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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 4 votes out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.17.65
  • Total Downloads:
    1,572,389
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone
  • File Size:
    7.63MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,785
  • Platform:
    Android
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in Chat

Editors' Review

The popular WhatsApp messaging app lets you make free voice and video calls and keep all your communication private and secure.

Pros

Secure communications: Your WhatsApp messages on Android, iOS, and desktop are secured by default with end-to-end encryption, using Open Whisper Systems' Signal Protocol, which the messaging company uses in its own Signal Private Messenger.

Individual and group chats: In addition to one-on-one chats, you can set up group chats with as many as 256 family members and friends. You can share photos and documents, record and send voice messages, snap a photo, add stickers, and send your location through chat.

Make voice and video calls: You can make person-to-person voice or video calls with WhatsApp during a chat or from the Calls screen. Currently, WhatsApp cannot handle group video calls, but the company said it will add the ability to hold conference calls in the coming months.

Free to chat and call: WhatsApp is free to use, without third-party ads.

Cons

Facebook data concerns: In light of news about how Facebook has and has not protected its users' data, WhatsApp users may be justified in being concerned about how WhatsApp is protecting their account information. (The decision of WhatsApp's founder to leave the company reportedly over Facebook security concerns doesn't help lessen privacy worries.)

In a recent update to its terms of service, WhatsApp said that "Facebook does not use your WhatsApp account information to improve your Facebook product experiences or provide you more relevant Facebook ad experiences on Facebook."

Closed messaging system: As with other secured communication apps, you can't use WhatsApp with other messaging apps. If you want to communicate with your contacts, and especially if you want encrypted messaging, everyone you chat with needs to be on WhatsApp.

Bottom Line

WhatsApp is an easy way to communicate with family and friends, and with its focus on end-to-end encryption, it promises to keep your messages private and secure.

 
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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.
General
Publisher WhatsApp
Publisher web site http://www.whatsapp.com/
Release Date February 17, 2017
Date Added February 17, 2017
Version 2.17.65
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.63MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,572,389
Downloads Last Week 3,785
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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