WhatsApp on iOS will soon start showing adverts to users

We earlier reported that WhatsApp is planning to serve advert on its instants messaging app last month and it appears, ads serving is already in works and iOS users will be the first to receive the update.

It has already been confirmed that the chat app is planning to run ads inside the Status tab of the app. To recall, ‘Status‘ is the second tab you see in your WhatsApp window right between the ‘Chats‘ and ‘Calls‘ tabs. Similar to Snapchat Stories features, photos or video posted inside Status disappear after 24 hours.


What remains unclear at this point, however, is if these ads will be targeted. After all, WhatsApp messages are encrypted, which means Facebook cannot use them to mine data on users.

This feature is still in testing phase, and it’s just a matter of time before iPhone users start seeing ads and then Android users.

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31 thoughts on “WhatsApp on iOS will soon start showing adverts to users”

  1. Telegram forever. Upon all WhatsApp update of recent they haven’t even come close to telegram 2016 update. Nigerians are so slow to upgrade tech wise. WhatsApp is poo

  2. Thanks Prof for always looping us in, great report. As for the ads not being targeted, I think the data leakage of facebook was a wakeup call to all concerned. That the ads are limited to the status page is tolerable for now, not us all are fans of that feature anyway

  3. Prof Jumia never deliver the Xaomi Redmi x4 , after collecting upto #73,000 ++ from me. everyday they’ll be givng me flimsy reasons, they’ll apprise me when it arrives Nigeria. I don tire..

    • It seems you ordered it from Jumia Global. Jumia Global takes 25-30 days to deliver because they order from the abroad. But Jumia local takes just days. be patience, it will be deliver. At worst case, if not delivered your money will be refunded.

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