Native Mitakuuluu (Whatsapp) Ceases Development: Temporary Solution

After a number of Mitakuuluu users were blacklisted by whatsapp for using an “unofficial” app, the developer has stated he will stop any further development on the project.

The good news is that he will be working on a new whatsapp client to be released in the new year, so it’s not all bad.

The only current option for anyone using Sailfish OS is to download the Android version of Whatsapp which you can do via any number of android stores including Yandex, Aptoide etc.

Android Whatsapp version is only option until new native app is ready in the new year

Android Whatsapp version is only option until new native app is available in new year

If you happen to be one of the people who got blocked by Whatsapp while using Mitakuuluu, our friend Simo has written a very useful article explaining how to get your account functioning again.

Here is what to do if you find yourself in this situation courtesy of reviewjolla:

Whatsapp has started to ban the phone numbers of Mitakuuluu app users. This complies with their rule:

6. Using an automated system or an unauthorized / unofficial client application to send messages through WhatsApp.

Mitakuuluu users who didn’t know that this app isn’t authorized or granted an official client status by Whatsapp, can follow these steps to try to remove the ban:

  1. Uninstall Mitakuuluu from your phone
  2. Install official Android Whatsapp instead
  3. Register in the Android app. If you still receive the same message:
  4. Contact Whatsapp and just tell them about this message. You don’t need to mention anything else, but if they ask, just reply honestly that you’re registered with an Android app and thought you’ve been using only authorized clients so far as well.
  5. If you’re asked to contact via the official client, you do that via Android Whatsapp, using Android email (for example K9 works, email app needs to be installed separately)

It is very unfortunate that Whatsapp have not considered those of us wanting to use native Jolla apps but I’m sure that another native solution will be available (as suggested by the developer coderus) in the near future.

Furthermore, if anyone has any ideas for a better IM/SMS substitute for Whatsapp, let us know in the comments below and perhaps we can push for some even better native alternatives for Sailfish in the meantime.

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  1. Pingback: Native Mitakuuluu (Whatsapp) App Ceases Development: Temporary Solution | Jolla Phones & SailFish OS News

  2. you are linking to an outdated information. This is the updated statement: https://twitter.com/iCODeRUS/status/531753199234199552
    “Mitakuuluu project closed. No further development for current codebase. No answers on your questions. No ETA.”
    Regarding Whatsapp’s 3rd-party policy it is highly unlikely that there will be another native client which is not coming from Whatsapp officially.

    Regarding alternatives: No, please not Telegram! The server software is not open source and the crypto they use is rather questionable.

    I’d prefer a native TextSecure client

  3. whatsapp and telegram are essentials in a good app market. without they we are nothing. i’m having some concerns about the android compatibility layer and i’m asking myself if it isn’t killing the sailfish ecosystem…

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