WhatsApp Messenger is an app that allows you to send messages to other users over WiFi or 3G. The app can also set status messages and let you chat away.
The Biggest Draws 9/10
Here is a little elevator pitch. WhatsApp Messenger allows you to send audio, text, pictures and videos to anyone that uses the app. It's similar to the majority of other texting apps, but with many unique features that make the app easier to enjoy.
One of the biggest draws to the app is end-to-end encryption to keep conversations secure. It also offers convenient group messaging and access to chats on your PC. You will also get typing indicators, so that you will know when your messages have been read. The biggest draw? You get everything for free.
Beyond Messaging 9/10
WhatsApp Messenger lets you make video calls and gives you the ability to use the app through a website. A "Call" tab allows you to call WhatsApp users and check their profiles. The sound is clear when making and receiving calls. A slight lag isn't longer than that of a standard phone call, and it doesn't affect a conversation.
You can also pair the app with WhatsApp's official website. Messages will flow between the website, your phone, and the person with whom you're chatting. Even though there are visual glitches, the design is smooth and polished.
Getting Started 8/10
Getting started with WhatsApp is incredibly easy. Just follow the instructions the app gives you, and you're good to go. It can feel a bit crowded the first time you look at the main screen, but you'll get the hang of it fairly quickly. You can use the same account on several devices simultaneously. The app looks gorgeous in Dark Mode, and it abides by your system settings.
You can download WhatsApp Messenger to Android-running phones, iPhone and some phones running KaiOS 2.5.1+. The app can be activated with one phone number on one phone at a time. There is no option to transfer your chat history between platforms, but you can send it as an email attachment.
If you want to reduce your SMS bill, WhatsApp will help you meet this goal. Even though it's not as popular here in the US as it is in other countries, it's still a powerful and useful app.
- Free messaging
- Easy to set up
- Beautiful dark mode
- Available on many devices.
- No group voice calls
- Contact number required.