WhatsApp for Windows Phone has finally updated

There hasn’t been a single day over the past few months where you folks haven't asked about the status of WhatsApp. We don’t blame you, it’s a popular app that’s been lagging in the development department for Windows Phone. It has also been since early April that we saw the beta of WhatsApp. Well, hit up the Windows Phone Store, search for WhatsApp and hit update. Today is the day.

If you bring your WhatsApp app up to version 2.10.488.0 you’ll be met by some of those features from the beta we highlighted in the past. Most notably:

  • Initiate voice calls from within the app
  • Background API allows you to play music
  • New smileys
  • Fixed notifications for users
  • Users can now see smileys on the double wide tile
  • Fast resume (If the app is open and you click on the incoming notification it opens as fast as on Android)
  • On start-up, it now asks if you want to back up your chat history. You can also do this through settings.
  • Large images shown

So, update and tell us what you think of those features. Is this what you want in a WhatsApp app for Windows Phone? Any features missing you still want? Sound off below!

You can grab WhatsApp for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8. Head to the Store to get it, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our app.

Thanks for the tip @Dev_Rupani!

QR: WhatsApp

PS. Now can you please stop asking us about WhatsApp :p



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lindortmnf says:

Is this a joke?

schlubadub says:

No, it's an article comment. Try again :P

Amran Nagal says:

Jump jump jump! :D

aaa6112 says:

Also, no more misuse of music APIs to stay alive in the background

Sam Sabri says:

Ha! I added that to the story seconds before you said it. Good catch ;)

keerthikuru says:

so thats what it was..hmmm

aaa6112 says:

I also noticed that when I go to my phone settings -> applications -> background tasks, WhatsApp was enabled to run in the background. I blocked it. Not sure what it was for. Even when it is blocked, I am (as expected) able to receive notifications when I receive a message. Wonder what additional capability allowing it to run in the background adds.

aschettler says:

I would imagine that is for updating the live tile.

aaa6112 says:

I thought so too, at first, but the live tile seems to get updated every time I get a notification, and notifications do not require this app to be enabled in the background.

Woembah says:

It's most likely there to enable whatsapp to continue downloading and uploading messages, images, recordings, videos while the app is not active. Previously, they used the audio api to keep the connection alive. Now they created a background task for that, like it should be.

aaa6112 says:

Nope, quick resume seems to work even after I blocked it from running in the background. :)

rockstarzzz says:

THIS should be the headlines Sam!

Another update bumped to 2.10.491......one new thing noticed....u can tap the name of the person u are chatting with to go into info... :)

aaa6112 says:

I still have 488 update on one of my phones, and that feature is present even in 488 update.

Msft should make change log compulsory for app updates :/

HvdW says:

Thanks for that! 

Wow I love the update so far... I just wish someone would message me so that I can see if the notifications are more reliable. But just the fast resume and 'tap on a person for info' is amazing!
Another thing I noticed: You can now set your "detailed status" on your lockscreen to be Whatsapp. Yay!!!

Is it why it would just drain my battery away?
Does this mean it might just last a while longer because whatsapp is not always draining my resources? :D

elsana says:

good, but still cannot share videos

ricbon says:

really?? i can on my L920

SargeT says:

You can share videos captured outside Wazup? Really?!

dalydose says:

You can't share video that's saved on the device (OS limitation), but rather you can record video from within the app and share THAT.  Of course, WhatsApp neglected to put the front cam option in so no video voice message unless you're good at aiming blindly with the rear camera. :)

aafa says:

we need confirmation!

DennisvdG says:


awesome, best news ever ever ever, now works like my dick, very awesome, plz dont wake me up im drooling ou shit awesome, now bring amber and im  dead happy

Paola1993 says:

Let's pretend you didn't say that ;)

sueha says:

Looooool, just logged in to hail you!

Duluc says:

I tip my hat to you, Sir.

AlanUK78 says:

If your dick works as well as the updated app, can you Whatsapp me a pic please?!! ;-)

derDaniel says:

Is it Christmas yet :)

Jaskys says:

Nope but only two hours left till new years 2015!!!!!

Z10YkakPES says:

Christmas will be when I get my XboxOne and 5" or bigger Lumia :P

erasure25 says:

That's what she said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Z10YkakPES says:

I didn't know you call it Lumia, nice to know

kushki says:

Lumia means snow... So in this case icicle??

Aryan Angel says:

Meh, can I send videos and music yet?

that is an OS limitation..3rd party apps are not allowed access to music+videos libraries..
so that isn't happening until MS decides to change the access terms..

Aryan Angel says:

So, is M$ ever going to fix it? Probably not.. This is so disappointing

Relief says:

Of course it is not goint to fix it. Just like on iOS.
Android is an exception, but everything is open in Android. Even the security holes.

Fargard says:

Wait, what?
On iOs, I can easily send previously recorded videos of course.
So, MS is alone with this stupid limitation...

andreirlopes says:

So tell me how the musicXmatch works? Because in anyway it has access to the libraries.

mnm372 says:

it's more like a read only i guess, can't write inside and copy from it.

rikipy says:


DreadVenom says:

+ another

Paola1993 says:

I'm going to try it NOW!

FrankEpr says:

OMFG!!!!! Lol

rupanidm says:

well, android just got updated with a new feature 'Send Multiple Items". Guess we have to wait for a few months for windows phone...!!
actually not that hungry for such features, but frequent  updates on other OS makes us wait for them :|

DenniSundaY says:

On android you can also see if someone is typing to you even if you're not in that conversation, you see it in the conversations hub (in place were the persons status normally is). Also a feature which I think never will be available on WP.

Shimoner01 says:

Perhaps the funniest part of that is that that was a feature on whatsapp for Symbian.

erzhik says:

OMG. That took a while. I thought we weren't gonna see an update till December.

FernandoDB says:

Very very fast and works flawless

Octonabz says:


sasukeluffy says:


Global group hug! :D

savy1990 says:

 Haha....lolzz...Group Hug... we all were actually dying for Whatsapp update.......

AgentVinod says:

Lol global group hug... :D

Paola1993 says:

It works greeeeat!! And has the emojis I missed from the Android version.. :D
I think WhatsApp is going to become my favorite app again :D

WhippedKream says:

I noticed that when u start up the app is goes almost instantly to open! When you press and hold back to resume into the app, takes about 3-4 seconds. Same thing if the app is already open and u click the tile for it. A bit slow there but man it's impressively smoother now! I'm happy. Add backgrounds and some other features please :D

DaSchnee says:

it only takes a few seconds when you go back to the app immediately after leaving it. Wait a few seconds on the homescreen and it takes you straight into the app. Every app has this behaviour, it is a WP8 limitation/issue.

WPSteve says:

If only Kik would follow suit.

blackhawk556 says:

I'm done with kik after this.

Martinspire says:

Kik already announced they wouldn't be updating for WP anymore. I'm guessing that its sliding away slowly now?
Anyways, Kik was the alternative for a bad Whatsapp. Now that its working again, i see no reason to stay with Kik as most of my friend still use Whatsapp

succubism says:

Haha the first sentence is such a fail. It is saying the opposite of what it means to say.

Sam Sabri says:

Ha. Whaaaat? I don't know what you're talking about. *waves magic edit wand*

sepatown says:

Nice. I need that wand.

DenniSundaY says:

It is really responsive, fast and the music API is finally gone! I believe it is more reliable too.

Technoloay says:

You can now leave groups. 

rupanidm says:

well, earlier also i was able to 'delete and exit group' ;)

keerthikuru says:

and it gives u a notification when on battery saver saying u wont be able to get notifications....

Now it's FAAST! Finally!

blackhawk556 says:

What features are missing compared to the iOS and android app?

ramrac says:

The Music Streaming API is still there on WP 7.x

Because WP 7.x has no option to remain WiFi alive when the screen is off. In order to get notifications in case there is no network signals, music API helps.

inteller says:

so what you are saying is whatsapp is keeping my wifi on even when my phone is off?  This sounds worse!

ramrac says:

Well I don't want that. That's illogical, as I will have a network signal 100% more often than I will have a wifi signal but no network signal. I would probably also turn off "keep wifi alive" to save battery. Let the 3G handle data when my phone is idle, as it is intended to.

aschettler says:

It's actually not a battery hog as keep WiFi alive only works when you're connected to a WiFi network. Not to mention the fact that not everyone has unlimited data.

WI-fi uses many times less battery than 3G.

ramrac says:

But cellular is on regardless, it doesn't make a difference to anything, while Wifi doesn't need to be on when not in use. No one turns off his celular and uses his phone as a tiny wifi-only tablet...

ShahdHamdan says:

OMG finally!!!!! I feel like having a party now!!!

aafa says:

most anticapted WP8 app update ever!!!!!

Rem97 says:

I know yeahh!! I've been checking the store manually almost everyday.

Its not a VoIP, just a normal call.

WPUser111 says:

I hve been enjoying testing these features..

rupanidm says:

well, this notice has been added now...!

This update looks great, large pictures are shown. Loading times are improved also.

naullsy says:

Still need the option to upload videos from your library/camera roll and save videos that others have sent you. Till then i wont be happy

Dr Tone says:

Tell Microsoft.

PBLNS says:

No problems reported? am very afraid to update heheheh

Good shit!! cheers to all!! :) 

Rem97 says:

Its about time❕ I wasn't expecting it to be updated for ALEAST another 2 weeks. The feature I'm most looking forward to is the removal of the audio api. Without the audio api, will my battery drain less?

Amran Nagal says:

Okay bug, the app hangs when you try to backup chat

pankaj981 says:

works fine here

koubis says:

Super... Finaly

Jrexxx says:

Huzza! Still needs some work on fast resume. Hate to see that ugly "resuming" page...

Mgdunn says:

Uhm... Is it just me or is it kinda redundant to say "for windows phone has finally updated"... Since well we are on wpcentral... A windows phone specific site?

aschettler says:

Since it's not just a WP app, it's not so redundant.

Sam Sabri says:

No. If people start tweeting or sharing this link via social networks they might think it's been upated for other platforms.

Good job mate , the ability if hiding last seen at time like on IOS would be perfect for now

juba20 says:

Amazing finally
it's very good

crise says:

was the search option always there? im in doubt now.. anyway i love it!!!!

pankaj981 says:

yes it was there since the last version

nasellok says:

now please give me the app in windows 8/RT so i can chat while on my tablet.

Jrexxx says:

Never going to happen. Whatsapp are a mobile only company. Watch the interview with their CEO at Dive into mobile and you'll understand what I'm talking about.

MDak280 says:

It's much faster and the music background API is no longer a problem! Good update!

koubis says:

another update!

Martinspire says:

What the hell? Oh no not this shit again (3 panic bugfixes and then 6 months of silence). Hope this was just a small error and not something that breaks the entire app.

Great to see that you know that pattern;)

taymur says:

Happy wp8 user.... Me :)

Tech King says:

Loving the new update! Keep them coming! App is quite responsive, looks like they made a few UI tweeks...

David Best says:

theres another update if you updated before...its at 2.10.491.0

Yes It's true I update it twice

Madhan N says:

It got updated to 2.10.491 from 2.10.488.

Tech King says:

Already!!!!!! Changelog!!!!

pankaj981 says:

yeah i downloaded the 491 version

crise says:

you can now tap the name on top of the chat to go to their profile!

alimaslam says:

Music Api is still used on window phone 7 phone...

Tech King says:

Yup... Can't get rid of it due to OS limitation... Wp7 kills wifi connection when phone sleeps

Mafiatounes says:

At last! Really a major improvement!

farsidius says:

Still can't turn off notifications. Bummer. is it really that hard to include that feature? Not ready for me yet.

Yaw Agyei1 says:

I've experienced "Whatsapp has detected an issue with your Device's Push Notification system. Please reboot your phone" twice in less than 30 minutes since I updated to version 2.10.488.0 . The error asked me to exit or cancel. After exiting I couldn't open any other app until restarted my phone. Lemme know if anyone has experienced same error.

scottygb2k says:

Im running 2.10.491 in UK and ive had the "detected problem with notification system" error. Rebooted phone and not appeared since. Weird.

kaushik54 says:

I had the problem too, hard rebooted , looks fine for now

I have Nokia Lumia 920, and I face the same problem even after rebooting the applications was freezing

fidla says:

i had the problem too. :/

Kimzii says:

I am experiencing this very same problem. I rebooted the phone several times, reinstalled WhatsApp and even went on to reset the whole phone when the problem would not go away. Still after a reset the problem occurs... 

Wicho80 says:

Now please improve the UI of the app (Wallpapers!!)

Yaw Agyei1 says:

I've also been able to update to version 2.10.491

mukulvdhiman says:

One more thing.. More animations

harkaran 77 says:

Ftr update,,,u cn

enlarge anyone's dp..

That was already present in earlier version....

taymur says:

Switching between apps is difficult, not what we are used to

Sean Burns1 says:

Hurray!!! I often had messages deleting themselves before

pankaj981 says:

Long message does display completely now, background doesn't show for the message though...

Finally.... I waiting a loooooong time

broar94 says:

Hip hip hurray!

orejas666 says:


DaSchnee says:

already found an annoying bug. When you tombstone the app in a converation and you then receive a new message in this conversation and press the notification, the new message doesn't show up until you back out of the conversation and enter it again.
Is anyone else experiencing this?

aaa6112 says:

Seems to work fine for me.

rockstarzzz says:

.491 here in UK from store not .488 - what's the difference?

Charles Wang says:

No idea, but I got both...

its updated twice in a short span of time bro.

rockstarzzz says:

Features needed - save videos on phone, send saved videos, color bubbles per contact

pattayo_ib says:

Hmmm nothing is impressive... Still...... frustrated.

rockstarzzz says:

Did you expect it to change into Skype?

jlynnm350z says:

So when's the next update coming

Technoloay says:

It's out now already. One more update over the one mentioned in this article.

Setup says:

The icons do not match, can you believe it? Results are different not only in style but also in what they present... Took so long and still with such obvious mistakes!!

eduardopl says:

I have problems with notifications. It says that I need to restart my cellphone ._.

pankaj981 says:

491 version doesn't give you that msg. Update again

sicnus says:

OMG so glad they updated, maybe people will use this to contact me and be my freeendz!

luniboy26 says:

Now where's Snapchat (Official)?

Charles Wang says:

Wow, updated again! 2.10.491 now. That was quick!

Rem97 says:

I know! We've gone from 0 updates in months to 2 in one day.

tcheng14 says:

It crashed when I tried to view old messages.. Looks like it'll crash when trying to view messages 2 months old..

Alij382 says:

Here's an unmentioned new feature: whatsapp is now supported in the detailed lock screen status!!!, previously it was just the number of notifications!

Rem97 says:

Thanks for mentioning that. I'm definitely going to use it. :P

sumton says:

its a good start ... still need more features

  so im nt updating to 2.10.491 as there are bugs in that version! :(

pankaj981 says:

Its better than the previous version

i just updated it 1 hour ago from .488 and now they have .491 . i dont wanna update coz ppl are telling that there are bugs in .491

pankaj981 says:

Well there isn't one that makes it crash or lose functionality

lol.. .488 is working fine for me at the moment :P

Ashfaq Gazi says:

U were loosers whtsapp dvlprs n r still,da,loosers . Cnt chnge bkgrnd wallpaper,cnt and mp3 n video frm,libraray . Wht da hell u did ? Its useless . Its a joke fr wp8 ppl. This devlprs shud be riped.

-10 for spelling and sentence structure

Go stand in the corner.

Ashfaq Gazi says:

Dmb dfr hope u knw da fl frm ( dumb , duffer ) u fool u r nt here 2 jdge my spel mstks .looser .go n pimp yurself .

awneze says:

go and pimp yourself? lol what does that even mean??

rockstarzzz says:

Did your mum get you tested when you were a kid? Please don't ban this guy. Its going to be a fun run!

Ashfaq Gazi says:

yea she did got me tested but no to doc but to an astrologer . n u kw what he said? he said i was born to kick butt of loosers like u .

ngc891 says:

this whole comment makes me feel very, very... old.

Paola1993 says:

The fuck did you just say?

pr0phecy says:

You should turn on autocorrect. You'll be doing the world a favor then.

KKRLessey says:

I'm loving it!

Winnabe says:

Well, I can confirm that the app crashes every SINGLE time I am scrolling back/ or trying to scroll back to old messages in a group chat. It's annoying. Plus, the fact that now 'Background tasking' is enabled, I can no longer keep my phone in Battery saver mode (which I prefer because hey! it helps save power), if I am to keep receiving message alerts from Whatsapp. This never was a problem in Symbian! :'(

SEKKDS says:

*sigh* ...and now, it doesn't work. My HTC Arrive WP 7.5 ain't liking it. Crashes, freezes. WhatsApp wit dat?!?!??

pankaj981 says:

Do a clean install

SEKKDS says:

You don't think I have tried that already?? Like three times?!?!? Clean install, no good.

awneze says:


lol the 491 version crashes i guess..

rupanidm says:

nope i guess... it removes the 'reboot your phone' thing... i guess so.. bcoz after installing 488 it asked me to reboot the phone bcoz it was not properly set to receive push notifications or something like that.. that was twice within 15-20 mins.. and now 2 hours into 491, it hasn't happened..

i did not get any reboot your phone message thing in 488.. so should i update to 491?

Flavio76 says:

Yay yooo great.... Haters gonna hate!!!;

Keep going

Ankmeyester says:

Pack up boys. We're done here.

Nickkk101 says:

...said Belfiore to he WP team... ;)

Anaron says:

Hell, it's about time.

vijax21 says:

Back up messages, uninstall and do a clean installation of app, restore back your messages. Works better than just updating the app imo.

Cruzer1 says:

A bug is when in the 'now playing' window in music, and you tap on a whatsapp notification toast, it brings you to an empty chat window with the persons number at the top, but not their name

rockstarzzz says:

It doesn't anymore in WP8. However what you say is hard to reproduce. Happened once randomly. Its not persons number. It was my own number!

Cruzer1 says:

I have a Lumia 920, and that's what happens to me. Maybe I need to uninstall and reinstall

Cruzer1 says:

Well I backed up, restarted phone then reinstalled and can't replicate the bug anymore, so all good :D

Billy Tantri says:

Anyone has experience the voice call. I read in the update that there's voice. I expect something like Viber. If so, than it is great. I tried calling from Whatsapp, there's a pop up saying its not / can't dial through internet then redirect me to phone call app. Basically its not Voip call and shortcut to phone app.

I search through the settings and can't find any option on Voip call. Anyone has tried this? Please give some input

pankaj981 says:

Its not voip, just a shortcut to dial using cellular

Shimoner01 says:

Updated, restarted L920, phone stopped opening apps. Anyone else get this, or unrelated to update?

pankaj981 says:

Update to latest .491 version

Winnabe says:

Wow! Got the same thing in my L720! I did a hard reset and it was fine. But, but, by then, my WhatsApp had started crashing when I tried to access past messages by scrolling up in a group chat. It still crashes every single time I try to scroll up in a group chat!

fidla says:

it happened to me as well. but only once. when it happened i only able to open some of the apps.

i got this twice. both times i restarted the phone. a Lumia 920 sim free.
cant open the whatsapp, neither the system settings, or contact hub.
some other apps was able to open right.
while on this situation any whatsapp message was received and neither notified by whatsapp.
after rdevice restart i got all the messages.
this happened on wifi
and o 3g with Wifi enabled but not connected.
i have more or lest 3 gourps with average 12 people on each one.
and 6 uni person chats
i think is due to the battery saver beeing always active.  that was my case.
I disabled the battery saver fonction and the issue seems to be gone.

i Will try again to enable the battery saver, BUT if we cant no more use the battery saver permanently, it's really sucks...

DeriQuan says:

I'm surprised that no one found issue with Whatsapp's cache storage problem. I do not know whether the latest update solve that problem but if you do a storage check on your phone (L920), you will find whatsapp is taking up storage to few hundred MBs. For me, at one particular point, 700+MB. Only did I uninstalled and reinstall it that reset the cache storage but even then by now it has slowly crept up to 100+MB. It is still increasing by the day so long you still receive medias from the chat even if you turn off auto download of pictures. I hope I'm wrong about this but it doesn't look that way.

delete some old chat logs and group chatlogs maybe??

DeriQuan says:

I delete my old group chats quite often but the storage it takes still increasing. Thanks.

Lee Marsh says:

Delete media by going to group info or contact info and swipe to the right.. 

peterfares says:

Wow I never noticed.
I went to update my mother's 8X and it kept failing on updating. So I uninstalled and clean installed it. My free storage went up 1.1GB! My Other usage is still the same size, so it wasn't causing that to baloon, it was just using a lot itself it seems. 

you issue also occurs on symbian devices. i think. because with my old Nokia N8 the cache grows with the conversation history.
the more opened chats you have, the more cache memory you will use,
just keep you chat history clean by deleting the conversations, periodically.

I have also a Lumia 920 since febrary and i dont have the issue, but i noticed that removing the chats also decreases the amount of memory used by whatsapp

bradbamford says:

Okay, I signed up, buy tell me why I should use this instead of normal MMS ?

UzaiBaka says:

This way you can message random people on the interwebs without having to pay fees if the live in another country. Other than that, I have no idea.

Its free to share pics... MMS cost money (about 35p in the U.K.)..

kaushik54 says:

Did you face this problem:
When I opened the app and then closed it by pressing the back, it shows 'whatsapp has detected an issue with your push notification system, please reboot, but nothing is happening after I reboot. I'm not getting push notifications too

Amran Nagal says:

Okay .491 has a bug, after opening the app it takes 2-4 sec to show the chats where as in .488 there was no such issue.
Anyone else having this problem?

hary10000 says:

Mine took 1-2s for group chat and almost instant for normal chat... On v.491

Abililty to attach existing video is still not there. Is that the limitation in the OS ?

UzaiBaka says:

From what I understand yes, that's on the OS side.

hary10000 says:

Finally Relief !! Hurray!

pstern says:

Happy for the update.... it is welcome !!!---- but still can not change font size nor color (like we can do with the great WPC app)....
Lets see if the lag time was corrected ... and the sync time between a notification and the actual message appering in the conversation... certain times it took a while to appear ....
Happy week end to all.....!!!!

JamesBondage says:


lonbraj says:

Is this real life?

soumitro316 says:

Awesome update..loving the fast resume :D:D...just wish the live tile had got the metro look like on WP8:/

Sean Burns1 says:

Found one new bug. Every now and again it keeps telling me to reboot my phone due to connection error when i try to exit the app. But my connection is fine. It has done it now a few times. It still works better though,faster etc but this bug has risen

Suryo e says:

same with me.pls kindly help to inform if there's any info about how to fix it.thx...