WhatsApp Messenger (for Android)

Chat with all your contacts – fast and easy

Those first-party solutions are already available on your phone, or you could consider Viber, our Editors' Choice for Android voice and messaging apps. Enjoy group chats with your contacts so you can easily stay in touch with your friends or family. It's also an inherent security measure, since someone would have to spoof your phone number or steal your phone to impersonate you. You can also attach files, locations, and contact cards. He's also PCMag's foremost authority on weather stations and digital scrapbooking software. WhisperSystems is the perfect partner, and a mind-boggling number of people just got protection from hackers, stalkers, and government surveillance. There's no extra charge to send WhatsApp messages internationally.

WhatsApp Messenger (for iPhone)

WhatsApp works with your phone number, just like SMS, and integrates seamlessly with your phone's existing address book. With WhatsApp, you're always logged in so you don't miss messages. No more confusion about whether you're logged in or logged out. Your address book is used to quickly and easily connect you with your contacts who have WhatsApp so there's no need to add hard-to-remember usernames.

Even if you miss your notifications or turn off your phone, WhatsApp will save your recent messages until the next time you use the app. Share your location, exchange contacts, set custom wallpapers and notification sounds, email chat history, broadcast messages to multiple contacts at once, and more!

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Messenger — Text and Video Chat for Free. Tied to single device. In need of a design refresh. WhatsApp Messenger, a popular cross-platform text messaging alternative, lets you text and talk using only a data plan. But it's starting to feel inelegant in the face of rising competition.

Just a few years ago, messaging services that sought to replace SMS were few and far between. Among them, WhatsApp free, cent annual subscription quickly gained a reputation, particularly abroad, as the leader in the space. Boasting hundreds of thousands of users, it was the service. But a lot has changed since we last took a formal look at WhatsApp.

The mobile messaging space is now extremely crowded, and, while WhatsApp has added critical new features like Web messaging and voice calls since my last review, it has started to show its age. View All 8 Photos in Gallery. Though WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook for a staggering sum it is still very much alive, now topping million users, and available on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone along with more rarified platforms like Symbian devices. WhatsApp is also still free to download and use for one year, and it costs a mere 99 cents per year after that.

No Account Necessary Most mobile messaging services, like Facebook Messenger , require you to create an account of some sort. Not so with WhatsApp. Instead, you type in your phone number, which WhatsApp verifies with a text message.

The service then offers to scour your address book for phone numbers from other users, and automatically adds them as friends. This isn't exactly optional; in my testing, I found that if a contact wasn't in my phone's address book, they weren't available in WhatsApp. On one hand, this setup keeps WhatsApp super light and easy to use. It's also an inherent security measure, since someone would have to spoof your phone number or steal your phone to impersonate you.

On the other hand, it means that your WhatsApping is limited to a single device. You can enroll as many phones as you want, but your friends will need all those numbers listed in their address books. Facebook Messenger, on the other hand, pushes all your messages among all your devices and the Web for maximum visibility. Also, requiring a phone number for verification means that you're limited to devices that have a phone number.

Tablet users are out of luck. Of course, you could use a phone to authorize your tablet, but I digress. WhatsMessaging Since my last review, little has changed aesthetically in WhatsApp. Messages still appear in threaded conversations by participant. You can still change the background of each message thread, and there are still numerous other customization tweaks.

I was hoping for a refreshed interface, perhaps more in line with that of Facebook Messenger, but WhatsApp's UI is largely unchanged. WhatsApp lets you send person-to-person messages, but you can also send a group message to up to 10 participants and assign a title for the discussion, such as "Max's Birthday. Messages sent to the group are filed in a special thread, separate from other conversations. Participants can easily unsubscribe and tweak their notifications, so no one has to feel spammed with group messages.

Alternatively, you can create a "broadcast message. If you send a broadcast message to Alice, Bob, and Condolezza, it will appear as if you sent the message directly to them.

Broadcast messages appear threaded in recipients' existing conversations with you, not in a separate thread as group messages do. This is a bit confusing, but it's clearly a powerful communication tool, and it's one that's unique to WhatsApp. In addition to text messages, you can send images, audio clips, video clips up to 16MB , and finally emojis. You can also attach files, locations, and contact cards. Once, all of these were features hard to find outside WhatsApp, but now I feel like they've become commonplace.

Noticeably missing are stickers, which have been adopted by major platforms like Editors' Choice Viber and are in my mind the killer feature of Facebook Messenger. Beyond Mobile WhatsApp recently rolled out voice calling and the ability to use the messaging service through a Web portal.

Android was the first to get these features, though voice calling has since come to iPhone as well. This rollout is a bit odd, however, as Facebook Messenger had voice calling long before WhatsApp. A new Calls tab on the left shows your recent calls, and you can make a new one by tapping the phone icon. As with text chats, you can only call and see the contact information of WhatsApp users that are in your contact list.

I found that calls connected quickly, and they were very crisp on my Motorola Moto X. There was a slight lag, but it seemed only slightly longer than that of a cellphone call and did not affect my ability to carry on a conversation. WhatsApp's VoIP setup is full duplex, so participants needn't worry about cutting each other off by talking over them.

I do like that, like Skype, WhatsApp lets you toggle between voice calls and text messages without interruption, so you can send images or messages and still talk. Notably, you cannot add more participants, meaning calls are strictly person-to-person. WhatsApp still doesn't support live video chatting, a feature embraced by many modern messengers, including Skype, Viber, and the ephemeral Snapchat. Web messaging might seem like a no-brainer; after all, you can get to Facebook Messenger through at least two apps and two websites.

But remember that WhatsApp doesn't have accounts, and supplies no credentials really to log in with. WhatsApp's solution is fairly elegant.