WhatsApp Users Need Not Worry about Changing Phones
WhatsApp is an indispensable messenger app that sends instant messages by using the data connectivity. The app has various features that make it more interactive and user friendly, but the app users face one major issue regarding the app.
The users lose the data, messages and other things shared via the instant messenger app when they switch to another phone. It was leaked that the instant messenger app is working on this particular issue and soon it will officially release the information to the app users.
The messenger platform
SCIMBO – WhatsApp clone script is a cross platform free application that allows the users to send text messages, images, documents, videos, contacts, voice notes, audio files, user location, GIF messages, voice and video calls. There are a wide variety of instant messenger apps available in the market like the Snapchat, Kik Messenger, WeChat, Viber, Telegram, Facebook Messenger among which, WhatsApp is the most commonly used messenger application universally by people of different age groups.
The popularity of the messenger app is because of its simple user interface that makes it easy for the users to access the app and it does not require any technical knowledge to send and receive messages over the platform.
The app was launched in 2009 and soon became very popular among the users. The users can send and receive messages instantly to their contacts anytime, anywhere and all that they require is the internet connection. The popularity of the app reached millions of users and the co-founder of the app announced that the app has over six hundred million active users by 2014 and every month eight hundred and thirty three thousand new users register with the messenger platform.
Facebook’s WhatsApp acquisition
Facebook acquired the instant messenger app for nineteen billion dollars in 2014 and this is considered to be one of the biggest acquisitions by the social media network. Though it was the largest purchase by the company, considerable amount of WhatsApp users left the platform and moved to other services. At that time, the messenger platform Line claimed to have two million users and Telegram announced that the platform was downloaded by eight million new users.
The CEO of the social media platform announced that the main idea of acquiring the messenger platform was to develop a communication platform that can provide service to many people for free. Soon the founder of the instant messenger app also said that the company will not share the user information with other third parties or government sectors.
The instant messenger platform became globally popular and the number of active users increased to seven hundred million and the number of messages sent through the platform was thirty billion.
Changing the device or number
Most of the users who were using the WhatsApp messenger app complained that they lost their account information the moment when they changed their mobile number or phone. WhatsApp requires only the contact number of a person to create a WhatsApp account.
When the users switch from one device to another, the data stored in the device pertaining to the account gets saved in the old phone and the users have a hard time in retaining the information. Since many users complained about this issue, the company released a step by step instruction report regarding it.
When the users use the same type of mobile phones, like switching from Android to Android, then the users have the option to migrate the messages depending on the type of mobile phone they use. Any type of phone may be, it will have the option to transfer the chats from one device to the other. However, the users cannot transfer the message history of BlackBerry and Nokia S40.
If the user is switching to a different type of phone- like moving from Android to iPhone with the same phone number that contains all the account information. The user has to download the instant messenger app on their new mobile phone and they have to verify the number, however, the users cannot transfer the messages across different types of phones.
But if the user is not going to preserve their phone number, they can directly download the app from the App store or Play store and register using the new contact number. It is important that the user deletes the old account before creating a new account. Though the user is not going to access the old mobile, if some other person activates the old number within forty five days then all the account details are associated with that number gets deleted.
The user must make sure that they clear all the data stored on their mobile phone, before selling or giving it to others. Similarly, they have to wipe all the information or data present on the SD card, so that the user can ensure that their messages and information are not in someone else’s hands.
Data and messages are in safe hands
WABetaInfo is the famous website that leaks all the information pertaining to the instant messenger app. The site recently posted on its official Twitter page that the messenger app is working on a new feature that will protect the data and messages of the users when they switch from one mobile device to another.
According to the new update, the instant messenger app will automatically inform all the contacts that the user has changed their contact number, so that the user need not inform all the contacts about them changing their number. The new update is in the beta version for the Windows 10 and other Windows Phone. The app has an option that allows the user to share their new mobile number with all the members in the contact list. As the option informs all the contacts about the number change, without the user informing their group admins to add them in the respective group- the Change Number option alters them to replace the user’s old number with the updated one.
There is no assurance that the Change number in the beta version will transfer into a full version of the app, but the idea of the new update save more time and energy of the user when they change their number. Already the New Broadcast option that is present in the instant messenger app allows the users to easily inform all the contacts about the change of their phone number, however, not all WhatsApp users are aware of this option. This option is found on the main menu and it allows the users to send bulk messages to a single group. This option is similar to that of the Bcc option that is present in the mail.
The instant messenger app has in the recent times launched several new updates in its platform that have been beneficial for the users. Similarly, this new update regarding the change of number is one of the most required update that makes it easy for the user to send the information to all the members present in the contact list, if not this option then the user has to spend quality time in sending all the contacts about their new number and ask all the group admins to discard the old number and update it with the new number. We are yet to see more new features in the messenger platform.