WhatsApp for desktop still needs your phone to be connected

It's basically WhatsApp for Web, on the desktop now.

Published Date
11 - May - 2016
| Last Updated
11 - May - 2016
 
WhatsApp for desktop still needs your phone to be connected

Whatsapp has launched its desktop app for Windows and Mac users. The new app is compatible with desktops running Windows 8, or Mac OS 10.9 and above and can be downloaded from the company’s website. The apps work similar to WhatsApp Web Client, wherein users will have to scan a QR Code using their smartphone in order to sync the two devices. The option to scan the code can be found in the ‘WhatsApp Web’ option in the Settings menu of the smartphone app. The fact that the phone has to be connected to the Internet, though, is a bummer. It leaves little difference between WhatsApp for Web and WhatsApp for Desktop.

In its blog, the company stated, “Today we're introducing a desktop app so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work. Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device.” Further, the company also says, since the app will run natively on the desktop, users will have support for native desktop notifications, and more. 

A few days ago, Twitter user, WEBetaInfo, posted images that hinted at that the launch of the app. In addition, there are rumours that the company may launch a video calling service soon. WhatsApp is already offering voice calling services via its smartphone app and the WhatsApp Web Client was launched in January last year.

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