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WhatsApp finally makes it easier for users to delete files taking up space

This week, WhatsApp is rolling out a new storage management solution that will be found inside the messaging app. For a while now WhatsApp has had a storage tab within its settings. The problem being solved? The old (still in place for some users) WhatsApp storage management wasn’t exactly intuitive as users were greeted by […]


WhatsApp Web to add voice/video calling feature

Whatsapp Web is a pretty nifty companion application for WhatsApp that allows users to continue accessing the messaging application whilst putting their phones down for once. An upcoming feature unearther by WhatsApp BetaInfo (an infamous leaker) points to WhatsApp making the Web application more useful in work situations by making it possible to receive and […]


WhatsApp is looking to make it easier for users to report & resolve bugs

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature that will make it easier for users to report bugs in the app. At present users can report bugs by sending an email to “support@whatsapp.com“. I think we can all agree that this isn’t the best way to do this, especially for us in Zimbabwe where one might […]


Google Messages upgraded chat features finally rolling out to Zim

Last year, we wrote about how Android users could activate Google Messages chat functions which essentially turn your SMS app into something similar to WhatsApp – using data instead of airtime to text and being able to send more media-heavy messages. The issue with the guide from last year is that it was a bit […]


This WhatsApp cyber attack could lock you out of your WhatsApp

I think it’s fair to say WhatsApp is a pretty integral part of our lives. If you’re anything like me – it’s the primary mode of communication you use to catch up with family, friends and even workmates. This makes the recent cyber attack being perpetrated via WhatsApp a scary thing you will want to […]


WhatsApp disappearing messages feature closer to launch

We first wrote about WhatsApp’s self-destructing messages back in October last year. The feature cycle for WhatsApp is already painfully slow and I’m sure working from home only compounded that. Anyway, the destructing messages are closer to launching. The feature is available in WhatsApp’s latest beta but hasn’t been enabled yet, meaning users can’t use […]


3 features that would make WhatsApp even better

As popular and as widely used as WhatsApp is, there are some features that, I think, could enhance the experience. During the lockdown, there are 3 features that I have needed from WhatsApp that aren’t yet available. Editing sent messages Typos are a common feature on messaging platforms. Beyond typos, there are times when a […]


WhatsApp multiple device login feature reportedly in final stages

WhatsApp has been for a long time now working on a feature that will allow users to login into one account from more than one device. The feature looks to ease the difficulties faced by users when they migrate to different devices or for users that might want to use their account over multiple devices […]


Beware of these Whatsapp messages that will crash your app

There have been reports of WhatsApp messages that can crash the application. These messages are said to come in the form of vcards (the way we can send contacts on the platform) as well as just general messages. There was a similar issue a couple of years back when users reported on the “Black-Dot message“. […]


WhatsApp beta reveals work on “vacation mode” has resumed

WhatsApp is no stranger to introducing features to the beta program and those features for whatever reason not coming to the official app. One of those features is Vacation Mode. The earliest that this feature was known of was back in 2018. At present WhatsApp offers users the ability to archive chats. But if you […]


WhatsApp is refining storage manager feature, updates on advanced search and more

Back in June WhatsApp was reportedly working on a storage manager of sorts. This feature is meant to help users better manage the media received through WhatsApp. In a report by WABetaInfo, it seems like there have been strides made in this respect. The current storage display gives users a readout of the media have […]


Facebook’s integration of Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger takes a step further

We’ve written about Facebook Portal before. Essentially this is Facebook’s grand plan to make sure that their social media platforms (Instagram and Facebook) and their messaging application are integrated. This integration seems to be finally happening. As reported by the Verge, some Instagram users are being met by the pop-up below when they open the […]


Soon you’ll be able to use one WhatsApp account on as many as 4 devices!

Talk about overkill! WhatsApp has been working on multiple-device support for a while now. At the moment it isn’t possible to use WhatsApp on multiple devices (WhatsApp Web doesn’t count because it’s directly connected to your phone). WhatsApp Beta Info a leaker who usually previews what WhatsApp is working on before it is announced recently […]


WhatsApp is rolling out a web search feature for forwarded links

WhatsApp is piloting a new feature to combat misinformation. We are all familiar with the forwarded label that is above any message, media or link that is transferred from one user to another (more than 5 times). Well, this feature ties into that. Links are one of the many ways that we get news and […]


WhatsApp beta update, multiple account logins and advanced search

Last month we reported that WhatsApp was working on three new features. Search by date, multiple account login, and way to more clearly monitor storage usage. Well, WABetaInfo has revealed some images from WhatsApp beta  2.20.196.8. Multiple logins So we all know that you can only use your WhatsApp account on one mobile device at […]


WhatsApp Web users facing a number of issues

WhatsApp Web has been working erratically for a number of users today. The desktop extension for the most popular messaging application has been functioning in an erratic manner for most of the day. Users have run into the following problems; Users cannot generate invite links instead getting an error which says, “This invite link doesn’t […]


WhatsApp has ruined the way we communicate

There is no denying that WhatsApp has connected us on a global scale and revolutionised the way we communicate. The instant messaging platform allows us to tap into social events we may have not been able to. During last year’s family Christmas gathering, my brother in law in France had a very long video chat […]


Rubie Trader: The digital market on WhatsApp

Rubie Trader is an innovative digital platform that allows people to sell, buy products and to get tenders using WhatsApp anytime and anywhere. It is a one-stop-digital market for SME, informal market traders and corporates which saves you money, and time. Zimbabwe’s economy requires speed, connections and access to different options given the price fragmentation […]


WhatsApp Business is getting QR Codes, aiming to help businesses extend their reach

WhatsApp recently introduced QR Code contact sharing. They are extending that same service to users on WhatsApp Business. The function is pretty much the same as for sharing contacts. The slight difference in application here is that QR codes for business are, according to WhatsApp, a digital front door. Businesses can display QR Codes outside […]


Protecting your WhatsApp Account from Hacks

There are times when humanity makes you want to give up on life and go live with animals surviving on berries. As a tech-guru (I will be calling myself that today), I have been asked by married men to hack into the WhatApp accounts of their girlfriends. Not spouses, but girlfriends. I know your brain […]


How close is Facebook to integrating WhatsApp and Instagram in a cross-chat platform?

Last year, Chief Executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg said that he wanted to put all their social media holdings under one umbrella. Instagram and WhatsApp have, for the most part, been their own separate entities. The apps themselves are distinctly different from each other but their parent company, according to NY Times, says the underlying […]


WhatsApp update lets you add contacts with a QR code and more

WhatsApp has been testing out a number of new features. The most recent update allows up to 8 people on video calls. This move I think, was a way to meet the video conferencing demands of the coronavirus era. WhatsApp is also working on a search by date feature as well as being able to […]


WhatsApp beta news and animated stickers coming soon

In a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has submitted a beta through Google Play Beta Program. WhatsApp’s beta 2.20.194.11 is according to WABetaInfo featuring minor tweak. WhatsApp in a recent update rolled out a shortcut for Messenger Rooms. This shortcut would allow users to access Facebook Messenger Rooms from their WhatsApp. Some users complained about the feature […]


WhatsApp Payments suspended in Brazil 9 days after launch

WhatsApp payments cannot seem to catch a break from regulatory pressure. A week after launching in Brazil, the service has been suspended on the basis that WhatsApp Pay is anti-competitive. Brazil’s Central Bank moved against WhatsApp payments in order to “preserve an adequate competitive environment, that ensures the functioning of a payment system that’s interchangeable, […]


Techzim bot now has educational content! Here’s how you can start learning on WhatsApp

COVID-19 presented a special challenge for workers and learners. These two groups which a majority of the population fall into had to figure out how to continue learning/working without physically going to a place. As expected the transition hasn’t been smooth, especially in Zimbabwe where the cost of our data and access to the resources […]


WhatsApp web will soon have voice and video calls

WhatsApp web is a handy tool for those who usually work from a computer and don’t want to take their phones out every time they receive a message. The only drawback has been that you can’t receive or make calls from WhatsApp web. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp working on a call feature for the Web […]


The Friday Night WhatsApp Scare

I’m sure by now everyone knows about last night’s WhatsApp hiccup. Last Seen, Online and Typing weren’t displaying in chats. When I tried to change any of the privacy settings last night I got this error, Down Detector last night logged a litany of complaints about this issue in the US, UK and Europe. The […]


I Lost My Chats & Contacts Switching Phones, Avoid That Pain By Doing This

6 days ago I bought a new phone – if you have nerdy side that obsesses over gadgets you’ll already know how blissful that experience is. As with any beautiful story there are some humps along the way and mine came whilst setting up the new device. I won’t bore you with the details of […]


WhatsApp Testing 3 New Features, Logging In From Different Phones To Be Possible

The popular messaging platform is reportedly testing out 3 new features in beta updates for iOS and Android. Multiple Logins The one thing that we all know about WhatsApp is the headache of changing devices. The hassle of trying to back up all the chats and then download them on to a new device. This […]


RBZ Outlaws Promoting Of “Illegal” Forex Trade In WhatsApp Groups

Another day another interesting regulatory measure by the Financial Intelligence Unit ( by extension the RBZ). This time the target being money changers operating on WhatsApp groups. Here’s the FIUs full statement: ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL FOREIGN CURRENCY TRADING ADVERTS 1. The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has been monitoring social media platforms where foreign currency dealers […]