Kindly note that I am not promoting the use of or installing applications from unverified sources as it is already happening. However, it’s a tech-related issue so, happy reading 😊
This is an enhanced or modded clone of the standard WhatsApp. It’s been around from as far back as 2014 and of all the enhanced versions, it seems to be the most popular. There are similarities between the two versions in terms of the interface and sending & receiving of messages though GBWhatsApp boasts of additional features that the standard version does not have. It is not available on Google Play Store but you can get it as an APK file from the GBWhatsApp website gbmod.co
What makes it ‘special’?
Features, features, features. We all value our privacy but if you are interested in that added layer then you might want to read on. These hacks have been the selling point for most users out there and here’s why:
- GBWhatsApp comes equipped with a DND (Do not disturb) feature, which allows you to turn off data for the application only. You can happily browse other apps without worrying about message notifications from the app.
- The standard version has the hide blue ticks feature even though the sender will see when the message is delivered through the double ticks. GBWhatsApp does one better and hides the double ticks. Meaning the sender will think that you never got the message.
- The standard version allows you to hide your last seen for your entire contact list , which is pretty neat considering how some of us do not want to explain what we were doing online in the odd hours… However, with GBWhatsApp, you can customize your contact lists such that your last seen can be visible to one list and hidden to the other list of undesirables.
- GBWhatsApp has additional character limits for statuses such that you can easily quote your favourite song without any hassle. Status videos are also longer than the standard 30 seconds.
- You don’t have to worry about the sneaky-brigade going through your private messages as you can lock individual chats or better yet, send them to the hidden chats window.
- GBWhatsApp also allows you to schedule messages to be sent later. So adios to you forgetting to send best wishes to that special someone.
- It comes with the anti-revoke feature which allows you to view and reply to messages which have been sent to you and deleted whether by a contact or in a group. This feature also works for statuses.
- If you had been getting away with the I was offline lie then it’s time to mend your ways. GBWhatsApp has an online toast which notifies the user when contacts come online. The pop-up overrides other apps and saves you time as you do not have to constantly check if someone is online.
- The advantage is that you can run both GBWhatsApp and the standard version on one device. How convenient is that??
There have been many articles on why you shouldn’t be using any modded versions of WhatsApp but I believe that it is a personal choice after weighing on the risks. It is advisable though not to share personal information like banking details and passwords if you are using the mods.
I use it because it’s awesome. I get to chat with people I only want to chat with at a particular time. It has saved me the hustle of explaining why I was online. So far so safe