How to use YOWhatsApp and how it works

YOWhatsApp’s interface is split into different sections or tabs that can be easily explored from the app’s upper section and swiping the screen left or right: Chats, Status, and Calls. This upper menu also offers us a camera on the left hand side. It’s a shortcut to the our device’s camera so we can take a photo or record a video and share it immediately with any of our contacts.

YOWhatsApp sections

In the first place, let’s take a look at the three main sections of this app.

Chats

The first time you open the app, you’ll come across the Chats window which is basically the app’s home screen, the place where our all our past chats are listed, offering us access to their contents. You only have to tap the conversation in question to be able to access it and send a message to your contact. Once inside the conversation, press the text box at the bottom of the screen to drop down the keyboard and write your message. Once written, press the paper plane icon to the right of the text box to send the message: one single check means that the message has been sent, two checks that the message has been received, and two blue checks that your contact has opened the message (exactly the same color code as in WhatsApp Messenger). However, we have to be cautious about this color code in the case of MODs as they have been developed precisely to hide this information.

YOWhatsApp’s chat windowsYOWhatsApp’s chat windows

Whenever you want to start a new conversation, press the floating + button in the lower part of your home screen, which will open a new pop-up menu with more options. Amongst the latter you’ll find a speech bubble icon that allows you to start a conversation with anyone on your contact list.

Status

The Status section is one of the latest additions to WhatsApp and it allows us to publish a photo, video or message visible for the rest of our contacts only for 24 hours, as well as letting us view the statuses of the rest of our contacts. We’re talking about ephemeral or temporary contents that disappear after a certain amount of time. It’s a function copied from other social networks such as Instagram. The idea is to let anyone share contents temporarily and then see who has viewed our publication.

YOWhatsApp’s status sectionYOWhatsApp’s status section

In Status we can see a list with all the active statuses of our contacts, press any of the entries on the list to view the contents they’ve published. To post your own status, you have several different options. One of them is pressing My Status, the first option on the list, which basically opens the camera on our device so that you can take a photo or video and later publish it on your status. Another option is to go to the icons available in the bottom right corner: the scissors grant access to the content of your local multimedia gallery, the pencil icon allows you to publish a text as a status whilst the camera icon opens the cam to capture and publish whatever you want.

Calls

YOWhatsApp, just like the original WhatsApp, not only allows us to chat but also to make voice and video calls. This section is precisely for this function. How it works is almost identical to the Chats section. It shows us a list with all the contacts we have spoken to in the past and also a phone-shaped icon that allows us to start a call with any of our contacts. We only have to drop down the list and press the phone or video camera icon depending on whether we want to make a voice or video call.

YOWhatsApp’s call sectionYOWhatsApp’s call section

Apart from that, in the bottom right corner there’s a second icon that looks like a recycling bin: we can use it to delete our entire log of incoming and outgoing calls.

Upper options menu

On the upper part of the interface, we can see the name of the MOD but also other icons on the right, which change slightly depending on the section we’re accessing to show us setting inherent to each specific function.

YOWhatsApp’s upper options menuYOWhatsApp’s upper options menu
  • Plane: when pressing this button you’ll enable YOWhatsApp’s flight mode so not to receive messages or calls. It’s similar to the flight mode of any phone but exclusive to this app. It’s only visible from the Chats tab.
  • Magnifying glass: the typical search tool to find information amongst all our conversations. It’s visible from Chats, Status, and Calls.
  • Vertical dots: they’re visible in any of the 3 sections but their functions change significantly depending on the tab in question. In the Chats section they open a list of additional options that we’ll talk about later, in the Status section they’re used to adjust our privacy options (who can view our stories) or to access the app’s general settings, and in the Calls section they also add the option to delete the call log.

If you go to the Chats tab and press the icon with the 3 vertical dots in the upper right corner, you’ll see a pop-up menu with the following options:

YOWhatsApp’s options menuYOWhatsApp’s options menu
  • YoMods: the MOD’s own settings.
  • Restart YoWhatsApp: reboot the app.
  • Message a number: to chat with someone with haven’t saved on our contact list.
  • New group: to create a new group.
  • New broadcast: to start a new broadcast.
  • WhatsApp Web: to configure the web version for desktop computers.
  • Starred Messages: the messages we’ve bookmarked as favorites.
  • Settings: the app’s global settings.

YoMods Section

The main differences between the official app and this MOD can be found in this section, with all the extra settings included. When you access this menu, you’ll be able to make use of all the following options:

YOWhatsApp’s settingsYOWhatsApp’s settings
  • Privacy and Security: after a few advertising links you’ll find here everything that has to do with your activity, from hiding your last connection time to blocking the deletion of messages. You can also apply security patterns so that nobody can access and read your messages.
  • YoThemes: the place where you can download new visual themes, different and unique designs for the app. There’s a repository with just over 4,000 alternatives, and also options to import designs, save changes, reset the configuration…
  • Universal: modify the colors of fonts, wallpapers, menus… You can also decide whether your gallery’s multimedia content is visible to the app. The list of settings is almost endless, you can check it out for yourself.
  • Home Screen: settings relative the home screen, the main chats window. You can change its entire aspect, from the heading to the chats list, as well as the behavior of the floating button. In turn, there are also a few settings for the status section.
  • Conversation Screen: similar settings but this time around aimed at chats. Behavior of the upper menu, text box, emoticons and emojis…
  • YoWA Widget: to change the colors of the Android widget from the app.
  • Updates: the section where we can check whether there are new versions or view the changelog of the latest version we installed.
  • About: the typical section with information about the version and developer. There are also links to social networks.
  • Share YoWhatsApp with friend: to share the app with your contacts using several different methods.