What is Whatsapp and how does it work on a smartphone: 10 facts to know

May 20, 2018, 12:53 PM IST

Whatsapp is a messaging app that is owned by Mark Zuckerberg led Facebook. He bought it for over $16 bn. Exactly how Whatsapp works is explained below:


WhatsApp needs to be downloaded from Google Play or Apple Store, it is available for both Android and Apple iPhone OS. The messaging app is free in India. 


How can Whatsapp be used? Users can use the app to chat (by sending and receiving text), share photo, video and all sorts of files.


Whatsapp can be used by 2 people coummunicating with each other, or via groups in which a number of people can converse (via text or even so called emojis) with each other at the same time.


Can WhatsApp do video calls? Yes, you can see and talk to people at the same time.


WhatsApp is available both for smartphones and the wider web too.


How popular is WhatsApp? Over 1 billion people in some 180 countries, including India, use this messenger app.


Facebook bought Whatsapp even though it had its own Facebook Messenger, but it was in a distant 2nd spot. This purchase made Facebook No. 1 in the world.


Where did the name WhatsApp come from? It is a pun on the popular saying What's up!


How safe is WhatsApp? Messages and calls are secured with end-to-end encryption. 

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