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Cheapest Phones for Whatsapp – 10 Best Cheap Phones

August 7, 20202:31 pm By

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.

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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 a recent 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.

Last Updated: August 7, 2020

#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

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

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, recent 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 – Samsung Galaxy A20s (Released: October 2019)


Display: 6.5 inches; 720 x 1560 pixels
Camera: Triple: (1) 13 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), PDAF (2) 8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm (3) 5 MP, f/2.2, (depth)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware:  Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm); Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53, 32GB Internal Memory, 3GB RAM
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Network: 4G LTE

Price: USD 169.99

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

This Samsung phone has a larger screen and the 4,000 mAh battery can definitely last longer. It has a very decent camera and is fast enough to get the job done when using Whatsapp.

The big display is great for browsing WhatsApp, playing games, and reading.

#3 – BLU Vivo X6 – (Released: January 2020)


Blu Vivo X5

Display: 6.1 inches HD
Camera: 13 MP Front Camera, 13 MP Main Camera
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Hardware:  Spreadtrum UniSoC SC9863A, 1.6GHz Octa-Core Processor| ARM Corterx-A55 with IMG8322 GPU, 64GB Internal Memory, 3GB RAM
Battery: 4,000 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. (Not compatible with CDMA Networks like Verizon, Sprint, and Boost Mobile)


Price: USD 129.99

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

This is another inexpensive but very impressive BLU smartphone. It’s faster than the other BLU smartphone 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 a recent Android OS. For running WhatsApp, this smartphone is more than enough when it comes to specs. Definitely worth the price!

#4 – 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 79.99

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

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.

#5 – 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: USD 95

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

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.

#6 – 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 98

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

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.

#7 – 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

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

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.

#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 104.99

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

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 109.99

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

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 –  Xiaomi Redmi 8A (Released: September 2019)


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Display: 6.22 inches (720 x 1520 pixels)
OS: Android 9.0
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Hardware: Snapdragon 439, Octa-core (4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.45 GHz Cortex A53), 32 GB Internal Storage, 3 GB RAM
Battery: 5000 mAh
Release Date: September 2019
3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – Global version
4G Network: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300) – Global version

Price: USD 119.99

Check out the lowest price: Amazon.com

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

  2. 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. 

  3. 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! 

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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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