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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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  • WhatsApp working on new text editor for drawing tool Jan 29, 2023 06:35 PM IST

    WhatsApp working on new text editor for drawing tool

    WhatsApp will be updating the text editor in the drawing tool with three new features

  • IT Minister pulls up WhatsApp for incorrect India map shown in tweeted video; asks platform to fix error Dec 31, 2022 07:30 PM IST

    IT Minister pulls up WhatsApp for incorrect India map shown in tweeted video; asks platform to fix error

    The Minister also made it clear that "all platforms that do business in India and/or want to continue to do business in India, must use correct maps".

  • 5 important constitution bench cases that will be heard in 2023 Dec 30, 2022 02:07 PM IST

    5 important constitution bench cases that will be heard in 2023

    From WhatsApp’s privacy policy to the right to die, two constitution benches will hear a range of cases that have a bearing on fundamental rights.

  • WhatsApp bans 37.16 lakh accounts in India in November Dec 21, 2022 08:29 PM IST

    WhatsApp bans 37.16 lakh accounts in India in November

    The banned WhatsApp accounts in India include 9.9 lakh accounts which were barred proactively before being flagged by users.

  • Didn't mean to delete that message? WhatsApp will now give you 5 seconds to undo it Dec 21, 2022 12:08 PM IST

    Didn't mean to delete that message? WhatsApp will now give you 5 seconds to undo it

    WhatsApp has rolled out an 'Accidental Delete' feature that gives you 5 seconds to retrieve a deleted message

  • WhatsApp confirms testing picture in picture mode on iOS Dec 15, 2022 12:08 PM IST

    WhatsApp confirms testing picture in picture mode on iOS

    The feature was first spotted earlier this month by WABetaInfo in beta builds for iOS

  • WhatsApp Pay loses second India chief in four months Dec 14, 2022 06:49 PM IST

    WhatsApp Pay loses second India chief in four months

    Vinay Cholatti's exit comes just four months after former WhatsApp Pay India head Manesh Mahatme quit the post to return to Amazon as the Director of Product and Engineering in September.

  • How Australians lost $7.2 million to a 'Hi mum' WhatsApp scam message Dec 14, 2022 01:04 PM IST

    How Australians lost $7.2 million to a 'Hi mum' WhatsApp scam message

    The criminals’ modus operandi included sending texts like “Hi mum” to grab the attention of the victim.

  • Can't act on judicial officer's sexually explicit video sans proper order: WhatsApp to HC Dec 09, 2022 06:04 PM IST

    Can't act on judicial officer's sexually explicit video sans proper order: WhatsApp to HC

    WhatsApp's made the statement before Justice Yashwant Varma who was hearing a lawsuit by one of the aggrieved parties whose identity was earlier allowed to remain concealed by the court.

  • Meta introduces Facebook like 3D avatars on WhatsApp Dec 08, 2022 11:45 AM IST

    Meta introduces Facebook like 3D avatars on WhatsApp

    Meta said it would continue to make improvements to 3D avatars

  • Exclusive: Meta policy chief Nick Clegg gets WhatsApp traceability ultimatum from India Dec 07, 2022 06:34 PM IST

    Exclusive: Meta policy chief Nick Clegg gets WhatsApp traceability ultimatum from India

    Senior officials tell Clegg that it can keep going to the courts, but the traceability obligation will be enforced one way or another

  • WhatsApp working on picture-in-picture for video calls Dec 05, 2022 04:56 PM IST

    WhatsApp working on picture-in-picture for video calls

    Some beta testers have reported seeing the feature enabled on the latest beta build for iOS

  • WhatsApp bans 23.24 lakh accounts in India in October Nov 30, 2022 09:44 PM IST

    WhatsApp bans 23.24 lakh accounts in India in October

    The number of accounts blocked in October was about 13 per cent less than the 26.85 lakh accounts the messaging platform banned in September.

  • Notes to self: WhatsApp's new feature allows users to send messages to themselves Nov 29, 2022 01:16 PM IST

    Notes to self: WhatsApp's new feature allows users to send messages to themselves

    The ‘Message Yourself’ feature allows Android and iOS users to send notes, messages, reminders, documents, web links, and more to their accounts

  • WhatsApp Data Leak: Phone numbers of 500 million users up for sale, says report Nov 27, 2022 05:45 PM IST

    WhatsApp Data Leak: Phone numbers of 500 million users up for sale, says report

    The database contains phone numbers from 84 different countries

  • Windows beta for WhatsApp updated with the ability to share contact cards Nov 27, 2022 12:28 PM IST

    Windows beta for WhatsApp updated with the ability to share contact cards

    Windows Beta update 2.2247.2.0 is now rolling out to select users on Windows. WABetaInfo spotted the update being pushed out to beta users on the Microsoft Store

  • WhatsApp is working on the ability to share voice notes as status updates Nov 26, 2022 01:50 PM IST

    WhatsApp is working on the ability to share voice notes as status updates

    Currently users can share images and videos as status updates

  • How to check credit score over WhatsApp Nov 24, 2022 12:28 PM IST

    How to check credit score over WhatsApp

  • Meta's WhatsApp makes Brazil a key test market for business messaging Nov 18, 2022 02:10 PM IST

    Meta's WhatsApp makes Brazil a key test market for business messaging

    Brazil, one of the app's biggest markets, will be the first country to see the new tools deployed outside pilot programmes.

  • Mark Zuckerberg says WhatsApp business chat will drive sales sooner than metaverse Nov 18, 2022 08:16 AM IST

    Mark Zuckerberg says WhatsApp business chat will drive sales sooner than metaverse

    Mark Zuckerberg, addressing pointed questions at a company-wide meeting a week after Meta said it would lay off 11,000 workers, described the pair of messaging apps as being "very early in monetizing" compared to its advertising juggernauts Facebook and Instagram, according to remarks heard by Reuters.

  • Ashneer Grover trolls WhatsApp Pay: 'Biggest failure'. How Vijay Shekhar Sharma reacted Nov 16, 2022 03:05 PM IST

    Ashneer Grover trolls WhatsApp Pay: 'Biggest failure'. How Vijay Shekhar Sharma reacted

    Ashneer Grover shared the photo of a newspaper ad of WhatsApp and said the company should have instead put out an ad for WhatsApp Pay.

  • Companion mode for WhatsApp Beta rolling out to select users Nov 15, 2022 01:16 PM IST

    Companion mode for WhatsApp Beta rolling out to select users

    The Companion mode allows you to use the same account on multiple devices

  • The Tech Weekender | Top news from the world of technology this week Nov 05, 2022 02:39 PM IST

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

    Twitter's downfall, Elon Musk to charge users for Blue Check, WhatsApp's new feature, and more.

  • WhatsApp starts rolling out feature to simultaneously connect with 32 users on voice, video calls Nov 03, 2022 04:28 PM IST

    WhatsApp starts rolling out feature to simultaneously connect with 32 users on voice, video calls

    The company announced the feature in April and has started rolling them now, which will be gradually available to all users in the next few weeks.

  • WhatsApp rolls out communities feature to supercharge group conversations Nov 03, 2022 12:30 PM IST

    WhatsApp rolls out communities feature to supercharge group conversations

    Neighbourhoods, workplaces, NGOs, clubs, and schools can now connect multiple groups under one umbrella to organise group conversations on WhatsApp