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The rise of WhatsApp Plus and should you install it?
May 26, 2014

The other day we received a rather interesting notification from one of our users about a service called WhatsApp Plus. While it sounds like a premium version of the original and hugely popular WhatsApp messaging service, after digging around a bit we have found that the circumstances surrounding this app are a bit suspicious.

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What does WhatsApp Plus look like?

Firstly, the app seems to be a blatant copy of the original WhatsApp. The only difference being the WhatsApp icon which is now blue in this case. This is a great way for getting people to think that WhatsApp Plus is a variant of the original WhatsApp. Whether this infringes any copyrights or not is unknown.

Who provides WhatsApp Plus and where can it be found?

WhatsApp Plus is not available on the authentic Google Play store and we don’t believe it will be available there anytime soon either. As per our information, the only place it can be found as of now is over the web on its own dedicated website. It may be available over some third-party app repositories, but downloading any apps from such sources is not recommended.

Apparently, this app was developed by a Spanish developer known as Rafalete in 2012. WhatsApp Plus is free to install and it seems to carry the same user license as WhatsApp as well.

Correction: As has been brought to our notice, the name of the developer of WhatsApp is Rafalanse. We had incorrectly believed his name was Rafalete.

How is WhatsApp Plus different from WhatsApp?

Now let’s see the differences between these two apps and why someone would be inclined to install WhatsApp Plus in the first place. Users of this app can enjoy some unique visual themes which are not available for the regular WhatsApp version. Apparently, there are over 700 different themes and skins that can be installed for customization. Moreover, there are tons of new smileys and emoticons available for WhatsApp Plus users as well.

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Additionally, WhatsApp Plus users can also choose to hide their ‘last seen’ status so that people do not come to know when they were last active on WhatsApp. However, on WhatsApp Plus, this is a paid feature. Android users of the original WhatsApp will be aware that this feature is now available to them for free.

Apart from this, WhatsApp Plus also allows users to send heavier files. This file sharing limit can be stretched to 50MB for these users. The original WhatsApp only allows 2MB of files to be shared at a time. Several other features are also available to WhatsApp Plus users such as changing the chat images, contacts’ images, popup notifications, widget appearance and color of the launcher icon.

However, and this can be a deal breaker for most users, if you are installing WhatsApp Plus then you need to mandatorily uninstall the original WhatsApp from your device. This is a rather strange move and arouses our suspicions even further.

Correction: The file size limit in WhatsApp is 16 MB. We had incorrectly stated this limit as 2 MB.

So should you install WhatsApp Plus or not?

Our recommendation would be to not install WhatsApp Plus on your phone. Its exact origins are unknown and it is also unknown if this app is legal in the first place. Unless you are a highly technical user who roots his Android to make it highly unique, we suggest you stay away from WhatsApp Plus and stick to the original WhatsApp like 500 million other people. Additionally, to avoid accidental installation of fake Android apps that can potentially steal data, use an effective antivirus solution like Quick Heal Total Security.

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  1. want to download this app

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  2. VILAS PAWARMay 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    I WHANT PC WATS UP

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  3. Sam WandaMay 26, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Please remember that “NOT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD”

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  4. Manoj BajajMay 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    I want to install this App

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  5. I NEED WHTSAPP FOR PC ……….!

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  6. Jaydeep ChowdharyMay 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    i want this app for pc

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  7. How can i download this app on my pc?

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  8. where can i download this app????

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  9. i wanna this app to be downloaded on my pc

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  10. i want to know that why whatsapp is not available in windows phone store and even on windowsphone.com?

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    • Hi Rakesh,

      About 2 days back, WhatsApp was removed from the Windows Phone store for unexplained technical reasons. We believe this was a temporary measure till they resolve these issues. Hopefully WhatsApp will be back on the store soon.

      Regards,
      Rahul.

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  11. its diffent

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  12. will it work in p.c?

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  13. how long procedure

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  14. how to download this application

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  15. MethuraniMay 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Hi Rahul,

    I use Lumia620 Windows Phone. From my phone Whatsapp has been uninstall and even it is not available in windows phone store. When it is going to came back? I desperately need back on my phone. Plz help me, rahul.

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    • Hi Methurani,

      WhatsApp has been temporarily removed from the Windows Phone Marketplace for some technical reasons. We cannot say when it will be back there.

      Best regards.

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  16. very good very helpful article . i was going to install what’s app plus but now I wont . thanks :D.

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  17. Harshal PandeMay 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Hello Sir

    Is there any risk after installing WhatsApp Plus in Device

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  18. amit upadhyayMay 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    i want to pc whats app download

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  19. Pankaj KayalMay 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Hello Sir

    Is there any risk after installing WhatsApp Plus in Device

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    • Hi Pankaj,

      The legality of this app is not known so it can get uninstalled at any time. Moreover, it can steal your data as its origin is not known clearly. It is risky to install this app, and we do not recommend it.

      Regards.

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  20. I used this app for few weeks. Always “Whatsapp+ has crashed” message used to flash on my screen and my phone used to shut down. So…i wouldn’t recommend this app.

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  21. VijaykumarMay 27, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Hi,
    Is it possible to download at ipad 2?

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  22. Will this whatsapp plus work on my blackberry phone?

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    • Hi Omkar,

      There are some dubious sites and downloads that allow you to install WhatsApp Plus on your BlackBerry. You will have to do an online search for them. However, we do not recommend that you install this app.

      Regards.

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  23. want to download

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  24. Aritra PalMay 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    I’m using WhatsApp Plus…!!! It just awesome.. Using this app u can change many settings which u can’t change in original WhatsApp… It just awesome…. :))))

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  25. can i get this ap for lumia 720

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    • Hi Mohasin,

      We believe this app is available for most platforms. You will need to visit its website and find the kit for your platform of choice. However, we must reiterate, that downloading and installing this app is not recommended.

      Regards.

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  26. Jagdish TamyaMay 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    “QUICK HEAL ” से बेहतर कोई एन्टी वायरस नहीं है……

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  27. Aneeket banerjeeMay 28, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    i know this app doesnt work on pc but there must be some way where i can instal this in my pc

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    • Hi Aneeket,

      There are some websites and programs that allow this app to work on the PC. However, we do not recommend those programs as they are unstable and can carry several risks within them.

      Regards.

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      • Hi rahul,
        Bluestacks can be used to run android apps on pc.
        I have used that and didn’t find any unstable behaviour or any suspicious behavior. You can check on it’s website or other blogs or on wiki.

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  28. Parker DavidsonMay 28, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    is this version available for Windows Phone also???.

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  29. Preet GadhiyaMay 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    I wanna Download this app on my blackberry

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  30. Anand Kumar SinghMay 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I want to download link this apps.

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  31. Rohit sisodiyaMay 29, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    i want to download what up apps

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  32. install blue-stacks then..

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  33. then what do u wan a say ????
    i should install this aaps or not …….is this aaps is save ????

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    • Hi Sourabh,

      The app, for now has a shady character because its legality is not known nor its origin. It is wise to assume that it is risky to install this app, and we do not recommend it.

      Regards,

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  34. darshan ugareMay 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    i have the whatsup plus but it is not installing ……….

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  35. ATIF ZAIDIJune 5, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    @RAHUL THADANI it seems you know nothing except promoting a BLOATWARE A.V ie. QUICKHEAL 🙂
    so get your facts cleared before putting up false information

    1. The name of the Whatsapp Plus developer is RAFALANSE not “Rafalete”

    2. RAFALANSE Was a very well known and respected developer on XDA before he was banned by them because of DMCA COMPLAINT BY WHATSAPP INC. i hope you are aware what DMCA is and What XDA is :-)so dont ever put sill argument that a respected developer will ever STEAL PRIVATE DATA.

    3. OFFICIAL WHATSAPP PROVIDES 16 M.B OF DATA TRANSFER SINCE 2009 NOT JUST 2 M.B AS WRITTEN BY YOU

    4. the official LAST SEEN HIDE FEATURE IS USELESS BECAUSE After Activating it you will not be able to seen others LAST SEEN as-well. Whereas in Whatsapp + only your ie USERS LAST SEEN IS HIDDEN NOT OTHERS

    5. Yes you have to install Whatsapp Plus after Uninstalling Original Whatsapp because both are same programme packages and according to Android APK Behavior you cannot Install Same software side by side. I hope you understand this technicality too.

    SO brother stop spreading false information that whatsapp plus is a bad software in fact like official Whatsapp Millions of user like me are enjoying using it for past two years, and remember my BANK A/C OR G.Fs MOBILE NUMBER WAS NEVER STOLE BY WHATSAPP PLUS developer 🙂

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    • Hi Atif,

      Firstly, thank you for your detailed insights. The fact that you took the time out to come to our blog to share so much information with us is really encouraging and we are glad you did so. With regards to the points you have made –

      1. The most advanced version of Quick Heal for home users requires a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 1.6 GB free hard disk space. I believe this is the bare minimum that any machine today operates on, barring a few. So we don’t believe that classifying Quick Heal as ‘bloatware’ is a correct nomenclature. This is simply your personal opinion, which we respectfully accept.

      2. Apologies for getting the name of the developer wrong.

      3. Since the developer was served a DMCA complaint by WhatsApp Inc. it is clear that WhatsApp Plus crosses several copyright lines. When intellectual property is stolen, there are consequences.

      4. You are right about the file size limit as well. Apologies for that.

      5. We are glad that you have been using WhatsApp Plus without losing your bank account information and your loved ones’ phone numbers. Please note that we are not claiming WhatsApp Plus is bad. It is up to each user whether they wish to use it or not. While you may have had a good experience with it, there are others who have not. This is a knowledge sharing platform for one and all.

      Hope this clarifies and we hope you will be happy to see your comment has not been deleted.

      Best regards.

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  36. I cannot understand if whatsapp+ and whatsapp are different and we suspects that whatsapp+ is a stolen copy of original one and is a different company then how come when we send message to a original whatsapp user from this new whatsapp+ app , they recieve it and reply in vice versa manner ?? How this two apps are compatible ? This proves they share the same server…. give it a thought ..I think this is a trial copy of original whatsapp to see what works in the market and what not ..or may be its really a stolen copy with stolen passwords to the server too ..haha

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  37. ATIF ZAIDIJune 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    @RAHUL Bro If I Sounded Rude Or Harsh. Actually Rafalanse Was Banned By XDA Because Of Me It Was Actually Me Who Complained To Whatsapp INC. By Email And Screen shots Of Whatsapp + In July 2013 🙂 hihi… But Anyways Whatsapp Plus Is A Good Product You Can Use It Safely…Just Try It Its Lighter Beautiful And Fast…You Will Love It
    Thanks
    Atif

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  38. ATIF ZAIDIJune 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    @Rahul sorry bro if i sounded rude or harsh..

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  39. I have a few questions concerning whatsapp+.
    How is it possible for this app to communicate with the original whatsapp?
    It means they share the same servers right?
    If that’s the case, are they accessing the original whatsapp servers through a “backdoor” or something? I seriously doubt that.

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  40. Can we hide the online status on watsapp plus???

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  41. Rajat KaapporJune 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Whatsapp keeps forcing to update the software very often, which I found irritating. I found the app Photo4Tune far better in terms of keeping in touch with friends, photo sharing functions & event creation features

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  42. aatish LazarusJuly 3, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    I want to download this app on my Sony Xperia j but it is not getting installed so what should I do to get this app…

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  43. I want to express my desaggrement with this conclusion. I think it is a subjective opinion based on not having used the app.
    In matters of security the original app is flawfull.
    I’m using Whatsapp Plus since long time ago and it is so much better for the ones like me that will never read even the biggest font on the original app.
    The app is a tweak to make Whatsapp original look much better the way you want it.
    So I say: use it, you wont regret it.

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  44. I installed whatsapp plus. It got downloaded as a video file. When I clicked on it. It said video cannot open.is whatsapp plus installed on my phone. How do I check it or un install it.

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  45. Unfortunately I am not able to see the file in download folder or the manage apps folder. The file got downloaded but I cant find it on the phone. How should I search for it.

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    • Hi,

      We believe you should uninstall WhatsApp Plus from your phone first. Go to your Application Manager within settings, locate WhatsApp Plus and then uninstall it from there. To reinstall it, please go to the official site of WhatsApp Plus. There will be a help and comments section there as well to help with these issues. Also, before installation, ensure that your phone allows downloading of apps from stores that are not Google Play, i.e. allow downloading from third-party sources.

      Best regards.

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  46. everytime i try to download the whatsapp+ apk file it gets stuck on 76% or 10.5mb nd finaly says downloading failed…i’m using the original whatsapp…bt i really want this whatsapp+ application can anybody help?

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  47. i uninstalled original whatsapp and downloaded whatsapp plus, but while installing its not working, plz Rahul help me

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    • Hi Leena,

      The best thing to do would be to uninstall WhatsApp Plus and reinstall it again from its source website. Also ensure that third-party source application downloads are enabled on your device. This can be found in the settings of your phone.

      Regards.

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  48. Madan BhandariAugust 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Whatsapp Plus is nice and cool app. I am using this app for long time.

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  49. kitty pinkygirlAugust 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    I already download this file, unfortunately! When i want to install it,it say the package signature has . What happened??? Please tell me what should I do to use this application. Thanks.

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  50. Is quick heal available for NOKIA X AND LUMIA

    I had used qickheal on my galaxy s duos
    And suffered from the problem of photos getting corrupted

    And the Samsung customer care says that there is no need to use antivirus for android

    Coz antivirus doesn’t attack on this OS

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    • Hi Ravi,

      At present, Quick Heal mobile security products only supports the Android Platform.

      Contrary to what you might have been told by the customer care, Android happens to be the most vulnerable mobile platform. 99.9% of mobile malware are designed to attack Android. If you run a Google search you will come across many trusted websites that will help you understand how Android is the most common target of attackers.

      Regards,

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  51. Khizer HayyatAugust 29, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    WhatsApp Plus looks like a fraud,it should be investigated.I would still prefer the original WhatsApp.

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  52. Such a noob article. The reason you have to uninstall original Whatsapp is due to the signature conflicts. It is not something that “arouses suspicion”. Give the great developer some credit rather than posting stupid and immature article. Whatsapp Plus is amazing and it provides features that a whole team behind the actuall Whatsapp couldn’t. One single person took the pains to reverse engineer the whole app and add features. You might have not seen his xda page. This was initially released in xda as a whatsapp mod. The original Whatsapp guys sent him a DCMA notice so XDA had to take down hence he hosts it in his own site and still he continues to update.

    Don’t give people false information on the pretext that you know everything. Do some research. A simple google search would help you out in this.

    The last scene hide feature is different from what original Whatsapp offers. In this you can hide with a particular time rather than showing nothing. So it is different plus you can see other’s last scene as well.

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  53. Why don’t state precisely the reason to not to use whatsapp, instead of just going hayway

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  54. I’ve got whats app inbuilt in my mobile. So now I’m unable to uninstall whatsapp and install whatsapp+
    Why are you not recommending whatsapp+?
    Is it too dangerous to use whatsapp+?
    If it so what kind of dangers are they?

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  55. Hey!

    I recently found one issue with what’s app plus and using plus donation. by using plus donation we can go to hidden mode and because of that other users can see our “last seen” the time when we go in hidden mode. but if we send message to Windows and BlackBarry by using what’s app plus it is showing “online” to the BB and Windows users, seems like there is a bug with whats app plus and plus donation….

    please fix this ASAP if you are the developer of whats app plus!!

    Thanks.

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    • Hi Ajit,

      Thank you for your comment. We would like to inform you that we are not related to WhatsApp Plus or any of its products. This blog post was a precautionary message for our readers.

      Regards,

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  56. I’ve been using this app and I’ve never had any problem with it. It works perfectly normal just like the usual Whatsapp and more pretty too.

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  57. Hi.. M using whatapp original . but m unable to installed whatapp plus..it have already signatures etc… But I already uninstalled original whatsapp.. Pls help nd reply soon.. Thanks

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    • WHATAPP PLUS NOT INSTAL MY ANDRIOD MOBILE BCOZ ORIGNAL WHATAPP ALREADY INBUILT IN PNONE THAN HOW TO INSTL WHATAPP PLUS PLZ TELL ME NOW I AM WAITING YOUR RLY PLZ…

      THANKS
      REGARDS
      ARMAN THAPA

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      • Hi Arman,

        As mentioned in the post, WhatsApp plus is not an official app from WhatsApp. So, installing it on your might be risky. However, if you still want to, then we would advise you to get in touch with the support team of WhatsApp plus:

        Regards,

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  58. is it is safe to use this app?

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  59. Chinomso KaluJanuary 10, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    To install whatsapp plus, go to Google play store and search for “WhatsApp Plus Tutor and all the errors you get when installing whatsapp plus will be gone.

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  60. the new version keeps crashing when i try to update it

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    • Hi Lanzo,

      The build is probably not perfected yet so maybe you can check for an update soon. If there are any bugs in the latest version, it will soon get rectified by the developers of WhatsApp Plus.

      Regards.

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  61. how to install whats app plus for android device via google play store?

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  62. then how to install whatsapp plus in my android device?

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  63. Chinomso KaluJanuary 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    If I post an external link, Rahul may not be happy….There is a tutorial to easily install the Latest Whatsapp Plus and eliminate the “application not installed” error

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  64. vinay varmaJanuary 14, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Hi Rahul bro,
    From long back I am using whatsapp +….it asked me to update, I did not update it so now it is not working
    It asked me to uninstall whatsapp+ and then install whatsapp and chat with any friend. I have done all the procedure.But also it is not working ………….so can u help me to use it back……..!

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  65. I’ve installed it in ma android 2.3.6 version but its showing “oops!!whatsApp crashed”.. please help me out to install it

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  66. Guys don’t download it….. After few hours when I downloaded WhatsApp plus, WhatsApp banned me from using WhatsApp for 1 day…

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  67. Hi I m using whatsapp plus from many days… But today when I opened it comes temporarily banned……and time is showing…. Plz tell what to do..

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  68. i have installed and used this app for one day. but whatsaap (original) warned me from using whatsaap+ since its not related with it. its violence in their view to use this whatsaap+ app. i have been banned for 24 hours since i have violated their terms. so I am living without whatsaap for one day. missing my loved one texts 🙁
    i don’t recommend any android users who are conscious about their well maintained whatsaap to use this app. and I am one of them. ‘beware of frauds’

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  69. roshan aryalJanuary 21, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    i have installed and used this app for one day.
    but whatsaap (original) warned me from using
    whatsaap+ since its not related with it. its
    violence in their view to use this whatsaap+
    app. i have been banned for 24 hours since i
    have violated their terms. so I am living without
    whatsaap for one day. missing my loved one
    texts
    i don’t recommend any android users who are
    conscious about their well maintained whatsaap
    to use this app. and I am one of them. ‘beware
    of frauds’

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  70. You are actually right. If you’re an average user just stick to whatsapp. For those who are technical advanced users on android its a must try. But give the developer credit for reverse engineering the app and modifying it. As stated it was something only for the XDA community of developers & hobbyists. It was never for an average user.

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  71. How to get current messages back when whatsapp plus has crashed?

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    • Hi Laurie,

      Can you please specify what you mean? That will allow us to provide you with a better answer to the issue you are currently facing. If your WhatsApp Plus has crashed, you can simply restart the app or maybe restart your phone. That should get it working again and not interfere with any messages or information you already have on your device.

      Regards.

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  72. Hi i con’t download in my mobile and iam not getting whatsapp + in google plz send link or any opposition r their

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  73. I means that the message said “WhatsApp Plus error has crashed” then I opened WhatsApp again. But the recent current messages are gone. So I want to know how to get the messages back.

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  74. Can we disable the message notifications colour (sky blue). I mean as soon as message sent to a user.. Double right mark will be appeared.. After seeing that message then only sky blue message appears.. Even after seeing also , can we make sky blue not to appear??

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    • Hi Ramesh,

      Yes this can be done. Go to Menu >> Settings >> Account >> Privacy >> Read Receipts. If you uncheck the box in front of Read Receipts, the double tick-marks in blue will not be visible to your contacts when you send them a message. However please note, this works both ways. You will not be able to see when someone else has read your message and they will also not be able to see when you have read their message. However, in a group chat, this setting cannot be disabled.

      Regards.

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  75. In whatsapp plus,when we turn on the (hide double tick , hide blue tick) option then when we delete the conversation …after few minutes the coversation automatically appear again …. plzz overcome this probelm …thnx

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  76. I have instald whats app in my android phone but its not responding its showng blank aftrer installng new version so please suggest me that how can i get back my whats app

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    • Hi Nandu,

      We recommend that you uninstall the app and then reinstall it on the device again. There must have been an error during installation which caused this.

      Regards.

      Reply
  77. Sudhanshu GuptaJuly 28, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    In my whatsapp plus v2.10 (provided by onhax) always shows incorrect date and says it expired in 2061…. strange! how can I reslve this problem…

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  78. How can I use WhatsApp and WhatsApp plus on 1time

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