Viber’s free mobile application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad was updated earlier today in the App Store with four new features. Bumping the version number to 5.6,

the new Viber for iOS lets you express yourself in a more detailed manner than before with support for 7,000 characters long text messages.

In addition, you can now like messages in group chats, forward the contents of public chats and take advantage of better video messaging features that improve your experience.

Recent Viber updates have enabled features like improved spam handling and reporting, in addition to inline URL previews, animated stickers, better audio compression, chatting while on a callfully native iPad interface and much more.

Born in 2010, this Israeli startup  is now owned by a company called Rakuten and has more than 600 million registered users globally.

Viber 5.6 changelog

The following new features and improvements are available in Viber 5.6 for iOS:

  • Group Likes—‘like’ messages in group chats and see who’s loving your vibe
  • Forward Public Chat messages—share content with your friends more easily
  • Write freely—text messages can now be up to 7,000 characters long
  • Better video messaging—new features to improve the experience

Here’s a quick Viber video promo.


The 82.8-megabyte app requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later.

The app has native display support for iPads and is optimized for the iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes.

Viber lacks a WatchKit component although you can elect to have its notifications delivered to your wrist by enabling Viber in the Notifications section of the companion Watch app on your iPhone.

Grab Viber at no charge in the App Store.