Articles about WhatsApp

WhatsApp Messenger, commonly referred to as just WhatsApp, is a Facebook-owned instant messaging service. The free-to-use cross-platform centralized service allows users to send messages, images, documents, locations, and other content via end-to-end encrypted conversations. To sign up, one requires an Internet connection and a valid mobile phone number. Today, WhatsApp can be downloaded on iOS and Android, while the Windows app is essentially a version of WhatsApp Web. The web interface mandates that users remain connected to the Internet using their mobile phone while they use WhatsApp on a desktop browser. As of August 2021, WhatsApp claims to be developing multi-device support so each device can connect to WhatsApp servers independently, without requiring an active internet connection on the primary phone. WhatsApp also features VOIP voice and video calling support. By 2015, WhatsApp had achieved the status of the world's most popular messaging application. As of February 2020, it claimed to service over 2 billion users. However, a poorly worded change in WhatsApp's terms of service caused the app to lose several thousand users. Regular Facebook data leaks and its involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal didn't help matters either.

WhatsApp gets emoji reactions and new Group Chat features

06 May 2022

Technology
WhatsApp gets emoji reactions and new Group Chat features

WhatsApp, the world's most popular messaging app, has announced that it is rolling out the ability to share files up to 2GB via Group Chats.

WhatsApp video scam claiming Rs. 25 lakh reward returns

20 Apr 2022

Technology
WhatsApp video scam claiming Rs. 25 lakh reward returns

Select WhatsApp users are reportedly being targeted by a scam claiming a Rs. 25 lakh reward in a lucky draw for the television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC).

WhatsApp Communities and other updates coming this year

15 Apr 2022

Technology
WhatsApp Communities and other updates coming this year

WhatsApp is set to launch a new feature called "communities" to improve upon group conversations on its messaging platform.

WhatsApp could soon let you create your own stickers

25 Nov 2021

Technology
WhatsApp could soon let you create your own stickers

Meta's messaging service, WhatsApp, is reportedly working on a feature so users can create their own stickers on the app.

WhatsApp introduces two new privacy-centric features for users in India

23 Nov 2021

Technology
WhatsApp introduces two new privacy-centric features for users in India

Meta-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp has introduced two new safety features for users in India, called Flash Calls and Message Level Reporting.

Facebook's emoji reactions and notifications spotted trickling down to WhatsApp

21 Nov 2021

Technology
Facebook's emoji reactions and notifications spotted trickling down to WhatsApp

With the latest update on the beta channel, WhatsApp users on Android can now get a taste of the new message reaction notifications feature that has been in the pipeline for a few months now.

#NewsBytesExplainer: How to set up and use WhatsApp multi-device feature

11 Nov 2021

Technology
#NewsBytesExplainer: How to set up and use WhatsApp multi-device feature

Since its inception, WhatsApp didn't allow one account to be linked to multiple devices at a time. However, that changes with the new multi-device support feature that has been released for users around the world after extensive testing.

WhatsApp spotted developing a new Community feature: Details here

08 Nov 2021

Technology
WhatsApp spotted developing a new Community feature: Details here

Popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp has been spotted working on a new feature called "Community" that resembles Discord's groups and channels in form and function.

WhatsApp Web gets three new useful features with latest update

06 Nov 2021

Technology
WhatsApp Web gets three new useful features with latest update

Meta-owned messaging service WhatsApp now sports three new features to make life easier.

Google has reduced headache of new Android users: Here's how

27 Oct 2021

Technology
Google has reduced headache of new Android users: Here's how

Recently, Samsung rolled out a feature that allowed transferring WhatsApp chat history from an iPhone to a Samsung smartphone. Now, Google has extended this capability to its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices.

Is Facebook planning a name change? Reports suggest so

20 Oct 2021

Business
Is Facebook planning a name change? Reports suggest so

Social media giant Facebook is likely to announce a name change this month, the Verge reported.

WhatsApp testing feature for hiding profile photos from select contacts

08 Oct 2021

Technology
WhatsApp testing feature for hiding profile photos from select contacts

WhatsApp, in its latest move to strengthen security features, is testing a custom privacy setting for hiding profile photos from select contacts.

Facebook whistleblower testifies before Senate: Here are the key points

06 Oct 2021

Business
Facebook whistleblower testifies before Senate: Here are the key points

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen made her identity known to all on Sunday night's episode of 60 Minutes. She had complained to the Securities and Exchange Commission about Facebook and leaked its internal research and documents to the Wall Street Journal.

WhatsApp developing feature for playing voice notes outside sender chats

06 Oct 2021

Technology
WhatsApp developing feature for playing voice notes outside sender chats

WhatsApp is developing a global voice message player that will make listening to voice notes much easier.

Mark Zuckerberg lost $6 billion during Facebook outage: Details here

05 Oct 2021

Business
Mark Zuckerberg lost $6 billion during Facebook outage: Details here

Late last night, Facebook and its subsidiary services, including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger, suffered a worldwide outage that lasted nearly six hours.

Here's what caused the longest Facebook outage last night

05 Oct 2021

Technology
Here's what caused the longest Facebook outage last night

Late last night, popular social media platform Facebook and all its subsidiaries, including WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, suffered a global outage that lasted nearly six hours.

#FacebookDown: Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram are all down for users worldwide

04 Oct 2021

Technology
#FacebookDown: Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram are all down for users worldwide

Facebook and major social media platforms owned by it—WhatsApp and Instagram—have suffered a major global outage on Monday night.

WhatsApp banned 2.07 million Indian accounts in August: Details here

02 Oct 2021

Technology
WhatsApp banned 2.07 million Indian accounts in August: Details here

The third transparency report published by WhatsApp showed that 2.07 million Indian accounts were banned from the messaging platform this August.

WhatsApp multi-device could eventually support multiple mobile devices: Details here

29 Sep 2021

Technology
WhatsApp multi-device could eventually support multiple mobile devices: Details here

After many years of waiting, WhatsApp's multi-device support finally made its way to users earlier this year. The feature allows users to link one WhatsApp account to one primary smartphone and up to four additional devices.

WhatsApp Pay spotted beta testing cashback feature in India

25 Sep 2021

Technology
WhatsApp Pay spotted beta testing cashback feature in India

Reputed WhatsApp feature tracking website WABetaInfo has reportedly spotted an in-development feature that would incentivize WhatsApp Pay users with benefits in the form of cashback in India.

Here's how you can join WhatsApp's multi-device beta on Android

21 Sep 2021

Technology
Here's how you can join WhatsApp's multi-device beta on Android

WhatsApp rolled out the multi-device feature for beta version users in July.

WhatsApp starts testing in-app business directory, multi-device support on iOS

16 Sep 2021

Technology
WhatsApp starts testing in-app business directory, multi-device support on iOS

WhatsApp has two new features on the cards. Firstly, it is testing the possibility of searching for local businesses or stores offering certain products within WhatsApp itself. This could promote businesses without ads and open monetization options for the platform.

WhatsApp could soon get voice message transcription feature on iOS

12 Sep 2021

Technology
WhatsApp could soon get voice message transcription feature on iOS

WhatsApp recently added support for end-to-end encryption of chat backups. Now, the Facebook-owned messaging service could offer a transcription feature for voice messages.

Should you install WhatsApp mods for personalization features they offer?

03 Sep 2021

Technology
Should you install WhatsApp mods for personalization features they offer?

WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging services in the market today but for many, its feature set doesn't quite cut it. Enter WhatsApp variations developed by third parties, colloquially called WhatsApp mods (modifications).

Telegram 8.0: Unlimited participants in video calls, Trending Stickers, more

01 Sep 2021

Technology
Telegram 8.0: Unlimited participants in video calls, Trending Stickers, more

While WhatsApp is excruciatingly slow in bringing new features, rival messaging service Telegram introduces novel, exciting features quite often.

WhatsApp banned over 30 lakh Indian accounts through July

01 Sep 2021

Business
WhatsApp banned over 30 lakh Indian accounts through July

Facebook-owned instant messaging service WhatsApp has released its latest compliance report. According to the document, a staggering 30,27,000 Indian accounts were banned from the platform in the period between June 16 and July 31 this year.

Respond to pleas challenging IT Rules: Delhi HC to Centre

27 Aug 2021

India
Respond to pleas challenging IT Rules: Delhi HC to Centre

The Delhi High Court Friday asked the Centre to reply to pleas by Facebook and WhatsApp challenging the new IT Rules for social media intermediaries requiring the messaging app to trace chats and make provisions to identify the first originator of the information.

Here's how you can book COVID-19 vaccination slots on WhatsApp

24 Aug 2021

Technology
Here's how you can book COVID-19 vaccination slots on WhatsApp

In a renewed attempt to accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination drive in India, the government has now enabled vaccination slot booking via the MyGov Corona Helpdesk service on WhatsApp.

All you need to know about WhatsApp's upcoming iPad app

23 Aug 2021

Technology
All you need to know about WhatsApp's upcoming iPad app

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp is spreading its wings and making the app accessible on Android and iOS-based tablets that don't have the WhatsApp app yet.

'Home' review: Indrans is phenomenal in this relatable family drama

21 Aug 2021

Entertainment
'Home' review: Indrans is phenomenal in this relatable family drama

Amazon Prime Video is now streaming a beautiful Malayalam family drama, Home (presented as #Home).

WhatsApp spotted testing new 90-day limit for disappearing messages

19 Aug 2021

Technology
WhatsApp spotted testing new 90-day limit for disappearing messages

Earlier this year, Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp released a privacy-centric feature called disappearing messages that automatically made messages disappear after a fixed amount of time.

Now, you can add personalized background while using WhatsApp Payments

17 Aug 2021

Technology
Now, you can add personalized background while using WhatsApp Payments

As part of its ongoing push to woo users toward using the in-app payments feature, WhatsApp has introduced the ability to customize the background of the message bubble when you send money to people using WhatsApp Payments.

Select users can migrate WhatsApp accounts from iOS to Android

14 Aug 2021

Technology
Select users can migrate WhatsApp accounts from iOS to Android

WhatsApp has announced that users can now migrate accounts from iOS to Android.

WhatsApp adds disappearing photos feature: How to enable it

04 Aug 2021

Technology
WhatsApp adds disappearing photos feature: How to enable it

Following in the footsteps of popular social media platforms Instagram and Snapchat, Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has introduced a new feature for Android and iOS users that automatically deletes media files after the recipient has viewed them once.

Governments need to hold NSO's spyware Pegasus accountable: WhatsApp CEO

19 Jul 2021

Technology
Governments need to hold NSO's spyware Pegasus accountable: WhatsApp CEO

WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart on Sunday criticized the controversial spyware Pegasus for its alleged role in breaching the privacy of individuals by hacking their mobile phones across the globe.

WhatsApp finally unveils much-awaited beta version for multi-device support

15 Jul 2021

Technology
WhatsApp finally unveils much-awaited beta version for multi-device support

Isn't it annoying that WhatsApp Web and even its Windows application require your phone to remain connected to the internet in order to work? Well, that could change soon.

WhatsApp says it has put new privacy policy on hold

09 Jul 2021

Business
WhatsApp says it has put new privacy policy on hold

WhatsApp today told the Delhi High Court it would neither force users to accept its controversial new privacy policy nor limit functionality of the messaging service for those who choose not to accept its terms.

How to use WhatsApp Pay to send money to contacts?

26 Jun 2021

Technology
How to use WhatsApp Pay to send money to contacts?

Facebook-owned WhatsApp first introduced an in-app money transfer service in 2018 as part of a trial. Named WhatsApp Pay, it officially launched last year and is now available to 20 million users in India.

#ITRules: All WhatsApp messages will not be decrypted, says minister

17 Jun 2021

India
#ITRules: All WhatsApp messages will not be decrypted, says minister

Union Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday that the government does not want all WhatsApp messages decrypted.

Twitter, Facebook under regulatory scanner for hosting unregulated adoption activity

16 Jun 2021

Business
Twitter, Facebook under regulatory scanner for hosting unregulated adoption activity

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has officially intimated social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram over what's alleged to be activities related to illegal adoption of COVID-19 orphans.

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