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  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone
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  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Chat

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.


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.


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 2.17.65
Play videos right away without waiting for them to download first. Videos will still be downloaded to your phone as the video is playing. (Android 4. 1+ and only works with videos sent from the latest version of the Android app). Introducing WhatsApp video calling. With free video calls, you can have face-to-face chats with your friends and family around the world. Data charges may apply. (requires Android 4. 1+). You can now send and receive animated GIFs.
Publisher WhatsApp
Publisher web site
Release Date February 17, 2017
Date Added February 17, 2017
Version 2.17.65
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.63MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 1,520,919
Downloads Last Week 7,666
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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