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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 19 votes out of 19 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.17.51
  • Total Downloads:
    944,666
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 10, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required.

Editors' Review

With more than 1 billion active users, the popular WhatsApp messaging app lets you easily make free voice and video calls. WhatsApp users can also exchange text messages.

Pros

Secure communications: All messages -- include voice, images, and files -- between WhatsApp users are protected with end-to-end encryption, using the same encryption protocol employed by Signal.

Video calls: You can make person-to-person video calls with WhatsApp either from the Calls screen or during a chat. However, WhatsApp cannot handle group video calls.

Individual and group chats: You can of course chat one-on-one with a contact. But you can also set up and administer group chats that can hold as many as 256 members. Send emojis, share documents, create recorded voice messages, snap and customize a photo, and send your location via chat.

Free to chat: WhatsApp is entirely free to use, having dropped its annual subscription fee in 2016. The app doesn't run third-party ads either.

Back up to Google Drive: You can back up your WhatsApp chat history, voice messages, photos, and videos to Google Drive. Backed-up data counts toward your Drive storage limit.

Cons

Closed system: As with many messaging apps, WhatsApp doesn't work with other messaging apps. To communicate with a contact, both parties need WhatsApp.

Bottom Line

The free and popular WhatsApp messaging app does a good job of covering the bases, from text messaging to video chats. While many services offer a similar collection of communication tools, you have little reason to look elsewhere if your contacts rely on WhatsApp.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.17.51

• When typing text in a chat, you can tap and hold to select the text to easily bold, strikethrough, or italicize it

General
Publisher WhatsApp
Publisher web site http://www.whatsapp.com/
Release Date October 10, 2017
Date Added October 10, 2017
Version 2.17.51
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Social Networking Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPhone4, iPhone4S, iPhone5, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 944,666
Downloads Last Week 2,638
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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