Using GBWhatsApp is identical to WhatsApp. The first thing we have to do once we’ve downloaded and installed the APK is open the application and register a phone number. We’ll receive a verification code and be able to activate the client. The interface is divided into 3 tabs:
Here we’ll see the list with all the conversations we’ve held. By pressing on any entry of the list, we can access the whole conversation. To start one, search for the + icon in the bottom right corner and choose the first option of the pop-up menu, which looks like a text bubble. This will allow us to select a contact and start a conversation.
We only have to press the lower text box to be able to write our own message, send an emoji or attach a file, amongst many other options. Once everything is ready, press the paper plane icon or hit the Enter button on your phone’s keyboard to send the message.A conversation in GBWhatsApp
The chats work just as usual: the upper part of the interface shows the details of our contact as well as options such as calls, video calls, and other settings. Just below we can see the entire conversation (our messages on the right, our contacts’ messages on the left). At the bottom of the screen there’s a text box that drops down the keyboard to write, send files, emojis or voice notes.
Statuses are a functionality that allow us to show our contacts a photo or video for 24 hours, just like ephemeral contents. This function can be found in the second tab of the interface. Once you enter, you’ll see the My Status option with which you can record a video or take a photo, you’ll also see the list with all the statuses posted by your contacts, and finally a pencil-shaped icon in the bottom corner, just in case you want to write a text as your status, as you can see in the example.You can write a text message as a status
Here we’ll find all the options to make calls and video calls with GBWhatsApp. When we access the list for the very first time, it will be empty, but it will start filling up with our call logs, whether audio or video. To start a new call, you simply have to press the phone button identified with the + symbol in the bottom right corner, search for the contact and press the corresponding icon next to that person’s name, depending on whether we want to make an audio or video call. In the case of video, the camera will open to record your face.A video call with GBWhatsApp
Apart from these three tabs, to the left of the upper options bar, you’ll see a camera icon: it’s a shortcut to take photos or record videos and send them immediately to a contact. It also allows you to search in your multimedia gallery.
Depending on the section where you are, GBWhatsApp’s upper margin offers us different options. When you go to the Chats tab, you’ll see the typical WiFi connection icon, a magnifying glass and an icon with three horizontal lines.Upper GBWhatsApp menu
The WiFi connection icon basically deactivates the data connection for the app similar to a flight mode for this MOD. It’s useful to switch off GBWhatsApp without giving up on your Internet connection and it’s only visible from the Chats tab. The magnifying glass can be used to search for chats and messages, and the icon with the three lines gives us access to the options menu that we’ll discuss below: they are both visible from either of the 3 tabs.
If you press the icon with the 3 horizontal lines in the top right corner of GBWhatsApp’s interface, a menu will pop up with different options. The majority of the additional options of this MOD can be found in GBSettings. Once you access this menu, you’ll see a list of options that affect different aspects of the application:GBWhatsApp's GBSettings menu
- Privacy and Security: here we can freeze our last connection time, choose whether we want the double blue checks to be seen in both our private and group conversations, choose who can call us, block the deletion of messages, not let others know that you’ve seen their statuses... Everything that has to do with privacy and security, as you probably gathered from its name.
- Add-ons: from here we can add stickers and wallpapers. Basically, two links that lead us to online repositories from where we can download extra contents.
- Updates: the update section from where we can check if there’s a new version, view the changelog and the fixes made in each new version or update the app through its web.
- About: the typical section with data about the app and its creator, as well as quite a few links to the app’s social profiles.
- Themes: here we can download new themes and change the MOD’s entire interface. There’s access to a repository with over 4,000 different themes to choose from. We can also import themes from SD cards, save the changes made or reset its aspect to leave the MOD as if it had just been installed.
- Universal: here we’ll find different options to modify the interface in terms of colors, icons, fonts… We can modify plenty of aspects of the interface to the slightest detail. Here we’ll also find functions relative to backups and multimedia files, such as the maximum sizes of the files we can send.
- Home Screen: as you can imagine, the settings that affect the app’s home screen, in other words, lists of chats, statuses, and calls. How the information is arranged, how the floating options button behaves…
- Chat Screen: this section includes the settings that affect the chat windows themselves, how we view our contacts and how they see us, how multimedia content should behave, specific customizations for certain contacts…
- Widget: we can also configure the widget that shows us the app’s notifications on Android. Here we can modify the aspect of the pop-up window on our screen.
- Share GBWhatsApp Pro: a shortcut to Android’s share option just in case we want to share the app with a contact.
The rest of the menu’s options are quite straightforward. Restart WhatsApp restarts the app, Message a number allows us to send messages to a phone number that’s not on our contact list, New group lets us create a new group with several contacts, New broadcast lets us carry out a live broadcast, WhatsApp Web can be used to configure the app’s web version and chat from a computer for instance, Archived chats gives us access to archived chats, Starred messages to the messages we’ve bookmarked as favorites and Settings takes us to the custom settings of the official WhatsApp client. Those include encryption, two-step authentication, backup settings, usage and storage data or notifications.
Using two WhatsApp accounts with GBWhatsApp
One of the most interesting possibilities offered by GBWhatsApp is that it allows us to use two WhatsApp accounts if we use it together with the official client or a different client that can coexist on the same operating system. In this case, the only requirement that should be met is having two phone numbers, one for each version of WhatsApp used.
There’s not much more to explain: install GBWhatsApp and your second client, and when it comes to activating your user, use two different valid phone numbers so that they can both receive the SMS with the verification code. From that moment onward, you’ll have both WhatsApps running on your phone at the same time.