The rise of WhatsApp Plus and should you install it?

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.

Rahul Thadani

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vishal
vishal
6 years ago

want to download this app

parag
parag
6 years ago
Reply to  vishal

i want to download this

VILAS PAWAR
VILAS PAWAR
6 years ago

I WHANT PC WATS UP

aaron
aaron
6 years ago
Reply to  VILAS PAWAR

install bluestacks then..

Sam Wanda
Sam Wanda
6 years ago

Please remember that “NOT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD”

Manoj Bajaj
Manoj Bajaj
6 years ago

I want to install this App

akshay
akshay
4 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Thadani

My number banned for Whatsapp after using this app

MOHSIN
MOHSIN
6 years ago

I NEED WHTSAPP FOR PC ……….!

Manish
Manish
6 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Thadani

With help of Bluestacks app. one can use all the apps of the android platform on PC

Jaydeep Chowdhary
Jaydeep Chowdhary
6 years ago

i want this app for pc

Roki
Roki
6 years ago

How can i download this app on my pc?

mercy
mercy
6 years ago

where can i download this app????

bhavesh
bhavesh
6 years ago

i wanna this app to be downloaded on my pc

Rakesh
Rakesh
6 years ago

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

INDRAPAL
INDRAPAL
6 years ago

its diffent

nitin
nitin
6 years ago

will it work in p.c?

nitin
nitin
6 years ago

how long procedure

sandeep
sandeep
6 years ago

how to download this application

Methurani
Methurani
6 years ago

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.

Tanish
Tanish
6 years ago

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

Harshal Pande
Harshal Pande
6 years ago

Hello Sir

Is there any risk after installing WhatsApp Plus in Device

amit upadhyay
amit upadhyay
6 years ago

i want to pc whats app download

Pankaj Kayal
Pankaj Kayal
6 years ago

Hello Sir

Is there any risk after installing WhatsApp Plus in Device

Neha
Neha
6 years ago

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.

Vijaykumar
Vijaykumar
6 years ago

Hi,
Is it possible to download at ipad 2?

Omkar
Omkar
6 years ago

Will this whatsapp plus work on my blackberry phone?

isaac
isaac
6 years ago

want to download

Aritra Pal
Aritra Pal
6 years ago

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…. :))))

mohasin
mohasin
6 years ago

can i get this ap for lumia 720

Jagdish Tamya
Jagdish Tamya
6 years ago

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

Aneeket banerjee
Aneeket banerjee
6 years ago

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

Gaurav
Gaurav
6 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Thadani

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.

Parker Davidson
Parker Davidson
6 years ago

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

Preet Gadhiya
Preet Gadhiya
6 years ago

I wanna Download this app on my blackberry

Anand Kumar Singh
Anand Kumar Singh
6 years ago

I want to download link this apps.

Rohit sisodiya
Rohit sisodiya
6 years ago

i want to download what up apps

Chandan
Chandan
6 years ago

install blue-stacks then..

sourabh
sourabh
6 years ago

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

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  sourabh

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,

darshan ugare
darshan ugare
6 years ago

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

ATIF ZAIDI
ATIF ZAIDI
6 years ago

@Rahul Thadani 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… Read more »

Robin
Robin
6 years ago

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… Read more »

ATIF ZAIDI
ATIF ZAIDI
6 years ago

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

ATIF ZAIDI
ATIF ZAIDI
6 years ago

sorry bro if i sounded rude or harsh..

Olumide
Olumide
6 years ago

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.

Kanika
Kanika
6 years ago

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

Rajat Kaappor
Rajat Kaappor
6 years ago

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

aatish Lazarus
aatish Lazarus
6 years ago

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…

Leonel
Leonel
6 years ago

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.

hims
hims
6 years ago

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.

hims
hims
6 years ago

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.

Deepsetu
Deepsetu
6 years ago

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?

leena
leena
6 years ago

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

Madan Bhandari
Madan Bhandari
6 years ago

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

kitty pinkygirl
kitty pinkygirl
6 years ago

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.

ravi
ravi
6 years ago

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

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  ravi

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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