Is it free to send messages over WhatsApp?

Provided you have an adequate internet data plan for your smartphone and a current subscription in WhatsApp, it is free to send and receive messages and media over WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Messenger uses your phone's internet connection to send and receive messages, pictures, audio, video, location, and contacts. As long as your phone is not roaming and you have not exceeded your data limit, messaging over WhatsApp should not cost you extra.

If you are concerned about data usage, we recommend that you use a Wi-Fi connection, if possible.

However, you should be aware of the following:

  • If your phone is roaming, additional mobile data charges may apply. Learn how to configure roaming settings for WhatsApp on: Android | iPhone | BlackBerry | Nokia S40 | Nokia S60 | Windows Phone | BlackBerry 10.
  • WhatsApp does not provide a calling feature. If you see a Call button within WhatsApp, it is the same as using the Call button on your phone. Thus, mobile provider calling rates apply for phone calls made using the Call button within WhatsApp.
  • If you send SMS messages to your friends inviting them to use WhatsApp, service charges from your mobile provider may also apply. Additional details on inviting friends to WhatsApp can be found here.

If you have a Nokia S40 or Nokia S60 device, we strongly recommend an unlimited data plan to use WhatsApp. More information is available in these articles: Nokia S40 | Nokia S60.

Cheers,
WhatsApp Support Team