WhatsApp launches a native Windows app that doesn’t need a phone

WhatsApp is now available on Windows without the need for a phone. The native standalone app no ​​longer requires you to bind your phone to the program in order to send, receive and sync messages from your mobile to the chat client. WhatsApp announced this version of the app some time ago, but it has been in beta testing ever since and is now available to the public.

Until now, WhatsApp was connected to your phone. To use the chat service, users had to link the Windows app to their mobile phone by scanning a QR code. WhatsApp says the new native app will not only enable a connectionless experience, but also make the experience faster and more responsive.

WhatsApp is also working on a macOS version of the app which should be released soon. The new apps form WhatsApp’s multi-device feature which allows users to connect up to four devices to their WhatsApp account without the need for a phone. All apps will also maintain end-to-end encryption.

However, there are limitations to this functionality. At the moment it only works on Windows and mobile phones. It will work on macOS soon, but WhatsApp has no plans to release the feature for tablets anytime soon. It would make sense for the company to release a tablet version, but that’s not a priority right now. The iPad, for example, still doesn’t have a dedicated version of WhatsApp even though it can use SIM cards and is almost a functioning laptop.

WhatsApp also says that at launch, the new version of the app has some limitations. For example, iPhone users who use their phone as their primary device cannot erase or delete chats. You also cannot send messages with link previews from the WhatsApp web or call users who are using an older version of WhatsApp. However, these issues will go away as more and more users upgrade to the new version of the app.

Source: WhatsApp

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