Tamuku: Everything you need to know about Whatsapp
As we notify you with the latest updates about the Development Sector in the country, get to know the mobile app that you’ll be alerted with, Whatsapp. Although it’s one of the most widely used apps around the globe, some people are still unfamiliar with this social platform and we want to help you with that, here at Tamuku.
Helping you understand the ins and outs of this app is important to us because we won’t be able to properly execute our mission if you don’t know how to use it. Through this blog, we’ll take you through all of the basics that you need to know about this useful mobile app from its basic features down to how it’s used.
To get you started, here’s everything you need to know about Whatsapp:
What is Whatsapp?
Whatsapp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 and today, it has over two billion active users around the world making it one of the leading social platforms. Before we can tackle its different features, you have to understand what the app does first.
The mobile app is a free messaging service that was launched back in 2009 and it was one of the earliest platforms that allowed users to call and text each other through the use of the internet.
Although it may not seem like much today because of how many apps offer the same service, back then, this was revolutionary. People were thrilled when it was first announced because they didn’t have to top-up or use cellular-data networks just to call or text their loved ones.
It’s free to use and all you need to access it is a stable internet connection. This accessibility and convenience are what made Tamuku decide to use it for its broadcast alerts service.
What does Whatsapp offer?
Whatsapp is equipped with various features that make it worth downloading. To familiarize yourself with what it has to offer, we have compiled each of them down below. All of these things contribute to how accessible and convenient it is to use this app:
One of the most obvious features of Whatsapp is that you can send messages for free. What makes it stand out from the rest is that it does this task exceptionally well. This is thanks to its cross-platform accessibility and secure messaging features.
People were quick to compare this app to iMessage, one of the most famous messaging services in the world. However, the biggest difference between the two is that Whatsapp isn’t limited to a single device and operating system.
If iMessage is only accessible for Apple users, Whatsapp is convenient for everyone who has a stable internet connection. This makes it easy for people to connect regardless of their operating system, whether it be Apple or Android.
People who use Whatsapp can also enjoy this service on different platforms. Aside from your mobile phones, this app is also accessible through your laptops and personal computers thanks to its dedicated desktop version. This version also supports both Windows and Mac.
This world-class cross-platform accessibility is what makes it convenient for people to talk to each other because all they need to have in common is the app itself.
One of the biggest reasons why people love messaging with Whatsapp is because of its cutting-edge security. The messaging service uses end-to-end encryption which means that only the people who are messaging each other will see and read the message, whether it be a group chat or a direct message. No other authority will have access to these messages, not even Whatsapp itself.
Having group chats is nothing new but Whatsapp does it best by allowing a single group to accommodate up to 256 people. You can use this feature to create a dedicated room for your friends, family members, workmates and many more.
If you’re unfamiliar with Whatsapp, you’ll easily get the hang of it after using it for an hour or so. This is because the interface is specifically designed to be easily understood by users. Everything is straightforward, messages come in a bubble and it displays the timestamp of when it was sent. When the recipient views the text, it will show a double-check under the text bubble.
Advanced video call features
Today, almost every messaging app offers a video call feature. However, none quite do it as well as Whatsapp. It’s already given that it allows you to see each other in real-time through your phone but, this app does minor things that make it worth downloading.
Group call feature
The saying, the more the merrier, perfectly goes well with this feature. With group calls, you can video call up to 8 people at once in a single session. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to schedule anything like you would with Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, etc. All you have to do is invite the people you want to join and call them anywhere, anytime.
Secure video chat
The same end-to-end encryption can be found in conference calls which means that only the people inside the session will have access to the video call. This feature is what makes it a top choice for company meetings.
Free international calls
One of Whatsapp’s best functions is its free international calls. Calling your loved ones from different parts of the world has never been this easy! Aside from costing nothing, the video and audio quality will also be of high quality.
Whatsapp comes with a search function that helps you find previous messages with ease. If you don’t remember the exact text that you sent, you can easily search for keywords and it will show you the best results.
You can also use the search function to find people and groups. To add new people, you can search their contact name or their phone number.
Photo and video sharing
Whatsapp makes messaging more exciting by allowing users to send photos and videos. Some people may argue that Facebook messenger does the same thing. Although that is indeed true, the problem with that app is that it compresses your files which makes them look pixelated when you send them.
With Whatsapp, you don’t have to worry about this issue because the photos and videos that you’ll share will retain their original quality.
How to use WhatsApp
Now that you’ve learned what the app has to offer, it’s time for you to learn how to use it! This way, you can easily find the alerts service that we offer here at Tamuku. After downloading the app, here are some of the things that you should learn to get started:
Setting up your account
The first thing that you need to do is set up your account. What you need to remember with this app is that it doesn’t identify people with usernames. Instead, you’d have to input your mobile number to create an account.
This feature makes it easy for you to connect with people because everyone in your phone’s contacts that uses Whatsapp will automatically be added to your contact list in the app.
How to send messages
After setting up your account, you can immediately start sending messages to anyone in your contacts. To do this, tap on the chat icon located at the bottom right of your screen, then select ‘new chat’. After that, all you have to do is select a contact that you want to chat with.
How to start a call
Starting a call using Whatsapp is easy but the feature is only limited to the mobile app version. Both video and voice calls are free with the app whether it be group or individual. To start any call using the app follow these simple steps:
- Head to the calls tab that can be seen at the top if you’re using Android or at the bottom for Apple users.
- Tap on the new call button at the bottom right of the screen which comes in the shape of a phone.
- Select the person or group that you want to call.
How to share files
Sharing photos and other forms of media is simple to do on Whatsapp. To do this, start by tapping or clicking on the conversation that you want to send it to. In here you’ll find an icon at the bottom of your screen you’ll see a paperclip and a camera icon.
The paperclip icon is used if you want to send a photo/video from your camera roll. It will also allow you to send documents, audio, location and contact info.
On the other hand, using the camera icon will open up your phone’s camera so that you can take a picture or a video on the spot. Clicking the camera icon will also allow you to access your gallery.
These are some of the basics of Whatsapp. All in all, it’s one of the easiest messaging services available on both mobile and computer devices. It’s full of convenient features and the best part about it is that it’s free!
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with these features, check out our Broadcast Alerts service here at Tamuku which is exclusive to Whatsapp only.