Step 1 – The iPhone version of WhatsApp will ask you if you want to enable app notifications, whereas the Android version will ask permission for WhatsApp to gain access to the phone’s location, Wi-Fi connection information and so on. You will need to Accept these requests in order to continue the setup.
Step 2 – You may also be asked to grant WhatsApp access to your contacts, as well as the device’s photos, media and files. Agreeing will allow WhatsApp to create a contacts list based on your current contacts (if any of your contacts already use WhatsApp) and allow you to send media via the service.
Step 3 – Across all devices, after you’ve agreed access to notifications and the phone’s setup, you will be asked to enter your country code and phone number. WhatsApp is built on top of your device’s phone number but uses data to message. There will be an SMS message sent to the device to confirm the account, so ensure it’s the correct number you enter.
Step 4 – You will get the chance to review the number before the SMS verification is sent. If all is fine, then tap OK and once the SMS has arrived, enter the 6-digit code contained in the message into the text area available in WhatsApp. After a few seconds the profile will complete and you can start using WhatsApp on your phone.
One last element that Android users may be asked is whether they want their WhatsApp messages and media backed up to their Google Drive account. You can opt for Daily, Weekly, Monthly or Never and even include any videos in your WhatsApp feed.
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