WhatsApp on September 10 announced that the instant-messaging app is now available on KaiOS-based Reliance JioPhone. The app support for the phone was announced at the Reliance Industries 41st Annual General Meeting, where the company also launched the JioPhone 2. Recently, the JioPhone was also updated to support Google apps such as YouTube and Google Maps.
"Millions of people across India can now use WhatsApp private messaging on the best-in-class JioPhone across India. By designing this new app for KaiOS, we hope to expand the ability for people to communicate with anyone in India and around the world," said Chris Daniels, Vice President, WhatsApp in a statement.
WhatsApp for JioPhone is designed from scratch to provide simple, reliable and end-to-end encrypted mode of communication. Apart from regular instant messaging features, the app also supports photos, videos sharing and voice recording and sharing feature. Like a full-fledged app version available for Google Android and iOS devices, the WhatsApp for JioPhone registers through mobile number verification process.
“During this movement of connecting the unconnected, many partners came forward to strengthen the cause. One such partner who has really stood by us from the beginning is Facebook and its ecosystem. The result of one such partnership is out for the world to see today. We will be providing WhatsApp, the most used chat application in the world, on all JioPhones starting today. Jio wants to thank the Facebook and WhatsApp team for making this happen,” said Mukesh Ambani, Director, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited in a statement.
Here is how to download and install WhatsApp in JioPhone:
Step 1: Update phone software to latest version
Step 2: Go to app store and search WhatsApp
Step 3: Download the app
Step 4: Open the app and wait for it to connect with WhatsApp servers
Step 5: Enter your mobile number for OTP verification code
Step 6: Verify the OTP to set-up the app
Step 7: Enter your name and click on continue to use the app