If you have an Android OS phone, such as a newer Samsung smartphone, Sony, LG, HTC, etc. your version of Android OS needs to be 2.1 or higher. You will find WhatsApp in the Google Play Store just like you would any other app.
In the Play Store, search for “WhatsApp” and tap the first result to see details and the option to download. Then, simply tap “install”, and wait for the download to finish.
It is really easy to download WhatsApp on your Android phone. You can go to the Google Play Store and search for it under applications, or you can go to the “top applications” tab.
When you find it, all you have to do is click on the “install” button to begin downloading WhatsApp to your Android. After it is installed, you just need to enter your phone number and WhatsApp will send a verification code to that number.
In most cases, WhatsApp will detect the code in the SMS message automatically; if not, you will need to enter it manually to complete your account setup. After that, you will be asked to add your name so your contacts can find you easily, as well as an optional profile picture and status if you want.
Although WhatsApp is easily the most popular instant messaging application available today, there are some features that users would like to have more control over. For example, the original WhatsApp application has only recently added the ability to customize themes, and customizing fonts is still very limited.
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Install WhatsApp Plus for Android
Other users want some additional privacy and security measures that aren’t available in the original WhatsApp application. In order to improve upon the world’s favorite communication app, independent developers came out with an enhanced version of the application they called WhatsApp Plus.
On WhatsApp Plus, you have essentially all of the same features you had with the original, official WhatsApp. You can still send free text messages, multimedia messages, make voice calls, etc. all over a Wi-Fi connection.
WhatsApp Plus has kept the framework largely intact, so it feels a lot like the WhatsApp you are already comfortable with. What they have enhanced is the details.
Before these options became available in recent updates of the official WhatsApp app, WhatsApp Plus gave users the option to download personalized themes, change font styles, and hide their online/offline status as well as disable the “read” check mark on messages.
Now that these options are available on the official application in some capacity, what really sets WhatsApp Plus apart is the unique way it compresses multimedia files so that you can send them without resizing them.
How to Download WhatsApp Plus
The first thing to keep in mind is that, while WhatsApp Plus builds on the framework established by the original WhatsApp, it is not an official application from the WhatsApp developers. As a matter of fact, WhatsApp Plus ran into some legal trouble with the WhatsApp developers and as a result, the enhanced unofficial application can no longer be found in official app stores like Google Play and iTunes. The official WhatsApp developers warn that because WhatsApp Plus is an unofficial third-party application, they may share your personal information with third parties.
Since WhatsApp Plus in unofficial, installing it is a little tricky. Here are the steps you need to follow in order to download it successfully:
First, back up all of your conversations, shared media, etc. in WhatsApp by going to your WhatsApp settings, selecting “Chat Settings” and then doing an immediate backup of your chats.
Once the backup is finished, you are going to uninstall WhatsApp from your device. This procedure will be a little different depending on your device – just follow the normal procedure for uninstalling an application on your device.
Install WhatsApp Plus files
Next, use your device to find the WhatsApp Plus file compatible with your device. For this case, on Android, users will look online for the WhatsApp Plus APK file. When you have found a download link on a trustworthy site, click on it to start downloading the WhatsApp Plus application file directly to your mobile phone. Open the file when the download is complete to continue with installation and setup.
If your device prompts you for permission to install WhatsApp Plus, tap “ok” or “accept” until you are taken to the screen to enter your mobile phone number. From here, setting up WhatsApp Plus is just like setting up an official WhatsApp account, complete with verification code sent to your mobile number.
After WhatsApp Plus has verified your phone number, you’ll be taken to a screen that asks if you want to restore any conversations you have backed up.
This is the same screen you would see if you wanted to switch your official WhatsApp account to a new device. Select “Restore” and all of the conversations that you backed up in the first step will be restored to your new WhatsApp Plus application.
Your WhatsApp Plus account is up and running, so go ahead and explore the new options that are available to you.