WhatsApp is currently the most popular messaging app and has been for a while now. However, this doesn’t mean that WhatsApp is perfect and there are no flaws in it. Even though WhatsApp is loaded with amazing features, there are some cool features other messaging apps have that are missing on WhatsApp.
If you are in search of a new chat app then the WhatsApp pros and cons mentioned here will help you decide if you should install it or not.
In case you are an existing WhatsApp user then you can know about the disadvantages of the messaging behemoth. Moreover, it will help you figure out if it is time to uninstall WhatsApp and go for WhatsApp alternative or stick with it.
So, let’s get the ball rolling.
- 1 WhatsApp Pros
- 1.1 User-Friendly
- 1.2 Share Live Location
- 1.3 Audio And Video Calling
- 1.4 Listen To Audio Messages Discreetly
- 1.5 Email Chats
- 1.6 End-to-End Encryption
- 1.7 Imports Contacts Automatically
- 1.8 Reduce Data Usage For Calls
- 1.9 Ads Free
- 1.10 Free Of Cost
- 1.11 Availability
- 1.12 Starred Messages
- 1.13 GIF Support
- 1.14 Good Performance
- 1.15 Stories
- 1.16 Support For Siri
- 1.17 Broadcast Messages
- 1.18 Delivery Status
- 1.19 Groups
- 1.20 Delete Sent Messages
- 2 WhatsApp Cons
- 3 WhatsApp – Good Or Bad?
Good things first. Let’s start with the WhatsApp advantages.
You need not be a geek in order to understand the functioning of WhatsApp. People of all ages can easily use it without any external help, it’s that easy to use.
It is possible to share your location with the desired contact using WhatsApp. Not just your current location but you can also share your live location with your contacts if you are in transit for 15 minutes, 1 hour or 8 hours.
Audio And Video Calling
The popular chat app is not only limited to text messages. You can also have audio and video calls on WhatsApp.
Listen To Audio Messages Discreetly
To listen to an audio message without earphones in a public area you can simply bring your phone close to your ear while the audio message is being played. On doing this the audio volume will decrease and you can listen to it as if you are on a call.
You can email your WhatsApp conversations easily for printing or backup purposes.
All the conversations you have on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted. This means that your messages are secure and no one can read or access them apart from you and the person you are communicating with. Even WhatsApp cannot look at your chats.
Imports Contacts Automatically
You don’t need to manually add a contact to WhatsApp. It will automatically fetch the numbers that are having a WhatsApp account and will automatically add them to your WhatsApp contacts.
Reduce Data Usage For Calls
If you are running on a tight budget for internet data then WhatsApp allows you to decrease data usage for calls. Don’t bother about the quality of the call as it still remains good.
WhatsApp doesn’t have any ads in the app. This makes the messaging experience pleasant.
Free Of Cost
You can use WhatsApp without spending a dime.
It is available for iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones. Apart from that, WhatsApp also has a web version and Windows and Mac software. You will have no trouble whatsoever using WhatsApp seamlessly across multiple devices.
Never lose important messages in a plethora of unimportant messages by starring the ones that matter. You can find them under a separate section hence making them easily discoverable whenever desired.
WhatsApp supports GIFs apart from photos and videos.
The app feels light, stable, and fast.
Like Snapchat or Instagram, WhatsApp also supports stories. So, you can share what has been happening in the last 24 hours with your contacts on WhatsApp.
Support For Siri
If you are an iOS user then with the help of Siri you can use WhatsApp hands-free. Siri can read recent WhatsApp messages, send messages, and place calls.
With WhatsApp, it is possible to send a message to multiple contacts at once using the Broadcast Lists. This will benefit you in saving time while sending bulk invitations or greetings.
It’s one of the biggest advantages for any messaging app to have the delivery status feature. With delivery status, people can be sure that their message is sent to the recipient and confirm whether they have read it or not.
It has the functionality to create Groups and have a group chat, video, and voice calls.
Delete Sent Messages
If you have mistakenly sent a message to the wrong contact then you can Unsend it.
This list is expected to increase with time. All of these awesome features have contributed to WhatsApp’s success. But nothing is perfect. And this is true for WhatsApp too. Let’s now get to the WhatsApp disadvantages.
Missing Face Filters
WhatsApp did launch stories feature however you won’t find those entertaining Face filters available on Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook.
No Virtual Assistant
WhatsApp doesn’t have an inbuilt personal assistant like Hike which makes things pretty easy.
There is no official WhatsApp feature that allows you to send self-destructing messages. However, there are ways to get around it.
WhatsApp Calling Limitation
WhatsApp calling feature is not available in some countries. So if you are looking for a calling functionality in a messaging app then this can be a huge setback.
File Size limit
You cannot send large video files that are more than 16MB and documents bigger than 100 MB with WhatsApp.
No Animated Stickers
WhatsApp does have stickers but they aren’t animated stickers like the Facebook messenger. You have to be content with them or Emojis.
Contact Number Required
Unlike Snapchat or Facebook, you cannot contact a person on WhatsApp if you don’t have their cell phone number. Moreover, it’s possible to get WhatsApp without a permanent phone number.
No Sign-Out Option
Unlike other messaging apps like Telegram where you get the Log Out option to sign out from your account. In WhatsApp, there is no such option and it’s not good for your privacy (we talk more about WhatsApp privacy here.)
Needs Internet Connection
Though WhatsApp is free to use, you still need an active internet connection to send messages. For instance, during an emergency, if you want to send an urgent message to your contacts then you cannot do that unless you are connected to the internet.
Not Easy To Find Someone
One of the issues people face with Whatsapp is finding a particular person. It’s not easy to do and we wrote a complete guide about how to find someone on Whatsapp.
Can Be Hacked
Despite the encryption, WhatsApp is not immune to hacking. It is possible to track WhatsApp calls, messages, and other things with spy apps. One of such apps is called mSpy and you can read a review of this software in our post.
On the plus side, it’s not easy to given that the hacker must get a physical access to your device.
WhatsApp – Good Or Bad?
Looking at the list of the pros and cons of WhatsApp anyone can tell that WhatsApp has more advantages than disadvantages.
But, that doesn’t mean that you should uninstall other messaging apps and start using WhatsApp from today.
If you are using other apps for chatting then continue with them if you like using them. However, if you ever feel like switching to any other messaging app then you can definitely consider WhatsApp over others.