WhatsApp Messenger

Chat and send free text messages from your iOS device

WhatsApp Messenger allows you to send text messages, as well as images, video and audio, using your mobile device's Internet connection. View full description

PROS

  • Lets you send photos, audio, video, and links
  • Send text messages and call for free
  • Group messaging
  • Works across different platforms
  • Very popular
  • Straightforward user interface

CONS

  • Only works with people who own the app
  • Setup process is tedious

Very good
8

WhatsApp Messenger allows you to send text messages, as well as images, video and audio, using your mobile device's Internet connection.

WhatsApp is a multi-platform messaging service available on most mobile operating systems, as well as Windows and Mac. If you'd like to use WhatsApp for PC on your computer, download it here.

Powerful and complete alternative to SMS

WhatsApp Messenger replaces traditional SMS messaging with a free instant messaging system over 3G/4G or WiFi.

With WhatsApp you can also make calls for free, even when your friends are located in a different country. Calls are free because the app uses your internet connection, like Skype, instead of your carrier's call network. Therefore, if you are not connected to WiFi, WhatsApp calls will use your data plan.

With WhatsApp Messenger you can speak with your friends through a classic chat-style interface. This interface can be customized with different wallpapers if you like. You can chat with just one person, or several contacts at once, up-to groups of 50 people. It's a good way to save sending lots of messages and to communicate quickly with several people at once. And there is no risk of losing the history of conversations: WhatsApp lets you store them and this feature has been improved over time to avoid unexpected loss.

You can also select any message to star it, so you can easily find it later. Starred messages appear in a group chat list and also in their own section in search results.

In terms of options, WhatsApp Messenger allows you to send photos, audio files, and videos to your contacts. It's possible to send multiple images and videos at once, and send files from other apps you have installed (when you open the "Photo/Video Library", just tap "Choose from another app..."). You can also share a map of your current location and details of your contacts, and edit images and photos by rotating, cropping, and adding notes, comments, or captions.

You can also send links with the option of including a rich preview. This allows those you message to see where you are directing them before they open the link.

For the security conscious, the latest versions of WhatsApp now include automatic end-to-end encryption. This prevents outside parties being able to access, read, or listen to your messages.

WhatsApp Messenger also includes a Push to Talk messaging feature. In the style of a walkie talkie, WhatsApp adds the option to record and share voice messages in real time, be they large or small. It's the same type of function offered by apps such as Voxer and Zello.

WhatsApp for iOS is compatible with other iOS 8 apps; you can share images, videos or links with your WhatsApp contacts, without opening WhatsApp.

Of course, emoticons are an important part of any chat app, and this app comes with plenty, if you want to express yourself in pictorial form.

How does WhatsApp work?

Chatting with WhatsApp Messenger requires both you and your contact have the application installed. Once you've installed the app on your device, you can see straight away which of your contacts are using WhatsApp, then start chatting to them.

WhatsApp is a hugely popular messaging network, and you're probably more likely to find other friends who use it than who use other rival messaging apps. This is a generalization of course, and it could be that you have more friends using apps like KakaoTalk, LINE, Kik Messenger, or Viber. These apps behave more or less the same as WhatsApp Messenger but have their own distinct features and quirks. It's worth checking out our reviews of these apps to find out how they differ.

The verdict

There are many similar apps to WhatsApp Messenger out there, and some are even better. Yet, such is the popularity of WhatsApp that it is an essential download for your mobile.

Changes

  • - 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 iOS 8+)
  • - Search for the perfect animated GIF, right from within WhatsApp. Just tap Attach — Photo/Video Library and tap on the GIF search button on the bottom left to get started.

Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, and Voice Messages.

WhatsApp Messenger is a messaging app available for iPhone and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to message and call friends and family.


WHY USE WHATSAPP:

• NO ADDITIONAL FEES: WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to message and call friends and family, so you don’t have to pay for every message or call.*

• MULTIMEDIA: Send and receive photos, videos, and Voice Messages.

• WHATSAPP CALLING: Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country. WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes.*


• 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.

WhatsApp Messenger

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.16.17

— User reviews — about WhatsApp Messenger

  • karen.hung.372

    by karen.hung.372

    "iphone 3 - whatsapp"

    Hi, my iphone 3 cannot download whatsapp, since it's only ISO 4.2.1 verion. However, the now whatsapp request my phone... More.

    reviewed on February 16, 2015

  • unique_jessica

    by unique_jessica

    "I jst luv it"

    Using whatsapp is so easy and it gets us connected with people... More.

    reviewed on May 7, 2012