WhatsApp app for Windows no longer in beta, no longer requires users to sign in to phone

The native WhatsApp Windows app works even when your phone is offline.

WhatsApp Desktop Windows AppWhatsApp says they are also working on a native macOS app.

In November last year, WhatsApp released a standalone app for Windows that replaced the web-based version of the popular messaging service. That said, the Meta-owned messaging platform has now announced that the standalone app is no longer in beta and no longer requires users to keep their phones online to send and receive messages.

In a recent article, WhatsApp stated that the native Windows app is faster and more reliable than the web-based desktop app and the browser-based WhatsApp web. Additionally, the native Windows app will allow users to send and receive messages even when their phone is offline. Taking a closer look at the native app, we can see that the UI is slightly cleaner compared to when the app was in beta.

The developers also said a native app for macOS is also available if you’re a beta tester, but the program is currently full. However, did not share a timeline as to when it will be available to regular users.

If you want to download the native WhatsApp Windows app, just head over to the Microsoft Store, search for WhatsApp Desktop, and you’re good to go.

In other news, WhatsApp recently rolled out three new features that let users block screenshots for “View Once” messages, silently leave groups, and choose who can see your online status.

First published on: 2022-08-17 at 12:45:35

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