How to download and use the new Windows WhatsApp application

In mid-August, WhatsApp’s native Windows app became available for download from the Microsoft Store. Here’s how to use it on a Windows PC.

In mid-August, WhatsApp The native Windows app was rolled out in beta and became available for 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 application which allows users to send and receive messages on their desktop. Additionally, the service also had a web-based desktop application, which meant that users could use the service without logging in through their web browser.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps in the world, especially among Android users. While iPhone users generally prefer iMessage, Android users around the world use WhatsApp to stay in touch with family, friends, and loved ones. WhatsApp also offers many essential features that have contributed to its success, including two-step verificationdisappearing messages, daily status updates, personalized notifications, and more.


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As explained on an update support page, WhatsApp now has a native Windows app that can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. The app has been in beta for a long time, giving users a preview of what to expect when the stable version is finally released. One of the main changes in the new app is that it doesn’t require users to keep their phone online to sync messages. Other than that, the new app doesn’t add anything substantial in terms of features and functionality, although it does have a slightly cleaner interface. As for the future roadmap, WhatsApp says a native macOS app is currently in development, but there is no ETA for its launch.

WhatsApp Desktop App for Windows

WhatsApp logo with custom background on iPhone 11

To try the app, first go to Microsoft Store to download WhatsApp desktop app on Windows computer. After downloading and installing the application on the PC, open WhatsApp on a mobile phone then tap the menu button (three vertical dots) in the top right corner on Android or “Settings” on iPhone. From the pop-up menu, select “Linked Devices”, then press the green “Link Device” button on the next screen.

Afterwards, users may need to verify their identity using Face ID, a fingerprint reader, or a passcode, if available. To finish, point the phone camera at the QR code that appears on the WhatsApp desktop app. This will allow the desktop app to connect to the same WhatsApp account the phone is logged into. From here, users can do just about anything on the desktop app, including receive WhatsApp notifications and messages even with the phone offline.

Source: WhatsApp

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