Currently being one of the most popular instant messaging apps, WhatsApp latest APK 2.18.361 (452596) 2018 is currently being used by more than 1 billion people. It is a free messaging app you can download, update and install on your Android smartphone. The app will use the internet connection your Android device is using (EDGE, 2G, 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi) so you can message and call anyone you’d like to contact, be it family or friends. Aside from exchanging texts, This app allows its users to send and receive even media type of messages, including voice messages, documents, photos, videos, and including calls.
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WhatsApp File Information
Developer: WhatsApp Inc.
Version: 2.18.361 (452596)
File size: 22.8 MB
Uploaded: December 1, 2018 at 9:24AM GMT+07
Requirement: Android 4.0.3 and up
Download WhatsApp APK 2.18.361
In general, WhatsApp for Android allows you not only to send text messages in a chat window, but also to make video and voice calls for free. All messages exchanged via this app, including files, voice, images, are protected with an end-to-end encryption. The same encryption protocol is also employed by Signal. In addition to that, there is also the video call feature which enables you to connect to another WA user, either during a chat or from the Calls screen. Even so, as for now, the group video calls feature isn’t yet to be available.
Meanwhile, to chat with other users, you can chat simply one-on-one or with a group you set up and administer. Each group chat can hold 256 members in total, tops. As you chat with a contact or in a group, you can send not only texts, but also emojis. In addition, the chat also enables you to create voice messages you’ve recorded earlier, share documents, send your location, and even capture and customize photos. Chatting is also free, especially since the developer dropped the annual subscription fee last year. And although the services are free, WA doesn’t run any third-party ads, which will free you from any pesky pop-out ads.
There are so many benefits you can enjoy from using this app as your messaging service on an Android device. Even so, this app isn’t perfect either, since there are also some things that are missing in this app.
- Use the Broadcast Lists to send messages to multiple contacts at once, which will greatly save your time when sending greetings or bulk invitation.
- You can share your location with any desired contact.
- Text messages are not the only service offered, but also video and audio calls.
- You no longer need to use earphones when there’s an audio message incoming, even when you’re in a public area. Simply bring your Android smartphone close to your ear as the message is played. Doing this will decrease the audio volume and you can listen to the message as if you’re on a call.
- The end-to-end encryption will secure all your conversations, meaning that nobody has any access to it or even can read, including WhatsApp, aside from you and the one you’re communicating with.
- The absence of ads in this app will make it truly convenience and bother-free while exchanging messages.
- All the services this app offers are free.
- You can star any important messages so you won’t lose them. To find the starred messages, you can access a separate section.
- The latest version now has Stories to replace the old Status feature. This one is similar to Snapchat and Instagram story.
- It feels stable, fast, and light during the use.
- Even though it now has Stories feature, it still hasn’t made any face filters feature available yet, unlike Snapchat, Facebook, or Instagram.
- It lacks the built-in virtual assistance, such as Google Allow.
- WA doesn’t offer an official feature that enables you to send any self-destructing messages yet.
- Unfortunately, the calling feature is still available only in certain countries.
- There’s a limit to the file size sent via this app; videos can’t be larger than 16MB and documents should be less than 100MB.
- It does offer emojis, but it doesn’t have stickers, let alone the animated ones.
- To contact someone, you need to know and save their phone number first.
- Unlike some apps, such as Instagram, it won’t be able to unsend a message once there’s a single tick to any message you send.
How to Use & Tutorial
How to make a call using WhatsApp?
Open the chat with the contact you’d like to call and tap the phone button located on top. To receive a call, tap and then slide the green button appearing on the incoming call screen to answer it, or slide the red button if you’d like to decline the call. To decline a call with a quick message, tap on a message icon appearing on the call screen.
How to make a video call in WhatsApp
If you want to place a video call, the step is similar to when you’re making a voice call. However, tap Video call instead. And to receive a video call, there’s an incoming video call screen too. To accept or decline the video call, the steps are also similar to when you’re answering or rejecting a voice call.
How to backup WhatsApp to Google Drive
The app allows you to backup WA data using a local backup and/or Google Drive. Local backups are created automatically at 2AM every day and saved as a file on the device. To backup data on Google Drive, just open the app, then open “Menu” button. Go to “Settings” — “Chats” — “Chat backup”. Then tap “Back Up” for an immediate backup, as well as on “Back up to Google Drive” options to set up your backup frequency. Be sure you have a Google account. The option “Back-up-over” enables you to set which network used to back up.
How to change wallpaper
Changing wallpaper is also possible. Even so, you can set different pictures per conversation. Tap on “Menu” button and go to “Settings” — “Chats” — “Wallpaper”.
To block a contact already saved on your device, tap on “Menu” button and go to “Settings” — “Account” –” Privacy” — “Blocked contacts”. Open the “add contact” icon and choose which contact you’d like to block. If the contact is not saved in your phone, simply open your chat with that unknown contact and tap “Block”.
While it’s true that WhatsApp is not perfect, but it has offered so many great benefits that made communication much easier, simpler, and more convenient.
- Introducing stickers! You can now download and send expressive stickers in chats. Tap the “emoji” icon while in a chat and then tap the “sticker” icon at the bottom to get started. You can also tap the “+” icon to download more sticker packs.
- You can now swipe right on a message to reply.