How to Install WhatsApp on Phones running Firefox OS

WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most popular messaging application for smartphones and a basic necessity for every new smartphone buyer. If you’ve purchased a brand new smartphone running Mozilla’s Firefox OS, you’d have seen that WhatsApp does not exist in the Firefox Marketplace. However, there is ConnectA2, a third party WhatsApp client for Firefox OS which lets you chat with your friends.

ConnectA2 – WhatsApp Client for Firefox OS

ConnectA2 is a great 3rd party WhatsApp client which performs the basic functions like sending messages, sending photos and videos with ease. There is also the option to create new groups, set WhatsApp status and set chat backgrounds.  The app also runs in background (if enabled in configuration) providing quick and easy notifications for new messages while the app is closed or minimized.  The unread notifications stack up in the notifications center which can be brought by swiping down from top of the screen.

The app is fully free and available on Firefox Marketplace, so you do not need to search around and download it from any unofficial sources. Setting it up is also not a hard task as all that you need to do is to enter your username, select your country and key in your phone number.

On the other hand, the app has few downsides such as the inability to record and send audio, not-so-good UI, no privacy options among others.

How to Install and Setup ConnectA2

  1. Open the Marketplace app on your Firefox phone.
  2. Search for ConnectA2 and install it.
  3. Open the app, enter your username (display name), select your country and finally key in your phone number.
  4. Wait for an SMS code to be sent on your phone. Once received, enter it into the box inside ConnectA2. You must exclude the dashes (-) from the code received.
  5. That’s it. Start rocking WhatsApp on your phone.

OpenWapp – Another Alternative

OpenWapp is another WhatsApp Client for the Firefox OS. However, it is still new and not as good as ConnectA2, but for those who are not able to use ConnectA2, OpenWapp is a nice alternative. It can also verify and activate your WhatsApp account and you can chat with your friends on WhatsApp. Other supported features include sending emojis, pictures, videos and audio messages. Status can also be changed easily from the settings.

OpenWapp does not support real-time push notifications and the soonest it can check for new messages in the background is 1 minute. So there may be upto 1 minute delay in the new notifications while OpenWapp is closed/minimized.

Conclusion

ConnectA2 is a solid WhatsApp client built especially for Firefox OS which actually does what it promises. The background notifications are pretty smooth and the responsiveness of the app is to be praised. The app turns the already cheap Firefox OS phones into a real value for money. While being in Alpha stage, the application really delivers well and for phones such as the cheapest smartphone in India (Intex Cloud Fx) this app is rock solid. And for those who cannot make it work, they must try OpenWapp.

Direct Links – ConnectA2 | OpenWapp

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73 Responses to How to Install WhatsApp on Phones running Firefox OS

  1. parasphar vijay April 8, 2015 at 6:00 am #

    whenever i connect internet a2connect alwasy show me online…in whatsapp they see me as online..indeed i am not!!! people think i am in whatsapp (a2 connect) but i am not!!! strange..

  2. diamond July 2, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    My connectA2 does not access my contacts even though I allowed it to do so.Thus I can’t chat

  3. Angel August 22, 2015 at 1:14 am #

    I can’t share a link via connecta2 on my B2G plz help

  4. elius September 10, 2015 at 2:04 am #

    Please hel me to use my account, i just registered the account but am always told waiting for the network, please help me to have the network

  5. dumi September 24, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    ConnectA2 can’t send me the app code..please help

  6. brigitte helbich October 5, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    connectA2 is no longer available?

  7. Balakishan October 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    I am not able to open ConnectA2 for Whatsapp, it give a messege like “ConnectA2 is no langer availabler” please salve this problem

  8. aakash December 6, 2015 at 3:16 am #

    khajju mobile hai pani me fekna achha hai

  9. Anshuroy May 6, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    Anshu Roy acha g

  10. ouna May 21, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    I dont have connectA2 in my phone’s market place.

  11. ismaol June 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

    There is no connect A2 in market

  12. hemant August 15, 2016 at 7:19 am #

    Mere pass toh intex cloud fx hai browser bhi dang se nahi chalta hai or connett a2 toh register bhi nahi hota or hang bhi ho jata hai battery bhi dang se nahi chalti hai mere 2500 rupee gay itna bura phone banaya hai sallo ne mather chod bosdiwala benka loada

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