WhatsApp is a great application that helps you stay in touch with friends and family. On the surface, WhatsApp is a text message/instant message application, but there is actually a lot more to it than that. The application also lets you send pictures, video and audio messages, and has location sharing and calling features. But what really set WhatsApp apart from other messaging applications was the fact that it uses the internet to send messages and multimedia, which was initially a huge advantage outside the United States, where SMS text messaging and data plans are extremely expensive. Using a Wi-Fi connection instead of the user’s data plan or carrier’s network means that you can call and send messages internationally for free. It’s for this reason that WhatsApp has become the most popular messaging application worldwide, with as many as 800 million active users.
Downloading WhatsApp is really simple, and it’s supported on virtually any platform, including Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows phone, Symbian, Tizen and even Nokia Series 40. They have even recently released a web version of WhatsApp that syncs with the messaging app you have on your phone or mobile device. How you download WhatsApp will depend on what kind of device you have; read on to learn how to download WhatsApp for free for your device.
If your device is running Android OS 2.1 or newer, you will download WhatsApp through the Google Play Store just like you would normally download an application. In the Play Store, search under applications for “whatsapp”, and tap to go to the detail page. You can read additional app information here, and start the free download by tapping the “download” button. When the download is complete, you can open WhatsApp through the Play Store or using the icon that will be created on your home screen or in your apps.
If you’re using an iPhone, iPad or similar iOS device running iOS 4.3 or newer, you will download WhatsApp through the App Store just like you would normally download an application. In the App Store, search for “whatsapp” and tap to see the app detail page. Start your free download with one tap, and then you can open WhatsApp from your apps once the download has finished.
If you’re using a BlackBerry OS or BlackBerry 10 device running OS 4.7 or newer, you will download WhatsApp from BlackBerry World apps. You can find WhatsApp listed under “Top Free Apps”, or search for it manually. Simply click “download” to begin your free WhatsApp download, and once the download is complete you can open the app from your applications.
Before we talk about the procedure for downloading WhatsApp to your Nokia phone, let’s make sure your specific Nokia device has WhatsApp support. Supported devices include:
Nokia S40- Asha: 201, 205 Chat Edition, 206, 208, 210, 230, 300, 301, 302, 303, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 500, 501, 502, 503, 515, and also Nokia C3-00, C3-01, X2-00, X2-01, X3-02, X3-02.5.
Nokia S60- Symbian: X7, E6, C6, C7, E7, 500, 600, 603, 700, 701, 808;
S60 5TH EDITION: 5800, 5530, 5230, 5233, 5235, N97 and mini, X6, X5-01, C6, C5-03, Samsung i8910 Omnia HD, Sony Ericsson Satio, Sony Ericsson Vivaz and Pro;
S60 3RD EDITION: 5700, 6110, 6120, 6121, 6124, 6700, 6290, E51, E63, E66, E71, E90 Communicator, N76, N81 and 8GB, N82, N95 and 8GB, 5320, 5630, 5730, 6210, 6220, 6650 fold, 6710 Navigator, 6720, 6730, 6760 Slide, 6790 Surge, C5, E52, E55, E72, E73, E75, E5, N78, N79, N85, N86 8MP, N96, Samsung GT-i8510, Samsung GT-I7110, Samsung SGH-L870, Samsung SGH-G810, Samsung SGH-iNNN
You’ll also need to have an unlimited data plan on your Nokia device. Once you’ve confirmed that your device is supported, Nokia S40 users: use your Nokia web browser to go to www.whatsapp.com/s40/ . You will be able to download WhatsApp for free directly to your phone from this page. Nokia S60 users: use your Nokia web browser to go to www.whatsapp.com/nokia/.
Recently, WhatsApp has added a web client that syncs with the application that you use on your phone, so that you can transition between your phone and PC without missing a beat. WhatsApp Web, as it’s called, does not create a new WhatsApp account, meaning you have to have the application already installed on your smartphone or tablet before you can install it on your PC.
WhatsApp Web is available on Microsoft Windows 7 and 8, and with Safari on Mac OS X, but so far it is only compatible with Android, Blackberry, Windows and Nokia phones. As of this writing, there is no iPhone or iPad support for WhatsApp Web.
If your mobile device and computer are both compatible with WhatsApp web, the download is simple. Have your phone ready and go to https://web.whatsapp.com. You will see a QR code which you will scan from the WhatsApp you have on your phone. To do this, go to the home screen of WhatsApp on your phone (where your recent calls, chats and contacts are listed), tap the menu at the top (three vertical dots), and tap “WhatsApp Web”. This will open the QR code scanner. Now, just scan the QR code on your computer screen using your phone, and your computer will download WhatsApp Web and simultaneously sync with your phone’s WhatsApp account. Cool, right?
WhatsApp offers a great, economical way to stay in touch with the people who matter most in your lives, no matter where on the planet they live. After your free WhatsApp download, the service is free for one year; after that, it’s just $0.99 per year. Definitely more affordable than data overage charges!