WhatsApp Messenger

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for iPhone and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages. First year FREE! ($0.99 USD/year after) ********************************* WHY USE WHATSAPP: ********************************* * NO HIDDEN COST: Once you and your friends download the application, you can use it to chat as much as you want. Send a million messages a day to your friends for free! WhatsApp uses your Internet connection: 3G/EDGE or Wi-Fi when available. * MULTIMEDIA: Send Video, Images, and Voice notes to your friends and contacts. * GROUP CHAT: Enjoy group conversations with your contacts. Add or Remove group participants, change group subject and set a group icon. * PERSONAL: Set a profile photo which will be shown to all your contacts * NO INTERNATIONAL CHARGES: Just like there is no added cost to send an international email, there is no cost to send WhatsApp messages internationally. Chat with your friends all over the world as long as they have WhatsApp Messenger installed and avoid those pesky international SMS costs. * SAY NO TO PINS AND USERNAMES: Why even bother having to remember yet another PIN or username? WhatsApp works with your phone number, just like SMS would, and integrates flawlessly with your existing phone address book. * NO NEED TO LOG IN/OUT: No more confusion about getting logged off from another computer or device. With push notifications WhatsApp is ALWAYS ON and ALWAYS CONNECTED. * NO NEED TO ADD BUDDIES: Your Address Book is used to automatically connect you with your contacts. Your contacts who already have WhatsApp Messenger will be automatically displayed under Favorites, similar to a buddy list. * OFFLINE MESSAGES: Even if you miss your push notifications or turn off your iPhone, WhatsApp will save your messages offline until you retrieve them during the next application use. * AND MUCH MORE: Share location and places, Exchange contacts, Custom wallpaper, Custom notification sounds, Landscape mode, Message timestamps, Email chat history, Broadcast messages and media to many contacts at once, and much much more! --------------------------------------------------------- We’re always excited to hear from you! If you have any feedback, questions, or concerns, please email us at: iphone-support@whatsapp.com or visit http://www.whatsapp.com/faq/iphone or follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/WhatsApp @WhatsApp --------------------------------------------------------- WhatsApp on iPhone works with virtually all carriers and networks but some carrier limitations may apply. If you are on an Apple unsupported wireless carrier, double check our FAQ for up to date information on our coverage. NOTE: WhatsApp is a telephony application and as such iPod or iPad are NOT supported devices.



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

this app works very well with Voiceover although you may encounter times where you must turn voiceover off and back on again to read with in the app. I am not sure why this happens.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Developer's Twitter Username



11 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by kieran l 5 months 1 week ago



Submitted by kieran l on Monday, May 14, 2012

The way I've got around this is tuching just above my keyboard on my speed dots. Very useful app.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Monday, August 27, 2012

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
Still a pretty accessible app to use. What's New in Version 2.8.3 - encryption: your messages are now fully encrypted when traveling over Wi-Fi or mobile network! - show push names in group chats for unknown numbers - better message forwarding picker (show groups, recents, contacts) - spinning indicator changed to gray clock to match other platforms - image auto-download - updated Korean, Chinese and many other translations

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

What's New in Version 2.10.1

- multi-send UI: can send multiple photos at the same time
- URL schema support for 3rd party apps (see our blog for more info)
- iCloud chat history backup and restore:
 WhatsApp > Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup


Submitted by Kelvin Tan on Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In reply to by kieran l

hi all. with the newest version of whatapp, i noticed there is a push to talk button which allows me to immidiately record voices messages to the chat. however, if the other party is also a vo user, he/she will not be able to play the audio message. however, if i choose the share media button and then record a voice note and send it, the other party will be able to play the audio note when they receive it. so basically this only happens if we use the push to talk tutton. however, non vo users are still able to play the push to talk voice message. can anyone help?

Submitted by Samuel J on Friday, August 23, 2013

Quite a few things seem to have been broken in the new update (released earlier this week) as far as accessibility with Voiceover is concerned. Things that have worked perfectly fine prior to this update, are not working anymore. I installed the update after looking at the notes for the update (which stated that Voiceover accessibility improvements and enhancements had been made). What an absolute nightmare! The frequent loss of focus (hence making it a pain to navigate through conversations and access messages), inability to access time stamps and whether a certain text is mine or my friend's, constant lag while loading chats or navigating through messages in a chat, the voice message button being labeled incorrectly are just a few. I also have noticed that the keyboard keeps disappearing anytime you stop typing and touch above it to check what's been typed thus far. So, each tyime I stop typing and try to check what I have written, the keyboard disappears. Hence, I have to double tap in the field again to get it back. If I stop and check my text again, it disappears. This also happens if I stop typing and want to check a new message that I have received in the same conversation while I am typing. Emailed the Whatsapp Support team. Hopefully they will pay attention and resolve these issues.

Submitted by amro on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hello. I have updated WhatsApp to the latest version now i can't send audio notes. what should i do? please help and thanks very much

To send a voice message in version 2.11.7: 1. Select the Voice Message button. 2. Double tap and hold, and keep holding. 3. Whatsapp will keep recording as long as your finger is pressed on the screen. 4. let go to send the recording.

Submitted by falcon wings on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

the entry needs to be updated as it still has paid in the free or paid section,and whatsapp has been free for quite a while now. Or at least for the first year or so.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team
The iTunes Store officially shows this app as "Free," so I have updated the Free/Paid option accordingly. Thanks for letting us know about this!

Submitted by Amber on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello, I have been sending voice messages ever since I got this app back in February. It is now April. Either way, when I am recording voice messages, I hold my finger in one place and it records for a while, then vibrates and dings and sends my message. Before I even let up on the button. Sometimes this happens 5 seconds into the message and sometimes it's 30 seconds in. It's different every time, and I just thought it had a limit on the length of a voice message you can send. But I talked to various other people, and theirs has never done that! Other peoples' apps don't give them a limit at all, I've even seen messages a minute and a half long! I tried getting on WiFi and doing it that way, and the problem still occurred so I know it's not a network issue. I just sent a message on Twitter to the app developers and haven't heard back from them, but I thought I'd ask you guys too and see if you've heard of this happening or have had it happen to you. If so, were you able to fix it, or do you have any other suggestions on what I can do to fix it? Thank you. Hope to hear from someone soon.

Submitted by Khalfan Bin Dhaher on Monday, September 8, 2014

WhatsApp version 2.11.9 has just released in the AppStore and contains a list of new features and fixes. Fixes: VO cursor rarely jumps from bottumn to top.
New features: - Added ability to archive chats and groups
- Add captions to photos and videos
- Added fast camera access button for capturing and sending photos
- You can now share slow-motion videos (iPhone 5s only)
- You can now trim videos before sharing them
- Share Location: add support for satellite and hybrid map views when sharing a location
- Share Location: drop and drag pin lets you share a precise location
- New media auto-download preferences: Settings > Chat Settings > Media Auto-Download
- New Wallpapers: Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Wallpapers > Wallpaper Library
- New Notification tones: Settings > Notifications
- You can now attach screenshots when reporting problems

Submitted by Toonhead on Sunday, September 14, 2014

I went to look for these new notification tones but all I see are the ones I've already had for a good while now. Where are these new tones?

Submitted by Raul on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

There are no new tones but the iOS 7 ones. I prefer the classic Tritone, now replaced by the new one.

There is another update which fixes some accessibility issues and creates new ones :D. Now the time is back and also the message status. In the other hand the focus seems to jump a bit.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Has anyone reported these to @fbaccess or @whatsapp even though they have not tweeted since april of this year? If so what is your response you get from them?

Submitted by Alan on Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hi there,

In my iPhone 5, runing Iios8, whatsapp crashes aparently without any reason. Sometimes happens, sometimes not... I'm reporting that to whatsapp developers (it can be done by the corresponding option under setings tap).

Are you experiencing this bug? If you do, the more of us are reporting, sooner it will be updated...


Submitted by Mohammed Al-shara on Saturday, November 22, 2014


a lot of the above issues have been fixed in the latest release. time to update this, I think.

Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Club AppleVis Member

Hi! Has meny improoves in whatsapp.
In this version voiceover don't gump between messages, and all number have there name. Voiceover read the name after the number. This version is2.12.1

Submitted by Toonhead on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This is a small one but in the latest What's app, when you receive a voice message from someone the app now presents it in a bit of a different way. For example, when you receive a voice message from bob, when you flick to it in the list of messages, you will now hear, Voice message from bob. Kind of cool.

Submitted by rdfreak on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I sadly decided to delete this app the other day as I was actually getting spammed. Not sure how this could happen.
Perhaps I did it prematurely/ For all I know, there could be a privacy setting though I haven't found it.

Submitted by Laurent on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It is still impossible to dictate while you are using the application… I have just tested again, I confirm that the dictation doesn't work with voice-over… It works only if you disable voice over…

Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Club AppleVis Member

Hi! The dectation dose work. It's not stop after 3 words.

Submitted by sechaba on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Please someone assist in telling how whatsapp calling works? in the latest update you must be able to do that, right?

Submitted by splyt on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Whatsapp dictation issuue persists withh voiceover. Not able to test it with VO disabled.

Submitted by Salman on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I have tested out something on a couple of devices (both iPhone 5S's) and have found it to work, so am just putting it out here to see if it works for others too. If you actually find the Dictate button on the iOS keyboard, and double tap it with one finger to start dictation, then dictation does seem to work the way its supposed to. Meaning, it doesn't cut you off or end abruptly.
However, if you perform the two finger double tap gesture anywhere to start dictation, then this dictation bug is indeed encountered.
Therefore, for those who are still encountering the bug, maybe you can try finding and double tapping the actual Dictate button with one finger, rather than using the two finger double tap gesture anywhere on the screen to start/stop dictation, and see how it works.

Submitted by Pangeran Satrya Indra Tjahyadi on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I have tried to do dictation with button on the left of the keyboard. And it works correctly

Submitted by Pangeran Satrya Indra Tjahyadi on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I have tried to do dictation with button on the left of the keyboard. And it works correctly

Submitted by Toonhead on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Maybe that's why I never experienced the bug so many other folks did? There was a dictate button right there, so naturally, I used that and it works. I've never heard of this thing of being able to double-tap anywhere on the screen to dictate. Most times if I do that, the last bit of music I was playing starts again.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, April 23, 2015

You have to tape in the edit field then magic tap to start dictation. The feature has been around for at least 2 years now.

Submitted by MarkSARCH on Thursday, September 3, 2015

September 2nd
What's New in Version 2.12.6
• Introducing WhatsApp Web: You can now send and receive WhatsApp messages right from your computer’s browser. To get started, open WhatsApp — Settings — WhatsApp Web. (iOS 8.1+)

Submitted by J.R. on Monday, September 7, 2015

I haven't downloaded this app as of yet, but I have a question. I've been targeted in the past for personal info as well as involved in a major breach this year, so am not willing to give my mobile number out. I've seen mention of this app in some facebook apps, but according to what I've read, it ties to my phone, so does this mean I have to give my mobile number out? Someone today told me about an app which now i forget its name, but it would give me a secondary number. Any advice before I download this app?

I don't think you can do it any other way, as the app is tied to your phone number and you have to verify it with a text message when you sign up. You may be able to use a Google Voice number, though. I just don't use Google Voice much though so I'm not sure.

Submitted by Kevan on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The latest update of What'sApp breaks the information on how long voice messages are. It doesn't mention the message length in the chat history anymore, and when you go to the list of contacts whom you've chatted with it just says duration, 0.
I'm still using ioS 8, so does anyone know if it got fixed in iOS 9?

They can be contacted at support@whatsapp.com.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Google ; voice might work. Give it a try. I used my real phone number. I'll ask my boss tomorrow what info he needs to find me as I'm not sure. Lol!

Submitted by Bobbi on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hi, the duration reads for me when I move to a particular voice message. Running iOS 9.2.1 here.

On an unrelated note, you can actually go into a chat and delete individual messages from your phone rather than deleting the whole chat. Double tap and hold on the message you want to delete, then do a 4-finger single tap at the bottom of the screen. You'll find several options there that will stay until you touch another message, such as delete, forwad, and in the case of text messages, copy.

Does anyone know how I might delete multiple messages at one time? I've been trying to get WhatsApp to Email me an entire chat with 50 something messages in it, which according to their FAQ should be possible since it can send up to 10,000 messages. I seem to be only getting half of them when trying to send media, though, and am going to try to delete all the messages up to a certain point. The way to delete messages described above works really well for deleting one message at a time, but is very time consuming when trying to delete bunches at once. Any suggestions here? Remember, I don't want to delete the entire chat. Just several messages in a row within that chat.

Submitted by Toonhead on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Yes, the duration of the chat messages works just fine in iOS 9. please update and you'll get this functionality back. iOS 9 is worth the upgrade anyways.

Submitted by Wahid Raza on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hi all, as the subject line says is their
any work around how to send long duration video about, 10 to 20 minits?
when ever I try to send such long duration video, it send only 3 minits video
the rest wont go
I have report to whats app team cupple, but doesn't work,
so is their any way? to do this ?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Try recording through the camera app. Then send it that way. If that doesn't work, then not much you can do. I've sent 4 and 5 minute videos this way by the way.

Submitted by Wahid Raza on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

hey thanks a lot, yes its realy useful to me
I need another work around sending other long duration video clips, which I got from youtube
is their any work around for the same?
once again thanks a lot

Submitted by smhy on Friday, July 7, 2017

I just discovered that there are now actions available when you put VO focus on an individual message. You can directly message that person if the message is in a group chat, or delete, save, copy, forward, reply, or star the message. If the message was quoting and replying to another message in the group chat, you can go to the quoted message. Also, if you sent the message, you can get "info," which means see all the individual people in the chat and whether your message has been delivered to or read by that person. Really great stuff. Until recently, some of these functions could be accessed by double tapping and holding on the individual message, but then the options would pop up in a little menu that was tricky to find if you can't see the screen. I don't know when the update with the rotor functions happened, but I love it.

Or I just discovered something that's been there forever. Who knows?

Submitted by Raul on Monday, November 25, 2019

You can now send messages from the Braille keyboard

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Monday, November 25, 2019

I've ben using BSI to send messages for ages now. I don't really understand the last comment.

Submitted by Pangeran Satrya Indra Tjahyadi on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

hello... The comment above means that after you type a message using BSI, you don't need to go back to normal mode and tap the send button. Just do three fingers swipe up when you're in BSI mode. That gesture is called action..

Submitted by ming on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

I don'[t know
I found the latest update is very buggy.
first of all.
it has the something like "PTT Play button " to play the message.
and then when the new message coming up. (even I mute the group) voice over always jumping to the messages.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

I kind of like it actually, I dun no why, but it feels easier to use, except when the ptt play button does not t appear and I have to focus on the message itself. that's fine though.

Submitted by SmoothJazzyTrumpet on Saturday, May 15, 2021

I contacted the developers of this app for iPhone and they got back to me saying that they’re in the process of fixing these issues you all speak of that I also experience as well. Fingers crossed for a better update experience.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Saturday, May 15, 2021

Actually it's quite easy now that i"m used to it. simply explore by touch and the ptt play button is slightly above the person's name on the left hand side. This about 90 percent of the time.