WhatsApp Messenger allows you to send text messages, as well as images, video and audio, using your mobile device's Internet connection.
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 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 30 people. It's a good way to save sending lots of messages and to communicate quickly with several people at once.
In terms of options, WhatsApp Messenger allows you to send photos, audio files, and videos to your contacts. You can also share a map of your current locations or details of one of your contacts.
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.
Another handy function of WhatsApp Messenger is the ability to back up you chat history via iCloud, so that if anything happens to your device you can always recover your conversation history.
WhatsApp Messenger for iOS doesn't include emoticons. However, it's possible to insert emoji icons into your messages 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.
It's worth mentioning that although the sending of messages is free in WhatsApp Messenger, the application requires to pay a subscription fee of 99 cents per year after the first year, which is free.
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.
New video and image options
The latest WhatsApp Messenger update (version 2.11.11) includes a bunch of improvements designed to make video and image sharing better. Tweaks include the ability to add captions to images and videos, to trim videos before sharing them, and the inclusion of a fast camera access button for capturing and sending photos.
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.