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How to get enrolled on WhatsApp's Beta programme, get early updates

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published May 16, 2016, 1:45 pm IST
Updated May 16, 2016, 1:58 pm IST
WhatsApp has a Beta Testing Program so you get test updates before final release.
WhatsApp has started a Beta Testing Program so you get test updates before final release.
 WhatsApp has started a Beta Testing Program so you get test updates before final release.

WhatsApp, the one major smartphone chat application that is being used by millions of people world-wide, has always been releasing the beta versions on their website. However, many have the issue of stating updated about the latest updates on WhatsApp and only get them when it is publically released as a final version on the app stores. In order to download the beta version, you have to install it manually by downloading the APK file from the WhatsApp.com website. To do this, you also have to enable your smartphone for allowing installation of apps from ‘untrusted sources’, making your smartphone vulnerable to any other APK files that are accidentally installed.  

The developers at WhatsApp have found a solution to this and started a Beta Testing Program, which allows you to download the unreleased bet app directly from the app store. And you don’t need to download any new app to get the beta releases.

 

WhatsApp

WhatsApp

Simply head to the WhatsApp.com website, hit the download button and a webpage will greet you to ask you if you want to join the Beta Testing Program. Once you register, you can simply check for updates to your WhatsApp on the app store on your smartphone. A new beta update will then start downloading and you will see WhatsApp updated to the latest version that no one must have installed before you. Best of all, we did see that WhatsApp servers had an older version than what we got as an update after joining the Beta Testing Program.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp

However, you should know that the Beta Testing Program does not come free. We don’t mean that you have to pay WhatsApp for the new beta updates—you will be getting WhatsApp updates almost every day, eating into your data plan. So make sure you are aware that your data is being used for updates. Secondly, WhatsApp Beta Testing Program will also collect automatic feedback and send it to the developers on a timely basis so that they can develop the final release app better. So you will also be transmitting some amount of data back to WhatsApp on your part.

You can always opt out of the Beta Testing Program whenever you want. Click here if you want to register to the program and stay ahead of others.

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