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WhatsApp is a free to download messenger app for smartphones that uses the internet to send messages, images, audio or video. WhatsApp, founded by former Yahoo employees, was acquired by social media giant Facebook in 2014. Today Whatsapp, commonly popular among youngsters, has over two billion users worldwide. WhatsApp’s popularity grew rapidly across the globe primarily because it was one of the first mobile apps to offer free, internet-based messaging. Instead of sending texts using cellular-data networks, with comparatively higher charges, WhatsApp primarily relies on a Wi-Fi connection to send and receive messages and calls for free. Which means, there is no fee to sign up, and no data plan allowances to worry about. Since the app is virtually free, it has enabled users globally to make international calls from anywhere at any time. To use WhatsApp one needs a compatible smartphone or tablet with a sim card, an internet connection, and a phone number. The app uses a phone number as its username, and an account is locked to the phone. However, users can transfer contacts over to new devices. You can also use Whatsapp on your desktop, by visiting the official Whatsapp website and downloading it to Mac or Windows. More

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  • Agnipath row: Govt bans 35 WhatsApp groups for 'spreading fake news' Jun 19, 2022 10:03 PM IST

    Agnipath row: Govt bans 35 WhatsApp groups for 'spreading fake news'

    The move came amid violent protests against the scheme in different parts of the country since it was announced a few days ago.

  • WhatsApp may let admins control who joins a group chat Jun 18, 2022 01:12 PM IST

    WhatsApp may let admins control who joins a group chat

    With the new update, you will require the admin's approval to join a group chat

  • WhatsApp finally allows users to transfer chat history from Android to iOS; Here's how to do it Jun 15, 2022 01:11 PM IST

    WhatsApp finally allows users to transfer chat history from Android to iOS; Here's how to do it

    WhatsApp already allows iOS users to transfer their chat history to Android devices.

  • Meta adds a new Calls tab for Messenger Jun 03, 2022 05:56 PM IST

    Meta adds a new Calls tab for Messenger

    The new Calls tab will reside in the bottom navigation bar

  • Sheryl Sandberg is leaving Facebook at a perilous moment Jun 02, 2022 03:44 PM IST

    Sheryl Sandberg is leaving Facebook at a perilous moment

    For Facebook’s critics, the company was causing damage to society because of a growth-at-all-costs mindset driven by Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg

  • WhatsApp is working on adding an edit button for text messages Jun 02, 2022 11:53 AM IST

    WhatsApp is working on adding an edit button for text messages

    The feature was teased five years ago as well but was then cancelled

  • WhatsApp may allow you to keep some disappearing messages May 26, 2022 12:03 PM IST

    WhatsApp may allow you to keep some disappearing messages

    The option was spotted in the latest iOS and Android betas for the app

  • Glenmark launches Whatsapp chatbot for patients with fungal infections May 24, 2022 11:04 AM IST

    Glenmark launches Whatsapp chatbot for patients with fungal infections

    This digital patient education tool, as per company will be available in 6 different regional languages including Hindi and English, enabling better patient compliance to the technology.

  • WhatsApp to end support for iOS 10, 11 May 23, 2022 02:38 PM IST

    WhatsApp to end support for iOS 10, 11

    The Meta-owned messaging platform will drop support for iOS 10 and iOS 11 starting October 24

  • WhatsApp aims to attract more businesses with new cloud API and premium features May 20, 2022 06:35 AM IST

    WhatsApp aims to attract more businesses with new cloud API and premium features

    Mark Zuckerberg said that more than 1 billion users connect with a business account across its messaging services on a weekly basis.

  • Former WhatsApp executive regrets sale to Facebook: 'Didn't know it would become Frankenstein' May 06, 2022 08:49 AM IST

    Former WhatsApp executive regrets sale to Facebook: 'Didn't know it would become Frankenstein'

    Neeraj Arora was WhatsApp’s chief business officer during the negotiations for its sale to Facebook in 2014.

  • WhatsApp reactions to start rolling out today, reveals Mark Zuckerberg May 05, 2022 07:46 PM IST

    WhatsApp reactions to start rolling out today, reveals Mark Zuckerberg

    This feature will allow WhatsApp users to acknowledge a message in group chats without flooding chats with new messages.

  • Telegram's planned Premium subscription spotted in beta May 03, 2022 12:48 PM IST

    Telegram's planned Premium subscription spotted in beta

    The premium subscription gives users access to exclusive emojis and stickers

  • WhatsApp may soon allow you to link multiple devices to the same account Apr 29, 2022 02:34 PM IST

    WhatsApp may soon allow you to link multiple devices to the same account

    The new feature will let you link multiple mobile devices to one account

  • WhatsApp plans cashback for peer transfers, merchant payments in India push: Report Apr 27, 2022 06:24 PM IST

    WhatsApp plans cashback for peer transfers, merchant payments in India push: Report

    The latest move comes days after WhatsApp won regulatory approval to more than double its payments offering to 100 million users in India, its biggest market with more than half a billion users overall.

  • Cyber attacks on Indian oil companies run up to 3.6 lakhs in six months Apr 23, 2022 02:06 PM IST

    Cyber attacks on Indian oil companies run up to 3.6 lakhs in six months

    The study was done as part of civil society group CyberPeace Foundation's eKawach program

  • Russian court says appeal launched against ban on Meta for 'extremism': Report Apr 19, 2022 10:23 PM IST

    Russian court says appeal launched against ban on Meta for 'extremism': Report

    Facebook last year had 7.5 million users in Russia and WhatsApp had 67 million, researcher Insider Intelligence estimates, while Instagram has said its ban will affect 80 million users in Russia.

  • The Tech Weekender: Top news from the world of technology this week Apr 16, 2022 11:31 AM IST

    The Tech Weekender: Top news from the world of technology this week

    Oil India's headquarters faces cyberattack, Twitter prepares ‘poison pill’ to stop Elon Musk's takeover, Google's PPG algorithm can detect the rhythm of your heart, Spotify rebrands Greenroom, Sony and Kirkbi bet big on the metaverse with $2 billion investment in Epic Games and WhatsApp's upcoming feature will show ETA for files

  • 5 new features coming soon to WhatsApp: From Communities to emoji reactions Apr 15, 2022 08:15 PM IST

    5 new features coming soon to WhatsApp: From Communities to emoji reactions

    WhatsApp has announced five new features that will soon be introduced to its 2 billion users

  • WhatsApp tests new feature to organize groups for work, school Apr 14, 2022 09:07 PM IST

    WhatsApp tests new feature to organize groups for work, school

    He said there were no current plans to charge for the new feature, which is being beta tested with a small number of global communities, but did not rule out offering "premium features to enterprise" in the future.

  • Explained | WhatsApp gets additional 60 million UPI users; five takeaways Apr 14, 2022 02:00 PM IST

    Explained | WhatsApp gets additional 60 million UPI users; five takeaways

    While WhatsApp has been pushing for an increase in user cap, NPCI wanted to increase this in a phased manner so that the payment system is not overwhelmed.

  • After winning approval to expand UPI user base, WhatsApp says it plans significant investments in payments service Apr 14, 2022 01:55 PM IST

    After winning approval to expand UPI user base, WhatsApp says it plans significant investments in payments service

    WhatsApp received an approval to increase its UPI user base to 100 million on April 13 from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)

  • NPCI approves additional 60 million UPI users for WhatsApp Apr 13, 2022 10:42 PM IST

    NPCI approves additional 60 million UPI users for WhatsApp

    With this approval, WhatsApp will be able to expand the service to its 100 million users, intensifying competition in the digital payments space in India

  • WhatsApp working on feature that shows ETA when sharing files Apr 11, 2022 06:49 PM IST

    WhatsApp working on feature that shows ETA when sharing files

    The feature has been spotted on a beta build of the app

  • WhatsApp is testing restrictions on forwarding messages for iOS Apr 04, 2022 03:11 PM IST

    WhatsApp is testing restrictions on forwarding messages for iOS

    The company says it wants to limit the flow of misinformation on its platform

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