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WhatsApp will soon delete all your chat, photos and videos – How to backup

WhatsApp will soon delete all your chat, photos and videos - How to backup

WhatsApp to delete all your chat data, photos and videos, here’s how you can save it

Following a new agreement between Google and WhatsApp, the latter shall soon start deleting your chat data, photos and videos that you have saved on Android devices, reports the Mirror Online.

Basically, the new change is a part of a brand-new app update that changes the way backed-up WhatsApp content works.

For those unaware, WhatsApp uses Google Drive – a popular cloud storage service that allows storage of 15GB for all by default – to backup messages, photos, and videos.

The WhatsApp content backed up on Google Drive allows the users to restore it again as and when needed. However, these backups eat up the Google Drive storage space allocated to the user.

But not anymore, as the new agreement between WhatsApp and Google will no longer count your WhatsApp backups against the Google Drive storage quota. In other words, there will be no restrictions for uploading WhatsApp backups on Google Drive. The backed-up data on Google Drive will include messages, photos, videos, documents and even GIFs.

However, media and messages that you back up would not be protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive.

The new agreement is said to come into effect from November 12, 2018, and is applicable only to Android users. For iPhone users, their WhatsApp data is backed up on iCloud.

Having said this, it is important to note that Google will automatically delete all the WhatsApp backups that haven’t been updated in more than a year.

Hence, Google suggests that users should back-up their WhatsApp accounts manually before November 12, 2018, to avoid loss of any backups. Here’s how you can do it.

How to manually backup WhatsApp

  1. Ensure that you have Google Drive setup on your phone.
  2. Go to WhatsApp, then go to Menu (3 dots on right top) > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup. Select Back Up and you will automatically see everything getting backed up to Google Drive.

WhatsApp will soon delete all your chat, photos and videos - How to backup

Before you get started, ensure that you are connected to Wi-Fi, as WhatsApp can be large and may use too much internet data.

For more information on the new WhatsApp update, you check out the F&Q here.

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WhatsApp finally rolls out group video calls

WhatsApp launches encrypted group video calling for everyone

Back in May, Facebook at its F8 developer conference had announced that it would be adding group calling support for video on WhatsApp later this year.

Starting yesterday, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has officially rolled out the group video & audio calling feature and made it live for users across the world on iOS and Android. This feature allows you to make a group call with up to four participants at the same time. In other words, only four people can be on the group video call simultaneously.

“You can make a group call with up to four people total – anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call,” WhatsApp said in a statement.

Currently, users make over 2 billion minutes of video and audio calls through WhatsApp every day.

“Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we’ve designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions,” WhatsApp added.

To make use of the feature, users will have to download the latest version of WhatsApp app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

You can follow the below steps if you want to make a video call.

Step 1: First, make a video or an audio call to a single participant, and then click on ‘Add Participant’ option at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 2: This will show up your contact list and then you can choose your participants who you want to add on the group call.

Step 3: Once the participant is added to the group video call, all the participants, including the new and those who are already on call will be notified by WhatsApp.

The app allows to add only one person at a time. Once all the contacts are added, the screen is split into four on everybody’s device, where everyone can see each other. Note that only the first caller or the host, who started a conversation can add people to the video calls.

Currently, Facebook Messenger supports group video calls of up to 50, while Snapchat supports 16 participants. On the other hand, Apple’s FaceTime will allow support up to 32 people at a time when iOS 12 is launched later this year.

Source: WhatsApp

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WhatsApp to restrict number of forwards to five chats per user to curb violence in India

WhatsApp to restrict number of forwards to five chats per user to curb violence in India

After mob lynchings in India, WhatsApp decides to limit message forwarding to five chats per user

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned popular messaging platform, on Friday announced that it is launching a test to limit message forwarding to five chats per users in India. This new update will allow WhatsApp users in India to forward a message to only five people at one time. The company also said that it will remove the ‘Quick Forward’ button next to media messages. WhatsApp has over 250 million users in India.

WhatsApp has decided to make these changes to curb fake news and rumor mongering on social media. In fact, fake messages circulating on WhatsApp about child abductors have triggered mass beatings this year of more than a dozen people in India, some of whom have died. In the latest attack, a software engineer in Bidar, Karnataka who was mistaken for a child lifter was killed by a mob and three others were seriously injured due to the rumors that were spread on the social media, including WhatsApp.

“Today, we’re launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using WhatsApp. In India — where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world — we’ll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once and we’ll remove the quick forward button next to media messages,” WhatsApp said on Friday. The company added that “we believe that these changes – which we’ll continue to evaluate – will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app.”

The changes to WhatsApp’s user interface come amidst sharp criticism from India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Apparently, just a day before WhatsApp announced the new update, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had sent a second notice letter to the online messaging service threatening legal action.

“It is regretted that the enormity of the challenge and the rampant abuse happening in the country leading to repeated commissioning of crimes pursuant to rampant circulation of irresponsible messages in large volumes on their platform have not been addressed adequately by WhatsApp. There is a need for bringing in traceability and accountability when a provocative [or] inflammatory message is detected and a request is made by law enforcement agencies,” the ministry said in a statement.

It added that WhatsApp “cannot evade responsibility and accountability” and threatened legal action against the company if it remained “mute spectators” when rumors and fake news are circulated through such modes. The ministry had asked the company to check the spread of fake and provocative content.

However, an anonymous WhatsApp source said that the decision to come out with the new test feature was already announced earlier by the company as a measure to curb the spread of false news and rumors of horrifying incidents. The source added that the changes was not directly in response to the notice from the IT ministry.

The latest changes were welcomed by technology experts. “This change is going to make it difficult for people to forward messages, it’s going to add a layer of friction to the process,” said Nikhil Pahwa, a co-founder of advocacy group Internet Freedom Foundation.

Besides the limit message forwarding feature, WhatsApp has also brought few other changes to its platform to combat the spread of misinformation and curb violence menace in India. On July 10, WhatsApp launched a new feature where messages forwarded by other users would be labelled as such so as to make it easier for people to understand if the sender wrote it or was it just a forwarded message from others.

“WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive have been forwarded to you. This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else,” WhatsApp had said in a statement.

Additionally, WhatsApp last week published advertisements titled “Together We Can Fight False Information” in important Indian newspapers, where it advised Indians to think twice before sharing messages that contain spelling mistakes or they made the reader angry or afraid.

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WhatsApp will soon stop working on certain phones

WhatsApp will soon stop working on certain phones

WhatsApp to stop working on these devices in 2018, here is a full list

Facebook-owned chatting app WhatsApp that has been a lifeline for many has been connecting people across the globe for almost a decade now. However, this may soon end at least for some for them.

In a quiet update to an old blog post titled “support for older operating systems” on WhatsApp’s mobile devices support page, the company has revealed a list of devices and their operating systems that will become incompatible with the chatting application in 2018. While some devices featuring in the list have already stopped supporting the chat app, other devices may lose the support by the end of this calendar year.

With 1.5 billion users around the world, withdrawal of WhatsApp facility will reduce millions of users from its platform in the next two years.

The reason the company is planning to withdraw the facility to run the WhatsApp app on a bunch of iPhones and Android phones, is that these devices and their operating systems (OS) will not be able to support the new features that WhatsApp plans to introduce in the future

In the update, the company has clarified that the minimum requirement on any Android device to run Whatsapp is to have at least Android version 2.3.3, which means Android 2.1 (Eclair) and Android 2.2 (Froyo) will no longer be able to support WhatsApp. Further, phones running on the Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) will have support for two years.

For iPhones, devices running below iOS version 7 and the iPhone 3GS will no longer be able to run WhatsApp. When it comes to Windows, Windows phones 7.0 and 8.0 will not be able to get WhatsApp updates this year. Also, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 and older are out of the reckoning.

As far as Nokia handsets are concerned, the Nokia S40 OS or the Nokia Asha series phones will no longer support WhatsApp anymore. Also, the Nokia Symbian S60 will not support WhatsApp.

From now on, the minimum requirement for the devices to run WhatsApp would be that it should be running on Android version 4.0 or later, iOS 8 and later for iPhones, and Windows 8.1 for Windows phone.

If you are using any one of these affected mobile devices, it is recommended that you upgrade to a newer iOS version, or newer Windows OS, or to a newer Android running OS that your device can support.

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WhatsApp for Android allows users to download deleted media

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WhatsApp: You can re-download accidentally deleted photos and videos on Android

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has recently rolled a new feature that allows the users to retrieve deleted media files. In other words, the new feature will enable users to redownload media files even if it was deleted from the phone.

According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has introduced a feature for Android that will allow the users to restore deleted images from its server again. The feature was introduced in WhatsApp’s recent updates between version 2.18.106 and 2.18.110, says the report.

“Recently, WhatsApp has modified this behavior: when a media is successfully downloaded, WhatsApp doesn’t delete it from the server, allowing the users to download it again if the file was accidentally deleted in the path where WhatsApp saves media”, said WABetaInfo.

For those unaware, previously media content such as photos, GIFs, voice message, documents and video were stored on WhatsApp’s server for 30 days till they were downloaded by the user, while downloaded media was deleted immediately after the download. Once the content was downloaded from the WhatsApp folder, the user didn’t have the option to go back to the chats and redownload the content after the expiration of the validity.

However, with the addition of the new feature, WhatsApp will now keep the deleted media files on servers making it available for download again even after they are deleted by the users. But, it is important to note that the message is not deleted from WhatsApp otherwise it will be impossible to retrieve.

“Only if the file has been deleted in sdcard/WhatsApp/ and you have the message in the chat, you can successfully download it again,” says the report.

While testing the feature, WABetaInfo found that they were able to recover files deleted two months ago. The report also adds that all the media files saved on the server come with end-to-end encryption, so there’s nothing to worry about.

So, how does the new feature works? Firstly, ensure that you are running the latest WhatsApp version 2.18.113 on Android. To confirm this, go to the app’s settings to check for the version. If not, update the app to the latest version to receive the new feature. To retrieve the deleted downloaded media content in the phone’s storage, all you need to do is go to the chat conversation on WhatsApp. Once it is found, just tap on the deleted media files to download.

Currently, the new feature is limited to Android version 2.18.113 and is available only for beta users on Android. The new feature doesn’t seem to be available for iOS users as of now but is expected to come soon.

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WhatsApp Payments feature now available for users in India

WhatsApp Payments feature now available for users in India

Know how to send and receive money using the WhatsApp Payments feature on the messaging app

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has been testing its digital payments feature for both Android and iOS in India for some time now. Currently, in beta stage, testers have now found the payments feature appearing in their WhatsApp Settings menu with a large list of supported banks displaying in the WhatsApp user interface.

The WhatsApp Payments feature that will let users in India to send and receive money from their friends from the messaging app itself. The messaging platform will integrate its peer-to-peer UPI or Unified Payments Interface based digital payments platform with leading banks, including State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and Axis Bank. However, users who are registered as merchants on the chat app or have a WhatsApp Business account will still not be able to use this feature.

For those unaware, UPI is like a unique identification of the user which bank uses to transfer money via IMPS.

WhatsApp has been working on the digital transaction feature since 2017, once it got approval from the Indian government to integrate UPI into its messaging service. The UPI-based payment feature has been spotted in WhatsApp beta version 2.18.41 for Android and 2.18.21 for iOS.

With a strong user base of over 200 million across India, WhatsApp is likely to be at advantage from the start giving tough completion to the already existing digital wallets in the country, such as Paytm, Hike, MobiKwik, government-owned BHIM to the recently launched Google Tez.

The official roll-out of WhatsApp Payments for the general public is likely to be announced very soon. Although, the FAQ page on payments is not yet updated by WhatsApp, the terms and service page along with the privacy policy page for the app is live now. Users can check these out before turning on Payments service on WhatsApp.

To activate the feature you need to have the latest update of WhatsApp. And if someone who has the feature of WhatsApp payment already live messages to your device, you will need to reboot the app in order to get ‘Payments’ reflect on your app. Once the Payments is reflected in your app, all you need to do is follow the below mentioned steps to start transferring money via WhatsApp.

To activate UPI or Unified Payments Interface on WhatsApp, you need to follow the below steps:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Payments.
  3. You will be requested to ‘add a bank account’ here.
  4. Once you tap on ‘add new bank account’, a pop up will appear that will ask you accept the terms and conditions provided by WhatsApp.
  5. Once you accept the terms and conditions, you need to verify your mobile number.
  6. Please note that UPI will not check the entered mobile number and the bank accounts linked with it. Therefore, you need to ensure that the mobile phone has the same SIM card that you use for your WhatsApp account.
  7. Once your mobile number has been verified, the list of banks that support the feature will appear.
  8. Choose your bank account with which your UPI is activated.
  9. Now, you have chosen the bank account you would like to add to UPI on WhatsApp.
  10. Once this is done, you will now need to create a Virtual Payee Address (VPA). For this, you would require to input the last six digits of debit card number along with necessary information.
  11. After doing that, you can now transfer money to a chat or a group.

Note: If the user you wish to transfer money doesn’t have WhatsApp Payments, then the messaging app will advise you about the same.

Last month, WhatsApp had officially rolled out “WhatsApp Business”, a free-to download Android app for small businesses to help them communicate better with their customers and vice-versa in India.

Source: Financial Express

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‘WhatsApp Desktop’ app comes to the Microsoft Store

'WhatsApp Desktop' app comes to the Microsoft Store

‘WhatsApp Desktop’ now available for download as an app from the Microsoft Store

WhatsApp Messenger, currently one of the most popular messaging services for instant messaging, voice, and video calling, is used by over a billion users around the world.

While WhatsApp has been offering a version of the Messenger for Windows PCs with a “classic” Win32 program since 2016, it has now finally released its ‘WhatsApp Desktop’ app for Windows 10 PCs in the Microsoft Store after testing it with a limited number of users as part of their desktop app beta program.

WhatsApp’s desktop is a web wrapper for its web app, and looks almost like the previous desktop version that is bundled using the Desktop App Converter for Project Centennial. This version is not written specifically for Microsoft’s native Universal Windows Platform (UWP). The WhatsApp team has instead used Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge to bring their app to Microsoft Store.

The app includes features such as sharing files of various types, editing profile information, sending GIFs and Emojis, and viewing Status Updates. In addition, the app also supports push notifications so that you do not miss a message. However, the desktop app is missing a lot of features, such as video calls, which is available on the mobile app.

As usual, this additional version of WhatsApp only works as an extension of the smartphone app, which means that you will need a smartphone with WhatsApp installed to use this application. However, users still have the option to use the web version at web.whatsapp.com instead of the app or the older desktop version.

You can click here to download WhatsApp Desktop from the Microsoft Store. The app download size is approximately 250MB and Windows 10 in the 64-bit version is necessary for the new app, reads the description in the Microsoft Store.

Currently, only people who have been selected for beta testing will be able to successfully access the account using their Facebook credentials. If you are not on the selected beta testers list, you will receive the “403: Forbidden” error while attempting to login. In that case, you would need to wait for the application to be made publicly available in your country.

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Its Not Just You, WhatsApp Is Down For Everyone

Its Not Just You, WhatsApp Is Down For Everyone

WhatsApp is down globally

Thousands of users were left clueless when they found their favourite social network app, WhatsApp down due to a worldwide outage. The sudden worldwide outage occurred just now and the reason of the outage is not known.

Both the down detecting services, DownRightNow and DownDetector have reported huge problems with WhatsApp.

Independent downtime detecting website outage.report shows the same.

Its Not Just You, WhatsApp Is Down For Everyone
WhatsApp users have taken over twitter and Facebook to show up their frustration.

Update: WhatsApp is up now

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Deleted messages on WhatsApp can still be read using notification log

How to Read a Deleted WhatsApp Message Someone Sent You

WhatsApp’s “Delete for everyone” feature ineffective, as recipients can still read it via notification log

WhatsApp users were elated when the instant messaging application service announced the “Delete for everyone” message option couple of weeks ago. The new message recall feature called “Delete for everyone (or Delete for me)” in WhatsApp allows users to remove specific messages forwarded in group and individual chats that they didn’t intend to send within a timeframe of 7 minutes.

However, according to a popular Spanish Android blog Android Jefe, WhatsApp is not actually deleting the messages and the recipient can still read a recalled text. Apparently, the deleted message is stored in the notification log of the recipient.

“What we found is that the messages are stored in the notification register of the Android system. So, it’s just a matter of entering that record to see the messages that the other person deleted,” the blog states.

The deleted messages on WhatsApp can be read by using any third-party app, reads the log. While there are few apps in the Google Play Store that can do so, one such app is Notification History.

Here is how one can read deleted WhatsApp messages, according to the blog:

  1. Users can access deleted WhatsApp messages by downloading a new app named Notification History via Google Play Store.
  2. Once the Notification History app is downloaded, users need to search the Android notification log along with the message’s timestamp and date for reading it.
  3. Alternatively, if the users want to read the deleted message without downloading any third party app, then they just need to tap on Widgets > Activities > Settings > Notification log.

However, there are a few caveats to this method, as per the blog. Firstly, a message would actually have to generate a notification on your smartphone for it to be read. Further, the notification log keeps communications for a few hours at the most and clears out all of them in case of a restart. Also, only the first 100 characters of the deleted message can be read in case the text is retrieved. In addition, media such as photos and videos cannot be viewed, as it saved only text messages.

Please note that the process of reading deleted WhatsApp message is applicable only on Android devices and not iOS devices. You can download Notification History via the Google Play Store.

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Fake version of WhatsApp downloaded by over 1 million Android users from Google Play Store

Fake WhatsApp On Google Play Store Has Been Downloaded By More Than 1 Million People

Beware! WhatsApp Business app on Google Play Store is fake

Watch out Android users who are looking to download the most popular messaging service, WhatsApp, as a fake version of the app was discovered on Google Play Store .

The fake and malicious version of WhatsApp Business posing as “Update WhatsApp Messenger” is still available to download on Google Play Store with the developer title “WhatsApp Inc*”. The developer has now changed its name to “Update WhatsApp”. While there are several fake versions, one version has been downloaded up to 5,000 times, there is another version under the same name which has a million downloads.

The malicious software was first discovered by Twitter user @MujtabaMHaq and later reported by the popular WhatsApp change tracking website, WABetaInfo.

While some users complained about not being unable to login into the chat app, some said they were served with ads to download other apps.

The WABetaInfo social media account tweeted about the fake version to its 30,000 followers.

Thanks to report this.

Please followers, DON’T DOWNLOAD THIS APP! IT’S FAKE!WhatsApp Business IS NOT OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE YET FOR ALL.

Check only official channels to download WhatsApp Business *in future*.@WhatsApp should ask to @GooglePlay to remove it as soon as possible. https://t.co/Uve3Y3vsbp

– WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) October 31, 2017

Although WhatsApp officially announced the beta test run of the WhatsApp business last month, it is yet to launch it as a standalone service. This chat app is designed to make it easier for businesses and regular users to communicate.

“In the coming months, we’ll be testing new features that aim to solve some of these challenges, and make it easier for people to communicate with the businesses they want to reach on WhatsApp. Our approach is simple – we want to apply what we’ve learned helping people connect with each other to helping people connect with businesses that are important to them, ” the company states on its blog.

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