In mid-August, WhatsApp’s native Windows app became available to download from the Microsoft Store. Here’s how to use it on a Windows PC.
In mid-August, WhatsApp’s A native Windows app rolled out of beta and became available to download from the Microsoft Store. WhatsApp has long been available as a mobile app on Android and iOS, but the company also offers a web app that allows users to send and receive messages on their desktop. In addition, the service also had a web-based desktop app, meaning people could use the service without logging in via their web browser.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps globally, especially among Android users. While iPhone users typically prefer iMessage, Android users the world over use WhatsApp to stay in touch with their family, friends, and loved ones. WhatsApp also offers many essential features that have contributed to its success including two-step verification, disappearing messages, daily status updates, custom notifications, and more.
As explained on an updated support page, WhatsApp now has a native Windows app that’s available to download from the Microsoft Store. The app was in beta for a long time, offering users a preview of what to expect from it when the stable build finally became available. One of the major changes in the new app is that it doesn’t require users to keep their phone online to sync messages. Apart from that, the new app doesn’t add anything substantial in terms of features and functionality, although it does have a slightly cleaner interface. In terms of the future roadmap, WhatsApp says that a native macOS app is currently under development, but there’s no ETA for its launch.
WhatsApp Desktop App For Windows
To try out the app, first head on over to the Microsoft Store to download the WhatsApp desktop app on a Windows computer. After downloading and installing the app on the PC, open WhatsApp on a mobile phone and then tap on the menu button (three vertical dots) in the top-right corner on Android or ‘Settings’ on iPhone. On the pop-up menu, select ‘Linked Devices’ and then tap on the green ‘Link a Device’ button on the next screen.
Thereafter, users may have to verify their identity by using Face ID, fingerprint scanner, or passcode, if applicable. Finally, point the phone camera to the QR code that appears on the WhatsApp desktop app. This will enable the desktop app to log into the same WhatsApp account that the phone is logged into. From there, users can do pretty much everything on the desktop app, including receiving WhatsApp Notifications and messages even with the phone offline.