WhatsApp Messenger

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WhatsApp Messenger

A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity.

4.5

Our rating: 

4.5

Pros & Cons:

Most popular, across multiple platforms, simple and easy to use, supported media files, end-to-end encryption, backup and restore.
No support for stickers widely used in other IM apps.

Our Review:

WhatsApp is undeniably one of the popular instant messaging (IM) apps most people are using and a must-have tool on your mobile device to send text or voice messages to your contacts.

Simple and Easy to Use

Setting up WhatsApp is really simple. Upon first installation, it prompts you to key in your country code and phone number before it sends you an SMS confirmation code for you to create a user account. The app then automatically checks which of your contacts are using the service based on their phone numbers and adds them to your WhatsApp contact list.

The user interface is also clean and easy to navigate. You can access any of your WhatsApp contacts right from the Contacts tab. Next to it, you can tap the Chats or Calls tab respectively to send and receive text and voice messages, or make free internet calls, using your data connection to bypass SMS, MMS and cellular call charges.

Supported Media

Other than using text, emojis are built into the app so it's handy to use any of them. Stickers which are popularly used in other IM apps are however not supported in WhatsApp at time of this writing.

Same as most other IM apps, besides messaging, WhatsApp allows you to send things like documents, photos, audio, videos, contacts and even your location. Some types of files are limited in certain size for sending though.

Data Usage and Security

With settings, you can decide how to save data usage—whether you want to auto download these media files using mobile data, when connected to WiFi or when roaming. You can also set up automatic backups of your messages and media to a cloud storage such as Google Drive so that you can restore them when you reinstall WhatsApp.

In security, WhatsApp has now applied end-to-end encryption so you are ensured that the messages you send and your calls are secured. Neither WhatsApp nor third parties can break in to read or listen to them, as claimed by the service.

Multiple Platforms

WhatsApp is not just confined in the small screen of a smartphone as you can use WhatsApp easily in a desktop browser with WhatsApp Web. Just head to https://web.whatsapp.com, then use WhatsApp on your phone to scan the QR code shown in a browser, you can then start using WhatsApp on a PC. Besides the Web version, the Windows and Mac OS desktop versions are also available for install and they work similarly well.

To use WhatsApp services on a desktop or laptop, it must be connected to the same WiFi network as your phone which is installed with WhatsApp. It definitely increases productivity especially when you're back at home or in office with a PC where you can type faster with a full-size keyboard, send files or copy-and-paste pieces of info to your phone’s WhatsApp contacts straightaway from your PC.

WhatsApp is free from ads and a good transition to a totally free model to end users from an annual subscription base service. It’s available and supported across multiple platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS X, Blackberry and the Web.

Link:

WhatsApp Messenger - Free Mobile App of the Week


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Comments

My wife and I use two Samsung Galaxy phones. After one year of use this program informed me that, to continue using it, I would have to pay, so I never used it again. My wife was told on her version, that hers was outdated, and could not upgrade without first un-installing it. Then she ended up having un-install hers three times, then to re-install it each time, before it would work again. We still don't know if this program is free or not, as mine will not allow me to continue using it without paying a mandatory upgrade fee. I cannot recommend confusing apps like this.

Earlier, Whatsapp was paid in some countries. It was free for the first year, and after that you had to pay. But, there is no such restriction now, and the app is free for all. So, you should try uninstalling, and re-installing it.

100% useless

It does NOT work on my PC ! I even followed their directions and scanned it on my phone. There is no way to SCAN it with my PC. The entire point in getting this was to connect. With OR without a phone.

From their web page :
" WhatsApp can only be installed on your computer if your operating system is Windows 8 (or newer) or Mac OSX 10.9 (or newer). Since WhatsApp desktop app runs natively on your desktop, you'll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts and more. "

Windows 10 Pro operating system.

" To use WhatsApp Web on your desktop browser
Open https://web.whatsapp.com in your desktop Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Edge browser and scan the WhatsApp QR code inside the WhatsApp application on your phone. "

WhatsApp normally requires an active phone number to activate the desktop app so the desktop app is unlikely to work without activation from a mobile app. You could search for help on how to "install whatsapp PC without phone" and maybe one of those options will suit you - I haven't read them or tested them so I don't know how good they are. But it is probable that none of those options will work for you if you don't have access to a phone.

The following is for others who read this and don't understand what has happened to you. Scanning the QR code with the WhatsApp app on your phone is done to authorise access to your account from the desktop app by gaining that authorisation from your install of the phone app. This sort of technique is used for authorising connections between different devices, for example pairing Bluetooth devices . See the WhatsApp help on this:

Pairing your phone with the WhatsApp on desktop