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One of the more popular messaging applications available is WhatsApp, and many folks have convinced their friends to join. The app, which first launched January 2010, has seen a lot of changes. In February 2014, Facebook purchased the app, offering up an array of new features. Still, developers have continued to work on it – to better it for its billions of active users.

There may be some folks who are on the fence about creating an account with WhatsApp, but they could be because they’re not sure about the registration process and the features the application has to offer.

WhatsApp was developed for well-known mobile OS, and not too long ago, developers decided to create a standalone PC application. Since February 2015, users could log into their accounts just by opening a browser through their computer and visit the main website www.whatsapp.com and scan a QR code.



Registering WhatsApp begins with a person inputting their cell phone number when asked. From that, the app will send an SMS verification code that will need to be entered so it can be verified. Once done, the application scans the phonebook and see what numbers are associated with WhatsApp, adding them to the contact list.

Once a person goes through the registration process, they can start talk to their friends right away. They can send messages that include text, videos, images, etc. When a person wants to go out but can’t exactly update their friends, the program lets them share their location so friends can find them.

If a person wants to do a group message, they can create a group chat that includes up to 256 members. The more people added, the harder it is for conversations to be kept up. If a person wants to call their friend, they just need to connect to a wireless network and make the call. There’s no mobile data consumed, and talking can last for however long the device’s battery lasts.

Developers may eventually add the video calling feature in, and while it’s been seen in a number of the beta updates, it’s still not activated for the released versions. Due time though…

Several weeks ago, end-to-end encryption had been released, which made all conversations secure (sender and recipient are the only ones to access the conversation but they must have an encryption key).

For people with an Android smartphone, the latest beta version 2.16.94 can be attained from the Google Play Store.

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