Best Google Allo Tips and Tricks

by Adeel YounasOctober 10, 2016


Google announced Allo apps which are amazing instant messaging app released by any company so far, but there are already many famous chat apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, iMassage and IMO and they are tough competition for Google Allo.

Thousands of apps are released every month but a few one are liked and used by users. If Google wants to Make Google Allo a default app for chat company needs to improve its functionality

I’ve used Google Allo and I found out that it is a really amazing app and it will answer all your questions smartly (hopefully) whether they are related to Chemistry, Technology, Physics or even arts. Here are few Google Allo Tips and Tricks that you can use to improve your experience with the app.

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Google Allo Tips and Tricks

Today we’re here with a bunch of Google Allo tips and tricks to guide and help you with making the most out of the app

Chat Privately with Incognito Mode in Google Allo

All you need to do for a private chat is to start a chat in the Incognito Mode:

  1. Tap the New Chat icon.
  2. Select Start incognito chat option.
  3. Now tap the contact name from the list of people you want to start a chat with.

When enabled, the chat content won’t show in the Allow conversation list. Moreover, the name of the sender or the message content will not display in the Notifications. You can even mute the notification tone for the incognito chat.

Setting Expiry Time in Incognito Mode

Incognito mode also allows you to set an expiry time for the chat messages. It means you can choose after how much time your messages should disappear: 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, or never.

You can set the message expiry timer in Incognito mode simply by tapping the Timer icon found on the top right corner of the screen.

Integrating Google Assistant in an Ongoing Chat

Do you know that apart from starting a chat with your Google assistant you can integrate within any personal or group chat anytime? To do so,

  1. Start a chat with a contact.
  2. Then type “@google” in the text input field.
  3. After that, you can ask your Google assistant to give you any info.

Deleting a Specific Chat, Conversation or Clearing Chat History

If you want to delete a specific message, clear the whole conversation or the entire chat history, you can do it as described below:

Deleting a conversation

  1. Open the app.
  2. Tap and hold the conversation you want to delete.
  3. Tap Delete.

Deleting a specific message inside a conversation:

  1. Open the app.
  2. Tap the conversation from which you want to delete a specific message.
  3. Press and hold the message you wish to delete.
  4. A menu will appear at the top of the screen.
  5. Tap the Delete icon> Delete.

Clearing chat history

To delete all messages within a conversation,

  1. Open the target conversation.
  2. Tap the contact profile icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Then Clear history.

Blocking a Person or Number, or Turning off Notifications

To prevent one of your contacts or an unknown number from bothering you, you can block them easily in Allo.

  1. Open the app.
  2. Tap and hold the conversation.
  3. Select Block or Turn off notification option in the menu that pops up.

You can also block a contact or turn off notifications for it as described below:

  1. Open Allo.
  2. Tap the target conversation.
  3. Tap the contact name or number on the top of the screen.
  4. Tap the Mute icon or the Block button.

Making the Text Bigger or Smaller in Allo

Google has introduced a very interesting feature in Allo and the company terms it as shouting (typing large-size text) and whispering typing smaller text). So, here’s how you can make fonts bigger or smaller in Allo:

  1. Open a conversation.
  2. Tap the text input field.
  3. Type the text you want to make bigger or smaller by tapping the holding theSend button.
  4. You’ll see a vertical slider. Just drag your finger up to make the text bigger, or slide down to make it smaller.

Drawing on Photos and Adding Text to Them in Messages

This is again another interesting feature in Allo. While WhatsApp lets you add a caption to an image, Allow allows you draw on an image and add text to the image itself.

  1. Open the app.
  2. Open a conversation.
  3. Now tap the “+” (add) icon found on the left of the text input field.
  4. Then add an image.
  5. Tap the Edit icon> sketch icon, select the color and then start drawing on the image.
  6. To add text to the image, tap the text icon and then you can type your text on the image.
  7. Having made the changes, tap the Send button.

Search in Messages

You can search for keywords from past messages in Google Allo. This is currently only available on Android devices.

Search all messages

  1. Open the app.
  2. Tap Search icon.
  3. Then type your query word.
  4. You’ll see a list of results from all conversations with the query text highlighted.

Search within a single conversation

  1. Open the app.
  2. Tap the conversation you want to search in.
  3. Tap the profile icon in the upper right corner of the screen and then tap the Search option.
  4. Type the text you want to search.

Find the time When a Message was Sent to You

If you use WhatsApp, you must be aware that the app shows the time for each of the messages in Chats. Google Allo does not do that by default, but there’s still a way you can find out the time when a message was sent to you.

  1. Open Allo.
  2. Tap a conversation.
  3. Then tap a message to know when it was sent to you.

That’s all for now

About The Author
Adeel Younas
Founder of 'TechWafer' Information Security Researcher, Freelancer, Blogger, Developer, and Part-Time White Hat Hacker.
  • February 13, 2017 at 9:32 am

    best part in Allo is With Google Assistant in Allo, users can be more productive while chatting. All you need to do is add Google Assistant in the chat, and ask any question to help you while having conversations such as asking for movie times and local restaurants; researching travel destination, flights, hotels and more.

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