WhatsApp lets you stay in contact all around the world!

WhatsApp is no doubt a popular instant messenger application. It's easy to see why, since the service is free and allows people to connect with each other via chat or voice wherever they are in the world.

How to create your account in WhatsApp for Android

Eager to see which of your friends are on WhatsApp? Well, the first thing you need is an account.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap Agree and continue
  3. Type your cellular phone number in the dialog box.

    Launch whatsapp, then tap agree and continue, then type phone number

  4. Tap OK to confirm that it's okay for WhatsApp to verify your phone number.
  5. Tap SKIP. It's in the bottom left corner of the white pop-up box in the middle of your screen.
  6. Tap Continue. It's the big button at the bottom center of your screen.

    Tap ok, then tap skip, then tap continue

How to invite someone to WhatsApp

WhatsApp pulls contacts from your phone's address book, and those that already have a WhatsApp account are available to chat with instantly. But what if some of your friends don't have a WhatsApp account? The invite feature creates a text message addressed to the person you want to invite including a link for them to download WhatsApp.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on INVITE to add someone from your phone's contact list. It's the green button with white text to the right of the person's name.
  3. Tap the send button to send the person you're inviting a text. It's an orange circle with a white envelope in the center at the bottom right of your screen.
  4. They will appear in your contacts lists once they download and create an account for WhatsApp.

    Launch whatsapp, then tap invite next to the person's name you want to invite, then tap the send button

How to add someone who isn't already in your phone's contacts

You don't need to have somebody in your phone's contacts first to add them to your WhatsApp chats — you can add them right from the app! If they've already got a WhatsApp account, you can start messaging them right away.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the new contact button. It's a picture of a person's head and shoulders with a small plus above their left shoulder.
  3. Type the person's name in the name field
  4. Type in the person's phone number.
  5. Tap the SAVE button. It is located on the top right of your screen.

    Launch whatsapp, then tap add button, then type person's contact information, then tap save

This will add the person to the contacts list on your phone. WhatsApp will update your contact list in-app with the new contact — if they already have a WhatsApp account, then they will automatically appear as a WhatsApp contact.

How to refresh your contacts list in WhatsApp for Android

When you add someone to your phone's contact list and they are already a WhatsApp user, you may need to refresh your in-app contacts list to see them appear there.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on Refresh. It is the first option in the pop-up menu.

    Launch whatsapp, then tap the more options button, then tap refresh

How to create a new broadcast in WhatsApp for Android

A broadcast is like a group, except that the messages you send via a broadcast list are received as individual messages by the people in the broadcast. Each individual is unaware of who else is receiving your message. Think of it as an email BCC, but for WhatsApp.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen
  3. Tap on New broadcast. It is the second option in the pop-up menu that comes up

    Launch whatsapp, then tap more options button, then tap new broadcast

  4. Tap on the add button. It's a plus sign on the right side of the name field near the top of the New broadcast screen.
  5. Tap on the check box beside each person's name that you want to include in the broadcast list.
  6. Tap done. It's the button on the top right corner of your screen.
  7. Tap the create button. It is in the top right corner of your screen.

    Tap add, then check the boxes by each name you want to add, then tap done, then tap create.

That's it for creating a Broadcast list. From there you can compose your WhatsApp Broadcast message like any other message, including attaching images, video, locations, and more.