WhatsApp Windows Phone 8

WhatsApp for Windows Phone gets major new update, loads of new features

Now that Kik is on the sidelines for Windows Phone, WhatsApp has become our default international messaging app on Windows Phone. Luckily for us the WhatsApp team is busy updating and adding new functions to the app, evidently back on their 30-day schedule.

Version 2.9.2 is now live in the Store and it’s the one update you’ve been waiting for, as it really brings this app into its own.

WhatsApp Windows Phone

New features include:

  • Lock screen notification support
  • New Tile design (less cartoony, more Metro)
  • Backup function
  • Hit “enter” as send
  • Mass message
  • New Attachment screen, including Audio, Video, Location, Picture, Camera and Contact
  • Some new UI layout changes

Overall, it’s an impressive update. The lock screen notifications go a long way to improving the app’s usability on Windows Phone 8 and the message backup feature and new layout should also please long time users looking for a more robust experience.

Notifications have been more consistent for us than on Kik and hopefully that will continue with this app update.

Did we miss any new features? Let us know in comments. You can download WhatsApp for free here in the Store. All Windows Phones supported. Thanks, Dennis and others for the tip!

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dubnukem says:

At last! Seriously, this update was needed very badly. Especially the lockscreen notifications.

It has become much faster and they updated my subscription for one more year of free usage too.

Keefo says:

Free usage???
Its ALWAYS going to be free....
They pretty much all say your 'paid' account ends in 2110...

Kiveau says:

..Mine ends in March actually. They kept extending it unnecessarily for a friend of mine. But I'm yet to get a single extention.

KoukiFC3S says:

Always niice to see a major update for a windows phone app.

CreepinJesus says:

Seems to be up for 7.x as well.

Edit: that's probably what you meant by "supports all Windows Phones"...

sravanv says:

I'm just hoping it doesn't reportedly kill the battery anymore!

dumaal says:

don't hold your breath, it eats battery exactly as before.

explosive0 says:

Whew. Thank you Jesus.

migueltoro says:

Is funny how Daniel used to say that whatsapp was irrelevant and recommend everybody else to use KIK instead. 

I only use apps that are good. Kik used to be better than WhatsApp. Now that Kik has withered and WhatsApp has finally improved, I can finally support it (likewise, the amount of customer complaints for WhatsApp have dropped off).

It's not funny, just logical.

yeah that's not how IM clients work. you don't switch them like clothes. you go where your contacts are.

This is why proprietary chat apps are annoying.  The apps should aggregate contacts from multiple platforms.

The Messaging app in Windows Phone should have framework hooks that allow other apps to "tap" into it.  No matter the chat platform you use, if the app integrates into the Messaging app, your contacts will have threads that are a grouping of all the applications they are associated with.  This is the ideal way to go and as a developer, I cannot understand why Microsoft hasn't allowed this yet.

Because it would create a whole mess of crap in the messaging hub. I want all apps separate so I can easily have settings specified for each and can easily keep track of conversations.
My response to a Facebook notification is different, it's different to whatapp and its different to Skype. With these integrated in the messaging hub I'll get the same notification and it will be impossible to tell whether my phone just beeped for an SMS or for a Skype notifications. So it's best to have separate apps.

I fail to see how that is a problem?  You can always open the app itself.  Just like facebook, it has Message hub integration AND you can use messaging in the app itself.  The message hub also shows you which chat channel the message originated from and defaults you to the last one you or your contact used, whichever is the latest.

anthonyng says:

Ya I miss my N9 for that, messaging hub, though whatsapp was not integrated there, it was homebrew too not official whatsapp client.  But other accounts were able to be set up and used with the messaging hub in meego.  WP8 seems poised to be able to do this too once developers figure it all out.  Or at least I hope.

jfash007 says:

Nice update, but...............
1- Alert is a shame i.e why should the phone vibrate when my sound profile is on silent and vibrate is set to off?
2-Inability to view a contact's profile picture when I click on it. Same for twitter.
3-Having to close the app sometimes in order for new messages to come in.
I used it on the Nokia E7 and blackberry and it was cool, not cool at all on my L920 though.

swanny78 says:

My experince of the update is that its not very stabel at all.  Evertime I try and attactch a photo, be it to a message or to my profile pic, the app crashes.  Anybody else have this. HTC 8X.  The photos are on my albums in the cloud not local to the phone does that matter?

ade333 says:

There was a time when blackberry was awesome and android blew chunks. Shit changes and unbiased opinions usually follow

frankiect says:

Been checking for this update for a long long time. Happy it has finally arrived.

e4et says:

Ditto on that one

sri_tech says:

Wow. This is really good news.

aaa6112 says:

Hope it doesn't use the audio APIs to stay alive in the background. Downloading now.

It does and I don't expect that to change anytime soon.

aaa6112 says:

Yes, just verified that myself. I'm guessing that means it is still going to be a battery hogger. smh

Is there a reason for them using it? why don't you expect them to change this? its a very annoying feature

Jrexxx says:

The only way they'll stop,using it is if they develop a different app for WP8 & WP7, since WP7 doesn't have the wifi always on feature...

Your assuming that people only use it on wifi, why can't the app just use the data connection available to it, if a WP8 phone is on sleep then use data, unless the user has specified to keep wifi on then it would use wifi as default.
WP7 users and other smartphone users of similar apps i hope realise that chat apps use their data allowance when they use it.

Jrexxx says:

I'm not asuming anyting, that's the reason for which whatsapp started using this method, because people wanted it to work even if the don't have a cellular connection. I don't know how long you've been on WP Central, but the wifi not staying on when the screen is locked was one of the MAJOR issues for users in WP7.

Iskassasya says:

Could someone explain this audio ALI please

Hagenlund says:

Why not? The Facebook app manages to give notifications without using the audio API. Not consistently, but still. 

explosive0 says:

This is starting to get surprisingly annoying. It interferes with my bluetooth streaming. If I get out of my car and use WhatsApp, when I get back in my car, typically it tries to continue playing from where it stopped, but of course WhatsApp shows up as the last track played, and everything gets fucked up.

Narr says:

Same issues as others with the Music API, just so frustrating that they haven't changed the "keep alive" method.

WPenvy says:

%$^^&*$^&#& DAMMIT. That's the ONLY gripe i have with Whatsapp....

realwarder says:

I just uninstalled it because of this.
I like apps to use the most power friendly method of doing something.
Now the app store can have the same app with 2 releases I'd expect 2 versions... until they are serious about the platform I'll not use the app.

rockstarzzz says:

I emailed devs and they said they know the battery hog and audio api issue and are working on solution. No eta.

rianext says:

I noticed something...not sure if others have...but whatsapp stays alive even when battery saver is activated...its supposed to get cut off but since its using the audio API it stays alive and works throughout..i guess they want it to working as much as possible... Like normal txt msges at all times...old news...?

moc426 says:

Installing now, this is a really nice update it looks like. Finally lockscreen notifcations.

JimiDiGriz says:

Is there a way of saving video sent in chats to the phone/sd card? Photos save but I can't work out how to save other media. Just get an option to delete or forward.

Their video system appears to be proprietary (optimized for bandwidth) so it looks like a 'no' on that, same reason you can't send a pre-recorded video.

JimiDiGriz says:

Seems a shame. I download the video over wifi to the phone via the app to watch it. Means the video sent from family abroad can't be backed up or shared with others not using the app. Certainly seems like a feature people would want.

diftor says:

That may be true, but you can send pre recorded videos on their iOS and Android apps.

Harangue MNB says:

Daniel, from what I've heard from an MS employee it is due to the video library not being accesable for apps. I don't know for sure about this, but I trust the MS (a WP guy as well) had his facts straight.
[EDIT] This was based on WP7, however I haven't heard that it changed with WP8 though.

dkp23 says:

Ios app allows pre recorded video attachments, i would think tthey could do the same for wp8. 

Iskassasya says:

This is the only thing now missing from WhatsApp. The saving video features makes no sense as Android and LOS can do this and they can also send pre-recorded message, we can even forward videos...all other updates are fantastic.

Sergio0694 says:


Anuj Karkare says:

The load time is still as bad :/ 
Still no screen roatation animations.
Still have to use wp native emoticons. 

Jrexxx says:

HOORAY!!! ^_^

cbrines says:

Crashes everytime I try to add a profile photo.

explosive0 says:

Same here. I'm about to try uninstalling

cbrines says:

Reinstalled twice, still crashes. I get the feeling WP is a pain in the ass to develop for.

explosive0 says:

Yup. Reinstalled. Same thing. They didn't test this before pushing out?

hipporama says:

If that was the case then all apps would be rubbish. It's pretty obvious the guys over at Whatsapp are a bunch of douches.

JimiDiGriz says:

I was getting this but rebooted my phone and seemed to fix it.

cbrines says:

meh. Pretty much every WP app that has an Android or iOS counterpart, is pretty dysfunctional by comparison. Even MS-developed solutions like GroupMe, Skype and Lync lack features, or perform poorly next to their bretheren on competing OS'. I'm not happy about it, just stating the obvious.

Antistatic says:

Same here......crap!

husfus says:

someone please look at Sam :D

Still no support for sending video files you already have on ur phone, maybe limitation of the app, nice update tho, Lumia 710

hontydas says:

Had to do a soft reset , 920 died for the first time ever.
After 3 hours of updating whatsapp :(

explosive0 says:

Crashes everytime I try to upload a photo. Pffft. 

Antistatic says:

Same here....

blackhawk556 says:

"Now that kik is on the sidelines" why exactly do you say this?? Because they haven't updated the app? Or is there other reasons as well?

rianext says:

Kik said they dont have any plans as of now to properly support wp8..it was reported here sometime back...

blackhawk556 says:

Doesn't whatsupp cost $0.99/year??

aafa says:

yes. is that too much?

dumaal says:

yes, it is too much. The application is useless on WP7 durring this first free year. If they fix it and then give us a full 1 year free, I will pay the next 0.99, ok?

lkwaijunior says:

waiting for it to hit my store!

(i know i can hunt it down via the QR code buuuuut..)

hipporama says:

Just go to the Whatsapp page on the Store and you should see an update button.

DenniSundaY says:

I was just clicking on whatsapp in the marketplace and i saw that i could install the update so i tipped wpcentral. I was glad i could help you tip this :)
But it is a shame it still uses the music stream api. I frikkin' hate it!

iamoniwaban says:

+10000000 why would they use the media API. It annoying that what's app shows.up as my last played song.

Huime says:

Pardon me.
Finally. Its about fucking time!

aaa6112 says:

Is there a way to turn on lock screen notifications from within the app? I couldn't find such a setting . I had to go to settings -> lock screen and add whatsapp there.

DenniSundaY says:

No, or you will be redirected to the lock screen settings

nbktonic says:

OMG this is a relief and joyous moment or what? :D

zyran says:

Finally, a non-pixelated tile. It bothered me for a long time.

derDaniel says:

*claps hands*

AdamBull says:

I've been using Whatsapp for free since December.
Nice update!

nbktonic says:

Okay, so I updated. Opened whatsapp - the device froze - and bamn there comes the much awaited and much loved reboot!

RudyZ says:

One more item in the changelog: Improved WP8 performance

dkp23 says:

interested to read of this is a battery killer like the old version, once i started using whatsapp, my battery drain would never stop.  I eventually had to remove, but hopefully they fixed that. 

iamoniwaban says:

Couple questions, why does turning the volume up or down, clicking the media, open what's app? and why is the last played song in the Xbox music show up as what's app?

Wevenhuis says:

Yes, one important detail is forgotten. Is this update only for windows 8 or also for windows phone 7 mango and 7.8. Windows phone 7 mango and 7.8 users are also reading these blogs.

Jay Bennett says:

Quoting Daniel's article directly:

"You can download WhatsApp for free here in the Store. All Windows Phones supported."

All Windows Phones supported, we provide information for users of WP7 and WP8 and are very aware that a large number of our users are using 7.5/8 :)

yeungl says:

After update, my account expiraton date extended from 2021 to 2110, yeah!!! I can give my account to my grandson! 

Sarang68 says:

That's happened to me before the update & its still there!

unreal_rik says:

Finally a metro style icon! That's the only thing I'm happy about :D

lensaffair says:

Not for WP 7.x users - or at least not for me?

DaSchnee says:

You have to repin the tile

mreaglejr says:

Nope, still the old one for me on 7.8. :(

Bajirav says:

Nope,old icon here and also can't get the wide tile. I still old icon.

frostieDE says:

Nope, that doesn't work as the primary tile only supports the fliptiletemplate. WhatsApp should provide the ability to add a secondary tile which then could use the iconictiletemplate like on WP8.

Ignorant statement.

wexjunk says:

Was this fixed in this update??


Am I the only one? I leave the phone (Lumia 920) come back, go to xBox/music, see the song I was paused on, press "paused" and woop... the phone takes me to "whatsApp", I press back and its like I just opened a new music player, the memory of the player is gone and I need to re-find my last song.


explosive0 says:

No, sorry. Still uses media API. 

wexjunk says:

Crap :/
Oki doke....

They need to stop using the audio API if they want me to use it.

kenzibit says:

When will they allow us to save and attach downloaded audio or video? That's what I need. Don't see anything interesting with this update. SMH.

Ronny Fallas says:

Is there a way to get the backup file in 7.8?

Sarang68 says:

Hey,Daniel. Any work in progress for updating your app for tile resizing to full rectangle? Thanks

awsman says:

Downloaded it and it has crashed on me 3 times so far. Can't get past choosing a picture.

Lock screen notification support - am I being stupid as I cant see where to set this up via settings on WP or in WhatsApp

richardzado says:

i can't either find it. does anyone know? i have WP 7.8

abduz says:

7.8 doesn't support lockscreen...only Bing can make use of lockscreen

DenniSundaY says:

In setting and then lockscreen. But i don't know if w7.8 supports lock screen notifications of marketplace apps.

Im on WP8, lumia 920 and I have looked in the settings for both WhatsApp and the lock screen (WhatsApp doesnt appear), where have others on WP8 set it?

Iskassasya says:

Its in lockscreen settings in the system menu not the app

not on my lumia 920 or my HTC 8S

pragunkhera says:

Works on my HTC 8S.

Tech King says:

Daniel did say and i quote
"Did we miss any new features? Let us know in comments. You can download WhatsApp for free here in the Store. All Windows Phones supported. Thanks, Dennis and others for the tip! "
Great improvement!!!
load times, faster  
nice layout and animations( font got smaller, more chats can be seen, list comes from the bottom now)
nice broadcast feature (mass messaging)
all i need now is the ability to send mp3 files...
come on Microsoft!!! make it happen!!! and whatsapp will update to suit
Ps. different colour chat bubbles for group messages, changing backgound wallpaper or even making background a solid colour, like the accent colour or black/white(but i think that works already).... *whisper* work on it plzzzzzzzz :
Smasung Focus Rocking WP7.8  :) Gotta love it

rahul4aug says:

no large tile support for wp7.8

vikrant6 says:

There doesn't seem to be wide tile support for WP 7.8 :(

Horrible update.
- No "fast resume"
- LONGER load times. The first load is quick. The subsequent load times are insanely long.
- Can't access "Media" section in "Info" of any chats. Just shows up with a blank scroll list. Old media is lost. 

ManuMejias says:

In wp 7.8 the Live Tile NO IS BIGGER rectangle, only medium! 

soumitro316 says:

another minor change i think...now if a group is on mute you can see a tiny mute icon next to the groups name on the chats screen:P....dont think this was there before...or never noticed it:P

bogdo says:

crashes when resuming
crashes when updating profile pic
can't send a pre-recorded video
Long load time
still can't click on a contacts profile pic to see a larger picture.  just a small thumbnail.
not a great update for the whatsapp team

RobinPaul says:

Well im not getting no rectangular tile / no metro style icon? anybody else (WP 7.8 here) / Also wish they made screen lock notifications for wp7.8, other standard apps use it (like messaging, email, phone).

lemonsteveo says:

I don't see the point of the large tile, they don't even show the message content in the tile, just the notification indicator. What a waste of space.

plsbru says:

Yup, not getting most of the features. The only thing I can see different is the newly designed "share" window with Modern UI style icons. Other than that - same old same old. WP7.8 on Lumia 800.

abduz says:

Rectangular tile, metro tile and lockscreen are just for WP8...7.8 shares the same in-app upgrades, layout broadcasts etc.

Iskassasya says:

Try remove and 're-pin tile

francesco87 says:

screenshots can be attacheeeeeeeeed!!! :D

Yeah man..this was something that I was looking forward..glad it happened..

liamjanin says:

Finally. The workaround can get complicated. I've been opening the screenshots and re-saving them using creative studio just to share them on whatsapp

lensaffair says:

Grml. Igores the fact, that DVP has a QWERTY keyboard and displays a large blank black space where the software keyboard should be. No workaround so far.

DaviTheGreat says:

still showing as streaming, meaning battery drainage still happening... Not good...

WinFan1 says:

thanks wpcentral :D

lemonsteveo says:

It seems to startup longer sometimes on my 920. At times it can be really quick taking 2 seconds, and the next time it may take around 8 seconds. Wish more people would use Line or Wechat as they are technically and visually much better apps.

Yea same here. I prefer the older build's consistently medium start. Sometimes it even hangs completely now.

jfash007 says:

Just downloaded LINE. Will give u feedback later. Need to tell people about this. Looks better
UPDATE: Managed to invite 2 contatcts and its looking good and better than whatsapp so far

Matkalcz says:

Isnt message for me, v2.9.2 extremely slow start on my Lumia 920! 

1. No Support For Messages Longer that 10 parts i.e 1600+ chars
2. No Large Tile Support For 7.8
3. The Tile is still the same "Cartoony" on 7.8
4. No new Emoticons.
5. The Music Player Bug Still Exists (Seriously It's High Time They did Something about It!!!).

afgzee says:

- Still no ability to send MP3s
- Still no ability to send videos located on the device
- Still a battery hog.
- App crashes when changing display picture
- Have to unpin and repin the tile for it to show up properly.
I was looking forward to this update, thought this would support mp3 and video sending support, very disapointed. Still loads of work to do! Thanks for the update anyway Whatsapp Team!

how the fuck do you restore your backup on whatsapp???

afgzee says:

I think of you remove whatsapp and reinstall it, the messages automaticly download? I could be wrong, but just a guess. Anyone else know?

I made a backup then reinstall whatsapp. It automatly show a message to restore backup.

kobe_mvp says:

the backup file is link the the phone's storage or the phone no. account?

now that fucking thing crashes

iosub says:

There is a backup option, but where is the restore option ?

The only change, functionality wise is the ability to upload screenshots.
Still dog slow.
Oh well...

afgzee says:

Defenatly needs major improvements still. No where near on pare with WeChat

lemonsteveo says:

Was thinking the same, wish more would use it. The video chat is awesome.
Other features why its better:
1. Fast app resume
2. Quick and stable
3. Stickers (if you like that sort of thing)
4. Visually appealing interface
5. Cool social features like "Drift Bottle", "Moments"

One feature that whatsapp has that wechat doesn't have though is the message viewed indicator.

Iskassasya says:

I tested those double ticks...It's actually just message sent and message received indicators. If your phone buzzes and gives you notification the other person recieves the second tick, not when you read it :(

dinchy87 says:

I thought this could be the 7.8 update with the new live tile size, but it isnt. A shame because the code for the extra functionality is jsut 15 sentences long and easy to implement :( and i still see the old logo, is this a bug or does the wp7 version still has the old logo?

Jabid21 says:

Whatsapp worked great as long as I've used it. Now, I am mostly a Viber user and have used it for voice calls and text messages. However, my 920 is missing that. Viber Messenger is only available as of now and it's unfortunate that voice calls on Viber is exclusive to Nokia and unavailable on WP8.

WoWNyx says:

Finaly!!!!! Lock screen support! But wait! Why does it keep hanging and crashing?

swap002 says:

This one should be rewarded the most pathetic app on WP8 store. Instead of using background tasks, these hafl trained guys are using music service from WP to keep it running in the background. Even Symbian client is better than this. Another feature that I'd need now is the cloud backup of conversations. It'd come handy while switching between the platforms. But instead they implemented local backup.Great.

Still drains battery like a mother. I'm beginning to think this is a windows phone 8 problem since wechat also has this issue

RyanAMG says:

Just went over privacy policy and the way I took it they still look at all contacts and have no control over 3d party doing as they wish with your info. On Android & iOS you pick contacts and that's all the app can see. Anyways did anyone else read the privacy policy and did you take it same or different?

Iskassasya says:


Iskassasya says:

I have no battery issue with this app? I also LOVE the new tile. Why can't Facebook and Twitter get these updates.

jkarasch says:

My friends and I have all switched over to WeChat and have had very good luck with it so far on iPhone,Android and Windows Phone 8. Coming from kik, I'm actually seeing better battery life too. So there is another alternative if you have friends who will help you test out before a bug switch.

Is anyone able to set a profile photo? When I select from saved photos, it says "resuming" and crashes the app. Anyone else?

Ronnet says:

I'm not sure if I received the same update as the rest of you... Its 2.9.2 but the tile is stil the old ugly looking one (icon in a tile). However its incredibly fast. The app is now just as fast as the default messaging app, its unbelievable. With these speeds it doesnt need a fast response.
I'm on WP7 btw.

Battery Draining is windows 8 problem, though the new update is for windows 7x users as well and we get all the updates mentioned in the article above. I didnt check on the windows 8 though. but its still missing sending of MP3 files, videos from collection and some minor smileys (which i dont care about) but the audio and video sharing is really needed. specially HTC didnt support its windows 7x users with bluetooth share >.>

tabraoui says:

The snapshot shows the live tile in its biggest size... I don't seem to have this option (only small and medium sizes)... Anyone else?
Lumia 900 / wp7.8

suman152 says:

My WP 7.8 also don't have big tile option :(

oh and i noticed that if u have muted anybody it shows a small canceled speaker icon to the right, that means muted :P
just felt like sharing :)

how do you get the new tile.like the one shown in the photo.mine still shows a green icon

hipporama says:

Unpin and re-pin the app.

double wide tile, coloured emotions in favourites list is only for WP8. *sigh*

using a lumia 800 on wp7.8

tabraoui says:

I'm afraid you don't on wp7.8

tabraoui says:

Can't help it... It's pissin me off.

I used WhatsApp on android but deleted it because i couldn't delete some users, is this still the case on a Windows OS version?

rockstarzzz says:

You still can't delete/block users on WP, annoying.

You can block users. Go to setting, block users and do the needful from there :)

rockstarzzz says:

Thanks! NEVER tapped on that bliming thing. I need to tap a little more in life ;)

rockstarzzz says:

They didn't fix white background issue either! The chat bubble goes away when background is white. I emailed them 3 times about this over last 6 months, everytime being told "our devs are aware about this and we will fix it soon" - but nope, they just won't do it! Thank goodness it's not a paid app!

Pretty unstable for me on Lumia 920. Stuck, close and reopen over and over. I should have waited. Shoot

920inBlack says:

Does rebooting fix it? Maybe I should hold off updating it on my 920.

J Hisham says:

I've got the same problem and no, rebooting doesn't help at all.

Jazzamataz says:

As long as they keep hyjacking my audio controls, it's a frikkin rubish app. Not worth using it.

gerson72 says:

Still missing the disable/enable toast notification option !!!!!!!!!!

duncan0622 says:

I found it even worse than previous version despite it supports lockscreen notification and faster in process. It crashs all time and long loading time. Anyone same? I wanna downgrade to previous version now......Shit update

itsssdanny86 says:

Same problems here.

920inBlack says:

Yikes, maybe I should hold off updating. Someone else mentioned uninstalling and reinstalling does not help but rebooting solved it. Not sure if it will help but just wondering if you have given that a shot?

duncan0622 says:

Yes, I tried reboot but it didnt help. Please don't update, otherwise you will regret.

nbktonic says:

Same here. This is a horrible mistake. Takes forever to open the app and keeps crashing!

Darutto says:

The biggest problem I've had with whatsapp is when I want to add new people or people that I have on my phone but doesn't appear on the whatsapp list. Anyone knows if this has been fixed in the update?

920inBlack says:

Not sure if you have tried this but have you refreshed your "Favorites" under settings? That's the list of people who have whatsapp and are also in your contacts. Hopefully that helps!

backlashsid says:

Kills more battery than before !!!

pepsijosh says:

Yeah, I never had a problem with the battery before but I've not really used my phone today & it's lasted about 6 hours, I usually get at least 17 hours out of this phone (HTC 8X) with moderate usage =/

Still seems buggy. Maybe even buggier than before. Daniel should write another post bashing the developers and then write another one accepting it as his goto app when its all fixed.

Paul Dale says:

It may be a major update but its still not on par with the iOS and android versions , its annoying that they can send pre recorded video and save video thats recieved to the camera roll and windows phone users can't 

920inBlack says:

Yeah, that does suck, but I'm glad they're still working improving our version since WP's smaller user base means less resources placed on it.


Whatsapp has great name recognition, but that's where it ends on WP8. The new update helps but it still lags behind some less well know apps. If you need a solid messaging app try Line. More features, abilities to customize, and a very solid performer. Not perfect, but the best overall offering on WP8.