Meta-owned popular messaging platform, WhatsApp has launched a new native desktop app for Windows.
Earlier, the instant messaging platform only offered web-based apps for Mac and Windows operating system. WhatsApp stated that the native app will increase reliability and speed.
According to the company, “Users will continue to receive notifications and messages even if their smartphone is offline. The process of logging in via scanning a QR code from a user’s phone remains unchanged.”
The company noted that it has been designed and optimized for desktop operating systems. Users will continue to receive notifications and messages even if their handset is offline. The new native app is currently live and can be downloaded via Microsoft’s website.
As per the statement, “After a user has downloaded the new WhatsApp native app for desktop, they should open the instant messaging app on their smartphone. Next, they’ll need to tap on More Options on Android phones and Settings on iPhone models.”
“Click on Linked Devices to open the QR Code scanner, and point it towards the QR code displayed on the WhatsApp native app for desktop,” the company added.
WhatsApp’s native desktop app for Mac users is currently under development, and only a beta version of the app is available. The company said that users can get early access and test the app by joining the beta program. Currently, Mac users can use WhatsApp Web on a browser or use the web-based WhatsApp app.
Last month, WhatsApp released the first public beta of its new Mac app built on Catalyst technology, which lets developers easily bring iOS apps to macOS.