WhatsApp now has Windows and Mac desktop apps


21 Jun 2013
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WhatsApp desktop app for Windows, Macs launched: Here’s how to use

WhatsApp’s desktop app for Windows 8 and above and Apple’s Mac OS 10.9+ is now ready for download. Last week leaks had indicated that WhatsApp was working a native desktop client for the two platforms. Till now WhatsApp web was the only option for accessing the messaging service on your PC or MacBook’s internet browser.

WhatsApp is finally playing catch up with the rest of the competition with its new desktop apps. Players like Line, Telegram, etc have offered a native desktop client for quite some time now.

WhatsApp’s new desktop apps require Windows 8 and above, or Mac OS 10.9 and above. So how can you download and use the WhatsApp desktop app.

First, you need to go the official WhatsApp.com website and download the app from here. Once the app has been set-up and installed, click on the icon to open it and you’ll see that familiar QR scan code you saw on WhatsApp web.

Get your smartphone, open WhatsApp web in the settings and scan the QR code on the desktop. After that WhatsApp from your smartphone will automatically sync with the app on desktop, and you can start chatting right away.

WhatsApp says that because the app runs natively on the desktop, it will have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more.

Just note that the WhatsApp on desktop is still mirroring content from your smartphone, so you’ll need a constant data connection to continue chatting. If you’re on a limited data pack, better use the WiFi to access WhatsApp from the desktop.

The advantage with the WhatsApp desktop app is that you don’t need to open a separate browser tab on your PC, and can instead use the app directly.

WhatsApp desktop app for Windows, Macs launched: Here’s how to use | The Indian Express
You don’t get to a billion active users by ignoring platforms. (Except BB10, evenWhatsApp can’t be bothered with BB10 anymore).

Joining the Android, Apple, Windows Phone, Symbian and Nokia S40 (yes, really) apps, WhatsApp now has desktop apps for Windows and Mac OS.

The apps are very similar to WhatsApp Web, the online client launched in January 2015. Like WhatsApp Web, they simply mirror the chats from your phone app, which means that you can’t use WhatsApp for desktop if your phone is out of battery or lacking a connection for any reason. That’s not ideal, but shouldn’t be a problem in most cases.

To install and set up WhatsApp on your computer, download the installer from here(Windows 8 or higher, Mac OS 10.9 or higher). You will be presented with a QR code that you will need to scan with your phone in order to log in. To do so, open the WhatsApp app, go to Chats, click on the menu button, select WhatsApp web, and point your device to the code. You should be good to go in seconds.

The desktop apps offer roughly the same functionality as their mobile counterparts, with the exception of voice calling. While you can’t call people, you can send record and send soundbites, as well as send files from your computer. As you can see from the screenshot above, the new text formatting isn’t supported yet.

WhatsApp is showing no signs of slowing down. The messaging service, that Mark Zuckerberg paid $22 billion for, is still spreading like wildfire, judge-ordered suspensions notwithstanding.

WhatsApp recently announced that it encrypts all forms of communication, stoking antipathy in the circles of power worldwide. As for new features, video calling, voice mail, and improved file support are expected this year.

4040sm said:
Support in sp2 xp ?
They aren't even supporting 7, so forget about xp.
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