WhatsApp Plus is an unofficial mod for the popular messenger from Facebook. The app offers many features that the regular chat app lacks. However, its use also carries some risks. We clarify.
What is WhatsApp Plus?
WhatsApp Plus is a messenger based on WhatsApp. The two chat services look very similar and work largely the same. WhatsApp Plus is like a mod for a computer game: it adds various functions to the official messenger. However, just like most gaming mods, WhatsApp Plus does not come from an official source.
WhatsApp Plus was developed by Mounib Al Rifai aka Rafalense. In 2015, however, a cease and desist declaration from Facebook meant that he had to stop development. However, WhatsApp Plus has not completely disappeared. There are numerous clones made by other developers, such as JTWhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus Reborn.
Benefits of WhatsApp Plus
Compared to the official WhatsApp messenger, the Plus variant offers some additional functions. Here is an overview:
- The colors of the user interface and font can be set individually.
- Messenger allows larger audio, video and image files to be sent.
- Users can copy selected phrases from a voice message.
- The profile picture can be hidden.
- Various design themes can be defined for the user interface.
Disadvantages of WhatsApp Plus
Aside from the advantages mentioned, there are several serious disadvantages to using WhatsApp Plus and the later mods:
- By using WhatsApp Plus, you are violating the usage guidelines of the original and can be banned from WhatsApp.
- The app is not available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store, but only from third-party providers and must be downloaded and installed as an APK file. These sources can be unsafe and possibly smuggle malware onto your smartphone.
- Since there are now numerous different clones of WhatsApp Plus, it is very confusing which version came from which developer.
- With some WhatsApp Plus mods you have to pay for the additional functions.
Should You Use WhatsApp Plus?
We advise against using WhatsApp Plus or any of its successors. Even if the mods promise many exciting functions, the risks of using them outweigh the risks – from malware sneaking into your smartphone to being excluded from the official WhatsApp messenger.
If you are looking for a messenger alternative that does not come from Facebook, we recommend Threema, Signal, Telegram and Viber, among others.