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Looking to save a few bucks by using VoIP apps instead of voice minutes? I hear you. It's not exactly difficult to find a plan offering unlimited talk, but with a new Sprint MVNO popping up every couple of weeks and such affordable deals as T-Mobile's $30 5GB prepaid plan still lingering around, it's worth taking a look at cheaper options. Viber's latest update has rolled out, doing its part to make transitioning to VoIP all the more attractive.

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Viber 4.0 comes with support for Android tablets, allowing users to more comfortably bounce back and forth between multiple devices. It also rolls out new instant voice messaging, which lets users hold down a button to speak outside of calls. People who prefer texts can still get by chatting freely with other Viber users. In fact, up to 100 of you can now get together in a single group chat.

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The latest version also introduces over 1000 stickers, which are available in the new Sticker Market. More stickers will come out periodically to coincide with holidays throughout the year, so anyone who wants to take emoticons up a notch has plenty to get excited about.

What's new:

  • TABLETS support! Use Viber on your tablet and phone simultaneously.
  • Over 1000 new stickers from the Sticker Market
  • Hold & Talk - instant voice messages. Your friend will hear you as you speak!
  • Select conversation backgrounds from the background gallery
  • Up to 100 participants in group conversations
  • Improved notifications
  • More fixes and improvements

Viber's video calls and text messages are completely free between people who both have the app installed, so anyone interested should hit up the widget below. Just be sure to share it others.

Source: Viber

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Gerjannn

    This should be the new WhatsApp in the Netherlands. The UI of this app is gorgeous :)

    • Android Developer

      why Netherlands ? it looks so much better than WhatsApp. it should replace it globally...

      • JohnMiller2013

        The CEO of Ratuken got a hard-on when you advertised for him :-) Really, there are many other good apps for chatting with people. Viber is not necessarily the prettiest.

        • Android Developer

          ok, so let's talk about features.
          what does "WhatsApp" have to offer that Viber doesn't?

  • PuzzledObserver

    What are stickers and what is their function in instant messages and voice calls?

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Think of them as giant emoticons. You can see a couple of them in the screenshots above.

  • Rovindra Singh

    Just looking at the color palette makes me cringe. I am boldly being reminded of Yahoo! Messenger.

    • Sparticus

      What the hell is wrong with Yahoo! Messenger? it was the best messenger ever, the first with emojis and emoticons and backgrounds and animated gifs/animated emojis. everything you'll ever find in one of these "new messaging" apps are simply blatant copys knockoffs and sad replica's of Yahoo! Messenger and BBM for that matter.

      • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

        No read receipts for starters...

        • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

          Who needs/wants that? It's an annoying privacy invasion feature. I always disable that crap when possible.

          • Dmitri Smirnov

            Privacy invasion? On a third-party server? You are funny.

          • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

            No. *MY* privacy. I'll reply to a message if and when I choose to. Involuntary 'read receipts' are creepy stalkery.

          • Dmitri Smirnov

            Perhaps you need to change something in your relations? I somehow don't see that as a problem and people I chat with understand, that despite the fact that I've read the message I might not have enough time to reply to it. But at least they are aware that I've received the information.
            Same goes for me: I prefer to know that information was received and I don't need to try and reach the person by other means (in case it's highly important) and that he/she will contact me when they see fit.

          • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

            If a message is that important, call, else assume they'll read it or ignore it at some point vs spying on their usage patterns.

          • Dmitri Smirnov

            Why call if I know that person's in a meeting? Why can't I get to know if they read it or not. How's that an intrusion into their privacy?
            Anyways, I don't insist on it being mandatory. Ability to switch it off might be very important to many.

          • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

            Hi Jason,

            Note that "Seen" status and "last online" status are optional in Viber, so you may opt out of them at any time (Viber --> More tab --> Settings).

          • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

            Hi,

            Thanks for the quick responses, I've worked out that Viber doesn't show the last seen unless it was recent, I see it for people I have tested viber with today but no others I've looked at and it also doen't show up in the contact list where you'd expect it.

            Anyway I assume thats how it works, I'll be trying it out for a while

            Thanks
            Dennis

          • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

            Read receipts should not go either way unless both have them turned on. Done.

  • Rosh

    I've had this question on for a while, how is viber making money ??

    • Santeri

      http://thehostbay.com/how-does-viber-make-money/ Guess they will introduce some premium features later on.

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Until now, Viber's focus is on adding new features and integrating with
        more platforms, as well as improving overall system performance. At the
        same time, we were working on additional premium services that will
        generate revenue once they become available. Now, we have launched our new premium (paid) services: ViberOut and Sticker Market.

        Note, however, that whe basic Viber service -
        Viber-to-Viber phone calls and text messages - will always remain free.

    • Sabin Bajracharya

      They were not making any until now through Stickers and Viber out(which let you call phones without viber just like skype thourgh credits).

    • Robert
      • Rosh

        I guess this makes sense...

        • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

          Hi Rosh,

          As we explained below, until now, Viber's focus is on adding new features and integrating with
          more platforms, as well as improving overall system performance. At the
          same time, we were working on additional premium services that will
          generate revenue once they become available. Now, we have launched our new premium (paid) services: ViberOut and Sticker Market.

          Note, however, that whe basic Viber service -
          Viber-to-Viber phone calls and text messages - will always remain free.

          • ahmed waddey

            dear viber i have mailed you some bugs that i ahve faced in teh recent version. BTW i cannot purchase stickers in my ocuntry MALDIVES . it says no in app purchase . Please help . I really want to gift stickers to my family members also after buying .

          • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

            Hi Ahmed,

            Thank you for the report of the problem.

            we would appreciate if
            you could take a minute and report the details to our support team using
            this direct link:
            http://helpme.viber.com/index.php?/Tickets/Submit/RenderForm/1

            When
            you submit the ticket, in the line called: "Through which channel did
            you submit your initial inquiry", please make sure to choose "Technical
            Forum".

            Thanks in advance!

            * please write the ticket in English

            ** If you've already sent us this ticket, then one of our Support Representatives will contact you shortly. Thank you!

          • ahmed waddey

            thanx viber ! i luv viber ! i wish if vibr will add free sms

  • Leonardo Baez

    anyone knows if is true that Viber is offering free service for victims of huracane in Philipines?

  • GP

    If only they can figure out a way to not wake my screen everytime I get a message, that would be good. Apart from all the permission this app needs to run, the screen wake is the worst thing ever.

    • Kevin

      Viber->More Options->Settings->Light Screen for Message, untick

      • GP

        Ahhh, thank you much... I believe this option wasn't there before today's update right? Anyway, this is good.

        • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

          Yep, that option was added in the latest release :)

          Enjoy!

  • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

    Hi,
    I'm David from Viber. I'm here to help.

    We'd love to hear feedback from our users about our new version and features. If anyone has any questions/problems, please do let us know :)

    Thanks!

    • http://www.autoblog.gr/ Γιώργος Πασχαλίδης

      Hi there!

      What About Viber for PC? Are there any updates in the program?

      In Viber for PC there are no auto updates and, with manual download I did just now, I'm on 3.0.0, which is back in May...

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        We're in final stages of testing on our new Viber Desktop version :)

        News soon!

        • http://www.autoblog.gr/ Γιώργος Πασχαλίδης

          Thank you for the answer! We are waiting for new Desktop version!

  • Suhas

    Great update. Really loving the stickers. Keep up the good work!

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Thanks you so much :)
      We're glad you're enjoying our new version!

  • atun

    How Viber install on phone and table with single account?

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Hi,

      First, make sure you have Viber 4.0 installed on your mobile phone (must be Android).
      Now, install the latest version of Viber on your Tablet. Then, when asked whether you want want it as a primary or secondary device, please choose "Secondary", and enter your number.

      • Sarah

        Hi, I was never asked re primary or secondary device. Upon reading this I uninstalled and reinstalled viber to see if I had the option to select secondary, but didn't. I have the newest viber on both devices...

        • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

          The secondary device must be a tablet (it can't be another cellular phone).

  • George

    Does viber permanently store the hold and talk instant messages in android phone? If yes, then where. I am having a hard time locating them in the gallery.

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      We're not entirely sure we understand your question..

      Messages received (and sent) through Viber are saved in the conversation threads, inside Viber's messaging page (you can see the Messaing icon in the main screen in Viber).

      Was this your meaning?

      • George

        No, what I mean is when one receives audio messages from someone on viber using the 'hold and talk' instant message, where does the audio get saved? Is it just in the conversation itself or gets hidden somewhere in the phone too? I couldn't find it in my gallery or media apps, I use android. Thanks!

        • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

          Thanks for clarification.

          The audio messages are saved at: /viber/media/.ptt

          Make sure to set "show hidden files" in the file manager

          • George

            Thank you! Keep up the good work viber team.

          • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

            Our pleasure to help :)

          • Leno Lim

            im using iphone, i cant seems to find the voice message, is it auto-saved?

          • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

            Voice messages are auto saved into Viber. They are located internally inside Viber, and can be opened only through it.

  • Nick

    Hi there, someone sent me a voice message recently but it said that i needed to update
    to listen to it. So I update viber and check the conversation again. It
    still tells me to update and i still can't play the actual voice message.
    I've tried to look for answers on viber's website but to no avail. I've
    tried to back up the conversations hoping that it would be saved in the
    back-up file, but no. I even downloaded the desktop version hoping it
    would sync all the messages on to my desktop and maybe access the voice
    message that way, but also no. Please help.

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Hi Nick,

      Thank you for the report of the problem.

      we would appreciate if
      you could take a minute and report the details to our support team using
      this direct link:
      http://helpme.viber.com/index.php?/Tickets/Submit/RenderForm/1

      When
      you submit the ticket, in the line called: "Through which channel did
      you submit your initial inquiry", please make sure to choose "Technical
      Forum".

      Thanks in advance!

      • iman

        Hi. Is the problem solved ? If yes, where can I find the solution ?

      • Vasil

        Hi. I have the same problem. How can i solve it?

    • iman

      Hi Nick. Was your problem solved ?

  • Vince

    Dear Viber,
    I have recently downloaded download version 4.0 on my iPhone 5 running iOS 6.1.3 and my iPad 2 running 6.0.1....I am unable to receive incoming calls nor can I receive incoming messages, noting that I have not disabled notifications. You guys have been great so far, I would be more than happy to pay for viber. But please fix this issue. I am a mother of two, and I constantly use viber everyday to keep in touch with my kids.

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      It could be that the network you are connected to is blocking Viber's traffic.

      1.
      First, please try uninstalling and reinstalling Viber when connecting
      to a few different WiFi networks (in order to pinpoint the source of the
      problem). What are the results?
      2. Also, please make sure the following ports are enabled ("forwarded") on your routers or firewalls:
      TCP: 5242 + 4244
      UDP: 5243 + 9785

      (if you are not sure how to enable ports, you may contact your router manufacturer or your Internet Service Provider)

  • Roger

    Someone's sent me a beautiful 'Happy Birthday' recording sung by their child, through Viber which I'd like to keep. But I can't find where the file is stored. Help!

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      You can find the audio messages at: /viber/media/.ptt

      You will need to set "show hidden files" in the file manager in
      order to see the files there.

      Note that these files can only be opened by Viber itself.

  • eri

    Hello! how can i save voice messages from viber?

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Viber voice messages are automatically saved in your phone.

      You can find the audio messages at: /viber/media/.ptt

      Note that need to set "show hidden files" in the file manager in
      order to see the files there.

  • xsnoopsx

    Hi was just wondering when fiber video call will be available on android tablets. Thanks

    • xsnoopsx

      Viber I meant sorry

      • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

        Hi,

        We still don't have any concrete plans for Videocalls.
        When we have news, we'll let you know.

        • NNK

          Я понимаю, что минчане на русском говорят, но так смешно, когда плохо знающий английский язык человек отвечает на форумах, переводя с русского... перепродали китайцам - так доверьте им саппорт...

  • ahmed waddey

    i think i will buy lumia 1520 after selling this laggy note 3

  • Dasy

    How can I save the voice messages I receive on viber. I want to keep them in my phone , just like the photos?

  • Anu

    Hello I am using viber on iPhone 5. How can I save or share the voicemails I recieve?

  • Liz

    How can you save the voice messages?

  • Omario

    Hi Viber - I have Viber desktop for Mac. Can't seem to listen to Voice messages on it - any thoughts? Thanks

    • Aweawq Aqsfws

      Hello guys, i have got same problem i cant liste to voice messages, on pc..

  • Mezo Samir

    HI VIBER,
    im using IPHONE 4S and i need to save the voice msgs so how can i save it ,i cant see the voice msgs saved at anywhere so how can i see it in something like media like android
    THANKS

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Hi,

      Unfortunately, there is no option to save voice messages. We are considering developing this feature for future releases, so stay tuned!

  • Chris Morgan

    Hi there. Is it possible to disable or turn off sticker notifications? Thanks

    • Was

      Yes how can we disable Viber sending stickers? I am getting bombarded every few minutes, it is eating up MY bandwidth allowance. One a day is ok, but constantly is unacceptable. I see this question is unanswered for 3 months. No answer in a couple of days gets Viber uninstalled from my phones, I can get all the unwanted spam i need on email.

  • marielou

    Hello. I have a problem viewing the backgrounds. Yesterday, I could see them all and change them and now the only available is the basic one. Also, I couldnt locate any of that backgrounds in my files. Please help. Thank you

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Hi,

      Please restart your phone.

      You can search in your Viber settings for different backgrounds available.

  • Vi

    Hello, I've had Viber on my iPhone for a really long time and today I decided to download the app on my Android tablet since I have heard that app is developed to work on both devices simultaneously. But from the moment I tried to access Viber on my tablet, I was asked to enter my mobile number and verification code, which seemed normal since all the data would be synced between two devices from now on and would be linked to the same phone number. BUT, it appears that my Viber account on my phone has been deactivated which was NOT supposed to happen, at least I was not aware of that. How could I get back all of my Viber messages and the rest of history? And how could I make Viber work simultaneously on both iPhone and tablet? HELP!

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Hi Vi,

      Viber is able to run simultaneously on your iPhone and Android Tablet.

      Please try uninstalling Viber from your tablet and trying again.

      Unfortunately, when Viber was deactivated on your iPhone, it deleted your call and messages. As a security feature, deleted calls and messages are not retrievable. This ensures that only you have access to the messages that were sent.

      For future reference, you can learn how to back up messages here: http://bit.ly/1jty40T

      • Vi

        Thank You so much, I reinstalled Viber on my tablet and it finally started working properly, I could say.

        Also, I have another question. I am planning to buy a new phone soon, so I will download Viber there too and I will be using the same number as on tablet. So will everything get deleted again and most importantly, will it work since I won't be using my primary device which is my iPhone now?

        Thank You in advance.

        • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

          Your tablet will still be active and work normally if you activate Viber on your new phone, as long as you don't deactivate Viber on your iPhone first. Your messages should not be deleted off of your tablet.

          Your message history will be deleted off of your iPhone. You can back up your messages before you activate your new phone. To learn how, you can read here: http://bit.ly/1jty40T

          • Vi

            That was actually really helpful, thanks for Your time!

  • Nur

    Hello Viber!
    Until 2 days ago I was using my iphone 4 and viber 4.1.1.
    Now I have iphone 5s and I have a diffferent number.
    Before I started to use 5s I have backed up everyhing on icloud. So when I started using the new phone (iphone 5s) I had all the information from iphone 4 installed in iphone 5s. I also had viber app itself. However, I dont have any of the voice messages and chats in my new phone.. Is there any way I can transfer my chats n voice messages from my iphone 4 to iphone 5s? Today I have updated viber in my phone 4 to 4.2.to check whether I can find a solution. But i couldnt find anything that would help me to have my chats in the new phone. All I could do was to email message history which doesnt send the voice messages but only the text messages. PLEASe HELP!!

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Hello,

      There is currently no way to restore your backed up message history. This is a feature that we are working on developing for future updates of Viber. However, since your messages are saved to iCloud, you can go back and read your past messages.

      You are unable to back up voice messages. We are looking into the option of creating this feature for the future.

  • Josh

    Hi. I just received a voice message and it says that I have to update my Viber first to be able to listen to it and so I did. Sadly, I still see the message that says I received a voice message but I can't seem to find where it is nor listen to it..

    • http://www.viber.com/ Viber

      Hi Josh,

      We will need more information in order to assist you. Please open a support ticket here: http://bit.ly/1aOwGy2 and a support agent will be in touch with you shortly.

  • airtonix

    pasting animated gifs turns them into something that isn't an animated gif.