guide, so thank you for sharing this 🙂

    Best wishes for you

  • Utsav Aggarwal says:

    Hi Enstine Sir
    I am actually unaware of this feature of whatsapp. I used to Copy Important Messages from chat to a group created for storing such important info. But Using this Star Feature I can actually save it in just a tap. Thanks sir for this Super Cool Trick.

    This Feature might be introduced for guys like me :p

    Thanks ..

  • Hello bro, I never used that feature until now.

    This is nice thing, for using the star feature on new Android.

    It’s like bookmarking messages.


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