The translation process started three years ago, while the final moderation process took three months, The Express Tribune quoted Whatsapp Translation Administrator Ahsan Saeed as saying.
"I translated 753 strings and moderated 2,089 strings in less than three months and made Urdu the 18th language in which WhatsApp for Android has been fully translated," Saeed said in a Facebook post.
Since Whatsapp users can already communicate in Urdu using an Urdu keyboard, Saeed said his efforts were geared towards localising the app itself for Urdu users. This included translating everything from the menus to the settings.
The most interesting aspect of these volunteer-driven translation projects is that the individuals involved dedicate their energies entirely out of love for their languages.