There is something cooking for Android users out there looking to update WhatsApp on their mobile devices. Updates regarding the ability to revoke sent messages might not be available on the Play Store yet. The latest version for Android is 2.16.399, but the APK file is downloadable from a reliable website.
However, if you don’t want to download and install files form unknown sources, then you can try a few options first.
Setting Your WhatsApp for Automatic Updates
- Check for the latest version of the app from the official website. If the version on your device needs an update, you can download the most recent update from the official website itself.
- You can also check for the WhatsApp version available from an app that will notify you when a new update is available from the official website.
- An auto update feature can also be set up on your Android device so that you will be notified of the most recent update.
Becoming a Beta Tester for Android
First off, you need to own a recent Pixel or Nexus device to join, which should also be associated with a Google account. The compatible devices will include the Nexus 6, 9, 5X, 6P, Player, and the Pixel C, not to mention the General Mobile 4G or the Android One.
If you have any of these devices, then the next thing that you must do is to back up your account, including its data before you sign up. You can view the list of accounts that you have by going to Settings > Accounts > Google.
After linking your account to your phone, you need to go to Settings > Accounts > Android Beta Program page to sign in with the details of your Google account. You can see from here the list of compatible devices that are linked to this account. All you need is to click Enroll device next to the device model you want to enroll. Then, accept the terms and Join Beta.
These are possible options for you to get the latest updated version of WhatsApp without waiting for the official update to be released for the public.