WhatsApp is one of the most popularly used and easy social media platform in the world today. It is cost-effective and requires just data on a smartphone. In this article, you will find out all you need to know about WhatsApp.
WhatsApp was launched in 2009 and according to WhatsApp, it has about 2 billion users in 180 countries and the WhatsApp Messenger is said to be the leading mobile messaging app in 112 countries. WhatsApp has so many features that make it palatable to the users. For instance, WhatsApp shows your chats in little text bubbles, gives you a time stamp for messages, notifies you when a text has been viewed by your recipient, and allows you to include photos, audio notes, and videos within your conversations. You can also share your location, broadcast your status to your contacts, share contacts, set customized wallpapers and notification alerts, email chat history, use the camera to shoot photos and videos from within the app, and simultaneously broadcast messages to multiple contacts.
However, apart from the above-mentioned features, there are still some interesting features WhatsApp has to offer.
- Automatic Addition of Friends.
In WhatsApp unlike other social media platforms, you don’t need to manually add up your friends as friends with the app on your contact list are automatically identified and added. For friends that are on your contact list but aren’t on WhatsApp, you can as well invite them to join the app.
- High-Security Level
WhatsApp uses an end-to-end encryption which means that no one can access the messages on WhatsApp apart from the sender and receiver. Also, it uses two-factor authentication, which has you type in a second passcode sent to your phone via text message to access your account. This passcode is personal information and is not to be shared with anybody. In addition, there is also a two-step verification password which is created by you and is required from time to time to ascertain that you have not been hacked.
WhatsApp is one of the apps that allow you to enjoy your privacy. From the settings, you can choose who to message you and block those you don’t want to hear from as well. The same can be done as to who you will like to view your status which is posted and lasts for a day(24 hours).
- Allows for Calls
While WhatsApp is mostly used for messaging, the app also allows for calls and this involves both voice and video calls with two persons or a group of not more than four persons. With a good internet connection therefore, you can hear and see your friends on a call with just data required.
- Conversations Among Multiple Users.
Another excellent feature of WhatsApp. In WhatsApp you can create groups for family, friends, business, and whatever purpose you want it to serve. In a group, you can have up to about 250 users and hold your conversations. You must however note that, if you have a blocked user in that group, you’ll get to see their messages.
- Enables Search Function.
This allows you to search by keyword, group, contact name, or phone number. You can also search for keywords in a conversation. Furthermore, WhatsApp is interoperable with Google so that you can save a copy of your message history to Google Drive or, if you are not on Google, to your phone’s memory. Should you lose critical messages, you can redownload and reinstall the app to find your lost messages.
- Fun Features.
WhatsApp has some interesting features that can make your chatting fun. These include stuffs like, stickers, emojis, and GIFs.
- Has a Web Version.
WhatsApp Web is a desktop version of the mobile app that operates within standard Mac or Windows browsers (except Internet Explorer) but with modifications. Everything you do on the web will sync and show up on the iPhone or Android app, so all of your chats get synced, but the web version offers no calling features. A business version lets companies access WhatsApp to interact with customers.