WhatsApp for Windows Phone is once again available to download!

Ian Hardy

May 30, 2014 8:57 am

WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook, has over 500 million users and is available on iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian and, until recently, Windows Phone. The popular messaging app was abruptly pulled from the Windows Phone store a couple of weeks ago. The reason? Unknown “technical issues” and which left users stranded with many unanswered questions.

Now, both WhatsApp and Microsoft have taken to their respective company forums to declare they are working together to bring the app back to life for Windows Phone users. According to Microsoft, “WhatsApp chose to unpublish their app from the Windows Phone Store after discovering an issue with how notifications are being handled on Windows Phone 8, Update 3.”

The downside for WP8 WhatsApp users is that there is no clear indication of when the app will return, only that they hope to “resolve the issue quickly,” but both companies are asking for your patience. Who knows, if BlackBerry gets its act together and pushes through BBM for Windows Phone then perhaps they can steal some messaging market share.

Update: WhatsApp is back in business and ready to download in the Windows Phone Store. The app has been updated to version 2.11.490.0 and includes the following updates:

- Chat backgrounds
- Broadcast lists
- Privacy settings (settings > account > privacy)
- Media auto-download settings (settings > chat settings > media autodownload)
- Custom notification tones (Windows Phone 8 Update 3 required)
- Various enhancements and bug fixes

Download WhatsApp for Windows Phone here.

Source: Microsoft
Via: WMPU

  • Frederick Edwards

    The other day, Telegram launched its app for WP and within hours What’s App had its beta app updated on WP. So What’s App should be re-launching soon.

    • Waqqas Khokhar

      Any info on how to get the beta?

    • Frederick Edwards

      it’s now available again. Check Joe Belfiore’s twitter feed. Should be populating in store soon.

  • freestaterocker

    I found WhatsApp to be a bit of a battery hog… Most of my friends are on Kik these days anyway, still WhatsApp is one of those important ones for the platform.

  • Shaggyskunk

    I’m surprised that Windows Phone hasn’t been pulled – lol

    • chris

      still waiting 4 blackberry n take away da 2nd spot 4rm android whc is sometyng dats gnna happen take everyone by surprise

  • crocop24

    LOL Windows phone. Such a joke.

    • 5Gs

      Agree! I won’t be surprised if you reinstall windows phone you will have to install the drivers as well.

    • Prayaas A.

      The problem with Windows Phone is people like you. You know not a word about what Windows Phone is. It probably brings Windows 95 back in your head. At least try to know thongs before judging.

    • Marc Palumbo

      I agree. Windows Phone is fun to use and easier than the other OSs that re out there. I wish people would give it a try. I had one guy ask me if I liked having a computer as a phone. People just don’t know what Windows Phone is and continue to stay ignorant.

    • 5Gs

      @disqus_zI5HOT8rDI:disqus Sadly you made a$$ of you and me by assuming. I have used all the windows software and have used their first nokia lumia phone 710 and already owned and sold their surface tablet. I have been into them for long time till i joined android. I am sorry i didn’t mean to personally hurt your feelings. I still stand by my words MS is not a player any more

    • MassDeduction

      If you are experienced with the Windows Phone OS as you claim, you would know that your suggestion of reinstalling drivers is ridiculous. So, no, Prayaas didn’t make an a*s of themselves. Their analysis was on target based on the information you’d provided up to that point. Or, even now, really.

      And they’re growing in strength as a player, beating out iOS in dozens of markets, and more added every quarter.

    • 5Gs

      Did you just say they are beating out IOS ?? Are you serious. I see many with iphone than a desktop. Do you know what that means.

      Let me correct him again that problem still existed in windows xp and trust me a lot of hardware still don’t work properly with win 7 because it doesn’t get picked up automatically. You have to manually install it.

      Again i stand by my words again.

    • Frederick Edwards

      A troll that stands by its words.. Such a rare thing now-a-days… You sir are a dying breed.

    • MassDeduction

      All you’re standing by is your lack of reading comprehension. I indicated Windows Phone was beating iOS in a growing number of markets (it is). I didn’t say Canada was one of them (it’s not).
      And Windows Phone is not Windows XP, or 7, or even broadly related, and your response is either trolling (as some have suggested), or shocking ignorance if not.

    • 5Gs

      Sometimes i wonder if people will behave like this in real life as well Or they are what they are not.

      I guess too many windows fan here. They are only growing by number because they really didn’t have any competition for long time.

      It was either windows or mac. I give you my words and i am willing to bet 100$ on it. Windows phone will be history in 10 years.

    • MassDeduction

      We’re all wondering the same thing about you. What does Windows vs. Mac have to do with anything? Again, all I can suggest is you more carefully read what you’re replying to.
      Ten years from now Windows Phone, iOS, and Android might all be history. Ten years ago, Symbian, Hiptop, and Windows Mobile were state of the art, and now all three are gone.

  • gwydionjhr

    I’m in the middle of a test of Group Messaging apps with about a dozen WP users right now. All of us are running 8.1 and had no issues with notifications while testing WhatsApp.

    • Norman Lalonde

      The key issue I’ve noticed is that it uses an excessive amount of battery power when you allow it to use the notification bar. It also occasionally loses the message notification until you relaunch Whatsapp.

  • 5Gs

    Must be programming in back doors for NSA!

  • Frederick Edwards

    Joe Belfiore just tweeted it’s back.. Check his twitter feed for download link.

  • Jithin Bas

    It’s finally out guys! Check the Store :D

  • Jithin Bas

    The app is finally out. Check the store :)

  • Aadil Keshwani

    It has error, it says turn of background data restrictions in data sense but its already off and it is not letting me see my msgs

  • DiLip

    Thanks to god.. its been long since i used whatsapp after it got uninstalled :(

  • nivardo rojas

    Juana rengilpo