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When Jan Koum and Brian Acton co-founded WhatsApp, they would have not imagined that the app would garner more than 1 billion users in over 180 countries. The app is free, offers simple, secure, reliable messaging and calling, available on phones all over the world - what else do you want! And yes, the name WhatsApp is a pun on the phrase What's Up. The app supports text, photos, videos, documents, and location, as well as voice calls. What's better? The instant messaging platform is consistently bringing new updates to enhance user experience.
WhatsApp trick: How to stop app from downloading photos automatically
WhatsApp trick: How to stop app from downloading photos automatically
WhatsApp trick: How to stop app from downloading photos automatically
Despite this, there are a certain things that annoy you at times. Imagine, your smartphone is running out of storage and WhatsApp automatically downloads random photos and videos sent by your friends. This is probably the last thing you would want. But, there is a way to stop this. This WhatsApp trick can help you save on phone storage when needed.

Here is how to stop WhatsApp from downloading photos automatically:

On iOS devices:

- Go the settings of your Apple phone.
- Click on data and head towards Storage Usage.
- Click on Photos.
- Select the opṭion to stop downloading photos automatically.
- You can do the same for other media like videos and audio.

On Android:

- Go the settings of your phone.
- Click on media auto-download.
- Choose when using mobile data.
- Uncheck the box.

This would mean that your phone will not download media when on mobile data. Repeat the same process if you don't images and videos to be downloaded while on WiFi too. That's it! WhatsApp won't download photos automatically and you can save both data as well as storage on phone.

Govt. has taken this action after senior journalists received offensive messages on Whatsapp. Social media platforms are an easy medium to take disadvantage of unexpecting people. People receive messages full of vulgar unwanted content on Whatsapp, which is obviously very disturbing. But, now there’s a solution to this problem – register a complaint at the Department of Telecom.

Received Offensive Whatsapp Messages? This Is How You Can Lodge Your Complaint With Govt

Received Offensive Whatsapp Messages? This Is How You Can Lodge Your Complaint With Govt
Received Offensive Whatsapp Messages? This Is How You Can Lodge Your Complaint With Govt
Read on to know all the details..

The DoT to the Rescue!

Apparently, many public figures, including journalists, received abusive and threatening messages, which led them to complain against such incidents.

Which is why, the DoT (Department of Telecom) took it upon themselves to find a worthy solution for this constantly increasing issue, as per the statement of an official.

DoT Controller Communications Ashish Joshi said in a tweet, “We will take it up with the telecom operators and police heads for necessary action.”

As per reports, the DoT said in an order that license conditions bar carriage of objectionable, obscene or unauthorized content in any form on the network. This order was released on February 19, 2019.

This order also instructs telecom service operators to take immediate action against any such customers who have been abusing the internet privileges by acting this way. Sending such messages on Whatsapp or any other social media, is termed as violation of customer declaration in the customer application form.

Protect Yourself: Notify DoT Now

Here’s what to do in case you are on the receiving end of any unwanted messages on Whatsapp:

If you are a victim of such abusive, threatening, vulgar content, or if you find anything offensive, take a screenshot of the messages and their content immediately.

Email the screenshots and mobile number of the offender/s to

The order says, “If anyone is receiving abusive/offensive/death threats/ vulgar whatsapp messages ,please send screen shots of the message along with the mobile numbers at”

What About Other Social Media Platforms?
This action by Govt. over offensive messages on Whatsapp is appreciated, but it is not clear whether the same action can be done for other social media platforms as well. Facebook, Twitter, Reddit etc are some of the top social media networks, where users often face abusive and offensive messages.

We will keep you updated, as we receive more updates.

What do you think of this initiative? Will this help stop the unrestricted forwarding of offending messages? Share your opinions with us in the comments section below!

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) introduced the new pricing regime keeping the consumers’ good in mind. As such, the regulator wants the subscribers to have a smooth transition to the new channels packs. It is worth noting that previously the subscribers were used to paying a monthly rental for the channels they were watching, and the broadcasters and cable or DTH providers used to ship many unwanted channels to increase their advertising revenue. With the new regime in place, doing that will be severe for any parties. The consumers will now be in control of what channels they pay for, and they will have full transparency regarding the pricing of channels.

DTH - Guide to Get Lowest Pricing for Your DTH Subscription With Trai Channel Selector App

DTH - Guide to Get Lowest Pricing for Your DTH Subscription With Trai Channel Selector App
DTH - Guide to Get Lowest Pricing for Your DTH Subscription With Trai Channel Selector App
Airtel Digital TV - DishTV: DTH(Direct To Home)
1. The deadline for the new tariff implementation is now March 31, 2019
2. The new tariff implementation makes the pricing more transparent for subscribers, according to Trai

Trai Channel Selector Application: What is it?

To help the subscribers in migrating to the new channel packs, Trai has launched a channel selector application. The channel selector application is available on the Trai official website, and it is an excellent way for the subscribers to go through the process and list out the channels before actually finalising them. The channel selector application will allow these subscribers to get the right pricing for their selection and to have an appropriate estimate about what they will be paying every month, without a bias. Read ahead to know how you can accurately predict the pricing of your monthly channel subscription with the new Trai channel selector application.

How to Use Trai Channel Selector Application?

When you click on the “Get Started” button on the channel selector website, you will then be asked to fill in your details like Name, Mobile number, service provider details and previous bill amount. You can decide to fill in these details or leave them out entirely as they are optional. You will then be asked to select your residence state, keep in mind that the application will suggest you channels depending on your region so this is one option you might consider filling in. Depending on your selection of state, you will be given choices among various languages including regional ones. On the next page, you will be asked to select among multiple genres like News, Music, Devotion, Sports and more. Lastly, you will be asked to choose HD, SD or both. It is worth noting that all the options up till now are optional, so you can make your selections to narrow down your choices or skip them all.

After making the choices described above, the channel selector application will finally be on-screen now. We recommend that you start by making choices in the Free to Air channel tab. On top of your screen, you will be able to see your total selections under the “Channels Selected” area. This area will also display the total prices of your selection. The total FTA channels listed in this section is 550. After making the selection from the FTA section, you can navigate to the “Pay Channels” tab to select your a-la-carte channels.

In this section, you will be able to sort your channels depending on language, quality (HD or SD), genres, price and broadcasters. Scrape through the list to find the channels that you watch and add them to your cart while keeping a check on your monthly rental on the top of your screen. Lastly, move on to the “Channel Bouquet List” to search through the various packs which you find worth adding after you have made all your selections tap on the “My Selection” button present on the upper menu. Here you will be able to get an overview of your entire selection; this page will also show the number of pay channels, number of FTA channels, number of mandatory channels which is 25, along with the monthly pricing, with and without taxes. Take an overview to either eliminate channels or go back to add more.

Lowering Your Monthly Bill on Channel Selector Application

When you are ready, tap on the optimise button which is the highlight of the Trai channel selector application. This feature will eliminate your repetitive additions in the cart, and it will also find out if you could replace your group of individual channels by a bouquet which is more affordable. This way you can get the lowest price for your selection as individually selecting channels might lead to a higher monthly bill.

Finalising Your New Channel Packs and Choices

After you’re done selecting channels and optimising your bill print your channel selection or save it on your laptop or computer. Next, you should go to your respective DTH or cable TV provider’s website to make your final selection. Copy all the choices you made from your Trai application list along with the bouquets and FTA channels onto your DTH website. Place and finalise your order. DTH providers or cable operators usually update the channels on your STB in a matter of a few hours or even less.

There have been a handful of DTH providers, namely Tata Sky and Sun Direct which have removed Network Capacity Fess (NCF) for select channels which they are shipping. While Tata Sky has applied the offer to select FTA channels, Sun Direct has made all of its FTA channels NCF free. On similar lines, Dish TV has also introduced the same offer wherein its subscribers will be able to watch as much as 189 FTA channels without paying any FTA in the same Rs 130 NCF charge. However, it is worth noting that the new move of doing away with NCF is only applicable to the FTA channels and it doesn’t change the pricing for the pay SD or HD channels.

Dish TV Follows on Footsteps of Sun Direct, Offers Unlimited FTA Channels in Base Pack of Rs 130

Dish TV Follows on Footsteps of Sun Direct, Offers Unlimited FTA Channels in Base Pack of Rs 130
Dish TV Follows on Footsteps of Sun Direct, Offers Unlimited FTA Channels in Base Pack of Rs 130
1. Subscribers of Dish TV will still have to pay Rs 130 base pack fee for 100 channels
2. Dish TV also offers add-on packs starting at Rs 6 for SD channels and Rs 19 for HD channels

FTA Channels in Regional Languages and Genres

With the new Dish TV update, subscribers will be able to choose from a variety of channels from all the FTA choices available. Notably, to access these FTA channels subscribers would not have to pay the NCF for these channels thus saving them a lot of money which they would have otherwise spent while subscribing to these channels. For the ease of the consumers, Dish TV has also classified its FTA channels into various categories which include BST North with 189 channels, BST Hindi with 99 channels, BST Marathi and Gujarati with 84 channels, BST Bangla Odia with 83 channels, and BST DD Pack with 25 channels.

The catch with the new Dish TV order is that subscribers will still be paying for the 100 channels with the Rs 130 NCF charge as dictated by the Trai. The NCF of Rs 130 (exclusive of all taxes) will get the subscribers 100 FTA SD channels or 50 HD channels, as per the mandate, subscribers will have to pay Rs 20 to get additional 25 channels on their subscription. Now the new move by Dish TV makes it possible for the subscribers to get all the FTA channels in the same Rs 130 fee and they won’t have to pay any additional slab fee to watch these channels. Things, however, change when you add pay channels to your cart.

All FTA Channels Available in Rs 130

When a subscriber adds pay channel to his or her car, then they will not only have to pay the NCF for that particular channel but also the content charge of that channel as well. Before this new introduction, Dish TV was charging more NCF from the subscribers who were watching more than 100 channels which brings to light another point about the latest move by Dish TV; that it will be beneficial for the customers who are subscribing to more than 100 channels only. Other subscribers who have less than 100 channels in their cart will not see any change in pricing.

Dish TV subscribers should also be aware that after the introduction of the new Trai mandate, Dish TV has introduced many SD and HD add-on packs which have been divided based on genres and regional languages. The SD add-on packs of Dish TV start at Rs 6 while the HD add-on packs start at Rs 19.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is developing a new 'Group Invitation' feature which will give users control to regulate how they join whatsapp group chats. Hence, end the annoying experience getting added to a group by an admin even when it is not desired. The feature will allow users to control who is allowed to add them to groups. In other words, no group admin will be able to add you to any group without your consent. This update has been reported by According to the report, this feature will be available in future for all iOS beta users who joined the TestFlight beta program in the next iOS updates.

New WhatsApp tool: Group Invitation feature to kill this annoying problem

New WhatsApp tool: Group Invitation feature to kill this annoying problem
New WhatsApp tool: Group Invitation feature to kill this annoying problem
WhatsApp offered a public beta program for Android and Windows Phone last year. After launching the latest beta version for Windows, WhatsApp is in a move to develop new features for all beta users.

Group Invitation feature is currently not available. However, the chatting app is said to be working to add this new feature and may add new improvements in the next updates, reports Wabetainfo. The Group Invitation feature is not available for development reasons as it needs more improvements before getting enabled for everyone.

In May last year, Wabetainfo had hinted that WhatsApp may be developing a new feature. It had then said that it was not possible to add Enterprise users in groups anymore because of a new privacy feature against spam.

It had said that a " Server-side protection" was apparently preventing some enterprises from being added in groups unless they were using group invite link. "This is very interesting, because maybe it opens doors to a new privacy feature that might be natively available in the app," had observed then.

At present, you can manage the Group Invitation feature in WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups option

By selecting this option, the user will get three options - Everyone, My contact and Nobody. When the admin is not able to add the user to the group, they will receive a request to join, using an invitation system. A user will receive a message depending upon the selection of privacy setting.

Everyone: If the user selects everyone option then they can be always added in groups. No invites will be received.

My Contacts: If the user has selected this option then they will be always added in groups from their contact numbers. They will get an invite to join a group from people not in his contacts list.

Nobody: If the user selected this option then they cannot be directly added in groups, in any situation. They will receive a request every time someone wants to add him to a group.

The new direction regarding the prices in the TV industry passed by Trai last year took the DTH industry by storm. All the DTH and cable service providers were rushing to migrate their subscribers to the new packs and prices. However, to the relief of the users, Trai extended the deadline for the implementation thus providing them more time to make the switch. This migration process also revealed a lot of loopholes in the system and the subscribers got a chance to do a reality check about their DTH service providers. While some subscribers complained about channels being missing, others were troubled by crashing websites. It is pretty evident that a lot of subscribers might also change their service provider in the same period. In case you are in a similar situation and wondering what each of the DTH providers is offering, here is our quick take.

Best DTH Provider After New Trai Mandate: Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, D2h or Sun Direct?

Best DTH Provider After New Trai Mandate: Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, D2h or Sun Direct?
Best DTH Provider After New Trai Mandate: Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, D2h or Sun Direct?
1. D2h raced ahead of other providers in the migration process, but its consumers are still facing a lot of issues
2. Sun Direct, Tata Sky and Dish TV did away with additional slab NCF charges to attract more customers.

Tata Sky

Tata Sky is easily one of the biggest DTH service provider in the country. After the Trai mandate though, the operator was slow to list the new channel packs and pricing. However, it is safe to say that Tata Sky has done a commendable job of introducing a smooth migration process for the subscribers. After the mandate, Tata Sky has launched tons of HD and SD packs for the subscribers in regional languages as well. There are also Mini-packs in the portfolio and combined with the straightforward app and website based migration process Tata Sky has managed to stay on top of the preference list of a lot of subscribers. The operator also remains ahead of other operators by boasting as many as 65 exclusive channels.


Notably, D2h was the first operator to respond after the Trai mandate came out back in October. The operator was also quick to start the migration process ahead of others and hoped for subscriber addition to its existing base in the interim. Later the operator introduced many combo plans and topped them up with add-on packs in SD and HD and many packs in regional languages as well. Recently, D2h has also put out information about additional connections as well, noting that subscribers can avail them by only paying Rs 50 as flat NCF.

However, D2h subscribers have faced and are still facing a lot of issues related to various channels. In fact, most of the consumers are still not able to reach the company’s toll-free number for clarifying their doubts.

Dish TV is also offering similar combo packs to the consumers since it’s the one who operates D2h.

Airtel Digital TV

Bharti Airtel’s DTH wing also boasts of an impressive subscriber base of more than 15 million in the country. The operator, after the Trai mandate, introduced many channel packs for its subscribers. To ease up the process in a better way, Airtel Digital TV also made it possible for the subscribers to select their new channels via the Set-Top Box only. The operator also launched lots of regional channel packs, but as of late Trai has put Airtel Digital TV in crosshair after some subscribers of Airtel Digital lodged their grievance about missing channels and black screens although the problem was quickly resolved soon after.

Sun Direct

Sun Direct is a prominent DTH provider in the south, and it is safe to say that although the provider does not boast of a widespread network in the North, it has established a solid stronghold in South India. Further, the move of completely doing away with additional slab NCF charges made Sun Direct an attractive choice for a lot of subscribers. Following in the lines of other DTH providers, Sun Direct has launched new channel packs, regional channel and add-on packs in HD, SD.


After weeks of noticing the happenings in the DTH industry, we have noted that in terms of the number of channels and number of channel packs, ease of migration and customer service Tata Sky is the DTH provider which has managed to satisfy the subscribers to a large extent. The provider had also launched a similar offer as Sun Direct by doing away with NCF on select channels. With that being said, it is also worth noting that as the days pass DTH providers are easing into the migration process, and the move to the new Trai plans along with the customer service can be expected to improve for all DTH companies in the coming weeks. Do let us know what you experienced with your DTH provider in the comments section below.

The new feature is available under WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups.
New reports suggest that WhatsApp is working on a group feature that will let users have control over who can add them to a new group. Currently, anyone and everyone can add you to a random WhatsApp group without your permission. The Group Invitation feature will be available for everyone in future for any iOS beta user that joined the TestFlight beta program in the next iOS update.
WhatsApp to Give You Option Before Being Added to Groups: Here is How to Use
WhatsApp to Give You Option Before Being Added to Groups: Here is How to Use
WhatsApp to Give You Option Before Being Added to Groups: Here is How to Use
The new feature is available under WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups. A user will have the option of limiting their privacy settings for Group invitation to three options: Everyone, My Contacts and Nobody. Users can select ‘Everyone’ if they wish to be added to groups by just anyone on WhatsApp. Similarly ‘My Contacts’ will allow only the user’s contacts to add them to groups. If a user chooses ‘Nobody’ then a request will be sent by the admin to join the WhatsApp group. This request has an expiry time of 72 hours.

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