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Over one billion people use WhatsApp every month, making it one of the fastest growing social networks you should be using Here Are the Fastest Growing Social Networks You Need to Join Here Are the Fastest Growing Social Networks You Need to Join While Facebook holds the lion's share of the social market, new services like Kik, Snapchat and WhatsApp threaten to break Facebook's stranglehold on the social Internet. Read More . Especially since Facebook bought it for $18 billion, the chat app has been growing exponentially.

WhatsApp adds new features to the app 7 New WhatsApp Features You Need to Check Out 7 New WhatsApp Features You Need to Check Out WhatsApp developers have recently added a whole bunch of new abilities that make the app better than ever. Plus, WhatsApp is now free forever! Read More all the time, so we don’t recommend using a third-party client for it. Plus, you need to be using the official app to avail of the WhatsApp Web desktop client WhatsApp Web: Everything You Need To Know WhatsApp Web: Everything You Need To Know Along with supporting all mobile platforms, WhatsApp has now launched a web-based client, so you can finally use WhatsApp on your PC and sync with your phone. Read More and other cool tricks.

That said, there are a few cool Android apps that make the service better than before, adding things that you don’t get otherwise. If you’re on a Google phone, you’ll want to download these…

WhatsLock: Pin Lock Chats From Snoops

WhatsApp has become more secure after adding end-to-end encryption How To Enable WhatsApp's Security Encryption How To Enable WhatsApp's Security Encryption The so-called end-to-end encryption protocol promises that "only you and the person you're communicating with can read what is sent." No one, not even WhatsApp, has access to your content. Read More for all chats, but that still doesn’t protect it from someone just opening your app and reading your messages. Are you worried about leaving your phone unattended and someone doing that? Get WhatsLock.

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You can lock individual apps on Android How To Lock Individual Apps on Android Using Hexlock How To Lock Individual Apps on Android Using Hexlock It can be time consuming and annoying to keep a PIN or password lock on your phone all the time. That’s where Hexlock comes in. Read More anyway, but WhatsLock is special in that it’s made for WhatsApp. You can set a PIN (Personal Identification Number) or use a pattern lock, which you’ll have to enter every time before opening WhatsApp.

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Plus, there’s a “fake WhatsApp” too, to throw intruders off. Enable this and starting WhatsApp opens a fake window, where you have to tap the ‘New Chat’ icon three times to get to the PIN screen. It’s an added layer of security, just in case someone could have guessed your PIN anyway.

Download: WhatsLock for Android (Free | $2/month for Premium)

Dashdow: Chat Heads for WhatsApp Previews

Ever since Facebook first introduced “chat heads”, those floating bubbles for the people you are talking with, it has been copied by others like Hangouts in Chrome How To Get Facebook-Style Chat Heads For Hangouts In Chrome How To Get Facebook-Style Chat Heads For Hangouts In Chrome Hangouts is a wonderful cross-platform messaging and video chat app, but this newest release straight from Google improves upon the app by offering Facebook-style "Chat Heads" on Chrome. Read More . Want the same feature on WhatsApp? Dashdow is what you need.

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You’ll need to give Dashdow access to your notifications, after which you will see a chat head whenever there’s a new message from a contact or a group. I quite like how it works too. Tap the chat head and it’ll show you all the messages sent. Tap the message and only then does it open the WhatsApp window. It’s an effective way to keep doing what you’re doing without moving away from the screen, but still get to see incoming messages.

You can enable or disable the option to show messages every time they’re sent, so it’s also unobtrusive. And yes, it works on the lock screen as well. All in all, a wonderful free app whose features WhatsApp should incorporate into their official app.

Download: Dashdow What App for Android (Free)

DashClock: Messages on Lock Screen

Wouldn’t it be nice to read your new messages without having to unlock your phone? DashClock puts notifications on your Lock Screen DashClock Widget: Get Notifications From Your Lock Screen Clock Widget [Android 4.2+] DashClock Widget: Get Notifications From Your Lock Screen Clock Widget [Android 4.2+] Read More , which means that if you’ve got a new alert, you’ll see it on your lock screen. And with the WhatsApp add-on, you’ll get your messages there.

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It’s pretty simple to use and easy to set up. DashClock is essentially a widget for your lock screen, so it works with any lock screen replacement app for Android 3 Best Free Lockscreen Replacement Apps For Android 3 Best Free Lockscreen Replacement Apps For Android Calling all Android tinkerers! Are you tired of looking at the same, boring screen every time you wake up your phone from sleep? Why not customize it and breathe new life into your phone? Read More that supports widgets. Once you have downloaded DashClock and installed the WhatsApp add-on, you should be up and running.

Download: DashClock What App for Android (Free)

Cleaner for WhatsApp: Clean Junk Files and Free Up Space

WhatsApp is brilliant, but the more you use it, the more junk it accumulates. Heck, if you subscribe to powerful WhatsApp services 7 Powerful Services You Can Use In WhatsApp 7 Powerful Services You Can Use In WhatsApp WhatsApp started as a cross-platform instant messaging client, but has since gone on to add a host of new features. Here are some of the most powerful new services to be added. Read More , the constant updates and added media will occupy a lot of space. Pretty soon, you’ll need to free up storage space on your Android How to Free Storage Space on Your Android Device How to Free Storage Space on Your Android Device If you've run out of storage space on your Android phone or tablet, we can help you free it up. Read More . WCleaner tries to make this process easier.

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Fire up the app and it will analyze everything you have sent or received in WhatsApp. Your data will be sorted into Profile Pictures, Images, Wallpapers, Audio, Voice Notes, Video, and Backups. Each category shows the amount of storage space it uses. Tap any and you’ll see previews, as well as any duplicates—and that’s really handy! You can select multiple items, check previews, and even move them to another folder. And of course, you can conveniently delete everything together.

There are lots of such WhatsApp cleaner apps, like WCleaner, Magic Cleaner, and others. But given Cleaner’s easy, colorful interface and lovely previews, it has our vote.

Download: Cleaner for WhatsApp for Android (Free)

Booyah: Video Chat with WhatsApp Friends

A while ago, WhatsApp introduced Voice Calls WhatsApp Voice Call: Everything You Need to Know WhatsApp Voice Call: Everything You Need to Know Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has finally launched a new voice calling service, enabling users to make phone calls over the Internet. Read More to talk with friends. And the rumor mill has it that the company is testing ways to introduce video chat soon, something which several competitors already offer. But if you can’t wait, then download Booyah, a free video chat app for Android and iOS that has a bit of love for WhatsApp.

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You don’t need to register to use Booyah, just fire it up and you’ll get a link, much like the no-signup video conferencing app Appear.in Move Over Google Plus Hangouts. Appear.in Is Here & It's Really Good Move Over Google Plus Hangouts. Appear.in Is Here & It's Really Good People have been crying out for a decent video conferencing app for ages. We thought that was Google Plus. We were wrong. Meet Appear.in. Read More . Once your chat is created, tap Share > WhatsApp and choose the contact or group you want to video chat with. That’s right, Booyah allows for group video chats with up to 12 people at a time! All they need to do is download the free Booyah app on their smartphone and tap the link you shared, and you’ll be yapping away!

Download: Booyah for Android (Free) and for iOS (Free)

Got a Neat WhatsApp App or Trick?

We’re always on the lookout for cool apps or tricks for WhatsApp that everyone should know 10 Awesome WhatsApp Tricks You Should Know 10 Awesome WhatsApp Tricks You Should Know Want to trick out WhatsApp so it's the best-looking, most amazing chatting tool on your phone? Here's how. Read More . For example, there’s the little-known WhatsApp Wallpaper to change backgrounds for your chats.

If you’ve got an app or trick for WhatsApp, share in the comments below!

  1. Irene
    June 20, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I recommend a new app, it is HIDE WHATSAPP STATUS which let you open the whatsapp and chat with people but anybody can see that you are on line or your last conexion. It is easy to install, just 5MB and it doesn't disconex mobile data! NICE APP :)

  2. dan
    June 14, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Is it possible to send a message through Booyah to a non-smart cell phone or a landline phone (using WiFi) or a desktop PC?

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      I don't think so, it seems to be app-only

  3. androidusers
    June 12, 2016 at 4:35 am

    great apps! the cleaner tool is very useful

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Yeah, it will definitely help in freeing up Android space :)

  4. Arpit Kharbanda
    June 9, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Mihir, you missed WFS: WA File Sender

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      I saw it, I didn't like it much. Why use that over a simple way to share files, like the included Attachments or any cloud storage service?

  5. glaschke
    June 8, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    wow makeuseof, great adroid apps. esp. the cleaner. I need it for my phone/what's app.

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Glad you liked it, glaschke :)

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