In this video, learn how to register a phone with WhatsApp. WhatsApp accounts are tied to specific phone numbers, so you can only complete this setup on a smartphone. This video shows how this works on Android and iPhone.
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- [Instructor] In this movie, we'll start by getting WhatsApp setup on my phone. The process is very similar for iPhone and Android. Of course, you will need to download the app from the Apple App Store, or the Google Play Store. I already have it downloaded here. You will also need to do this on a phone with an active cellular phone service with a valid phone number. Your WhatsApp account will not have a name and password tied to it. Your account will be registered to your phone number, and you will need to be able to receive a standard SMS text message during this setup process, so you cannot set this up on a computer or a tablet.
It has to be done on a phone. So let's jump in and go through the process. I'm going to do this on an iPhone, but I'll point out the few differences that you'll see on an Android as we go through this. So I'll tap on the WhatsApp icon to launch it. This is the first time I'm launching this app on this phone, so it's going to start by asking me to grant some permissions. This is how it works on an iPhone. As a privacy measure, iPhone apps need to ask your permission to access certain features on your phone. On some Android phones, you will not see anything about permissions, and on some you'll see them, but they'll be different from what we see here.
Just read the permission request and grant permissions if you're comfortable with them. Just be aware if you do not grant permissions, some features may not work, so I'm going to grant all the permissions as we go through this. Now first it's asking to access my contacts. Remember, your regular mobile phone number is your contact information, so the address book on your phone is going to also be your address book for WhatsApp. WhatsApp will look in your address book to see if any of your contacts have a phone number registered with WhatsApp. If so, it will be much easier to contact them in WhatsApp, so I'm going to grant this permission.
Next, it's asking me for permission to display notifications. Since we'll be using WhatsApp to receive messages, I definitely want to see notifications for any incoming messages, so I'll grant that permission as well. Then I'll agree to the terms of service. I could tap here to read the full terms of service, but for now, I'm just going to hit Agree & Continue. Next, we're going to need to register with WhatsApp using my phone number, so it's going to ask me to type in my phone number here. I do need to actually use the phone number that's assigned to this phone, because it will send a text message to confirm.
So, I'm going to tap in my phone number. Then I'll hit Done. It asks me to double-check to confirm, and yes this is the correct phone number, so I'll hit Yes. Now it's asking me for a six-digit verification code and this is how it verifies your phone number and how it prevents people from falsely registering somebody else's phone number. It's going to send me a text message containing that six-digit verification code. There it is. Now I see that text message and I can actually see the verification code in this message notification, so I can look at that and then I can just type in that verification code here.
In a moment, it will be done verifying. On some Android devices, you don't even need to type in the verification code. As soon as you receive the text message, the verification code is automatically passed to WhatsApp, but that's only on some Android devices. Now I just need to put in my name. This is how your name will appear when people see you on WhatsApp. You can also add a photo if you want. I have a few photos of me on my phone, so let's do that. I'll hit the Add Photo button.
This is another one of those privacy permission things, so I'm going to give the app permission to access my photo library. Now I can browse through my library. I could go into All Photos, or any of these other albums, but I'm just going to choose the Selfies album, and I can choose a picture here, and I can scale it a bit to get it right. Then I'll hit Choose, and that's it, my basic profile is now set. Now if you want, you can tap on this option to connect to Facebook to add more information to your profile, but that's not really necessary, so for now, I'm just going to hit Done.
That's it for the setup on an iPhone. We're now ready to use WhatsApp. Now we did need a phone number to register WhatsApp, but now that everything is all set, everything else that we do will only require an internet connection. So if you disable your cellular phone service, which some people do when they're travelling, you can still continue to use WhatsApp whenever you're on a WiFi network. Now that we're setup, this is the interface that you'll see when you open WhatsApp from now on. Take a look at the bottom of the screen.
There are five buttons for the different sections in the app, Favorites, Calls, Contacts, Chats, and Settings. We'll go through these different sections as we go through the rest of the course. But let's take a quick look at an Android device which looks just a little bit different. The setup process will be nearly identical on an Android phone, with a few small differences, and I've already mentioned those, but once you're done with the setup, you'll land on this screen. Now the three options that we see up at the top here, Calls, Chats, and Contacts, are the same as the Calls, Contacts, and Chats buttons we saw on the iPhone.
On the iPhone, there were also buttons at the bottom for Favorites and Settings, but on an Android, you're going to get to Settings by tapping on this menu button in the top-left corner. It's that button with the three dots, so I'll tap on that. Then I can tap on Settings, and then we can browse through Settings here. So you're going to get to that just a little bit different on an Android device. For now I'm just going to back out of this and we're back to this main screen. So for now, I'm signed in and ready to start using WhatsApp.
- Adding a person to your contacts
- Sending and receiving chat messages
- Managing group conversations
- Using WhatsApp on the web or a tablet
- Accessing settings on Android and iPhone
- Migrating your account to a different phone