WhatsApp is one of my favorite messaging apps. Even though it is owned by Facebook (which makes it controversial for a lot of people), there are plenty of features that should make people want to use it.
First of all, the design of WhatsApp is great, and the interface is much better than GroupMe (in my opinion). Also, there are so many different. You can do voice calls, video calls, texting, etc.; also, you can do person-to-person, small groups, and big groups (up to 256 people!). Once you get used to the functionality, it is hard to go back to anything else.
WhatsApp allows for free international calling, as long as you have Wifi. This makes it super convenient for groups of people all around the world to communicate with each other. This also makes it an extremely popular platform for people all around the world, which makes it likely that friends/coworkers will have an account as well. WhatsApp has said they have over 2 billion accounts, and more than 500 million active users. It is hard to beat the international scale of WhatsApp.
Finally, the last great reason to use WhatsApp is that it has end-to-end encryption. This is rare for some messaging platforms (it is what Zoom recently got into trouble for not having), and it is a game changer. Basically, end-to-end encryption means that only the sender and the recipients can read the message; no one else, whether it be WhatsApp, the government, hackers, can read your messages (unless they steal your phone and can get into your own personal WhatsApp account). With the increase of hackings and security issues around the world, it is great to know that WhatsApp has you protected.
Overall, there are plenty of messaging apps available nowadays. They all have different layouts, designs, and features, so ultimately it is up to you on which one you prefer. However, my personal recommendation for most users would be WhatsApp.
Whatsapp Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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