When the mode of communication transitioned from SMS to an online chat messenger, the biggest player that came to the party was WhatsApp.
Almost everyone who has a smartphone today uses WhatsApp to communicate with friends, colleagues and family members, and the messenger has evolved over the years, to include features that not only elevated the experience of its users, but also stayed relevant and on top of the competition. The messenger was eventually bought by Facebook and was added to its suite of social media applications such as Facebook and Instagram.
In this article, we are going to discuss all the things you need to know about WhatsApp –
WhatsApp is an end-to-end encrypted messenger. This means that only the sender and the receiver can see the messages being exchanged. No one else, not even WhatsApp can see your conversations.
You do not need to sign up with an email id as WhatsApp works with your registered phone number and also uses the contacts you have saved on your device.
You can use WhatsApp to send text messages, images, videos, documents and even payments.
WhatsApp also features a Whatsapp for Business app that allows you to link your WhatsApp app with your business. This way, customers can approach you directly on WhatsApp and place orders there.
If you like video conferencing with your friends, you can even have group video calls on WhatsApp.
Whatsapp is completely free with no paid tiers introduced at the moment.
When it comes to customisation, WhatsApp allows you to use custom chat backgrounds for each conversation that you have and more recently, you can even switch to dark mode if you like that aesthetic.
What the company has also done is they have introduced vanishing messages similar to Snapchat where the recipient can view the message just once before it is deleted from the conversation. This is great if you want to share something confidential with the recipient and dont want to risk having it linger in the chat for other people to pry.
You can use WhatsApp on your smartphones via the app and on your PC via the WhatsApp Web feature.