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Cheapest Phones for Whatsapp – 10 Best Cheap Phones


Today, I made a list of the best AND cheapest phones that you can use to install and run WhatsApp so you can already start connecting with your friends and loved ones.

WhatsApp is a free application that uses mobile data or WiFi and allows you to send messages, make voice or video calls, and share images, documents, and other media to other users.

I have been using this application for many years now and I can assure you it can run smoothly on a very cheap smartphone. It has been my primary means of communication with my friends and relatives especially those that are living in other countries.

Whether you are an Android or iOS user, you can contact other users across these platforms. It also has over 1.5 billion users worldwide as of February 2018.

But before we go to the list, let’s discuss the things you need to consider when choosing your phone.


WhatsApp – What Your Phone Needs to Have

Android requirements:

  • OS should be newer than Android 2.3.7 version – Check the Android OS version of the phone you are buying. By February 2020, Android version 2.3.7 and older will no longer be supported. It is always better to have the latest Android version installed.

iOS requirements:

  • We don’t have iPhones on our list because iPhones are expensive. Android is the platform that has may cheap smartphone choices for Whatsapp. Just in case you are an iPhone user, the OS should be iOS 9 or later. By February 2020, iOS 8 and older will no longer be supported.

General Requirements:

  • Can receive SMS or Calls – Your phone should also be able to receive SMS or calls during the initial verification process. This is basic functionality of phones today so you don’t have to worry about this one.
  • WiFi and 3G/4G network capability – When making video calls using mobile data, I suggest that you get a phone that has the 4G capability. This will allow you to switch between 3G and 4G networks automatically depending on your location for better video call quality. This is because some locations have stronger 3G signals than 4G signals and vice versa. You should also check the bands of the phones you are getting and contact your network carrier if you need clarifications on carrier compatibility.

Not Supported:

  • Windows Phones

10 Cheapest and Best Phones for WhatsApp

Below are the 10 best and cheapest smartphones (in no particular order) that can run WhatsApp smoothly. You will notice that these phones are less than $100 because Whatspp does not need high system requirements from more expensive phones.

#1 – BLU Studio Mini (Released: September 2019)

BLU Studio Mini

Display: 5.5 inches (720 x 1440 pixels)
Camera: 8 MP Front Camera, 13 MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware:  Octa-Core 1.6GHz Processor, 32GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Network: 4G LTE (2/4/5/12/17) 3G: (850/1700/1900): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, metro PCS, and others. Not compatible with CDMA networks like Verizon, Sprint and Boost mobile)

Price: USD 69.99

The awesome features that you will love about the Blu Studio Mini are the very nice front camera for video calling, fast processor, 4G capability, latest Android OS, and excellent battery life. At a very low price, this is probably the BEST deal you can get for a new smartphone that you can use with WhatsApp.

#2 – Blu Studio Mega 2019 (Released: September 2019)

BLU Studio Mega 2019

Display: 6.0 inches (720 x 1440 pixels)
Camera: 8 MP Front Camera, 13 MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware:  Octa-Core 1.6GHz Processor, 32GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Network: 4G LTE (2/4/5/12/17) 3G: (850/1700/1900): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, metro PCS, and others. Not compatible with CDMA networks like Verizon, Sprint and Boost mobile)

Price: USD 89.99

This one is also a superb budget smartphone. The only difference with the BLU Studio Mini is that this smartphone has a larger screen and slightly thinner. All other remaining features are the same. 

If you like a larger screen size for reading and sending texts, funny emoticons, and images, this smartphone is perfect.

#3 – ZTE Blade Z Max

ZTE Blade Z Max

Display: 6.0 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 8 MP Front Camera, Dual 16 MP+2 MP Main Camera
OS:  Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Hardware: Octa-core 1.4 GHz Processor, 32GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 4,080 mAh
Release Date: August 2017
Network: 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900, 4G bands: LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 12(700), 66(1700/2100)

Price: $82.94

This smartphone is also very capable to run Whatsapp. It also has a very nice front camera, a huge screen, and excellent overall hardware for clear voice and video calls.

What you will also like about this smartphone is the huge battery capacity. You can have a longer talk and video call time with this one without plugging your device to a charger.

#4 – Samsung Galaxy J2 Core

Samsung Galaxy J2 Core 2018

Display: 5.0 inches (540 x 960 pixels)
Camera: 5 MP Front Camera, 8 MP Main Camera
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition)
Hardware: Octa-core 1.4 GHz Processor, 8GB Internal Memory, 1GB RAM
Battery: 2,600 mAh
Release Date: August 2018
Network: LTE Bands: B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B17(700), B28(700); 3G UTMS B1(2100), B2(1900), B4(AWS), B5(850), B8(900)

Price: USD 86.46

This is another low-cost option for Whatapp. If you like a normal size screen with a compact and nice design, this one is right for you. It’s simple and sturdy. The price is very worth it.

#5 – UMIDIGI A3 Pro

Umigidi A3 Pro

Display: 5.7 inches (HD+)
Camera: 5 MP Front Camera, Dual 12 MP + 5MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Processor, 8GB Internal Memory, 1GB RAM
Battery: 3,300 mAh
Release Date: September 2018
Network: 2G: GSM B2 /3 /5 /8
3G: WCDMA B1 /2 /4 /5 /6 /8 /19
4G: TDD-LTE B38 /40 /41(Standard version) 4G: FDD-LTE B1 /2 /3 /4 /5 /7 /8 /12 /13 /17 /18 /19 /20 /26 /28

Price: USD 89.99

This is a premium-looking phone at a very affordable price. The display quality is excellent. It is fast enough to run WhatsApp to send images, voice, and video clips to your family and friends. The call and video quality are also great!

It also comes with a screen protector and a very nice and slim back case.

#6 –  Oukitel C12

Oukitel C12

Display: 6.18 inches
Camera: 2 MP Front Camera, Dual 8MP + 0.3MP Main Camera
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition)
Hardware: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Processor, 16GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3,300 mAh
Release Date: February 2019
Network: 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20
4G: No

Price: US 89.99

You will love the high volume of this phone’s loudspeaker. It will be nice for voice and video calls even without headphones. You will also love the design and display quality. It has a very decent camera and is fast enough to get the job done when using Whatsapp.

It also comes with a screen protector and a very nice case.

#7 – Blu Vivo X5

Blu Vivo X5

Display: 5.7 inches (720 x 1440 pixels)
Camera: 8 MP Front Camera, 13 MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware:  Octa-Core 1.6GHz Processor, 64GB Internal Memory, 3GB RAM
Battery: 2,800 mAh
Network: 4G LTE (2/4/5/12/17) 3G: (850/1700/1900): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, Metro PCS, and others. Not compatible with CDMA Networks like Verizon, Sprint and Boost Mobile)

Price: USD 89.99

This is another inexpensive but very impressive BLU smartphone. It’s faster than the previous two BLU smartphones and has twice the storage. WhatsApp automatically saves all your media sent while chatting so the huge storage will greatly help if you don’t want to turn off the autosave functionality.

It also runs on the latest Android OS. For running WhatsApp, this smartphone is more than enough when it comes to specs. Definitely worth the price!

#8 – Coolpad REVVL Plus C3701A

Coolpad REVVL Plus

Display: 6.0 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 8MP Front Camera, 13MP Main Camera
OS: Android (7.0 Nougat)
Hardware: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Processor, 32GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3,380 mAh
Release Date: November 2017
Network: GSM 850 900 18001900 Band II (1900), Band IV (1700/2100), Band V (850), LTE 2 4 5 12 66

Price: USD 99

The battery life of this smartphone is superb. It has a large and excellent display. It is fast and can easily run WhatsApp functionalities. The camera quality is also very nice. This is a highly-rated smartphone on Amazon.

#9 –  BLU R2 Plus 2019 (Vivo One Plus)

BLU R2 Plus 2019

Display: 6.2 inches (HD)
Camera: 8 MP Front Camera, Dual 13MP + 2MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware: Quad-Core 1.5GHz Processor, 16GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Network: 4G LTE (1/2/3/4/5/7/12/17/28) 3G: (850/900/1700/1900/2100): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, metro PCS, and others.

Price: USD 99.99

The very huge display is perfect if you love larger screens and also for the elderly. You will also like the camera quality and the excellent battery life of this smartphone. It is also very responsive and will allow you to do every functionality of WhatsApp.

#10 – BLU Vivo XL4

BLU Vivo XL4

Display: 6.2 inches (720 x 1520 pixels)
Camera: 13 MP Front Camera, Dual 13MP + 2MP Main Camera
OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Hardware: Octa-Core 2.0GHz Processor, 32GB Internal Memory, 3GB RAM
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Network: 4G LTE (1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/28/66) 3G: (850/900/1700/1900/2100): US compatibility Nationwide on all GSM Networks including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, metro PCS, and others.
Release Date: December 2018

Price: $99.99

This is one of the best-selling and highest-rated smartphones on Amazon right now. The battery life is simply amazing. For a very affordable smartphone, this will surpass your expectations. The front camera quality is even better than other BLU smartphones on the list.

For running WhatsApp, this smartphone is more than capable and still affordable.

What do you think of these best and cheapest phones for WhatsApp? I would love to hear from you.

Just leave your comment in the comments section below. 😃

54 thoughts on “Cheapest Phones for Whatsapp – 10 Best Cheap Phones

  1. WhatsApp is the new cool and has been the major reason why most people has quitted with all rge other social media platforms. This is great and I value it. Thank you so much for suggesting this. I want to get a new mobile for my kid and I really want to cut cost a lot on my spending so, getting the right phone that can do the basics for him would be awesome. Thank you for this

    1. Hey Rodarrick! I’m glad to help. I hope you can find a nice phone for your kid. It doesn’t have to be a small size smartphone. My sister just bought one for my niece. It has a huge screen. Kids love huge screen displays these days. Aside from being able to contact her through WhatsApp, the kid really enjoys watching cartoon shows on her new phone.

  2. Woah! I am actually really surprised that most of these phones are below $100 dollars. It’s so hard to find a phone that is not that expensive. I currently have an iPhone 6s, been having it since it came out, luckily it works fine, but sometimes I worried that in the next year or so it might get outdated. Besides all of these amazing phones and those great prices, do you have something related to this topic but regarding iPhones? I would love to read it. 

    1. Hey Stephanie, I can’t blame you. Sometimes I’m surprised too. Cheaper phones that are newly released have better specs compared to the phones released in the previous years.

      I think iPhone 6s is still amazing and can be upgraded to iOS 13. However, I agree with you that it is possible that it may no longer be supported in the next iOS release. I have a post about iPhone SE review and it is also one of my recommendations for the cheapest phones that can play Pokemon Go.

  3. Hi Chris… I’m a regular user and lover of the best messaging app in the world, WhatsApp and i have been using it for a very long time now just like you. I never loved android in the first place, my favourite back in those days was Symbian OS (LoL)… It got to a time that WhatsApp no longer supported Symbian OS; that was the time I had some little interest in android. Today, I love android. I enjoyed this piece… Thanks

    1. Hey Barry Ovb, you are right, Symbian OS is no longer supported since 2017. I almost forgot that OS, but those were very good times. Android and iOS are now the big players. I also love Android and the cheap and affordable phones that have this platform. It’s nice to know you like the list. Thank you.

  4. Awesome post on the 10 best cheapest phones for WhatsApp. I must confess, it’s not easy to make a collection like this; you’ve done the heavy job. I went through the selection and I really love most of them and the prices are really good looking at the features of the phones. My favourite is the No 10 anyways…

  5. I’m never a fan of low end phones,,, I love High end phones because I am a software geek. I love using great software on my android phone (I know this doesn’t relate with this post tho)… I must confess I’m in love with #10 – BLU Vivo XL4. It looks so so beautiful and has really great features. The camera is cool, the screen is very large screen 😍, Battery is awesome fabulous, 3GB Ram?? (Crazy for the small price)… The truth is,,, everything about this phone blows me away…

    1. Hi Mr Biizy,

      Awesome, right? It also has very nice speakers. I highly recommend it as well. BLU Vivo XL4 has better specs than most of the smartphones on the list and it’s still affordable. It has a 4-star average rating on Amazon and over 1,200 customer reviews. It also comes with decent earbuds, two thin plastic phone cases, one glass screen protector, and one regular screen protector (pre-installed).

  6. Thank you for all this information. It was like you were reading a list of my phones. I am no stranger to the BLU’s and Galaxy J. I currently have the J7. :)) Yea,  I am kind of rough on phones so I go with the affordable and I am an Android lover.

     I have not tried WhatsApp. I noticed it could hold a group chat 256 people at the same time!! That is crazy. So the advantage is no SMS charges for those we communicate with far away? Also really good video chatting?

    Thank you


    1. Hey Lisa, I’m glad you like the list. You should try WhatsApp, it’s very simple to use and the features are amazing.

      That’s right, you just need WiFi or mobile data. Chats and video calls have no extra network charges.

      Yes, video chatting functionality is excellent. The overall quality will still depend on your network connection though, but your connection does not have to be super fast to use it. A one-minute video call will use an average of 5MB of data on 4G, 3.75MB on 3G, and 3MB on 2G.

  7. That great. You must have spent lots of time collecting and analyzing those information. Thanks for your advice. I am looking for a mobile phone as a backup, and I don’t want to spend too much money of course. I prefer the 4th, Samsung Galaxy J2 Core. I’ll go to Amazon to have a look. Thanks.

    1. Hey JealousLi, I’m glad I could help you save your precious time from researching cheaper phones for WhatsApp. The Galaxy J2 Core is a very nice and cheap smartphone and it’s easy to carry because of the smaller size. It has a 4-star rating on Amazon and over 170 reviews. Take your time to read all the reviews and check the network band so you can make a good decision. 🙂

  8. I was on my way to work today when I broke my phone. I really need a replacement. Nothing fancy, but enough to do the basics like calling and WhatsApp. This list is very helpful. I was able to find the cheapest and high-quality cellphones. I think BLU Studio Mini is great. Thanks for this useful information!

    1. Hey Nhing, I know that feeling when you are in a hurry and unfortunate things happen. I think BLU Studio Mini is one of the BEST budget phones recently. I’m glad I could help. 🙂

  9. Cool!!! I actually use whatsapp on my day to day communication with my team at work and knowing that these compatible phones exist (below USD100) sounds great!!

  10. I am happy I stumbled across your blog as I am in the market for a new phone that will support Whatsapp. I have a large network on friends from around the globe I like to keep up with.  I really like several of the phones you have listed but will probably end up getting the ZTE Blade Z Max.  It has all the basic features I need with a big screen which is a necessity for me. Thank you for helping me find the best phone for Whatsapp.

  11. WhatsApp is a great social media platform and have been really cool with its operations but phone quality plays on how well you enjoy social media. These phones are very cheap and not just the price this time, the quality is one good one i love so much. Instead of getting the very expensive ones, it will be cool to just settle for these good one’s that are cheap.

  12. WhatsApp is a very good and useful communication app that has so many people using it. I’ve been using it for a while and I enjoy it because it works perfectly. Its very true that not all Android works fine with it not because it is faulty but because those phones are of less strength and quality. Thanks for sharing those phones, they are pocket friendly and durable.

  13. WOW,basically I like the budget phones,you choosing the best collection of cheapest phones. It makes me frees.In my friend need a budget smartphone, so i recommend him “UMIDIGI A3 Pro mobile” after seeing your article it gain me additional knowledge.It is very cheap and more comfortable for my friend. And personally, thanks for giving the recommender information and keep creating more article for viewers use, your friend yoge


  14. There are several phones that are in market now that has great features too but are just coated with shining lies. The phones you have recommended are quite nice and durable. Its good that WhatsApp is stopping the outdated versions from functioning. It’s very thoughtful of you to share this.

  15. Hey thank you for the awesome review!  I really the looks of most of these phones, but my favorite is ZTE Blade Z Max.  I love whatsapp!  It is one of my most used apps, and I’m going to need a new phone soon since mine is cracked.  Thank you for the list! 

  16. Hello there,I must say this is a nice a also very informative article and I know it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me.i know that everyone want to use WhatsApp messenger and those that are not able to afford phones like Samsung and iPhone would want to go for something low that can provide all that especially whatsapp and your list here has the best budget phones that can whatsapp I would definitely keep this list for later reading and those looking for low end phones that can whatsapp

  17. Hey, Thanks for writing on cheapest phones for whatsapp. I have many friends but they always look for the cheapest phone. Your recommendation will help them to choose the best from your list. I will also buy one for my child. I think Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is the best choice for my lovely child.

    I will also share your post with my friends too.



  18. I personally don’t use WhatsApp because I use Messenger and Skype and that’s enough for me but my step daughter uses it on her phone and I think we will have to buy her a new phone. We are not going to buy any expensive phone for a teenager so your review of the cheapest phones for Whatsapp comes really handy. I love the Blu Vivo XL4, the battery life is awesome, and for that price, wow! Thank you for this article.

  19. I’ve heard a few things about WhatsApp but haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. Also my phone plan is ending soon so I am on the lookout for new providers. From your choices I really like the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core as it has a sleek design, has simple features and comes from a tried and true company. I’m glad the hear that it is worth the price, and I have saved your link for further consideration when it’s soon time to change phones. Thanks for an excellent recommendation!

  20. This improvement in technology over the last decade is so amazing, the world is revolving day by day.
    I must say all the phones aforementioned basically performs almost similar functions and so they are highly recommended for those who cannot afford the iOS phones.
    WhatsApp is a step forward because this is gonna be a very huge upgrade in their system.
    I must say kudos for that.

  21. Hey Chris,

    Really good article!

    I have a lot of family living abroad where mobile phones are fairly expensive, while I’ve always know that whatsapp is probably the easiest tool to communicate with people regardless of geographic location, it never occurred to me to just buy a cheap phone and ship to them. This is actually going to make a really nice “additional xmas presents” for a couple of family members, really good idea!

  22. I appreciate your post about the cheapest phones for WhatsApp. I am an expat and being able to connect easily with my family back home means a lot to me. WhatsApp is making it really convenient, and I’m already using it to be in contact with my parents. 

    Wanting to do the same with my grandparents, I will first have to gift them new ones, because they do not have the phones supporting WhatsApp. This is where your list of phones comes in handy for me. Thank you! 🙂

  23. Hey and thank you for the list! I used the Blu Vivo Xl4 over many months and I loved it. In my opinion, you don’t always need the best and most expensive phone on the market. Especially, when your goal is to connect with other people via whatsapp, it is perfectly enough to use a 100 Dollar Phone. Currently I have an Iphone because it was a gift. However, I would always come back to nice cheap phones. 

  24. Thank you for putting this list together, my kid has been asking for a new phone (she is 13), and obviously she is asking for the most expensive phones around! I think I can get away with getting her this Samsung Galaxy J2, it has the name recognition that she wants but the price tag that I want 😁. I appreciate the list, it has been extremely helpful! 

  25. I am a WhatsApp user. It is so convenient both for messages and to make no pay phone calls locally and internationally. What I like is that the conversations are stored and remain on the phone. I have an android phone as the Samsung J2 core. I bought it because it was affordable. I was told that it doesn’t have much storage but that doesn’t bother me because I have an SD card inserted and I declutter my files very often. Love my J2 because it has all the features I need and more.

  26. I never had the slightest clue that the type of smartphone affects the result that Whatsapp gives. This post is super informative. Before I was with my fiance, she went to Canada a lot and her phone plan was not international. So she told me about whatsapp and I started to use it more frequently. I will refer to this site soon

  27. Hi Chris – a very handy post for finding an inexpensive phone with the ability to access Whatsapp.  I can’t believe the prices!  What are they missing that causes them to be so reasonable?  I am not currently using whatsapp, but I am certainly interested in these phones.  How is the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core – #4?

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    1. Hey Nathaniel, unlike most high-end smartphones, the phones listed here only have an average camera and processing power which makes them more affordable. The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is great for Whatsapp and it’s very portable and handy compared to the other phones listed.

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