PSA: WhatsApp is not in open Beta for Windows Phone

Over the weekend, we started receiving a truckload of tips regarding the WhatsApp beta being “opened to the public”. For those who don’t know, WhatsApp maintains two branches, one being the public release the other one for beta development. The second branch is closed and “invite only” (yes, we’re a part of it) while the other one is for general release.

We obviously didn’t write anything on the story because frankly, it didn’t seem right. Why would WhatsApp suddenly open a beta that had been private for a very long time? Publicizing it as an "open beta" when it in fact was not, would do nothing but contribute to misinformation. So we held off.

We reached out to the WhatsApp team, who are a bit slow to respond, but today we’ve noticed two developments:

  1. The “open beta” version has now been unpublished
  2. There is a new beta Store link and yes, it is now private. The app is version number

What does private mean? It’s like a nightclub, you have to be on the list and by on the list, we mean your Microsoft ID has to be added to the beta. That means even if we were to give you the beta link, you couldn’t download if you were not invited.

In the end, this appears to be what we thought: an error. Someone accidentally published WhatsApp as an open beta and now the WhatsApp team has killed it and started a new, once again private, branch. Betas often need to be private so you can have a controlled group with dedicated feedback, as opposed to open chaos. That's just the way betas usually work.

The good news is the WhatsApp app for Windows Phone is still being actively developed and you can expect regular updates to the public version. The bad news is no, there doesn’t look like there will be an open ‘beta’ akin to the Facebook beta app.

Sorry, folks.



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DennisvdG says:

So this "beta" version I still have installed is not getting more early updates?

DennisvdG says:

Thanks, guess I'll delete it.

sasukeluffy says:

Yo Daniel, is there a way for a normal guy to join the private beta, like sending an email request to the whastapp or something? Cause I always want more features and I'm really good at sending feedback, I also use Whatsapp like 10h a day, so..

mancae90 says:

No Daniel, it was not a mistake. it has been made public by the developers because they wanted to give the chance to test it as is done for Android (I talk with a developer for this).

Now beta is private again because, I think, many ignorant users has donwloaded whatsapp, reviews and left no sense complaining about the beta.

So they made a private, hidden link public and told no one about it, not even the beta group. They then reversed themselves after just 5 days because you "think" people left bad reviews...yet they have no problems with the larger, Android community.

They then tell their beta testers "We've rebooted the WhatsApp beta for WP with a new URL...Sorry for the inconvenience".

I'm calling BS.

Also, developers don't make those kinds of decisions nor would they be necessarily privy to them.

Jas00555 says:

Daniel, this guys clearly knows what he's talking about. I mean, he talked to a developer! That's something amazing. I, also, one time talked with a developer and he told me that infinity blade is being optimized for windows phone as we speak, so if you guys want to run a story on that, you're welcome.

diftor says:

I also spoke once to a developer. He told me the tree outside my house was developing fungus

mancae90 says:

I always support windws phone. I'm betatester of whatsapp from April, I always reported truthful reporting. I'm not kidding and frankly I do not care what you think. 

Months later, and I have been proven right. 

sssaimbhi says:

Can you send the link of the beta version of whats app


walter1832 says:

I married a developer.  My wife.  She developed our 2 sons.  Funny thing, she doen't know what a WP is.

mancae90 says:

I know it's weird, but this is what happened. 

I've received your same mail:

Hi folks,

We've rebooted the WhatsApp beta for WP with a new URL...  A new build will soon be available at:

[link of store]

Please remove any previous betas or store releases.  Sorry for the inconvenience.




I'm curious... if you're right, why is the new beta not public?

mancae90 says:

As I write, I think that whatsapp team has not released the beta for kind of stupid reviews.

it is also possible that tomorrow the beta will be released as pubblic. If it happens you'll know.

JoRdaNeK says:

I once talked to a whore during sex and she developed aids, i tried to side load it to my Lumia, but got error code: 08880OMGUGOTHIV

Ultimateone says:

Speaking of the Facebook beta, no real updates for awhIle and Belfiores comment about fixing notifications in the next coming weeks was BS

Manuel Costa says:

I just hope they fix the problem I'm having: can't receive notifications if Glace Screen and/or Data Sense are active. That just sucks :S

backlashsid says:

The whole point of this article is that...yes WPcentral have Beta access...kool ppl !!

The whole point is stop bad tips from coming in and mis-reporting ;)

dvasudreddy says:

Hahah, exactly :D

aafa says:



lots of people downloaded the whatsapp beta. this is a PSA to clarify that it's not for those people except for those who are invited that shou....nm, i shouldnt bother explaining to dumb people.

anky17cool says:

Can v get the link to download the new whatsapp beta??

josephtd says:

Really, man? I think Daniel adequately covered that scenario in his article. 

ahmedjan87 says:

How do I sign up for the beta ?

ahmedjan87 says:

I meant the private beta

Read the article, it explains how to get it!!!!

ahmedjan87 says:

I meant the private beta

pattayo_ib says:

Don't really care about beta. I just wish for some updates and upgrades would be enough. On the UI especially.

Shit, so I need to delete that beta I got? How I can access to whatsapp real beta? I can give my microsoft ID use it for anything u want but plz give me beta access

Forc3 says:

Xou have to find a unicorn pony and ride it for 15 secs the rest is whatsapp magic

walter1832 says:

There is no such thing as a unicorn pony! They hatch from eggs as mature adults.

Give me your Microsoft ID and let me use it, I'll give you a beta.

Frank_Yang says:

Do not surpass Wechat:/

dhruv07 says:

Lets make it simple

I m using normal WhatsApp and actively recieving update..!!!

siriustds says:

Well i got the beta and they update more frequent i think.

iAdrian23 says:

I hope next version fixes the followings:

  • Group Pictures (it's utterly slow and buggy);
  • Buttons are blurry (Search/Create/Attach etc);
  • Being able to attach multiple photos at once;
  • Being able to share a video;
  • Swiping through Emoticons pages is slowly and sometimes you get stuck.

I wish I was a tester... I have so many things to report and although I did send them feedback they sent me an e-mail back asking if I was having difficulties or what and if I still want to send them the e-mail I should follow some (odd) steps...

Nawzil says:

Now I see why WP Central didn't write anything about it.
Anyway, I installed beta version 2.11.288 today. No new features, just bug fixes.

husam2277 says:

I already installed the beta, no they changed the link, so can i got the new link and get the updates? Maybe our microsoft IDs added to the beta list... Anyone have the beta new link?

ocimek says:

I only need that whatsapp can deliver me real time notifications, not 3 minutes later or 30 minutes later..that's all..hope those beta testers can report my issue to whatsapp team..

I have no problem with WhatsApp, notification work very well. Could do with the opposite actually, would like to turn off notification to some group chats I'm in. Some people just can't shut up...

slyronit says:

You can already do that for almost a year. Go to group info and mute.

drozdpatrick says:

That's good cause I can't live without it!

chmun77 says:

I wonder what Whatsapp trying to pull off here. Are they not so into Windows Phone as promised during the Nokia world? I'm still seeing the crazy connectivity error prompt till today, yet I seeing lots of updates have been done for Android. C'mon! Stop the unfair treatment.

Jose Balza says:

Is there a difference betweetn the current Beta and the public version? Changelog, something to see what's maybe coming...