WhatsApp is perhaps the most common instant messaging app out there. There are a lot of features that appease to the insanely large audience that is currently using it. But there are still a lot of features that a lot of people want that WhatsApp hasn’t been able to deliver.
There are a lot of modified versions of WhatsApp available that provide added functionality. In this article, we’re going to talk about a very famous mod of WhatsApp called YoWhatsApp.
What is YoWhatsApp?
YoWhatsApp is a modded version of WhatsApp which not only has all the regular features that Whatsapp has but also has a bunch of added features that can be useful.
It is a free app developed by an independent developer named Yousef Al Basha. Here are some significant upgrades that YoWhatsApp provides over WhatsApp:
YoWhatsApp allows the user to apply either pre-downloaded skins or make their own. The customisation options are endless.
You can change anything from the design of the ticks to the colour of the chatboxes. You can also set custom backgrounds for different chats. With the available downloadable skins, you can change the look of your WhatsApp entirely with just a few taps.
Apart from this, you also get to change the app icon as well. Oh, and it also allows you to put your name where normally ‘WhatsApp’ is written.
With YoWhatsApp, privacy is no longer going to be a concern to you. You can set custom privacy options per contact. The set last seen, read receipts or even delivery receipts as per each contact.
You can also freeze your last seen to a specific date as well and also hide chats. Note that it is different than archiving. When a conversation is hidden, to view it, tap on the ‘WhatsApp’ text on the top left and then after a fingerprint scan you’ll be able to see the hidden chats. Messages from hidden chats are also not shown in the notification bar.
You can even go a step ahead and hide media from the phone’s gallery as well.
And there’s an additional feature wanted by a lot of users. You can lock the app using your fingerprint, pin or a pattern, a much requested WhatsApp feature that is still missing from the original app.
This is where YoWhatsApp shines the most. The biggest lifesaver is that you can read deleted messages. This feature also applies to any media sent as well. So no more pestering by deleted messages.
Apart from this, there are a bunch of useful features as well. There’s no loss in image quality when sending photos. You can also remove the standard limit of 10 photos that can be shared at once. With YoWhatsApp you can also send and receive videos up to 700 MB.
The mod also allows you to send messages to numbers without saving them. You can forward messages without the ‘forwarded’ tag. There are toast notifications when a contact whom you were chatting with recently comes online. You can even download statuses directly to your gallery.
Frankly speaking, there are a lot of features in this mod that’ll make you thank the developer through your nose.
Should you be using YoWhatsApp?
Well, yes of course! The mod offers a lot of functionality over the default app and will make your life a lot easier. Also, there is no risk of it being a spyware or malware app. I’ve personally been using YoWhatsApp for quite some time now and never saw any issues.
The developer keeps updating the app now and then. It can export or import backups from the default WhatsApp so you won’t lose any messages when you reinstall or make the switch.
There are some alternates to YoWhatsApp as well. These alternates include GBWhatsApp, which is pretty much the same as YoWhatsApp. There’s WhatsApp plus as well which is again, more or less the same thing.
But also remember, it’s not an official version of the app but an independent developer project.
Disclaimer by the Developer: “(YoWhatsApp) is in no way affiliated with, authorized, maintained, sponsored or endorsed by WhatsApp or any of its affiliates or subsidiaries. This is an independent and unofficial APP. Use at your own risk.”
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