WhatsApp Windows Phone 8

WhatsApp for Windows Phone gets major new update, loads of new features

Now that Kik is on the sidelines for Windows Phone, WhatsApp has become our default international messaging app on Windows Phone. Luckily for us the WhatsApp team is busy updating and adding new functions to the app, evidently back on their 30-day schedule.

Version 2.9.2 is now live in the Store and it’s the one update you’ve been waiting for, as it really brings this app into its own.

WhatsApp Windows Phone

New features include:

  • Lock screen notification support
  • New Tile design (less cartoony, more Metro)
  • Backup function
  • Hit “enter” as send
  • Mass message
  • New Attachment screen, including Audio, Video, Location, Picture, Camera and Contact
  • Some new UI layout changes

Overall, it’s an impressive update. The lock screen notifications go a long way to improving the app’s usability on Windows Phone 8 and the message backup feature and new layout should also please long time users looking for a more robust experience.

Notifications have been more consistent for us than on Kik and hopefully that will continue with this app update.

Did we miss any new features? Let us know in comments. You can download WhatsApp for free here in the Store. All Windows Phones supported. Thanks, Dennis and others for the tip!

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WhatsApp for Windows Phone gets major new update, loads of new features



Free usage???
Its ALWAYS going to be free....
They pretty much all say your 'paid' account ends in 2110...

..Mine ends in March actually. They kept extending it unnecessarily for a friend of mine. But I'm yet to get a single extention.

I only use apps that are good. Kik used to be better than WhatsApp. Now that Kik has withered and WhatsApp has finally improved, I can finally support it (likewise, the amount of customer complaints for WhatsApp have dropped off).

It's not funny, just logical.

This is why proprietary chat apps are annoying.  The apps should aggregate contacts from multiple platforms.

The Messaging app in Windows Phone should have framework hooks that allow other apps to "tap" into it.  No matter the chat platform you use, if the app integrates into the Messaging app, your contacts will have threads that are a grouping of all the applications they are associated with.  This is the ideal way to go and as a developer, I cannot understand why Microsoft hasn't allowed this yet.

Because it would create a whole mess of crap in the messaging hub. I want all apps separate so I can easily have settings specified for each and can easily keep track of conversations.
My response to a Facebook notification is different, it's different to whatapp and its different to Skype. With these integrated in the messaging hub I'll get the same notification and it will be impossible to tell whether my phone just beeped for an SMS or for a Skype notifications. So it's best to have separate apps.

I fail to see how that is a problem?  You can always open the app itself.  Just like facebook, it has Message hub integration AND you can use messaging in the app itself.  The message hub also shows you which chat channel the message originated from and defaults you to the last one you or your contact used, whichever is the latest.

Ya I miss my N9 for that, messaging hub, though whatsapp was not integrated there, it was homebrew too not official whatsapp client.  But other accounts were able to be set up and used with the messaging hub in meego.  WP8 seems poised to be able to do this too once developers figure it all out.  Or at least I hope.

Nice update, but...............
1- Alert is a shame i.e why should the phone vibrate when my sound profile is on silent and vibrate is set to off?
2-Inability to view a contact's profile picture when I click on it. Same for twitter.
3-Having to close the app sometimes in order for new messages to come in.
I used it on the Nokia E7 and blackberry and it was cool, not cool at all on my L920 though.

My experince of the update is that its not very stabel at all.  Evertime I try and attactch a photo, be it to a message or to my profile pic, the app crashes.  Anybody else have this. HTC 8X.  The photos are on my albums in the cloud not local to the phone does that matter?

There was a time when blackberry was awesome and android blew chunks. Shit changes and unbiased opinions usually follow

Yes, just verified that myself. I'm guessing that means it is still going to be a battery hogger. smh

The only way they'll stop,using it is if they develop a different app for WP8 & WP7, since WP7 doesn't have the wifi always on feature...

Your assuming that people only use it on wifi, why can't the app just use the data connection available to it, if a WP8 phone is on sleep then use data, unless the user has specified to keep wifi on then it would use wifi as default.
WP7 users and other smartphone users of similar apps i hope realise that chat apps use their data allowance when they use it.

I'm not asuming anyting, that's the reason for which whatsapp started using this method, because people wanted it to work even if the don't have a cellular connection. I don't know how long you've been on WP Central, but the wifi not staying on when the screen is locked was one of the MAJOR issues for users in WP7.

Why not? The Facebook app manages to give notifications without using the audio API. Not consistently, but still. 

This is starting to get surprisingly annoying. It interferes with my bluetooth streaming. If I get out of my car and use WhatsApp, when I get back in my car, typically it tries to continue playing from where it stopped, but of course WhatsApp shows up as the last track played, and everything gets fucked up.

Same issues as others with the Music API, just so frustrating that they haven't changed the "keep alive" method.

I just uninstalled it because of this.
I like apps to use the most power friendly method of doing something.
Now the app store can have the same app with 2 releases I'd expect 2 versions... until they are serious about the platform I'll not use the app.

I noticed something...not sure if others have...but whatsapp stays alive even when battery saver is activated...its supposed to get cut off but since its using the audio API it stays alive and works throughout..i guess they want it to working as much as possible... Like normal txt msges at all times...old news...?

Is there a way of saving video sent in chats to the phone/sd card? Photos save but I can't work out how to save other media. Just get an option to delete or forward.

Their video system appears to be proprietary (optimized for bandwidth) so it looks like a 'no' on that, same reason you can't send a pre-recorded video.

Seems a shame. I download the video over wifi to the phone via the app to watch it. Means the video sent from family abroad can't be backed up or shared with others not using the app. Certainly seems like a feature people would want.

Daniel, from what I've heard from an MS employee it is due to the video library not being accesable for apps. I don't know for sure about this, but I trust the MS (a WP guy as well) had his facts straight.
[EDIT] This was based on WP7, however I haven't heard that it changed with WP8 though.

Ios app allows pre recorded video attachments, i would think tthey could do the same for wp8. 

This is the only thing now missing from WhatsApp. The saving video features makes no sense as Android and LOS can do this and they can also send pre-recorded message, we can even forward videos...all other updates are fantastic.

If that was the case then all apps would be rubbish. It's pretty obvious the guys over at Whatsapp are a bunch of douches.

meh. Pretty much every WP app that has an Android or iOS counterpart, is pretty dysfunctional by comparison. Even MS-developed solutions like GroupMe, Skype and Lync lack features, or perform poorly next to their bretheren on competing OS'. I'm not happy about it, just stating the obvious.

Still no support for sending video files you already have on ur phone, maybe limitation of the app, nice update tho, Lumia 710

"Now that kik is on the sidelines" why exactly do you say this?? Because they haven't updated the app? Or is there other reasons as well?

Kik said they dont have any plans as of now to properly support wp8..it was reported here sometime back...

yes, it is too much. The application is useless on WP7 durring this first free year. If they fix it and then give us a full 1 year free, I will pay the next 0.99, ok?

I was just clicking on whatsapp in the marketplace and i saw that i could install the update so i tipped wpcentral. I was glad i could help you tip this :)
But it is a shame it still uses the music stream api. I frikkin' hate it!

Is there a way to turn on lock screen notifications from within the app? I couldn't find such a setting . I had to go to settings -> lock screen and add whatsapp there.

Okay, so I updated. Opened whatsapp - the device froze - and bamn there comes the much awaited and much loved reboot!

interested to read of this is a battery killer like the old version, once i started using whatsapp, my battery drain would never stop.  I eventually had to remove, but hopefully they fixed that. 

Couple questions, why does turning the volume up or down, clicking the media, open what's app? and why is the last played song in the Xbox music show up as what's app?

Yes, one important detail is forgotten. Is this update only for windows 8 or also for windows phone 7 mango and 7.8. Windows phone 7 mango and 7.8 users are also reading these blogs.

Quoting Daniel's article directly:

"You can download WhatsApp for free here in the Store. All Windows Phones supported."

All Windows Phones supported, we provide information for users of WP7 and WP8 and are very aware that a large number of our users are using 7.5/8 :)

After update, my account expiraton date extended from 2021 to 2110, yeah!!! I can give my account to my grandson! 

Nope, that doesn't work as the primary tile only supports the fliptiletemplate. WhatsApp should provide the ability to add a secondary tile which then could use the iconictiletemplate like on WP8.

Was this fixed in this update??


Am I the only one? I leave the phone (Lumia 920) come back, go to xBox/music, see the song I was paused on, press "paused" and woop... the phone takes me to "whatsApp", I press back and its like I just opened a new music player, the memory of the player is gone and I need to re-find my last song.


When will they allow us to save and attach downloaded audio or video? That's what I need. Don't see anything interesting with this update. SMH.

Im on WP8, lumia 920 and I have looked in the settings for both WhatsApp and the lock screen (WhatsApp doesnt appear), where have others on WP8 set it?

Daniel did say and i quote
"Did we miss any new features? Let us know in comments. You can download WhatsApp for free here in the Store. All Windows Phones supported. Thanks, Dennis and others for the tip! "
Great improvement!!!
load times, faster  
nice layout and animations( font got smaller, more chats can be seen, list comes from the bottom now)
nice broadcast feature (mass messaging)
all i need now is the ability to send mp3 files...
come on Microsoft!!! make it happen!!! and whatsapp will update to suit
Ps. different colour chat bubbles for group messages, changing backgound wallpaper or even making background a solid colour, like the accent colour or black/white(but i think that works already).... *whisper* work on it plzzzzzzzz :
Smasung Focus Rocking WP7.8  :) Gotta love it

Horrible update.
- No "fast resume"
- LONGER load times. The first load is quick. The subsequent load times are insanely long.
- Can't access "Media" section in "Info" of any chats. Just shows up with a blank scroll list. Old media is lost. 

another minor change i think...now if a group is on mute you can see a tiny mute icon next to the groups name on the chats screen:P....dont think this was there before...or never noticed it:P

crashes when resuming
crashes when updating profile pic
can't send a pre-recorded video
Long load time
still can't click on a contacts profile pic to see a larger picture.  just a small thumbnail.
not a great update for the whatsapp team

Well im not getting no rectangular tile / no metro style icon? anybody else (WP 7.8 here) / Also wish they made screen lock notifications for wp7.8, other standard apps use it (like messaging, email, phone).

I don't see the point of the large tile, they don't even show the message content in the tile, just the notification indicator. What a waste of space.

Yup, not getting most of the features. The only thing I can see different is the newly designed "share" window with Modern UI style icons. Other than that - same old same old. WP7.8 on Lumia 800.

Rectangular tile, metro tile and lockscreen are just for WP8...7.8 shares the same in-app upgrades, layout broadcasts etc.

Finally. The workaround can get complicated. I've been opening the screenshots and re-saving them using creative studio just to share them on whatsapp

Grml. Igores the fact, that DVP has a QWERTY keyboard and displays a large blank black space where the software keyboard should be. No workaround so far.

It seems to startup longer sometimes on my 920. At times it can be really quick taking 2 seconds, and the next time it may take around 8 seconds. Wish more people would use Line or Wechat as they are technically and visually much better apps.

Just downloaded LINE. Will give u feedback later. Need to tell people about this. Looks better
UPDATE: Managed to invite 2 contatcts and its looking good and better than whatsapp so far

1. No Support For Messages Longer that 10 parts i.e 1600+ chars
2. No Large Tile Support For 7.8
3. The Tile is still the same "Cartoony" on 7.8
4. No new Emoticons.
5. The Music Player Bug Still Exists (Seriously It's High Time They did Something about It!!!).

- Still no ability to send MP3s
- Still no ability to send videos located on the device
- Still a battery hog.
- App crashes when changing display picture
- Have to unpin and repin the tile for it to show up properly.
I was looking forward to this update, thought this would support mp3 and video sending support, very disapointed. Still loads of work to do! Thanks for the update anyway Whatsapp Team!

I think of you remove whatsapp and reinstall it, the messages automaticly download? I could be wrong, but just a guess. Anyone else know?

Was thinking the same, wish more would use it. The video chat is awesome.
Other features why its better:
1. Fast app resume
2. Quick and stable
3. Stickers (if you like that sort of thing)
4. Visually appealing interface
5. Cool social features like "Drift Bottle", "Moments"

One feature that whatsapp has that wechat doesn't have though is the message viewed indicator.

I tested those double ticks...It's actually just message sent and message received indicators. If your phone buzzes and gives you notification the other person recieves the second tick, not when you read it :(

I thought this could be the 7.8 update with the new live tile size, but it isnt. A shame because the code for the extra functionality is jsut 15 sentences long and easy to implement :( and i still see the old logo, is this a bug or does the wp7 version still has the old logo?

Whatsapp worked great as long as I've used it. Now, I am mostly a Viber user and have used it for voice calls and text messages. However, my 920 is missing that. Viber Messenger is only available as of now and it's unfortunate that voice calls on Viber is exclusive to Nokia and unavailable on WP8.

This one should be rewarded the most pathetic app on WP8 store. Instead of using background tasks, these hafl trained guys are using music service from WP to keep it running in the background. Even Symbian client is better than this. Another feature that I'd need now is the cloud backup of conversations. It'd come handy while switching between the platforms. But instead they implemented local backup.Great.

Just went over privacy policy and the way I took it they still look at all contacts and have no control over 3d party doing as they wish with your info. On Android & iOS you pick contacts and that's all the app can see. Anyways did anyone else read the privacy policy and did you take it same or different?

I have no battery issue with this app? I also LOVE the new tile. Why can't Facebook and Twitter get these updates.

My friends and I have all switched over to WeChat and have had very good luck with it so far on iPhone,Android and Windows Phone 8. Coming from kik, I'm actually seeing better battery life too. So there is another alternative if you have friends who will help you test out before a bug switch.

Is anyone able to set a profile photo? When I select from saved photos, it says "resuming" and crashes the app. Anyone else?

I'm not sure if I received the same update as the rest of you... Its 2.9.2 but the tile is stil the old ugly looking one (icon in a tile). However its incredibly fast. The app is now just as fast as the default messaging app, its unbelievable. With these speeds it doesnt need a fast response.
I'm on WP7 btw.

Battery Draining is windows 8 problem, though the new update is for windows 7x users as well and we get all the updates mentioned in the article above. I didnt check on the windows 8 though. but its still missing sending of MP3 files, videos from collection and some minor smileys (which i dont care about) but the audio and video sharing is really needed. specially HTC didnt support its windows 7x users with bluetooth share >.>

The snapshot shows the live tile in its biggest size... I don't seem to have this option (only small and medium sizes)... Anyone else?
Lumia 900 / wp7.8

oh and i noticed that if u have muted anybody it shows a small canceled speaker icon to the right, that means muted :P
just felt like sharing :)

They didn't fix white background issue either! The chat bubble goes away when background is white. I emailed them 3 times about this over last 6 months, everytime being told "our devs are aware about this and we will fix it soon" - but nope, they just won't do it! Thank goodness it's not a paid app!

I found it even worse than previous version despite it supports lockscreen notification and faster in process. It crashs all time and long loading time. Anyone same? I wanna downgrade to previous version now......Shit update

Yikes, maybe I should hold off updating. Someone else mentioned uninstalling and reinstalling does not help but rebooting solved it. Not sure if it will help but just wondering if you have given that a shot?

The biggest problem I've had with whatsapp is when I want to add new people or people that I have on my phone but doesn't appear on the whatsapp list. Anyone knows if this has been fixed in the update?

Not sure if you have tried this but have you refreshed your "Favorites" under settings? That's the list of people who have whatsapp and are also in your contacts. Hopefully that helps!

Yeah, I never had a problem with the battery before but I've not really used my phone today & it's lasted about 6 hours, I usually get at least 17 hours out of this phone (HTC 8X) with moderate usage =/

Still seems buggy. Maybe even buggier than before. Daniel should write another post bashing the developers and then write another one accepting it as his goto app when its all fixed.

It may be a major update but its still not on par with the iOS and android versions , its annoying that they can send pre recorded video and save video thats recieved to the camera roll and windows phone users can't 

Yeah, that does suck, but I'm glad they're still working improving our version since WP's smaller user base means less resources placed on it.

Whatsapp has great name recognition, but that's where it ends on WP8. The new update helps but it still lags behind some less well know apps. If you need a solid messaging app try Line. More features, abilities to customize, and a very solid performer. Not perfect, but the best overall offering on WP8.