PC Doctor June 28, 2022

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Dear PC Doctor:

My friend is planning a trip to Britain. Because she doesn’t have an international cell phone plan, she suggested we both download What’s App so we can stay in touch and she can share pictures. What’s What’s App and why will it work when texting or calling won’t?



Dear Deb:

WhatsApp is a free messaging app that lets you make video and voice calls, and send text messages over Wi-Fi. You can use it on your phone and also your desktop computer. WhatsApp is currently owned by Facebook/Meta.

WhatsApp was one of the first mobile apps to offer free, internet-based messaging. Instead of sending texts using cellular-data networks, WhatsApp primarily relies on a Wi-Fi connection to send and receive messages and calls.

WhatsApp also offers video calls, including a group function, which allows up to eight participants on one call. You can record and send voice messages to individual chats or group chats. WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption, so only the people who are messaging can read the messages. You can send videos, photos, and GIFs, as well as documents such as PDFs and spreadsheets.

To get started using WhatsApp, you'll need to download the app and create an account. WhatsApp will use your regular cell phone number and integrates your phone’s contact list.

There are YouTube videos that walk you through downloading, setting up, and using WhatsApp.

I hope this helps!
Until next time,
Happy Computing!
PC Doctor

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