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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:
    1,029,228
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 10, 2017
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required.

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 2.17.51

• 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 1,029,228
Downloads Last Week 2,518
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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