WhatsApp returns to Windows Phone, brings new features

What’s up?! Not much, just WhatsApp returning to the Windows Phone Store. After going MIA, the popular messaging app has returned. Not only has it returned, but it’s been updated. Earlier today, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore said the app would be coming ‘quite soon’. This does qualify as fairly soon! Details after the break.

Head into the Windows Phone Store and you’ll find version 2.11.490.0 of WhatsApp sitting there. Here’s what’s new in this update:

  • Chat backgrounds
  • Broadcast lists
  • Privacy settings (settings > account > privacy)
  • Media auto-download settings (settings > chat settings > media auto-download)
  • Custom notification tones (Windows Phone 8 Update 3 required)
  • Various enhancements and bug fixes

Not only does the app return, but it comes with a few new features. Chat backgrounds have been added, there are privacy settings, control the auto-download of media, custom notifications are there and more!

Heads up, those on Windows Phone 8.1 will get a warning message saying some features won't work properly. 

Grab the update for WhatsApp and let us know what you think!

Download WhatsApp for Windows Phone

Thanks for the tip Stuart!

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WhatsApp returns to Windows Phone, brings new features



App is not supported for WP 8.1
But It will WORK FINE and you will just get the warning message while opening the app first time and also trying to contact the support.

I am unable to install WhatsApp please help. Ii am able to download but when it starts installing after some times it shows "attention rquired! Tap here" when I tap there it again starts downloading and again At the time of installation same error happens.. Its going again and again. Please help me.

I normally delete any application that makes SD installation impossible. But WhatsApp is the exception.

26th September 2011 when what's app first came on Wp if I remember correctly... 29th September 2011 bought my first WP phone Sammy focus... The new WA update gives that kind of feeling...

Delete Whatsapp from your phone and then try it again. I had the same problem with Nokia Glam Me on my Nokia Lumia 920. For some reason the app wasn't able to update itself so after I uninstalled Glam Me I was able to download the updated app

I got the warning message related to background task setting in data sense after taking up the update. I checked the data sense setting and looked good. Restarted the phone and the app works fine. Lumia 720 win 8 update 3.

Same here. I just upped the limit of data sense. It seems like it is always throttling downloads after reaching the limit. I set it to 9999 and restarted the phone. Works now. 

I am continuously getting that warning message about turn off "Restrict background data" in Data sense while opening whatsapp each time. The same is Off in datasense in my nokia lumia 820. I have restarted the phone but still getting the same message. Is anyone else facing the same problem? Please suugest any solution  because whatapp in not opening, only notifications are seen but not the whole message.

I dont get any error either..When i try to open the app, it doesnt open and i keep getting the notifications but unable to access the application. I tried turning off the restrict background data in data sense, reboot my mobile and the problem still persists. I have updated whatsapp to the latest version today morning and unable to open the app since then.

Change data sense to not specified, and open it will open, after that you can set your data usage again

I did it. I set the limit to unspecified (removed the limit totally like u said). It dint work.

I Set the limit to a higher value (just to make sure there is a lot more content before it gets renewed). It dint work too.

Any other workaround ?

This is so annoying. First it wants me to remove my safety belt ( Data Sense ) just because I am near my limit. Than it complains about my OS version. My very first thought was "losers". Sorry programmers. I know you did the best you could too get a nice app up and running again. But don't complain about my OS, and fix the bug blocking the app when Data Sense says I still have 20 MB to go. I have Data Sense for a reason you know.

Please switch off data sense or switch it to unlimited, then it works. Changing the setting back to previous makes it dysfunctional. Programmers, not the best tasks that you have. Please release a bug fix soon for this.

Same with me. Using L820.. Although my quota still available for 100MB.. Now, I cannot open whatsapp.. I wish I never update it..

Same problem here.
I've change the setting, even set the battery saver off. But I found the solution.

The solution is : Set the "Limit Type" to "none specified"

Same issue here! I experienced this on May 31st night at 21.45 hours. I tried everything - Changed the data sense options, in and off data though it was off. By next morning, the problem was fixed. But, I'm experiencing this problem again now. It is irritating and disgusting. I hope that WhatsApp fixes this "background data restriction" issue at the earliest. By the way, I re-installed it, I restarted my mobile and tried every possible option. I have also sent an e-mail to Whatsapp. :'(

Yes it always crashed for me too even on WP8.1 but doesn't anymore :) and it really is a pt faster!

Oh my god its back !! I still feel like its a dream but it happenes to be the reality !!

Excellent set of new features ! Yippieee !! :D

Yeah it has drastically improved on performance... Now they should update it with new stickers, ui with android... Audio sending.... Appreciate Microsoft closely working with what's app... Made it tune up for performance..:)

Are you kidding me??? All my Android user friends just love the UI. Some even bought a wp device after looking at mine.... Some just use a launcher to make it look like one.. :P

It still lacks new emoticons... Animated emotions.... Which appears to us like a square or static symbol... Which I hate... Also we miss screen video capture... As well :D

Yes new Ui with a more modern touch
Icons/ color for settings menu
Action center notifications issue
Slowly but surely it will be improved. At least performance wise this is hands down best update.

Where is custom sounds???? i cant assign my custom notification sound for whatsapp from Action center setting...

Is it only me or all have this problem???? please reply.


That option is giving the preloaded list of tones, not the tones I have in ringtone folder in my phone,
Previously I was able to assign customs tone from action center setting.... But now I can't....

You can, but first you need to take a selfie , :) im joking
You need to let the app send a notification, so the system will add it yo notification +sound setting , and then you can customize its sound

Actually I still can't believe that this is WhatsApp, the app has improved a lot in terms of performance...

that's why they pulled it cause it was causing some people phone to freeze or cause battery to drain faster than before

It's extremely faster now. But backgrounds aren't so essential, also i dont like them much. Black background is clean.
Anyway its all good :D

Yep! My question too! :-/ But who cares? They will probably fix it later on :-P WhatsApp is back!!

This app is not supported for WP 8.1 officially so hereafter only they will start working for full WP 8.1 support but app will work fine in WP 8.1

I haven't seen fb messenger on other platforms, but our works really well...
What features is it missing exactly?

Not too much stuff i would mostly like the voice notes to be added and improve speed plus the ability to share video was added not to long ago

facebook messenger is there in the store...but it lacks features that are in other stupid platforms...also it drains battery a lot quicker....

it feels so muvh faster after the update,main problem(for me) was, when during chats if i come out and open other app and then go back to chat it used to take resume time before,but now it opens up so fast.it is fast and improved compared to previous version.so u must update.

Finally! Now the whiners can at last stop!


I bet Daniel is celebrating with a few rows of cocktails the end of the ordeal. 

"WhatsApp doesn't support your device's version of Windows Phone. Some features won't work properly."

*Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers on Nokia Lumia 920* - WHY?

Upon updating and opening on wp8.1, it gives the warning: 'Whatsapp doesn't support your device's version of windows phone. Some features won't work properly.' Yet to see which ones, I'm just happy it's back!

They are making sure you don't gonna complain here if WhatsApp doesn't work properly on the developer preview we are using!

Whatsapp and Microsoft knows how whiny their WindowsPhone users can be and they're just playing it safe.

Got that message, but no issues for me at the current time, updated it a few minutes ago though. Seems like the only issue is with SD card, you cannot install there

Rename the file with an mp4 extension using your prefered file manager., then move it to Camera Roll or similar folder and send :).

Pues es una aplicación multi plataforma. Quizás haya muchas, pero esta desde el equipo mas básico funciona.
Ademas ciertas personas la utilizamos como herramienta de trabajo,

Es la que tiene todo el mundo...con eso es suficiente. De que te sirve tener la mejor si no la usa nadie?

Yo digo "meh!" a Whatsapp, lo uso porque mis amigos, por alguna razón, solo escuchan las notificaciones de él, aun cuando tienen Facebook messenger. Preferiría Telegram, por ser basado en la nube y tener los mensajes en más de un dispositivo, pero no depende de mi, sino de donde mis amigos estén. Igual, medio de comuniación secundario, los veo en persona en la universidad, no solo uso la boca para comer xD

They need to fix it. I've set the font size to the smallest in the system yet it is still showing 2 sizes larger in WA.

My english is not good:
If you change the font size in Whatsapp settings only a litte larger, in the chat will be smaller and the line spacing will be less.

At last it was back in the store, after using for 15 mins everything is fine, but still no audio sending option which are already saved in phone, I didn't find where the downloaded videos are saving in the phone

Using Files, Home/Phone/Pictures/Whatsapp that's where you'll find downloaded videos, among all other photos downloaded by whatsapp.

First bug I've found. Pressing remove background causes the select from album option to cease working unless I exit that menu and come back out again.

Future guys says, its still going to take a while before BBM shows up for u guys on WP. Cause blackberry made a new line of mobile berry's.

Like the idea of custom tones but how does that affect the notification centre? Or is that where it is not compatible? There are only a few times you can choose from too. I cannot choose my own custom tones

Not happy, still export / email full conversation and searching text in conversation is not available :(
Missing android

You can simply press the search button and type the text which you want to search thought
Through your conversation.

In conversation there is no visual Search button, and hardware key will pop up Cortana !

and if you are talking about Searching in 'Conversation / chat lists' so It does not show complete message.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

If you press the search button(not the hardware search button) when you enter WhatsApp and you type a line of text from the conversation you're searching for, the conversation comes up. Just tried it. It works

Thanks dear, but there is something wrong with me. When I try to search this way, it works but when I click on search result it does not show that MESSAGE, it just open Conversation and shows last message. not the Searched Message :( :(

and I am not happy with other application Viber / skype too :'( due to notificaton problem