An unofficial version of WhatsApp – the world’s most popular messaging service – that enables users to reply to deleted messages, hide read receipts, and much more, could be a sign that your significant other is no being faithful, users have warned. Dubbed GB WhatsApp, users can sign in with their existing WhatsApp account to unlock new capabilities not available in the official version of WhatsApp.
The third-party app is only available on Android. That’s because GB WhatsApp isn’t available in either of the main app stores – the Play Store on Android, or App Store on iOS. However, Android users can download and install software from third-party app repositories and websites (provided they make some tweaks in their Settings menu). GB WhatsApp is available to download from a number of sites, with users sharing the links amongst themselves.
Using an unofficial messaging app, like GB WhatsApp, with an existing account is against the terms and service that you had to agree to when signing-up to WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned app issued a warning to its two billion users that anyone found to be using apps like GB WhatsApp could face a permanent ban from their account.
However, despite the risks, people are still flocking to GB WhatsApp.
On social media, some WhatsApp fans have suggested those flirting with a permanent block from WhatsApp are doing so because GB WhatsApp makes it easier to cheat on their partner. “WhatsApp GB is for cheaters!,” one commenter on Twitter summed up.
It’s certainly true that some of the features built into GB WhatsApp would lend themselves to this type of behaviour. For example, when using the official WhatsApp app, disabling others’ ability to see whether you’ve read a message will deprive you of the same privilege. GB WhatsApp changes that – so you can see when contacts were last online, which messages they’ve read and at what time… while nobody has any idea whether you’ve read the conversation and are choosing not the respond, or just haven’t caught up yet.
GB WhatsApp can also hide when you’re typing or recording a voice memo …something that WhatsApp doesn’t offer at all. Likewise, users with GB WhatsApp can hide when they had last appeared online. So, if you were texting someone else last at night, the fact that you were “Last Online” in the wee small hours last night wouldn’t be visible to every one of your contacts in WhatsApp – like it is in WhatsApp.
And there’s even more than that. Deleted messages, which have been completely expunged from your chat history, can still be seen and replied to when using GB WhatsApp. That includes text messages, as well as photos and videos too.
This has all led to the impression that those most keen on GB WhatsApp and its feature are likely to be those engaged in subterfuge.
“Dump your partner if they have WhatsApp GB,” one person shared on Twitter alongside a screenshot of the dizzying array of features available in GB WhatsApp that you won’t find in the official app, which is developed by the WhatsApp team in California.
One shared their experience interacting with someone who was using GB WhatsApp. On Twitter, they posted: “Didn’t understand WhatsApp GB until last month when I sent her a break-up message and how a pain in the ass she has been, deleted the message “For everyone” minutes later she replied to the deleted message”
“You must be a psycho and insecure to have whatsapp GB,” another added.
It’s impossible to tell whether the people you’re messaging are using GB WhatsApp. However, keeping an eye out for any clues that they’re able to hide the date and time they were last online, read receipts, or anything else that’s unique to GB WhatsApp could be a good indication.