WhatsApp is the world's most popular app, with about 200 million monthly users, on Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. The practicality of the messenger serves to deal with personal and professional matters, but it is worth remembering that some people's experience may not go as expected. The service has features that can be disappointing, such as the app's inability to access multiple independent devices, slow, unfiltered search, and lack of compatibility between backup system platforms.
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1. Identification via telephone number can be problematic
The fact that the main application identification mechanism is by telephone number can have disadvantages. One is related to the number changing by the user, as contacts are not notified of the change unless a feature is enabled in the handset settings. If this does not happen, people can keep sending messages to the old number which, at best, will get nowhere. Unless the line is transferred to a third party, you receive the errands.
Also, over time, WhatsApp's contact list can become confusing, with duplicate or outdated records. Another sensitive issue is phone number protection. In some situations, the user may prefer not to share the personal telephone sequence (a user name might be more appropriate), however, in the case of groups, this data may be exposed to hundreds of strangers.
2. Backup system can be bad
Rogue messenger users often have a large amount of useful information in the history of the tool and therefore may wish to preserve messages, photos, videos and other files. However, the opposite can happen if iPhone is migrated to Android system or vice versa. That's because the app uses iCloud to back up on Apple's mobile phone and Google Drive on Google's system. There is no way to export data between platforms, according to the information provided in the official WhatsApp FAQ. In fact, there are alternative, improvised solutions, but the methods can be complicated and risky.
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3. Cannot use app on multiple devices independently
The integration of the same service between various platforms such as PC, mobile and tablet is common today. However, WhatsApp does not offer this option in a practical way. For the Windows and MacOS computer, there is the WhatsApp Web version, but it has some limitations. Use depends entirely on the mobile phone, which acts as a type of remote control that operates the application. During desktop use, the phone's battery is depleted and if mobile data is enabled, it is used. If the device is turned off or in Avio Mode, the user is prevented from accessing the virtual platform in the browser Chrome, Firefox or Safari, for example.
4. Group management may be impractical
WhatsApp groups are a common form of user interaction. The gathering of people in the messenger can be applied for a number of reasons, involving personal and professional relationships of the profile owners. However, by comparing this type of feature with that of competitors, WhatsApp loses the dispute. The reason is in the way it works, as well as sensitive issues that concern user privacy.
WhatsApp Groups have limitations Photo: Bruno De Blasi / dnetc
In-app groups are limited in size to 256 members at a time, quite unlike rival Telegram, for example, with support for up to 200,000 participants. In addition, anyone with your contact can add you to one of them without permission and make your phone number visible to all other members. If you trigger the notification for the number change, these people will also be notified. On the other hand, there are two valid points: there is no way to discover and join new groups from within the application itself, and it is impossible to close a group until everyone leaves or is removed.
5. Message search leaves something to be desired
WhatsApp's search engine may not work as expected by users. The function is intended to optimize time by indicating the specific time at which a particular content was sent. This is especially true for those who have a vast body of data in the software. However, the search tool, both in the general database and in a given conversation, is often basic and slow.
Even on more sophisticated smartphones, the app can take a long time to load a search or even crash and stop working. Also, there are no search filters and if the user wants, for example, to find a message sent over a certain period of time, view the results with averages or search only between received items is prevented by the app.
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