How to download/install whatsapp on PC, Android, iPhones & iPads, BlackBerry, Windows & Nokia phones.

We show you how to download WhatsApp on your smartphone or computer

WhatsApp is a very popular messaging app using an internet connection to send messages. Here’s what you need to know if you want to download the app for yourself.

With more than one billion users, WhatsApp Messenger is the most popular messaging application in the world.

The free app is available for Android devices, iPhones and iPads, BlackBerry handsets, Windows Phone devices or Nokia phones.

WhatsApp allows you to send messages to anyone who you’ve added to your WhatsApp contacts. It’s very much like text messaging but the app uses the internet to send the messages, rather than running down your text message allowance. WhatsApp sends messages over wi-fi as well as data, which means you won’t eat into your data allowance if you use the app over your home wi-fi or a wi-fi hotspot – any wi-fi connection really. Messages are free if you send them over wi-fi.

Just like text messages, you can also use WhatsApp to send photos, videos and web links. Group messaging is another popular feature – the same message will be delivered to multiple people in your designated group at the same time, for no extra charge. This means it’s an excellent resource for planning activities and events, or keeping up-to-date with friends and family members.

You can also use WhatsApp on compatible Macs and Windows PCs.

If you feel like giving WhatsApp a go, here’s how to download it to your device. Remember that the app must be download to the device you want to use it on.

How to download WhatsApp for Apple

Visit whatspp.com/dl using the browser on your mobile phone and follow the onscreen instructions. Alternatively, download the app from iTunes.

How to download WhatsApp for Android

Visit whatspp.com/dl using the browser on your mobile phone and follow the onscreen instructions. Alternatively, download the app from the Google Play Store. 

How to download WhatsApp for Windows Phone

Visit whatspp.com/dl using the browser on your mobile phone and follow the onscreen instructions. Alternatively, download the app from Windows Store.

How to download WhatsApp for Blackberry

Visit whatspp.com/dl using the browser on your mobile phone and follow the onscreen instructions. Alternatively, download the app from BlackBerry World. here.

How to download WhatsApp for your Mac

Visit www.whatsapp.com/download/ and follow the onscreen instructions.

How to download WhatsApp for your PC

Visit https://www.whatsapp.com/download/ and follow the onscreen instructions.

 

WhatsApp’s new status feature: Everything you need to know

WhatsApp is entering the image sharing market in a serious way with an update you may recognise.

From this week, which happens to also be the app’s eighth birthday, WhatsApp users are able to share photos, videos and GIFs to all their contacts for 24 hours before disappearing. Just like Snapchat and Instagram, users can use emojis, draw on photos and add captions.

Friends and family on the app can then reply to the Status, starting a new WhatsApp conversation.

The major attraction of the new Status function on the app is that it maintains end-to-end encryption, ensuring your updates remain private, unlike other apps.

WhatsApp headed off potential criticism that the app is copying Instagram or Snapchat, saying in the announcement that the app began as a simplistic way to let people know what you were up to, even before it introduced the messaging feature now synonymous with the app.

The changes are set to revolutionise the way people use the app, turning it from a purely active messaging tool to a more passive experience.

It also opens up the possibility for adverts to be added into the app, although this hasn’t been confirmed.

How to do a WhatsApp status

  1. Open WhatsApp and select the Status tab.
  2. Tap on My Status.
  3. Take a new photo/video or select an existing photo/video.
  4. Edit your photo/video as you like using the emojis, drawing pen and text.
  5. Hit the Send button.

Use WhatsApp but don’t want to chat? How to block someone on WhatsApp

With more than one billion users, WhatsApp Messenger is the most popular messaging application in the world. WhatsApp allows you to send messages to contacts over an internet connection, rather than using your text allowance.

If you’ve been using WhatsApp, you may get to a stage when you want or need to block someone so that they can no longer contact you – and you them – on WhatsApp. If that is the case, here’s what you need to do.

To block a contact

Perhaps the person you want to block is one of your contacts – but you no longer want to communicate with them via the app.

Here’s how to block a contact, depending on your operating system.

Android:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your phone
  2. Tap your phone’s menu button (or the menu icon if your phone doesn’t have a menu button)
  3. Go to Settings, then Account, then Privacy, then select Blocked Contacts
  4. Tap the add contact icon – a small icon the shape of a person with a plus sign on the left
  5. A list will appear. Choose the contact you wish to block

Apple:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your phone
  2. If you have a chat open, navigate back to the main Chats screen
  3. Select the Settings icon at the bottom right of the screen, then Account, then Privacy, then Blocked
  4. Tap Add New and choose the contact you wish to block

Windows Phone:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your phone
  2. Select More (the three dot icon), then Settings, then Contacts, then Blocked contacts
  3. Select the plus icon at the bottom of the screen
  4. Select the contact you wish to block

To block an unknown number

If someone’s contacting you via WhatsApp using a number you don’t recognise, then you may feel that you need to block them.

Here’s how to block an unknown number, depending on your operating system.

Android:

  1. Open the message from the unknown contact
  2. Select Block

If the message is spam, you can report it. When you receive the first message from a number not in your phone, choose Report Spam.

Apple:

  1. Open the message from the unknown contact
  2. Select Block

If the message is spam, you can tap Report Spam and then Report and Block.

Windows Phone:

  1. Open the messaget from the unknown contact
  2. Select More (the three dot icon), then block and block again to confirm

If the message is spam, you can report it. When you receive the first message you can select Block and Report Spam. Select Block and then Block again to confirm.

To unblock a number

We all change our minds or make mistakes – so if you’ve blocked someone on WhatsApp and then have a change of heart, luckily, you can unblock them and start chatting again.

Here’s how to unblock a contact, depending on your operating system.

Android:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app
  2. Tap your phone’s menu button (or the menu icon if your phone doesn’t have a menu button)
  3. Go to Settings, then Account, then Privacy, then select Blocked Contacts
  4. Select and hold the name of the contact you want to unblock
  5. A menu will pop up. Select Unblock

Apple:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app
  2. If you have a chat open, navigate back to the main Chats screen
  3. Select the Settings icon at the bottom right of the screen, then Account, then Privacy, then Blocked
  4. Swipe left on the name of the contact you want to unblock
  5. Select Unblock

Windows Phone:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app
  2. Select More (the three dot icon), then Settings, then Contacts, then Blocked contacts
  3. Press and hold on the contact you wish to unblock until some options appear
  4. Select Unblock

 

 

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