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Showing posts with label whatsapp. Show all posts

Saturday, 18 August 2018

WhatsApp to Offer Unlimited Back-up Storage With Google Drive

Starting November 12, 2018, WhatsApp backups will no longer count towards the Google Drive storage quota. Furthermore, WhatsApp backups that haven't been updated in more than one year will be automatically removed from Google Drive storage. Also, all WhatsApp backups that haven’t been updated in more than one year will be automatically removed from Google Drive storage, so make sure you manually back up your WhatsApp data by November 12 if you don’t want to lose it.
                                            WhatsApp to Offer Unlimited Back-up Storage
You can back up your chats and media to Google Drive, so if you change Android phones or get a new one, your chats and media are transferable. We recommend connecting your phone to Wi-Fi prior to backing up your chats via Google Drive, as backup files can vary in size and consume mobile data, causing additional charges.

Minimum requirements

In order to use Google Drive backup, you need to have:

A Google account activated on your phone
Google Play services installed on your phone
Note: Google Play services are only available for Android 2.3.4 and higher.
Enough free space on your phone to create the backup

Creating a Google Drive backup

How to create a Google Drive backup:
Open WhatsApp.
Tap Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
Tap Back up to Google Drive and select a backup frequency other than Never.
Select a Google account that you'll back up your chat history to. If you don't have a Google account, tap Add account when prompted and enter your login credentials. Please remember the Google account you're using for the backup.
Tap Back up over to choose the network you wish to use for backup. Please note that backing up over a cellular data network might result in additional data charges.
You can also manually back up your chats to Google Drive at any time:
Open WhatsApp.
Tap Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
Tap BACK UP to begin your Google Drive backup. This process might take a few minutes.
Note: Depending on the size of the chat, the first complete backup could take a while. We recommend that you connect your phone to a power source. However, subsequent backups are incremental, thus not requiring a completely new backup of all your data every time.

Important: Media and messages you back up aren't protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive.

Restoring from a Google Drive backup

In order to successfully restore a Google Drive backup, you need to use the same phone number and Google account used to create the backup. To restore your backup:

Make sure the same Google account that was used to perform the backup has been added to your phone.
Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.
After verifying your phone number, you'll be prompted to restore your chats and media from Google Drive. Tap RESTORE.
After the restoration process is complete, tap NEXT and your chats will be displayed once initialization is complete.
After restoring your chats, WhatsApp will begin restoring your media files.
Note: If you're installing WhatsApp without any prior backups from Google Drive, WhatsApp will automatically restore from your local backup file. Learn more in our FAQ on restoring chat history.

Configuring your Google Drive backup settings

To change the frequency of your Google Drive backup:
Open WhatsApp.
Tap Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
Tap Back up to Google Drive.
Set the backup frequency to your liking.
To change which account you want to back up your chat history to:
Open WhatsApp.
Tap Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
Tap Account and select the account you wish to back up your chat history to.
Note: If you change your Google account, you won't be able to access your backups that are linked to a different Google account.

To change the connection you wish to use for backup:

Open WhatsApp.
Tap Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
Tap Back up over and select the network you wish to use for backup.

Deleting your backup file from your Google account
You can remove WhatsApp data from your Google Drive. To do so:

Go to the Google Drive website and log in to your Google account.

If you're accessing the Google Drive website from your phone, you'll have to tap the Menu icon in the top left corner and then tap Desktop Version.
Click the Gear icon in the top right corner > Settings > Manage Apps.
Scroll until you find WhatsApp in the list. Please note it might take several minutes for WhatsApp to appear.
After you find WhatsApp in the list, wait until “Hidden app data” size comes up. This might also take several minutes.
Click OPTIONS > Delete hidden app data > DELETE.



Thursday, 29 March 2018

How To Add Time Or Location Stickers On WhatsApp Photos, Videos & Status

Whatsapp messenger now has stickers and timestamps on its status updates just as it is on instagram and Snapchat. Although not all of the stickers, have been added yet! Instagram and Snapchat provides a lot of other stickers like temperature, poll and more apart from location and time. The two new stickers introduced on WhatsApp can be added to photos, videos or status. In this post, I will let you know the simple steps to add time or location stickers on WhatsApp from Android and iPhone.
whatsapp stickers on WhatsApp Photos, Videos Status
The feature has been rolled out for both Android and iPhone app. So, make sure you’re on the latest version of the app by going to the respective app stores.

Add Time Or Location Stickers On WhatsApp

We have used the steps and screenshots from the iPhone app but there are only slight changes on Android, nothing significant.

Sending Photo Or Video To Contact Or Group With Stickers

1. Select the conversation of a friend or group.

2. After that, select a photo or video from the Camera Roll or use the WhatsApp Camera to capture the image or record a video as you would normally do.

3. When you have the desired photo or video tap on the smiley icon at the top row (indicated in the screenshot below
                        see a new section StickersAdd Stickers To WhatsApp Status
Add time and location stickers on WhatsAppSave

4. Now, you should see a new section – “Stickers” above Smileys. Under that, you will get new time and location stickers. Tap on the desired sticker to add it to the photo or video.

Note: To use the exact location on the location sticker you need to turn on location services on your phone or else you can move the pin on the map to add a fake location.

5. When the sticker is added you can adjust its size using pinch and zoom. It is possible to add multiple stickers in the same post. To do so, tap on the smiley icon again and select the sticker.

Delete Added Sticker on Photo or Video on WhatsAppSave
sticker is added you can adjust its sizeget new time and location stickersdjust its size using pinch and zoom If you want to remove the added sticker press and hold it and drag it to the trash icon that appears at the top left corner.

Pro Tip: You can change the sticker color and style by tapping on it when it is added to the photo/video.

Change sticker style on WhatsAppSave

Add Stickers To WhatsApp Status

There is not much of a difference here from the above method. All you need to do is go to the Status tab and start adding something to your status. Alternatively, you can even start adding to your status directly from Camera Roll or Gallery.

After you select or capture the media then you can simply use the smiley icon to add stickers as explained above.

Once you have added the stickers to your post then you can send it to anyone in chat or upload to your status as you always do.

Apart from this WhatsApp has also added the ability to search group participants but that’s only for iPhone as of now.

I hope with this post you will be able to add time and location stickers on WhatsApp. In future, WhatsApp may add even more stickers like those on Instagram and Snapchat. Do you like the new stickers on WhatsApp? Share your experience in the comments below.


Friday, 9 March 2018

How To Chat With a Blocked Person on Whatsapp Messenger

This is a funny but straightforward trick no app needed. Here I will tell you how you can chat with a With a Blocked Person on Whatsapp Messenger.

Step 1: After getting blocked, contact a mutual friend and tell him or her to make a group and Add you and the person who has blocked you on the same group.

Step 2: Now tell your Mutual friend to exit from that group, After exiting only you and the contact that blocked you will be left. Now Simply open the group and send a message and it will reach to the person who has blocked you because he/she is a group member.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Skygofree Android Malware with the Ability to Steal WhatsApp Messages

Security researchers have identified a sophisticated piece of software that has been used to gain full control of people’s Android phones and steal information.
The “Skygofree” spyware implant has been in use since 2014, according to researchers at Russia’s Kaspersky Lab. The team noted that it had interesting functionality that have never been seen in the wild before.
       Skygofree Android Malware Steals WhatsApp Messages
In the malware's arsenal of weapons is the ability to track user location, record audio when the target’s phone enters a specific location, connect to attacker-controlled networks, monitor messaging apps, intercept text messages, take photographs, and much more. Kaspersky says its capabilities are " similar to Hollywood spy movies."

The tool, which is “spread through web pages mimicking leading mobile network operators,” can also be used to steal WhatsApp messages, Kaspersky Lab said. The researchers added that Skygofree was “also capable of taking pictures and videos, seizing call records, SMS, geolocation, calendar events and business-related information stored in the device’s memory.”

This appears to be a high-end piece of spyware. With the victims so far all appearing to be in Italy, Kaspersky Lab suggested that whoever created the surveillance tool was likely Italian as well.

“Given the artefacts we discovered in the malware code and our analysis of the infrastructure, we have a high level of confidence that the developer behind the Skygofree implants is an Italian IT company that offers surveillance solutions, rather like Hacking Team,” Kaspersky Lab malware analyst Alexey Firsh said in a statement.

Italy’s Hacking Team security firm hit the headlines a few years back when the company was itself hacked, revealing how it had provided surveillance tools to a variety of foreign governments. These included the human-rights-violating regimes of countries such as Egypt, Uzbekistan, and Sudan, and in 2016 the Italian government responded by revoking Hacking Team’s export license.

Although Skygofree seems to have been most widely distributed in 2015, Kaspersky Lab said its surveillance campaign was still ongoing.


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Newest Version of WhatsApp Allows You to Delete Sent Messages

We've all typed out messages that we wished we could take back. For this reason, Gmail added an official “undo” feature in 2015—and now, There are reports that WhatsApp has followed in their footsteps by adding the option to delete and revoke messages shortly after they've been sent.
                                     Whatsapp delete sent messages
WhatsApp has been reportedly testing its "Delete for everyone" feature since early 2017, but it's now being officially introduced with the app’s latest version.  Its new delete feature allows users to retract messages that have been sent in both one-on-one and group texts.
The feature is “particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake.”

How to Delete Sent WhatsApp Messages 

When you select the “Delete” option, you’ll be presented with the choice to remove messages from both your own phone and others people’s devices. Users will be able to erase messages from one-on-one conversations or group chats up to seven minutes after they’re sent.

Keep in mind, however, that some recipients might see the message (or receive a notification for it) before it vanishes forever. Also, for the feature to work at all, both the sender and sendee need to have version 2.17.70. And if an attempt to delete a message turns out to be unsuccessful, WhatsApp won’t provide you with an error notification.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

WhatsApp’s Live Location feature: Tell friends where you are

WhatsApp has announced a notable new feature today, one that may prove popular with millions of security-conscious, nosy, and impatient people globally.
                                 WhatsApp’s Live Location    
Landing on both Android and iOS “in the coming weeks,” the new Live Location feature allows WhatsApp users to share their real-time location with friends and family. It’s worth noting here that WhatsApp already allows you to share your current location, however that feature is static — if you’re moving around, friends are not able to see where you’re going.
The new Live Location feature, on the other hand, lets people track where you are for a period of time chosen by you.

How WhatsApp’s Live Location works

To initiate Live Location, go to the conversation — individual or group — that you want to share your location with. Then hit the little “attach” (paper clip) button that exists in the message field and go to “Location.” Now, in addition to the existing static location-sharing feature, you’ll see “Share Live Location,” as well.
You can specify how long you wish to share your location for, be it 15 minutes, one hour, or eight hours, although there doesn’t appear to be a customizable timer that lets you share your location for “18 minutes,” for example.
        How to use WhatsApp’s Live Location
                            Above: Set time
But you can cease sharing your location at any time by hitting the “stop sharing” button.

                            Above: Stop sharing?
And, interestingly, multiple people from the same group can all share their location on the same map.
       How to stop WhatsApp’s Live Location sharing
                        Above: Group locations
This kind of location-sharing functionality is nothing new, of course. Glympse has offered something similar for years, while France’s Zenly has been gaining traction for its location-sharing app. Google, too, had embraced real-time location sharing with Latitude, a service it ended in 2013. However, last year Google launched its new standalone Trusted Contacts app, which offers near-identical functionality, before bringing another similar feature directly into Google Maps back in March.
But with more than one billion active daily users, WhatsApp has emerged as the social glue for countless social interactions — covering friends, families, neighbors, work colleagues, and everyone in between.
There are many uses for this feature — if you’re the sort of person who hates hanging around waiting for someone to arrive at a designated meeting spot, you can see (if the other person allows) exactly how long you’ll have to wait. But perhaps the most common use-case will be worried parents or partners wanting to know where their loved ones are late at night.
For the privacy-concerned, WhatsApp is quick to remind users that — like messages and calls — Live Location is “end-to-end encrypted.”

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

China bans WhatsApp ahead of major Communist Party meeting next month

Chinese authorities appear to have severely disrupted the WhatsApp messaging app in the latest step to tighten censorship as they prepare for a major Communist Party congress next month.
                                         whatsapp ban china
Users in China have reported widespread disruptions in recent days to the Facebook-owned service, which previously malfunctioned in the country over the summer.

Experts said the problems began on Sunday, but text messaging, voice calls and video calls appeared to be working again today, though voice messages and photos were not going through.

WhatsApp provides message encryption technology that likely does not please Chinese authorities, which closely monitor and restrict cyberspace through their "Great Firewall".

Many Chinese activists favour WhatsApp over local messaging apps because of its end-to-end encryption function.

China has strenghtened online policing this year, enacting new rules that require tech companies to store user data inside the country as well as imposing restrictions on what is permissible content.

Chinese cyberspace regulators said yesterday they slapped "maximum" fines on major Chinese tech firms Baidu and Tencent for allowing the publication of pornographic, violent and other sorts of banned material on their social media platforms. The amount of the fines was not disclosed.

Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a slew of foreign media have been blocked for years.

The WhatsApp troubles emerged ahead of the Communist Party congress on October 18, when President Xi Jinping is expected to be given a second five-year term as the party's general secretary.

"It smells like Party congress pre-emptive blocking," said Jason Ng, who researches China's internet at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.

China usually steps up surveillance around major events, Ng said.

While the WeChat messaging app owned by China's Tencent company is more widely used in the country, many WhatsApp users complained about the disruptions.

"As we get closer to the Party congress, I think authorities will use more extreme censorship measures. The public knows that WeChat isn't safe," prominent Beijing-based activist Hu Jia told AFP.

"Me and other dissidents use WhatsApp to communicate 70 per cent of the time. For the few days WhatsApp was completely inaccessible, we didn't talk at all," Hu said.

Earlier this month, WeChat informed its users in a new privacy policy that it would "retain, preserve or disclose" users' data to "comply with applicable laws or regulations" -- confirming long-held public assumptions about the company's practises.

Other users in China noted that the WhatsApp ban would make it difficult to work with clients abroad.

"Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Viber were blocked before. Now even WhatsApp is blocked? Without good messaging tools, it will reduce the efficiency of the foreign trade industry," wrote one person on Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media website.

"I can live without the others (applications), but blocking WhatsApp is driving me crazy," said another.

WhatsApp declined to comment

The Open Observatory of Network Interference, a global censorship detection group, said China started blocking WhatsApp on Sunday.

To operate in China, some foreign tech companies have complied with local regulations. But others such as Google have chosen to pull out totaly from mainland China.

In July, Apple removed software allowing internet users to skirt China's "Great Firewall" from its app store in the country, drawing criticism that it was bowing to Beijing's ever-growing web censorship.

Such software, called virtual private networks (VPN), allow people in China to access any website, even those that are blocked.

Beijing mandated in January that all developers must obtain government licences to offer VPNs and there has been concern that it might ban them outright.


Sunday, 24 September 2017

WhatsApp adds picture-in-picture support for video calls

WhatsApp just updated it's app to a stable version with a couple of features that it added to the beta version a while back. 
                                                        whatsApp-picture-in-picture support
Users can now enjoy PiP video calls and have text-only Status messages. We have already discussed the YouTube Video Support feature before so we will just talk about PiP here.
                                                          whatsapp-picture-in-picture support PiP or picture-in-picture mode is a feature of Android Oreo that lets a video element continue to run in a small window even if the main app is minimized. WhatsApp takes advantage of this feature by letting you minimize your video call to a small window if you leave the main app and switch to something else on your phone.
Read: How to Download Any WhatsApp Status on Android (Pictures, Gifs and Videos)
The PiP functionality is only available on Android devices running Oreo.

Download this stable version on android

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

WhatsApp Will Soon Support YouTube Videos Within The App

Slowly but surely, WhatsApp is transforming from the simplest messaging tool on the block into a power packed app, being one of the most favorite messaging apps that can go one on one with the other Messengers.
Following the recent additions of GIF-sharing, photo albums and expanded file sharing, the Facebook-owned company is testing in-app YouTube playback. 
Read: How to Download Any WhatsApp Status on Android

Some iOS beta testers are now enjoying the feature, which makes it possible to watch videos without leaving the application. This is actually not a new feature as a few months back, WhatsApp rival Viber added inline YouTube video support so we guess it was only a matter of time that WhatsApp got the feature as well. Better still, the video will be playing picture-in-picture giving users the chance to watch the video in a small window, while doing other things within the app.
However, it has been noted that changing chat conversations will stop the video. No word on when this feature is expected to go live, but it is a really sharp feature and hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

WhatsApp Just Added A New Feature To share/send All File Types Easily

This is good News for the lovers of WhatsApp being one of the most popular internet messaging apps on all devices today, its latest App version just arrived with a much needed feature.
Before now, we can send images, videos and GIFs to friends via WhatsApp. But now, that's not all. Users of Android and iOS will now be able to send files to their friends – including MP3s and PDFs – up to 100 MB.
This would certainly make things easier for people who want to use WhatsApp at work, to send files they would’ve previously had to send via email. 
You’ll also be able to select photos and videos to send via WhatsApp straight from the camera screen.

Read: who viewed my whatsapp profile? Find out Here

The newest version of WhatsApp also groups together photos you're sent from one sender into an album.
The update should be available to download on iPhones and Androids now.
Also, the web and desktop client for WhatsApp would also allow sharing of all file formats.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

How to Download Any WhatsApp Status on Android (Pictures, Gifs and Videos)

WhatsApp Status allows you to share photos, videos and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. In order to send and receive status updates to and from your contacts, both you and your contacts must have each other's phone numbers saved in your address books.
However, there are some very cool status updates posted by your contacts that you might want to download or save. This option is not available on whatsApp. This guide will show you how you can easily Download or Save WhatsApp Status pictures, gifs and videos to your phone gallery.

How to Download WhatsApp Status

This guide will show you how you can easily download and save all forms of whatsApp status updates to your phone gallery.
1. Open WhatsApp and Goto the Status tab

2. Tap on any WhatsApp status you wish to save or download. Then close it.
3. Next close or minimise WhatsApp app then open file manager on your Android phone. You can download a file manager from Google Play Store if you do not have one.
4. In the File manager navigate to WhatsApp Folder and open it.
5. Next, open Media folder as shown in the picture below.
                               Media -folder
6. You will not see “.Statuses” folder as it is always hidden. Tap on options and look for “Show hidden files” It might show differently in your file manager as shown in the picture.

7. Now the “.Statuses” folder will appear. Tap on it and it will show the WhatsApp statuses of your contacts.
8. Next, you have to move this status to your Android phone's gallery. To do this, long press on that picture or a video and a list of options will appear. Just tap on copy option as shown above.
9. After this go back to the screen where you saw WhatsApp folder within the File Manager. On the same screen, look for the DCIM folder. Open it and paste the copied status.
10. After this open the gallery on your Android device and navigate to the DCIM folder. Open it and there it is. You can see the downloaded WhatsApp status of your contact.
By following the guide above, you can easily save any whatsApp status of your choice. You can also use this method to view a whatsapp status in secret.. without letting the uploader know by just going straight to the ".statuses" Folder. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

WhatsApp is ending support for some mobile platforms soon

In time for its eighth anniversary, WhatsApp has decided to announce the dates when it is ending support for certain mobile platforms including Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread and BlackBerry’s BlackBerry 10 OS. The company has warned owners of devices running the affected platforms that some features of the messaging app would no longer function for them when the specified dates arrive.
WhatsApp clearly does not want to reduce its user base too early. With over 1.2 billion monthly active users in February, WhatsApp is available on all mobile platforms like BlackBerry OS, Nokia S40, Nokia S60, and older versions of Android. Recently, the company announced extension of its services on BlackBerry OS and Nokia S40 platforms. It has now officially announced that smartphones running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older versions will continue to be supported by the app till February 1, 2020.
Starting with Android, the versions 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older version will support services until a significant time span of February 1, 2020. However, according to recent Android version distribution data released by Google, there are a limited number of devices powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the version having just a 0.8 percent share of active devices.

The company further mentions in the blog post that the Nokia S40 and BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10) platforms will support WhatsApp till December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2018 respectively, which we recently mentioned in a report and wherein the end-of-life timeline for Nokia S40 devices was thought to be a typographical error. In addition, the eligible devices running Windows Phone 8.0 and later will too keep WhatsApp support till December 31, 2017. Meanwhile, Nokia S60 devices will stop being supported by the app by the end of this month.

They gave reasons that, they will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.
Last year they announced that they would stop providing support on older mobile operating systems and devices like Windows Phone 7, iOS 6, BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Android 2.1, and Android 2.2 by the end of 2016. However later, the deadline got pushed back for few mobile platforms to June 2017. Yet again, the deadlines were changed to the aforementioned timeframes but only for select platforms. For now, it's unclear whether Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 will continue to be supported.

“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone,” WhatsApp stated in the blog post.

Read: How to download Facebook videos On Android

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

who viewed my whatsapp profile? Find out Here

The official Whatsapp messenger doesn't have a support that allows you see who viewed your whatsapp profile and for how long. The functionality would be a really cool one though if whatsApp incorporates this feature.

However out of curiousity a few days back while surfing the net, I came across an App that allowed me to see who viewed my whatsapp profile and for how long.
That is what I am going to share with you today: let's see our  profile stalkers and blockers now!

How to see who viewed my whatsapp profile on Android

There are so many Apps online that claim to show you who viewed your whatsApp profile. however, I am going to elaborate on the the one I have tried today.

WhatsApp – Who viewed Me?

  1. Download and install this free App ‘WhatsApp – Who viewed Me?’ from Mobogenie App store or on this LINK.
  2. open the app and click on the green “SCAN” button.
  3. Let the app do its thing. It will spy on your contacts for a few minutes then show you the users who have visited your WhatsApp profile today.

You’ll now see all the users who viewed your WhatsApp profile.

Another Android App with the same cool feature is:

How to see who viewed my whatsapp profile on IOS


WRevealer is an app which allows you to find out who is stalking you on WhatsApp. Unlike most apps which are first available on Android, this application is available only on iOS devices and for now there’s no Android version available.

WRevealer is a Cydia tweak for iOS 8, 9 + devices which allows you to see your profile visitors. It works on both iPad and iPhone, but it requires you to jailbreak your device. After which you can quickly check who visited your WhatsApp profile. It’s a paid tweak, but they do provide a one-day trial which you can use to see if it works for real. If you are not satisfied with it, you cancel your subscription.

How to Use WRevealer?

  1. Install WRevealer
  2. After installation, when you open it, you will see a login screen. The app requires you to log in before you can use any of its features. You can create an account if you like.
  3. Then open WhatsApp messenger on your phone -> Contacts -> Refresh

Once you have done that, go back to WRevealer and hit the ‘Search’ button on the right side. It’ll take some time to process and then presents you a report in the following format: Phone Number|Date|Time
It also allows you to save the list for future reference.Enjoy!

The only downside of using this app is the price that you’ll have to pay after the first free day. There are three plans – Monthly, six-months, and yearly plan which cost $10, $51 and $84 respectively. If you share or tweet about WRevealer, you get an extra day for free.

With these, I hope you have fun seeing who viewed your whatsapp profile. Enjoy!!!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

How to add a WhatsApp widget to your lock screen

WhatsApp has rightfully replaced traditional text messaging for most smartphone owners these days, so having quick access to your messages is essential. With a couple of easy steps, you can add a WhatsApp widget to your Android lock screen so that you don't even need to unlock your phone to see what's up in WhatsApp.

WhatsApp popup notifications

Although it's not technically a lock screen widget, one simple thing to do on any device is go into WhatsApp settings > Notifications and enable Popup notifications. You can limit popups so that they only occur when you're using your phone or when your screen is switched off, or chose the option to always show popups.
If you go for the 'screen off' option, a new message notification will pop up even if the screen is off and remain on your lock screen until the next time you go to unlock your phone, as you can see below.
The simplest WhatsApp 'widget' comes from within WhatsApp itself. 

WhatsApp widget on stock Android

If your device is running Android 4.2-4.4 KitKat or a custom ROM that supports lock screen widgets, you can quickly and easily add a custom WhatsApp widget to your lock screen.
Unfortunately, Android 5.0 Lollipop killed lock screen widgets and replaced them with heads up notifications that also work on the lock screen. Not all devices show all notifications though: LG famously copped criticism for only showing two notifications because it needed the rest of the lock screen space for its Knock Code.
Even in Lollipop or Marshmallow you can still get lock screen widgets with Notifidgets. 

On a KitKat device, go into Settings > Lock screen and tick the box for Custom widgets. Then, lock your device's screen and from the lock screen, swipe to the side until you see the '+' symbol. Tap that and select WhatsApp from the list.
If you unlock your device from the lock screen with the WhatsApp widget installed, the next time you unlock your lock screen, the WhatsApp widget will appear as the default. You can also unlock from a different lock screen to have another widget be the one you see when you unlock.
Older (and newer) versions of Android do not support lock screen widgets, although it is still possible with apps such as Notifidgets.

Android KitKat lets you set up your own lock screen widgets, including WhatsApp.

How to get a WhatsApp widget on Galaxy devices

Samsung uses a slightly different menu setup from stock Android, but customizing your lock screen widgets is simple enough.
Galaxy devices running KitKat versions of Android give you the ability to set up lock screen widgets just like stock Android (Android Lollipop killed lock screen widgets on Galaxy devices too), but you can also add a WhatsApp shortcut to your lock screen if you prefer that. 
Just go to Settings > Lock screen > Lock screen options and turn on the Shortcuts switch, then tap Shortcuts and choose WhatsApp from the list.

Older Galaxy phones can put WhatsApp shortcuts on the lock screen (left) and Dynamic Notifications (right) can put anything on your lock screen.

Having problems?

If you're having issues getting the WhatsApp widget using the method described above, you may have a version of Android that doesn't support lock screen widgets – that's anything below Android 4.2, and Android 5.0 and above.
One way to get around this is to install an app such as NiLS or WidgetLocker, both of which are nice lock screen widget managers. You'll probably have to remove the default clock widget first though.

NiLS is a great lock screen widget manager for Android 4.2 and above.

If you're using a widget manager like NiLS, you should be aware that Samsung tends to push notifications through its default widget, so you'll have to use a different SMS app to bypass that. Some apps, such as Sliding Messaging, work well with NiLS and allow you additional lock screen widget buttons such as Reply and Read.
I’m also a big fan of Dynamic Notifications. If you have a device with an AMOLED screen, this is a great battery saving and notification tool that you can also use to access new WhatsApp messages before you get to your lock screen. It can also be used as a lock screen replacement in the premium version.
Final reminder on security
Keep in mind that enabling lock screen widgets makes potentially sensitive information visible from a locked device, so either decide carefully which apps are accessible from the lock screen, or only allow your widget manager to show notifications from apps you don't mind being public.
In more recent versions of Android including Lollipop and Marshmallow, lock screen notifications are a default part of the system, but you can manage how much information is displayed on your lock screen.
While the convenience of not having to unlock your device to read WhatsApp messages sounds tempting, you should always seriously consider the issue of those messages being freely visible to anyone who picks up your phone.
Do you use lock screen widgets? Are you at all concerned about the privacy issue? Share your views in the comments.

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