WhatsApp Messenger for Android

By WhatsApp Free

Key Details of WhatsApp Messenger

  • End-to-end encryption for personal messages and calls
  • High-quality voice and video calls for up to 8 people
  • No subscription fees
  • Wear OS integration
  • Easy to use and set up

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 17, 2024

WhatsApp from Meta is a popular messaging and video calling app used by over 2 billion people across more than 180 countries. It's free, simple, reliable, and personalized, making it easy to communicate with friends and family. WhatsApp works on both mobile and desktop devices, even on slow connections, and there are no subscription fees.

One of the standout features of WhatsApp is its end-to-end encryption for personal messages and calls. This means that no one outside of the chat, including WhatsApp itself, can read or listen to your conversations. This ensures that your communications remain private and secure.

Getting started with WhatsApp is easy. All you need is your phone number and a username, and there's no need to log in. You can quickly see your contacts on WhatsApp and start messaging right away. Additionally, WhatsApp offers high-quality voice and video calls for up to 8 people for free, using your phone's Internet service.

Another great feature of WhatsApp is its group chats, which allow you to stay in touch with friends and family. You can share messages, photos, videos, and documents on all mobile and desktop devices with end-to-end encrypted group chats. WhatsApp also allows you to share your location with those in your individual or group chat, and you can stop sharing whenever you want.

The status feature on WhatsApp allows you to share updates consisting of text, photos, videos, and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. You can choose to share status posts with all your contacts or only with certain people.

Lastly, WhatsApp offers a feature that allows you to continue conversations, reply to messages, and answer calls from your wrist using your Wear OS watch. You can also use tiles and complications to easily access your chats and send voice messages.

Overall, WhatsApp from Meta is an excellent messaging and video calling app that offers a range of useful features, including end-to-end encryption, group chats, location sharing, and more. Its ease of use, reliability, and personalization make it a popular choice for people around the world.

The minimum Android version required for WhatsApp in 2023 is Android 5.0 (Lollipop). This change took effect on October 24, 2023, effectively dropping support for older versions.

This means that if your device is running on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or older, you will not be able to use WhatsApp anymore. Additionally, even if your device runs Android 5.0, it's important to keep it updated to the latest security patches to ensure optimal performance and security.

Full Specifications

What's new in version December 27, 2023

The official release notes for WhatsApp version are relatively vague, mentioning primarily bug fixes and performance improvements.


Release January 17, 2024
Date Added January 17, 2024
Version December 27, 2023

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

WhatsApp Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone's Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.


- NO FEES: WhatsApp uses your phone's Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family, so you don't have to pay for every message or call.* There are no subscription fees to use WhatsApp.

- MULTIMEDIA: Send and receive photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.

- FREE CALLS: Call your friends and family for free with WhatsApp Calling, even if they're in another country.* WhatsApp calls use your phone's Internet connection rather than your cellular plan's voice minutes. (Note: Data charges may apply. Contact your provider for details. Also, you can't access 911 and other emergency service numbers through WhatsApp).

- GROUP CHAT: Enjoy group chats with your contacts so you can easily stay in touch with your friends or family.

- WHATSAPP WEB: You can also send and receive WhatsApp messages right from your computer's browser.

- NO INTERNATIONAL CHARGES: There's no extra charge to send WhatsApp messages internationally. Chat with your friends around the world and avoid international SMS charges.*

- SAY NO TO USERNAMES AND PINS: Why bother having to remember yet another username or PIN? WhatsApp works with your phone number, just like SMS, and integrates seamlessly with your phone's existing address book.

- ALWAYS LOGGED IN: With WhatsApp, you're always logged in so you don't miss messages. No more confusion about whether you're logged in or logged out.

- QUICKLY CONNECT WITH YOUR CONTACTS: Your address book is used to quickly and easily connect you with your contacts who have WhatsApp so there's no need to add hard-to-remember usernames.

- OFFLINE MESSAGES: Even if you miss your notifications or turn off your phone, WhatsApp will save your recent messages until the next time you use the app.

- AND MUCH MORE: Share your location, exchange contacts, set custom wallpapers and notification sounds, email chat history, broadcast messages to multiple contacts at once, and more!

*Data charges may apply. Contact your provider for details.

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