How to Update WhatsApp to the Latest Version on Android or iPhone

Fix recent WhatsApp security issues by updating now

WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging app in the world, and is a huge help to many trying to message or talk to each other. That said, it's important to keep it up to date, whether you're using it on Android or iPhone. Here's everything you need to know about how to update WhatsApp on your smartphone

Why Do I Need to Update WhatsApp?

Like any piece of software, it's important to update WhatsApp regularly. WhatsApp security is pretty good, but every once in a while, a vulnerability can emerge. That can cause issues from privacy concerns to simply meaning the app crashes too frequently. 

Sometimes, new features are also included so you can enjoy extra options when chatting to your friends. It's always worth updating. Fortunately, a WhatsApp update download rarely takes long to complete on your smartphone.

How to Update WhatsApp on iPhone

Updating WhatsApp on your iPhone is simple to do. Here's the steps you need to follow.

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.

  2. Tap your profile picture.

  3. Scroll down to Updates and tap Update next to WhatsApp Messenger.

    Steps for updating WhatsApp on iOS

    Don't see the Update prompt and instead see WhatsApp listed under Updated Recently with a prompt to open it? This means there are no updates pending for WhatsApp so you're all set.

  4. Wait for the update to finish installing. 

You can't use the app while it's updating. Don't worry. Most updates take less than a minute. 

How to Update WhatsApp on iPhone Automatically

Want WhatsApp to update automatically on iPhone? Here's how to do it.

  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Tap your name/profile ID.

  3. Tap iTunes & App Store.

  4. Tap the App Updates toggle to enable it.

    Steps for setting up automatic updates on iOS

This will also keep all other apps on your iPhone up to date.

How to Update WhatsApp on Android

Similar to updating WhatsApp on your iPhone, it's pretty simple to update it on Android too. Here's what you need to know.

  1. Tap Google Play Store.

  2. Tap the Hamburger menu.

  3. Tap My Apps & Games.

    Steps for updating WhatsApp on Android
  4. Tap Update next to WhatsApp Messenger.

Can't see WhatsApp listed? You're up to date and there aren't any updates available.

How to Update WhatsApp on Android Automatically

It's also possible to set up your Android phone so it automatically updates WhatsApp. Here's how.

  1. Tap Google Play Store.

  2. Tap the Hamburger menu > My Apps & Games > WhatsApp.

  3. Tap the More icon.

  4. Tap Enable Auto Update.

    Steps for setting up automatic updates on Android