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How to use WhatsApp on Android

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How to use WhatsApp on Android

WhatsApp is a smartphone messaging application that enables you to link up with other users. The application allows calls, messages, and voice notes. This application may be challenging to use and this is why we are here to help you on how to use WhatsApp on Android.

How to use WhatsApp on Android

WhatsApp has been used now for over ten years since its launch in 2009. The application is one of the most used applications worldwide. It has over 2.5 billion users worldwide and is one of the most downloaded applications on the Google play store.

Why choose WhatsApp?

You may not have come across this application if it is not popular in your country. Here are some of the reasons why you should choose WhatsApp.
With WhatsApp, messages are sent without any charges. This applies to all messages, even those being sent across the world.
When using the app, there are no pop-up advertisements that usually annoy most of us.
This application can import all contacts and provide you with information about the other users.
The application allows you to share location, images, and status with your friends.

How to install WhatsApp

For you to use this application, the first step is installation. This process doesn’t take long and can be done within a few seconds.
Here are the steps to follow:
Go to your Google play store and install the app.
Click on the launch button to approve the launch.
How to use WhatsApp on Android
Enter the phone number that you want to register on WhatsApp and confirm.
How to use WhatsApp on Android
You will receive a confirmation SMS automatically
How to use WhatsApp on Android
Import existing contacts into the app.
How to use WhatsApp on Android
This is all you will need to do to have the application on your phone. You can now chat with any WhatsApp user in your contacts.

How to set up a profile

After the installation of the app and registration as a user, you have one more thing to do. This is a process that is not mandatory but just so that your fellow users can easily identify you, it is advisable to have a profile. The application allows you to add a picture, a name, and a short bio.

How to set up a bio

At the top right corner of the app, tap the settings.
Tap the name that is at the top of the screen.
To change the image, you will need to tap the camera icon and either take a picture or select a picture from your gallery.
If you want to change your name, tap the pencil button next to the name.
Next to the about is a pencil icon, tap it and enter your bio.

How to start a Chat on WhatsApp

After you have invited other WhatsApp users from your contacts, you can now start sending messages. This is how you can send and receive messages.
Open your WhatsApp and tap on the icon. This is at the bottom right corner of the screen.
You will then have to select one contact from your contact list and start writing a message.
After you have written your message, you will have to tap on the send icon. The send icon is the small paper plane on the right,t next to the message.
Some checkmarks appear next to the message. These checkmarks are either, a grey one, two grey ones, or two blue ones. All have a different meaning when they appear.
When you send the message and one grey tick is seen, this means that the message has been sent successfully.
If there are two grey ticks after the message has been sent, this means the message has been delivered successfully.
When the two grey ticks turn to blue, this means that the other user has seen the message.


There is a clock sign that appears when the message is not delivered. This happens when there is no internet connection.
The application allows you to change the settings. So that the checkmarks do not appear for both you and the other user. Below is how to turn off the read recipients.
Click on settings and then click on Account
Click on Privacy
Lastly, click Read recipients
WhatsApp also allows you to be in groups. In a group, you can send a message to many people at once. Here are the steps when setting up a group.
Tap the three dots at the top right corner of the chat screen on your android device
Click on the ‘New Group’
You can add members to the group by searching their names in the search box.
Add the group name by tapping in the group subject.

The group notifications can be muted by going to settings then click notifications followed by clicking on the group notifications.

How secure is WhatsApp security

The security that WhatsApp offers is one of the reasons why it is preferred by many users.  Messages and all calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted for all users.  End-to-end encryption means that even the parent company of WhatsApp can not see your content.
You should never give your personal information to another person. The app allows you to block people. And, this can come in handy if you feel someone is attempting to scam you.
Many of the features on WhatsApp make it very private. Messages that are sent between two users are only restricted to them and are not saved to the WhatsApp server. However, the message may be stored if the message fails to be delivered.
WhatsApp users are allowed to customize their privacy settings. This means that the user can change their settings. So that, they either allow it to be visible by other users or not.

To sum it up

For easy and free communication, this app stands out. The application offers many benefits and interacting with it is easy. If you are looking for an easy way to connect and link up with friends, family and even interact with new people, this is the way to go.

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