WhatsApp for Windows Phone has finally updated

There hasn’t been a single day over the past few months where you folks haven't asked about the status of WhatsApp. We don’t blame you, it’s a popular app that’s been lagging in the development department for Windows Phone. It has also been since early April that we saw the beta of WhatsApp. Well, hit up the Windows Phone Store, search for WhatsApp and hit update. Today is the day.

If you bring your WhatsApp app up to version 2.10.488.0 you’ll be met by some of those features from the beta we highlighted in the past. Most notably:

  • Initiate voice calls from within the app
  • Background API allows you to play music
  • New smileys
  • Fixed notifications for users
  • Users can now see smileys on the double wide tile
  • Fast resume (If the app is open and you click on the incoming notification it opens as fast as on Android)
  • On start-up, it now asks if you want to back up your chat history. You can also do this through settings.
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So, update and tell us what you think of those features. Is this what you want in a WhatsApp app for Windows Phone? Any features missing you still want? Sound off below!

You can grab WhatsApp for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8. Head to the Store to get it, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our app.

Thanks for the tip @Dev_Rupani!

QR: WhatsApp

PS. Now can you please stop asking us about WhatsApp :p


Reader comments

WhatsApp for Windows Phone has finally updated



I also noticed that when I go to my phone settings -> applications -> background tasks, WhatsApp was enabled to run in the background. I blocked it. Not sure what it was for. Even when it is blocked, I am (as expected) able to receive notifications when I receive a message. Wonder what additional capability allowing it to run in the background adds.

I thought so too, at first, but the live tile seems to get updated every time I get a notification, and notifications do not require this app to be enabled in the background.

It's most likely there to enable whatsapp to continue downloading and uploading messages, images, recordings, videos while the app is not active. Previously, they used the audio api to keep the connection alive. Now they created a background task for that, like it should be.

Another update bumped to 2.10.491......one new thing noticed....u can tap the name of the person u are chatting with to go into info... :)

Thanks for that! 

Wow I love the update so far... I just wish someone would message me so that I can see if the notifications are more reliable. But just the fast resume and 'tap on a person for info' is amazing!
Another thing I noticed: You can now set your "detailed status" on your lockscreen to be Whatsapp. Yay!!!

Is it why it would just drain my battery away?
Does this mean it might just last a while longer because whatsapp is not always draining my resources? :D

You can't share video that's saved on the device (OS limitation), but rather you can record video from within the app and share THAT.  Of course, WhatsApp neglected to put the front cam option in so no video voice message unless you're good at aiming blindly with the rear camera. :)

awesome, best news ever ever ever, now works like my dick, very awesome, plz dont wake me up im drooling ou shit awesome, now bring amber and im  dead happy

that is an OS limitation..3rd party apps are not allowed access to music+videos libraries..
so that isn't happening until MS decides to change the access terms..

Of course it is not goint to fix it. Just like on iOS.
Android is an exception, but everything is open in Android. Even the security holes.

Wait, what?
On iOs, I can easily send previously recorded videos of course.
So, MS is alone with this stupid limitation...

well, android just got updated with a new feature 'Send Multiple Items". Guess we have to wait for a few months for windows phone...!!
actually not that hungry for such features, but frequent  updates on other OS makes us wait for them :|

On android you can also see if someone is typing to you even if you're not in that conversation, you see it in the conversations hub (in place were the persons status normally is). Also a feature which I think never will be available on WP.

It works greeeeat!! And has the emojis I missed from the Android version.. :D
I think WhatsApp is going to become my favorite app again :D

I noticed that when u start up the app is goes almost instantly to open! When you press and hold back to resume into the app, takes about 3-4 seconds. Same thing if the app is already open and u click the tile for it. A bit slow there but man it's impressively smoother now! I'm happy. Add backgrounds and some other features please :D

it only takes a few seconds when you go back to the app immediately after leaving it. Wait a few seconds on the homescreen and it takes you straight into the app. Every app has this behaviour, it is a WP8 limitation/issue.

Kik already announced they wouldn't be updating for WP anymore. I'm guessing that its sliding away slowly now?
Anyways, Kik was the alternative for a bad Whatsapp. Now that its working again, i see no reason to stay with Kik as most of my friend still use Whatsapp

Because WP 7.x has no option to remain WiFi alive when the screen is off. In order to get notifications in case there is no network signals, music API helps.

so what you are saying is whatsapp is keeping my wifi on even when my phone is off?  This sounds worse!

Well I don't want that. That's illogical, as I will have a network signal 100% more often than I will have a wifi signal but no network signal. I would probably also turn off "keep wifi alive" to save battery. Let the 3G handle data when my phone is idle, as it is intended to.

It's actually not a battery hog as keep WiFi alive only works when you're connected to a WiFi network. Not to mention the fact that not everyone has unlimited data.

But cellular is on regardless, it doesn't make a difference to anything, while Wifi doesn't need to be on when not in use. No one turns off his celular and uses his phone as a tiny wifi-only tablet...

Still need the option to upload videos from your library/camera roll and save videos that others have sent you. Till then i wont be happy

Its about time❕ I wasn't expecting it to be updated for ALEAST another 2 weeks. The feature I'm most looking forward to is the removal of the audio api. Without the audio api, will my battery drain less?

Uhm... Is it just me or is it kinda redundant to say "for windows phone has finally updated"... Since well we are on wpcentral... A windows phone specific site?

No. If people start tweeting or sharing this link via social networks they might think it's been upated for other platforms.

Never going to happen. Whatsapp are a mobile only company. Watch the interview with their CEO at Dive into mobile and you'll understand what I'm talking about.

What the hell? Oh no not this shit again (3 panic bugfixes and then 6 months of silence). Hope this was just a small error and not something that breaks the entire app.

Still can't turn off notifications. Bummer. is it really that hard to include that feature? Not ready for me yet.

I've experienced "Whatsapp has detected an issue with your Device's Push Notification system. Please reboot your phone" twice in less than 30 minutes since I updated to version 2.10.488.0 . The error asked me to exit or cancel. After exiting I couldn't open any other app until restarted my phone. Lemme know if anyone has experienced same error.

Im running 2.10.491 in UK and ive had the "detected problem with notification system" error. Rebooted phone and not appeared since. Weird.

I am experiencing this very same problem. I rebooted the phone several times, reinstalled WhatsApp and even went on to reset the whole phone when the problem would not go away. Still after a reset the problem occurs... 

already found an annoying bug. When you tombstone the app in a converation and you then receive a new message in this conversation and press the notification, the new message doesn't show up until you back out of the conversation and enter it again.
Is anyone else experiencing this?

The icons do not match, can you believe it? Results are different not only in style but also in what they present... Took so long and still with such obvious mistakes!!

It crashed when I tried to view old messages.. Looks like it'll crash when trying to view messages 2 months old..

Here's an unmentioned new feature: whatsapp is now supported in the detailed lock screen status!!!, previously it was just the number of notifications!

U were loosers whtsapp dvlprs n r still,da,loosers . Cnt chnge bkgrnd wallpaper,cnt and mp3 n video frm,libraray . Wht da hell u did ? Its useless . Its a joke fr wp8 ppl. This devlprs shud be riped.

yea she did got me tested but no to doc but to an astrologer . n u kw what he said? he said i was born to kick butt of loosers like u .