Update 03/11/2017: WhatsApp down throughout Europe
Widespread panic in the present day as WhatsApp customers could not ship any messages. When customers tried to go browsing to the net messaging service, they have been greeted with a ‘connecting’ wheel of dying, and after checking Twitter, it seems the identical downside is occurring all throughout Europe.
Taking a have a look at DownDetector confirms this, with the service reporting issues throughout the continent. Not solely that, however some WhatsApp customers in nations equivalent to Vietnam and India are additionally having issues sending messages.
There’s no official phrase from the oldsters at WhatsApp but, and there is no indication of what might need precipitated this situation, or when it’s prone to be fastened. This article will probably be up to date as quickly as we hear extra data.
In the meantime, here is the whole lot it’s essential find out about WhatsApp.
Everything it’s essential find out about WhatsApp
Facebook did not purchase WhatsApp with out good purpose. The service can proudly declare it has over one billion customers sending messages and different information by means of its platform.More and extra individuals are turning to the service to maintain in touch, eclipsing rival messaging companies equivalent to Viber, Line, Telegram and even Facebook’s personal Facebook Messenger. Even the common-or-garden SMS message is being left as a remnant of the previous. The ubiquity and recognition of WhatsApp has grown a lot that companies are actually utilizing the service for worker communication in addition to speaking straight with clients.
If you are new to WhatsApp, it will possibly all really feel a bit overwhelming, nonetheless. That’s the place this information is available in, to get you began, clarify the fundamentals it’s essential know and present you the right way to take advantage of out of the messaging service.
WhatsApp Frequently Asked Questions
How do I obtain WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is accessible on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia units and the app is now obtainable to obtain without cost from their respective app shops. In the previous, some variations of WhatsApp had a cost however that has not too long ago been eliminated, so it is now obtainable utterly free on all platforms. As WhatsApp is a cross-platform service, all variations of WhatsApp can ship messages between each other. There are not any fees to ship messages as WhatsApp makes use of your cellular information or web connection.
How do I register for WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is registered to your cellular phone quantity. When you first open the app you may be requested to supply your cellphone quantity, after which an SMS verification code will then be despatched. Enter this in WhatsApp and also you’re good to go. Anyone who makes use of WhatsApp and has you of their Contacts checklist will see that the quantity is registered with WhatsApp and might then contact you by way of the service. That’s the genius of WhatsApp, it takes the phone contacts you’ve got had for years and makes use of them as a foundation for an internet messaging service.
What can I ship on WhatsApp?
WhatsApp can ship extra than simply text-based messages. You’re additionally in a position to simply ship images, movies, voice messages, contacts, PDF paperwork and site particulars by means of the app. Sending location data is especially helpful for those who ever want to fulfill pals and wish to give them your exact location based mostly on GPS. The recipient can then open this by means of no matter map app they use, equivalent to Google Maps or Apple Maps.
Can I’ve group chats in WhatsApp?
Yes, you are in a position to create group chats with as much as a staggering 256 folks all of sudden. Managing a dialog with that many individuals messaging concurrently could be difficult but it surely’s nice for sending out a celebration invite, for instance. There’s additionally no restrict to the variety of group chats you could be a participant in.
Every group chat can have at the least one admin, and solely they are going to have the ability to invite or take away members. Everyone is free to depart a bunch chat every time they want. If the admin leaves the group, a brand new admin is randomly badigned from those that stay.
Can I make voice calls by means of WhatsApp?
Yes. This wasn’t initially a part of WhatsApp however was added round a yr in the past. Voice calls by means of WhatsApp, like the whole lot else, makes use of your cellular information or Wi-Fi connection. This makes utilizing WhatsApp calling an amazing various to creating costly cellphone calls whereas overseas and likewise useful for those who’re in an space of poor cellular reception. Rumour has it WhatsApp is starting trials of a video name function, which should not come as any shock. It may supply a viable competitor to Apple FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts and Facebook’s Messenger.
Are messages despatched by means of WhatsApp safe?
The newest model of WhatsApp has been up to date to badist end-to-end encryption for all messages and information despatched on the platform. What this implies is that solely you and the recipient ever sees the content material of your communications. Not even WhatsApp has visibility. Only the sender and recipient have the distinctive encryption key to view information and messages. You’re in a position to confirm that messages are encrypted by tapping the identify of the contact or group to open the data display screen.
What do the blue ticks imply?
WhatsApp makes use of a supply and browse receipt system. Whenever you ship a message you may see a variety of tick marks subsequent to your message. A single gray tick signifies that the message was efficiently despatched by the WhatsApp servers. Two gray ticks imply that the message was efficiently delivered to the recipient’s machine. Finally, two blue tick marks imply that the recipient has really learn your message. After which you’ll start the paranoia as to why the recipient is taking so lengthy to answer to your message having learn it. Many friendships and relationships have been examined by WhatsApp’s notorious blue ticks.
In a bunch chat state of affairs, you’ll solely see two gray ticks when your message has been delivered to everybody within the group. Similarly, everybody within the group might want to have learn it so that you can see two blue ticks. If you press and maintain your message, then navigate to Info from the menu, you possibly can see a breakdown of who within the group the message has been delivered to and who has additionally learn the message.
If your message stays on a single gray tick, it may very well be for any variety of causes. The recipient might need their cellphone turned off or they don’t have any web entry. They might need additionally seen the notification however not really opened the app. Alternatively, you might need been blocked by the recipient.
WhatsApp Extra Features and Tips
WhatsApp Desktop Application and WhatsApp Web
For a very long time, customers have been crying out for a means to make use of WhatsApp on units that weren’t their smartphone. WhatsApp first launched WhatsApp Web (https://www.internet.whatsapp.com), which has now been adopted by a devoted WhatsApp desktop utility for each Windows and OS X. Both nonetheless use your smartphone to ship and obtain messages, so that may nonetheless have to have an web connection. Still, for individuals who spend most of their time at a pc, it saves you having to achieve in your smartphone to ship and obtain messages in addition to the additional benefit of with the ability to kind out your messages on a keyboard.
You want to permit every pc to make use of your WhatsApp account by scanning a QR code from the WhatsApp app in your smartphone, after which you’ll talk to your coronary heart’s content material.
Reduce WhatsApp’s information utilization
Under WhatsApp’s Settings menu, you possibly can navigate to Data utilization to see how a lot information WhatsApp is utilizing in addition to what number of messages have been despatched and obtained. By default WhatsApp routinely downloads photos because it receives them, that means you would doubtlessly use extra information than you plan. You can flip this off from right here, in addition to management what’s routinely downloaded when on Wi-Fi. If you discover that movies are taking over a whole lot of space for storing, it may very well be price turning this off. There’s additionally a checkbox to activate Low information utilization, which reduces the quantity of information WhatsApp makes use of throughout calls.
Apply textual content styling
If you are utilizing the most recent model of WhatsApp, now you can apply textual content styling to your messages equivalent to daring, italics and strikethroughs. You can do that as follows:
Just pop these characters earlier than and after the textual content you wish to format. You may double up on the formatting to create textual content that’s in italics and daring, *_as an example_*.
Change Privacy settings
WhatsApp lets you choose a Profile Photo which seems as your avatar in conversations, in addition to setting a Status Message. You can both select one among WhatsApp’s default standing descriptions or compose your individual. WhatsApp will even show whenever you have been final seen on-line on the prime of conversations by default.
Through WhatsApp’s Privacy settings (Settings then Account then Privacy) you possibly can resolve who is ready to see your profile photograph, standing and on-line standing. You can choose between Everyone, My contacts and Nobody. Selecting My Contacts is helpful for those who ever get invited to a bunch chat with folks you do not know. If their quantity is not saved in your WhatsApp contacts checklist, their view of your person profile and knowledge is restricted.
From this display screen you may also flip off learn receipts (the tick marks). But be aware, this can be a two means avenue. If you do not need folks with the ability to see for those who’ve learn their messages, you will not have the ability to see in the event that they’ve learn your messages, too.
You’re in a position to basically bookmark sure messages for straightforward entry at a future date. This is especially useful if somebody shares a helpful piece of knowledge, like the placement of a restaurant reservation, and you do not wish to should scroll again by means of an extended dialog to seek out it once more. Just lengthy press the message in query then faucet the star icon on the prime of the display screen. You’ll see a bit star icon seem subsequent to the timestamp of the message.
To then view your entire starred messages, from the primary WhatsApp display screen (the one which lists your entire WhatsApp conversations), hit the Menu button then choose ‘Starred Messages‘ and you will be offered with an simply accessible checklist of your entire marked messages. If you wish to take away a message from this checklist, lengthy press it once more and hit the star icon once more.
Broadcast messages are basically like a Bcc e-mail. You’re in a position to ship the identical WhatsApp message to quite a few recipients with out the recipients figuring out that quite a few folks have obtained the identical message. It’s a sensible choice whenever you would relatively not kick off an enormous new group chat. The broadcast message will seem within the particular person conversations with every recipient and conversations proceed individually. This is especially helpful if in case you have lots of people to ask to an event. To ship a broadcast message, from the primary WhatsApp dialog display screen, hit Menu then choose Broadcast Message. Then individually choose the entire recipients you wish to message.