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A few days after releasing the stable version of WhatsApp 2.12.250 in the Google Play Store, Facebook developers have reverted to the usual trend of rolling out numerous beta versions with the latest features and improved experiences.

The latest release is WhatsApp 2.12.252 APK and in this new version, you will come across quite a number of awesome additions. The fact that this app is still in beta means that it cannot be downloaded directly from the Play Store.

Nonetheless, enthusiasts of this messaging app still have an option of getting it from the official website of the app and install it as a third party app, but some settings will have to be tweaked in order for this to work.

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How to download WhatsApp 2.12.252 APK and install on an Android phone

If you are eager to know what WhatsApp is bringing to the next stable version, this is your chance. This new version 2.12.252 APK, as mentioned earlier, is available on the official website of the app. If anything, this is the safest place you can get this beta version. So, just point your web browser to and download the latest version to your phone.

Once the file is downloaded and saved on your phone, it is ready to install. But before you install a file that comes outside the Play Store on Android device, you need to make some tweaks to the settings of this phone. You need to allow installation of apps from unknown sources, and this can be done from the Security settings of your phone. Simply check this option to enable this installation, however, make sure you revert to old settings once you are done with installing WhatsApp 2.12.252 APK.

Another thing you need to make sure is to remove the currently installed WhatsApp version before going ahead with the installation of the new APK. Before removing this app, also make sure you have created a backup of your messages so that you restore them once you install the latest version.

Find the folder with the downloaded file and tap on it to start the installation process. Complete the activation by entering your phone number. The app may send a confirmation code to your phone number for verification purposes or it may not. Nevertheless, remember to restore your messages when prompted and in this way, you can continue your chats from where you left them in this new version of WhatsApp 2.12.252 APK.

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In case you are not comfortable with using a beta version of WhatsApp, you can still sit back and wait for the stable version while utilizing the current stable version 2.12.250.

What’s new?

The latest update of WhatsApp 2.12.252 APK does come in with some improvements in the feel and the operation of the app. This version now runs much smoother, an indicator that bugs and errors from older versions have been taken care of.

There isn’t much to showcase when it comes to new features, but there is still continued support for Google Drive backups despite the absence of this feature in the stable version 2.12.250.