How can I set WhatsApp to always run in the background? Like Skype, when I exit, it keeps me online to get calls or SMS or chat notifications.

While using WhatsApp, when I move away with the menu, it exits. How can I avoid this and tell Android that this application should always be running - so that even if it is closed it will restart the application automatically?

If anyone sends a text message, I don't want to go to all the icons and open the application several times.

Any help?

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    Whatsapp runs a service in the background and shows a notification if someone sends you a message. If you click on the notification Whatsapp will open itself. Is this not working on your phone?
    – THelper
    Nov 4, 2012 at 11:27
  • @THelper: yes that answers it. But how can i place that notification icon always on top. Like Skype Does.
    – YumYumYum
    Nov 4, 2012 at 19:44
  • You mean, an notification icon that is always visible? You can't (at least not until the programmers at Whatsapp add such a feature).
    – THelper
    Nov 5, 2012 at 12:58

2 Answers 2


You can't set an icon on the notification bar to "let you be online all the time", it's not user defining option. But the service is always running, like THelper said, you don't have to mind that, you'll receive the messages without the icon appearing all the time.


You can use a Modded Whatsapp such as GbWhatsapp,FMWhatsapp etc. they have an option to keep you always Online

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