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WhatsApp for iOS update fixes a bug that consumes all of an iPhone's unused storage space

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WhatsApp for iOS update fixes a bug that consumes all of an iPhone's unused storage space
Popular messaging app WhatsApp for iOS has received an update that takes the app to version 2.12.15. One of the bugs addressed by the update is one that forces the app to use all of the open storage space on the user's iPhone. The changelist for the update mentions this bug and notes that installing the new version of the app eliminates the issue that caused it to "use a lot of storage space on some iPhones.

The changelist also mentions that the update fixes another bug that caused the app to crash. Install the update and you will be able to send and receive PDF files using WhatsApp; version 2.12.15 also has an improved design for browsing photos and videos. And the update allows users to zoom in on a video playing on the messaging app.

After installing the update, you will be able to share photos and videos that come from other apps installed on your phone such as Google Drive, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive. Simply open "Photo/Video Library" and tap "Choose from another app...". Lastly, the update allows iOS users with WhatsApp to choose from "a variety of solid colors" for their chat background.

If you have WhatsApp installed on your iPhone, you really should head over to the App Store and install the update right away. This way, you will be able to use the messaging app without worrying how much of your free storage it will consume.

source: WhatsApp (iOS|Android) via RedmondPie

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posted on 06 Mar 2016, 22:46 2

1. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


I don't get whatsApp, I've never used it before but I don't see a point...

I'm an old man so bear with me, but don't you think that a simple email is not only more formal but also more convenient and you can attach literally any file...

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, you can mail ANYONE with an e-mail account... I've a Gmail account, but I can send mail to ANYONE with an email ID... Let it be Yahoo, Outlook or a private domain...

Common sense, eh?

Or sites Whatsapp has some sort of a magic?

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 22:55

2. lyndon420 (Posts: 3712; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I was also wondering the same thing but with texts since almost everyone has a smartphone. Using data to try and save money on your mobile minutes is a thing of the past now that we have unlimited talk and text.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 10:57

12. rromerof (Posts: 46; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


You may suggest that to our country carriers where we still have limited calls and text, generally according to the cost of your plan. BUT, we have "unlimited" social networks, that means that carrieres should not charge any money by using them, so it is easier/cheaper/nicer to use Whatsapp that SMS.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 22:59 3

3. azimesmail (Posts: 115; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


There's a difference between instant messaging, and emailing. Sometimes an email won't go through right away.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 23:08

4. AlikMalix (Posts: 4830; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I dont understand using third party text messaging apps. What is it that Watsapp has that people switch from native texting apps? If i want to text with another iOS user there's iMessage, and if I want to text with another Android user there's iMessage, and if I want to text to someone with a flip phone - there's iMessage!... if I want features like different languages, speak to text, share my location or track location of person i'm texting with - iMessage. Custom keyboards - iMessage. Send a video, voice clip, photo, multiple photos, etc - iMessage. Text with someone who doesn't have iMessage - I can still use iMessage.

I'm assuming same for Hangouts, or w/e Android comes native with..., right? What features do these thirdparty texting apps give you that you dont have with native messaging? I wouldnt give up iMessage just for tracking capability alone.... nevermind other features...

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 23:34 1

6. iushnt (Posts: 1483; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


The whole experience is much different..

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 00:47 1

7. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


iMessage only works iOS to iOS, if you send to a non iOS device, you are either MMS'ing them or regular texting them.... I have whatsapp installed on my phone though for all my acquaintances who use droids and other poor souls who dont have iMessage.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 01:45

8. AlikMalix (Posts: 4830; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


My point was that if I want extra features that come from using a specific messenger like iMessage features I can with those that have it, but I can still use the SAME text app with those that don't - no need to have it installed on other devices or worry which app I need to use with which people. I use iMessage to text with android people all the time. with whatsap you can only text with those that have watsapp.

Which features of whatsapp make it worth changing from iMessage - is real my point... Hope that makes sense.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 05:39

11. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


It makes sense yes, and in short, it's not worth changing from iMessage, I personally hardly ever use it, but droidboys mostly have it because they dont have iMessage, your basically just making yourself more accessible I guess.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 11:07

13. rromerof (Posts: 46; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Don't be classist: "I have iMessage and the others don't because I am an Apple Fanboy". I am an iPhone user in case you want to know, but thats not my point. In cases like my country we use Whatsapp because it is easier/cheaper/nicer, mostly because we still don't have unlimited calls/texts on our plans. The most of the people use prepaid plans and with as low as US$0.6 we have unlimited texting with Whatsapp for a month (compared with only 10SMS that we would have with the same amount).

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 14:25

15. shahrooz (Posts: 702; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


In my country almost everyone has a telegram ID, besides it has very nice features. That's why I use it. No matter how good a messaging app is, it is useless unless you know some people who use it.

posted on 06 Mar 2016, 23:11

5. Katrina (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


emails, mails, calling etc.. are all becoming a history. this is not because the younger gen are becoming more weird, we are moving towards an era where we "need" instant responses. The work environment for example has become so competitive that leaves little to no spaces for error or opportunities for people and businesses. Unfortunately, we are living in a fast pace era, time is money and no one has the time to burn. You can choose to stay behind in the technology aspect, but you will end up last. and no one wants that.

so to sum up, thanks to these instant msging apps, which technically replaced MSN, we are moving faster to towards the future. Emails/mails/calls replaced by instant msging apps which have voice msgs as well. No one calls nowadays lol

whatsapp is different because it brings all platforms together, iMessage only works if you have an iPhone and the end user has an iPhone, which this isn't the case mostly, as android dominates the global market atm. WhatsApp also allows group message, its so simple and it get things done, heck now you can use whatsapp on the desktop, no other messaging apps are capable of doing that, maybe the chinese apps but no one trusts that.
and fyi, iMessage and hangouts also use the old the SMS method when the end party isn't using the same app, it slows down. WhatsApp barely uses any data just saying and its fully encrypted, no other messaging app is more popular than whatsapp atm.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 01:48

9. AlikMalix (Posts: 4830; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Yes and no... Our favorite and most frequent way to communicate is thru FaceTime, then text, then calls, and emails is for business only.

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 11:12

14. rromerof (Posts: 46; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


IMO it is a fast way of communication that (at least in my country) don't require a "complete" data plan to be used. You can use prepaid plans paying as low as US$0.6 for a month of "free" Whatsapp (With the same amount you could only have 10SMS or 10MB of data or some minutes of calling).

posted on 07 Mar 2016, 03:23

10. jamesbradley (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Feb 2016)


These are becoming history

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 00:27

16. William.s (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Mar 2016)


I know that WhatsApp takes up a lot of space on my iPhone 6. originally I didn't know what is using a lot of storage space on my iPhone. After I tried iMyfone Umate, it analyze which app takes up much space on my space and helped me clean up juck files, temporary files and large files.

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