Install Whatsapp on Samsung Galaxy S8

Edited by Jay, Maria

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WhatsApp is one the most popular free Instant Messaging apps available on the market today. Used by millions of people around the world daily, WhatsApp Messenger has gained an enormous userbase because of its; ease of use, various options, and end-to-end encryption. It will function with either mobile data or WiFi, which is excellent for both versatility and data usage efficiency. Because most native SMS apps require a data plan of some kind, WhatsApp makes an excellent alternative for those who are limited in their texting. In addition to the variety of user-friendly options, you can also use two-step verification, which allows you to set a pin, in the event you need to register your number again in the future.

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In the following article, we performed a fresh install of WhatsApp Messenger on a Samsung Galaxy S8 running Android Nougat. We'll cover; the installation process, chats, status updates, calls, and also some key settings.

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Installing WhatsApp

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    On the home screen, swipe up or down to access your app drawer.
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    From inside your app drawer, tap the "Play Store" icon.
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    Once inside the Google Play Store, type "WhatsApp" into the search field
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    When the results populate, tap the first link.
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    On WhatsApp's info screen, tap "INSTALL".
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    Once WhatsApp has installed, tap "OPEN".
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    Here on the welcome screen you can review the terms of service and privacy policy
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    When you're ready to proceed, tap "AGREE AND CONTINUE".
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    Next, WhatsApp will need to verify your phone number, but before you do, a pop-up dialogue will ask for access to your contacts.
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    For this how-to, we selected "CONTINUE".
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    The next couple screens will ask for access to your photos, media, files, and contacts
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    Allowing access to your files and contacts is optional, but doing so will save some time having to invite friends later on.
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    If you grant WhatsApp access to your photos, media, and files, you'll be able to send items via chats and messages later on.
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    Now we can verify our phone number
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    Select your country code by tapping the drop-down triangle, enter your phone number and tap "NEXT".
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    The next screen will ask you to make sure the phone number you entered is correct
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    If the number is correct, tap "OK", if it's incorrect, tap "EDIT" and fix it.
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    You'll also be asked to allow WhatsApp to view your SMS messages for quicker verification. For this demonstration, we selected "NOT NOW" and entered the verification manually in the next step.
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    When you receive an SMS message with a 6-digit code, enter it in the allotted field and continue to the next step.
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    Next is the Profile info screen
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    Enter your name and if you want, add a photo by tapping the camera icon. If you didn't allow access to your photos in the previous step, you're going to be prompted again.
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    Once your name is entered, and you've selected a photo, tap "NEXT".
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Chats, Invite Friends, Status, and Calls

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    Because we allowed WhatsApp access to our contacts in the previous section, we already have several people to whom we can begin chatting
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    To start a new chat, tap the green message icon in the lower right corner.
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    If you did not grant access to your contacts, you could invite friends, which we will cover in this section.
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    On the "Select a contact" screen, scroll through and tap on someone to begin a chat.
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    Once you're on the chat screen you'll see several icons, as well as the standard text input and keyboard
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    To send a message, tap the green circle with the white arrow.
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    The video camera and telephone icons allow for quick video or phone chats. You can also add attachments and of course emoticons to your messages.
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    For additional options for this particular chat, tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner.
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    Inside the drop-down menu you can; view contact, access media, search, mute notifications, change the wallpaper, block, clear chat, email chat, and add a shortcut.
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    These options are the same for every chat session you have running.
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    If you head back out to the "CHATS" tab you will see all the current chats you have open
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    To pin, delete, mute notifications, and download the chat history, tap and hold on a chat, then select the option you wish.
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    For additional options, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner to expand the drop-down menu
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    From this menu you can; add a chat shortcut, view contact, and mark as unread.
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    To invite someone to WhatsApp, first tap the Chats tab
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    Now on the Select a contact screen, tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner, followed by "Invite a friend".
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    Now you're given several ways to invite a friend via the selection a the bottom of the screen.
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    This will vary from user to user, depending on what communication apps they have installed on their phone.
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    To leave a status message, tap the "Status" tab from the main WhatsApp screen
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    To type a message, tap the pencil icon in the lower left corner, then type it out on the following screen.
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    When you're satisfied with your status, tap the green circle with the white arrow to set it.
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    To place a call through WhatsApp, tap the "CALLS" tab from the main screen, followed by the green telephone icon in the bottom right corner.
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    On the following screen, you'll be asked to select a contact to call
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    You'll need to grant the app access to your microphone to place calls.
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WhatsApp Settings

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    To access the app's settings, tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner from the main screen, then tap "Settings".
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    The first set of settings is about your account
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    Here you can manage; Privacy, Security, Two-step verification, Change your number and delete your account.
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    The privacy, security, and two-step verification settings are worth exploring and customizing.
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    The second set of settings is for your chat options
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    Here you can; make the enter the send key, change the font size and wallpaper, manage chat backups and access your chat history.
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    Chat history can come in handy if you need to lookup an archived conversation for example.
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    The third batch of settings handles your notifications
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    In this section, you can edit everything from the notification tone, right through to the look of the pop-ups.
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    Depending on your situation and environment, you may need to edit these settings to accommodate for various variables, such as if you find yourself in a quiet or loud location. You can also reset your notifications by tapping the three-dot menu in the top right corner.
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    Next we come to Data usage
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    This area allows you to change how WhatsApp functions when using either data or WiFi.
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    This section is also important to familiarize yourself with, especially if you send and receiver a lot of media during your chats.
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    Next we have your Contact settings
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    Here you can invite a friend, or enable the show all contacts option.
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    The final section inside settings is for help
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    Inside here you can; review the FAQ, Contact support, review the Terms and Privacy policies, and view app info.
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