WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging service today. It has a user base of more than a billion active users. Few other platforms like Telegram rival it.
Facebook currently owns the app, and it’s available to use for free by anyone who owns an Android or iOS smartphone. There was a time when the app required payment to be used (once a year), but the cost was convenient for all the advantages it offers.
One of WhatsApp’s most impressive features is that it offers end-to-end encryption so you can be sure that your data and messages are safe.
Here are the patch notes for the new update:
“* Introducing disappearing messages. Now you can set chats to disappear after seven days.
* Search your stickers with text and emoji or categories.
* Decorate your photos and videos with smoother drawing and new alignment guides.
* Now you can set a custom wallpaper for a chat or set a dark mode wallpaper. Choose from a refreshed wallpaper gallery or new colours over the doodle background.”
As you can see, there are quite a few new goodies in the latest update, so you should go ahead and make sure that you install it as soon as possible.
The app should update itself automatically unless you haven’t disabled that feature from your smartphone’s settings. If that is the case, you can manually update the app by opening the Google Play Store, searching for WhatsApp and tapping the update button. We highly advise you not to install updates from other sources like third-party app stores because they are unreliable, and your data and privacy are at stake.
Susan Kowal is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor/advisor, and a health enthusiast.