WhatsApp can now be used on Android smartwatches

WASHINGTON: WhatsApp, the popular messaging application, can now be used on Android smartwatches, allowing users with Android Wear OS 3 and newer versions to access the app.

According to a recent statement by Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of WhatsApp’s parent company, Meta, the testing of WhatsApp on smartwatches is now being made available to the public.

Android users with Wear OS 3 or newer versions on their smartwatches can download the WhatsApp application from the Playstore and start using it. However, it is important to note that users will need to provide their mobile number, just like they do on desktop versions, and receive a six-digit code on their watch to gain access to their accounts.

Notably, when connected to the internet, smartwatch users will not require their WhatsApp mobile phones to be nearby, making messaging possible solely through the smartwatch. However, in cases where the watch is not connected to the internet, users will need to be in proximity to their mobile phones.

Through smartwatches, users can make phone calls and utilize all the features available to desktop version users. They can send voice messages and even view videos, but they won’t be able to update their WhatsApp status through the smartwatch.

With the introduction of the WhatsApp application for smartwatches, it is anticipated that companies involved in smartwatch manufacturing will incorporate the messaging application into their products, providing users with WhatsApp as the default app.

It is important to mention that while WhatsApp’s user base exceeds two billion, not all of them use smartwatches, as smartwatch usage is limited to a smaller number of individuals.

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