Here's how to update WhatsApp to the latest version after hack sparks security warning

Tuesday, 14th May 2019, 11:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th May 2019, 12:36 pm
WhatsApp are encouraging people to upgrade to the latest version of the app (Photo: Shutterstock)

WhatsApp was targeted by an “advanced cyber actor” which exploited a major vulnerability in the messaging app to install spyware.

The company said a “a select number of users” had been chosen by an “advanced cyber actor” in a breach uncovered earlier this month.

The spyware gave hackers the ability to take over the functions of mobile phone operating systems remotely.

WhatsApp said the vulnerability has been fixed, but is urging users to update the app to its most recent version to provide the highest level of security.

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Here's how to update your app

A WhatsApp spokesperson said the company was encouraging people to upgrade to the latest version of the app and keep their mobile operating system up to date.

This helps protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices.

“We are constantly working alongside industry partners to provide the latest security enhancements to help protect our users,” they added.

If your phone does not have its auto-update setting turned on, you will need to manually update WhatsApp to the latest version of the app.

Here's how to do that on different handsets. Note that updating your app will not cause you to lose any data, such as messages or contacts.

Android

Go to the Play Store, then tap Menu (the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner of your screen).

From there, select 'My apps & games', which will show you a list of pending updates for the applications installed on your phone.

Tap 'Update' next to WhatsApp Messenger, and the latest version of the app will download and install onto your device.

Alternatively, you can go to the Play Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap 'Update' under WhatsApp Messenger.

iPhone

Go to the App Store, then tap on 'Updates'. Tap 'Update' next to WhatsApp Messenger.

Alternatively, you can go to the App Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap 'Update' next to WhatsApp Messenger.

Windows Phone 8.1

Go to the Store, then tap Menu (the three little dots).

From there, select 'my apps', then WhatsApp, then 'Update'.

Alternatively, you can go to the Store and search for WhatsApp. Then tap WhatsApp, then 'Update'.

Windows Phone 10

Go to the Microsoft Store, then tap Menu (the three horizontal lines).

From there, select 'My Library'. Tap 'Update' next to WhatsApp.

Alternatively, you can go to the Microsoft Store and search for WhatsApp. Then tap WhatsApp, then 'Update'.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, inews