WhatsApp desktop app released for Mac and Windows users

WhatsApp desktop app has been officially released today. It was in news since last month that the popular instant messaging app company is working on building native desktop apps. It is now available for Mac and Windows.

WhatsApp desktop app is simply an extension of the phone, similar to WhatsApp Web, which was introduced in January 2015 for Android and Windows users and later made its way to iPhone as well. Hence, the desktop app will mirror your conversations and messages from your mobile device, which means you need to be online on WhatsApp from your mobile as well, in order to access WhatsApp on Mac or Windows.

WhatsApp desktop app released for Mac and Windows users

Key Points of WhatsApp desktop app

The desktop app is available for users who are using Mac OS 10.9 or above and Windows 8 or above. As the app runs natively on the desktop, there is support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts and more.

How to use WhatsApp desktop app?

First of all, download the app by visiting the official website from your desktop browser. Then open to app and scan the QR code using the WhatsApp app on your phone, which you’ll find under the WhatsApp Web menu in the Settings tab. This completes the pairing of WhatsApp desktop app with the WhatsApp on your phone. Also, as we have already said, you will have to be connected to the internet on your phone in order to use the desktop apps.

WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook, has over 1 billion monthly users and they offer apps for various platforms like Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Nokia, Symbian and Windows Phone. The company has also rolled out free voice calling last year and it is also being reported that they are working hard to roll out free video calling services this year. Stay tuned to The Techolic for more information on the same.

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