Reliance Jio has announced that WhatsApp, the cross-platform messaging app is now available on JioPhone and JioPhone 2. The Facebook-owned messaging service has built a new version of its messaging app for JioPhone to run on KaiOS operating system.
Now, JioPhone users will be able to do video calls and can send end-to-end encrypted messages easily and will receive all features, which is present in Android or iOS. One can also record and send voice messages in the app. To get started, JioPhone users only need to confirm their phone number, and then they can begin chatting with other users one-on-one or in groups on WhatsApp.
“Millions of people over India can now use WhatsApp private messaging on the best-in-class JioPhone across India,” said Chris Daniels, Vice President, WhatsApp. “By creating this new app for KaiOS, we wish to extend the ability for people to interact with anyone in India and throughout the world by giving the best messaging experience possible to JioPhone users.”
WhatsApp is available for download from September 10 and will be rolled out to all JioPhones by September 20. The JioPhone users can download WhatsApp on both the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2 by visiting the AppStore and clicking on “download.”
Reliance Jio also mentioned that JioPhone would get support for Google services like Google Maps, Search as well. KaiOS announced that company along with Google would bring Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Search for KaiOS operating system.
Dr. Akash Ambani, Director, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, said, “During this movement of connecting the unconnected, many partners came forward to strengthen the cause. One such partner who has stood by us from the start 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.”
How to download WhatsApp on Jio Phone, Jio Phone 2
Step 1: Open the KaiOS store on your Jio Phone
Step 2: Search for WhatsApp in the search area
Step 3: Click on download and when the app is successfully downloaded, tap on ‘Open’
Step 4: Now setup your WhatsApp account on Jio Phone with your Reliance Jio phone number
Step 5: Enter the OTP you have received on your registered number, and you are all set to use WhatsApp on Jio Phone.