WhatsApp Features and Limitations

WhatsApp Features and Limitations

WhatsApp is arguably one of the best messaging services in the world right now. It provides a whole bunch of useful features that are completely free and can be used on multiple platforms, making it one of the most reliable messaging clients to have come out ever since the advent of smartphones.

Free Texting, Media Sharing, and More

Here are a few features that make this app so popular:

  • The biggest selling point of the app is its media sharing capabilities. It offers the ability to send your media files to anyone in your contact list, who is also using WhatsApp, for free. All you need is a reliable internet connection and you’re good to go.
  • The app is customizable to an extent. You can change the backgrounds for the chats to whatever you like.
  • You can make groups to plan that birthday party you previously had to create an event on Facebook for.
  • You can set a status to let your friends know if you are busy.
  • You can block unwanted contacts from getting through to you.
  • After the acquisition from Facebook, you can now use the app to call your contacts for free as well.

Still Some Way to Go

That said, there are some limitations of the app that can still be improved upon.

  • There isn’t an option to customize individual notifications for each contact.
  • You cannot have individual chat backgrounds or choose custom vibration patterns.
  • There is no support yet for video calling.
  • The web version of WhatsApp doesn’t have support for browsers other than Google Chrome just yet, nor does it support iOS at the moment.

Syncing Problems with the Web Client

While it is great that WhatsApp has created a web client for people to text from their computers, there are some privacy issues caused because of syncing problems. WhatsApp has a features where if you delete a photo after sending it to someone from your phone, all the receiver sees is a blurry version of the photo. However, the web version shows the exact photo as it was sent, and not blurry. This poses a security threat to people’s privacy that needs to be fixed.