#WhatIs?: What Is WhatsApp Plus?

Founded in 2009 by two ex-Yahoo! employees , WhatsApp has experienced incredible success. The app initially generated revenue by charging for downloads — a one-time fee of $0.99 from iPhone users and an annual $0, 99 charge for Android before it slashed the one-time fees. This was joy for all users and Zimbabwe was not spared.

Seeing this success, mobile application developers manipulated the loophole found on the original WhatsApp which is offering users more features. Realising this opportunity, app developers added more features to create a much decorous and appealing WhatsApp mods like the one we are discussing today called WhatsApp +.

By Marvelous Chibagidi

You probably know this WhatsApp Plus application by now and over the years there has  been a lot of talk about and questions about it. People often wonder how it differs from the original version so that one can then decide if it’s worth making the switch.

WhatsApp Plus is a modified version of WhatsApp Plus, created by the Spanish developer Rafalete in 2012. The app itself is free, but the user license is the same as WhatsApp. It’s also known as WhatsApp+ and WhatsApp Plus Holo, and has a blue icon while the WhatsApp that many are used to has a green icon.

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The most notable feature of WhatsApp Plus (and why it was created in the first place), is the ability to completely change the look of WhatsApp, which can be done by choosing new styles or visual themes.

The modified version was basically created to change the look of WhatsApp. So, if you are bored of the one theme you get by default in the original app, you can now change the look by downloading visual themes directly from the built-in theme viewer & downloader in WhatsApp Plus for free.

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WhatsApp Plus Visual Themes

There are over 700 themes available and you can sort them by name, version or date. The new Plus themes not only change the background of the chat but also the bottom of the contact list, colors of the bar as well as of texts. This is clearly not the case with the original WhatsApp.

 

 

WhatsApp Plus has also added new emoticons incorporating smileys from Google HangOuts. There is, unfortunately, a “but”– these emoticons can only be seen by others who have also installed WhatsApp Plus. If you send an unofficial emoticon to someone who uses the classic WhatsApp, all they’ll see is a question mark.

WhatsApp Plus Emoticons

WhatsApp Plus Emoticons

The WhatsApp that most people are used to have the feature of hiding one’s profile picture, status and last seen but with the WhatsApp plus then one can even hide to show wether they are online or not.

With WhatsApp Plus you can even hide your online status

With WhatsApp Plus you can even hide your online status

There are options that allow you to maintain the size as well as quality of images & videos when sharing. Thus, with the modified version, you can increase upload media limit to send large music files or videos without even losing clarity. This is definitely a very useful addition which you can’t avail in the original WhatsApp version.

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WhatsApp Plus allows you to maintain the quality of your media files

In addition to the skins menu, WhatsApp Plus has no fewer than 6 menus for editing appearance and settings and these include, header, colors and size of chat images, header and size of contacts’ image, appearance and size of pop-up notifications, disabling of functions (voice notes, animations), size and colors of widgets ,color of launcher icon.

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 So if you want to customize the look of WhatsApp and want more control over things like notifications and sending pictures, WhatsApp Plus is the perfect alternative for you.

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