The new version lets you send and receive messages without having a browser window open, as with WhatsApp Web, and includes notifications.
WhatsApp, the messaging application used by 900 million users worldwide, has just launched a native desktop version (PC or Mac), which is installed on the system and can remain open while performing other tasks.
Like WhatsApp Web, the desktop client allows us to send and receive messages as long as our mobile is switched on and we have linked both applications using a QR code.
Step by step: how to download and install the native WhatsApp application for PC and Mac
WhatsApp desktop, you can download from your website from your computer browser. You need to have Windows 8 or higher or Mac OS 10.9 or higher. Once the application is installed, it is necessary to open the application also on the mobile phone to scan the QR code, as it happened in the WhatsApp Web version.
Download WhatsApp to your computer and install it.
Open the application. A window with the QR code will appear.
If it was not, update WhatsApp on your mobile phone to avoid possible problems. Do it from the ‘App Store’ on Apple devices and ‘Play Store’ on Android.
Open WhatsApp on your mobile and go to the ‘Settings’ tab. It is usually an icon in the top menu. Then click on ‘WhatsApp web’
Like WhatsApp Web, but without the open browser
WhatsApp has already launched an interface to send messages from the computer, at the request of users. Access could only be made via web. A year and a half later launches the desktop version, which prevents us from having an open browser tab, is always available and has a better notification system.
The desktop WhatsApp interface does not show substantial improvements over the web version. In addition, it is not possible to link the WhatsApp account directly to the application to avoid having the mobile phone on, which in addition to causing a discomfort, adds an extra expense of battery and data consumption in case of not being connected to a network Wifi.
The company justifies this decision to have the phone switched on in which communication with the user is always carried out directly and without the need to store messages on a server: messages are downloaded directly to the device and it is this that Distributes them later to the customers we have authorized.
WhatsApp for iPad not found
With this release, there is only one fringe: WhatsApp for iPad. While Android users can install the WhatsApp client on a tablet, Apple’s can not officially install the client, although it does “fool” the device to force the version of WhatsApp Web designed for desktop browsers.