WhatsApp desktop client brings native presence on Windows and Mac OS

WhatsApp desktop client brings native presence on Windows and Mac OS

You were so far using WhatsApp on your mobile device, but it can now be installed on your desktop, too. This new development finally brings Facebook’s instant messaging service to Windows and Mac OS.

WhatsApp for desktop is just an extended version of its web client that was debuted on Chrome browser back in January last year. It doesn’t work as a standalone app, unlike its Android or iOS version. Instead, the app syncs data with your mobile device to provide real-time notifications and better keyboard inputs right on your desktop.

WhatsApp desktop version

WhatsApp’s desktop app extends its web client

“Today we’re introducing a desktop app so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere – whether on your phone or computer at home or work. Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device,” WhatsApp team writes in a blog post.

As the desktop version of WhatsApp just mirrors content from your mobile device, your handset must need to be on an active data connection. This means that you won’t be able to send or receive messages on WhatsApp’s desktop client if you’re mobile device is not connected to data or Wi-Fi network. Also, you need to sign in using your phone number.

Mainly, WhatsApp for desktop is aimed to enable conversations on a big screen when your phone is in your pocket. This appeared to be a competitive move against messaging apps like Hangouts and Viber that already have their presence on PC, Mac and Chrome OS.

You can download the new WhatsApp app on your desktop by visiting the official download page. It is compatible with all the computing devices that are running on at least Windows 8 or Mac OS 10.9.

Once downloaded and installed, you need to open the app on your desktop and then scan the QR code available on the screen using the latest WhatsApp version on your mobile device. A specific option to sync the app is available in WhatsApp Web menu under Settings.

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