So there is some message that is going viral on WhatsApp these days.
Users are getting an APK file on WhatsApp, named Apple Pie. It promises to offer something awesome, persuading the users to download and install it on their Android mobile phones.
A lot of users are reporting that they are getting WhatsApp messages from their friends containing these files.
And they fear it is some Trojan or Spyware that can steal their WhatsApp data from their mobile phones.
To make things clear, we have checked the Apple Pie APK ourself, and we can report that it is not any Spyware or Trojan.
But it would still put you in an embarrassing position if you go ahead to download and install it on your mobile phone.
It is more of a prank app that changes the ringtone of your mobile phone to and a nasty voice that can embarrass you a lot if you are in a public space.
It also changes the wallpaper on the lock screen and home screen, which is even embarrassing to look at, if you are in a public place.
If you download and install the app, an Apple logo appears, and there is a start button, somewhere on top of the screen.
Once the user taps on start, the nasty voice starts coming out from the speakers loudly in there is truly no way to stop it even if you tap on the back button of your mobile phone.
How can you change the wallpaper and ringtone back?
In case you have already downloaded and installed and felt the embarrassment, and wants to know how to change the wallpaper and ringtone back to your favorite one, uninstalling the APK won’t work.
We strongly recommend that you uninstall the APK. But, to change the wallpaper and ringtone back, you need to do it manually, like you would change your wallpaper and your ringtone from the Settings area of your mobile phone.
How are the users able to send APK file on WhatsApp?
People use WhatsApp for sending media files, that are videos and photos, but WhatsApp introduced a useful feature, that allows users to send the document files as well.
How to keep yourself secure in the future?
A billion people use WhatsApp, and this is why it is also under heavy abuse by this Scammers and Spammers.
It may be a prank app that changes the wallpaper and ringtone, but it is also alarming to see how an app can change settings of your mobile phone without even asking for your permission.
If there had been any other App, it might have sent back the data to some other server, maybe forwarded your text message, which is also so used for getting OTPs for internet banking and other financial transactions.
So, it is pretty scary, and you should be alarmed.
Do not download any file you do not trust, especially the APK extensions, because these are are the Android apps that can be installed in a single tap.
iPhone users are safe from Apple Pie
Ironically Apple is the name of the company that manufactures iPhones, and the smartphone is safe from the avatar APK since it is an app for Android not for iPhone.
Also, Apple does not allow apps to be installed on the iPhone outside of the App store.