Instant Messaging platform WhatsApp has officially launched a native desktop application for Windows and Mac OS. This release follows rumors that had been circulating earlier this month which suggested that a desktop version was on the way.
This becomes the latest change from WhatsApp which has been making a lot of improvements to its application like increasing group member totals, adding document sharing and even making the service completely free.
The new desktop application is available for Windows 8+ and Mac OS 10.9+ and just like WhatsApp Web that was launched in early 2015 the desktop version is synced to a mobile device.
This means that just like WhatsApp Web, the new desktop version is an extension of a user’s phone and the app will have the same functionality which shows the same messages and conversations from a mobile device on desktop.
It also means that it will only be active if the WhatsApp on your mobile device is on so you will still need to have that data connection either through Wifi or those WhatsApp bundles.
The setup process is just the same as the one used for WhatsApp Web. After downloading the app and launching it you need to scan the QR code by selecting the WhatsApp Web option on your WhatsApp mobile account.
There are some minor differences between Web WhatsApp and the new desktop application. The native app means that familiar keyboard shortcuts and desktop notifications are active. You can also log straight into the application (it has its own desktop icon) without opening up your browser.
You can download the WhatsApp Desktop App by following this link