WhatsApp is a mobile application for smart phones which lets its users communicate via instant messaging, phone calls, group chats, and voice recordings. Downloading the app as well as using it is free of charge. The app uses the phone’s internet connection to work (data plan or Wi-Fi), thus, all communication, even internationally, is available without any fees or charges. WhatsApp users are always logged in which makes it possible for them to use WhatsApp and to be reached through WhatsApp at any time. If there is no internet connection available at the time a message is originally sent, WhatsApp will store the message and send it at a later time.
WhatApp Messenger lets users exchange text messages, emojis, pictures, voice messages, videos, and files. Individual and group chats are possible. When a new message arrives, the user gets notified and sees a red badge on the app icon on their phone screen. If user choose the settings accordingly, they can see when their message was received and read by the other person.
Who uses the tool
Percentage of monthly WhatsApp users that use it daily:
- Channel for faster communication between teachers and students.
- Create learning groups
- Stay in contact with students outside the class
- Possibility to send learning videos and graphics
Privacy & user data
The app collects the following types of information from all users:
The app uses this information to:
According to WhatsApp, the information is collected to help them operate, customise, support, understand, market, improve and provide their services.