On desktops, WhatsApp has always been accessible, but only as a web application rather than a native Windows application. Today, however, this is finally changing thanks to the recent release of WhatsApp’s exclusive Windows client.
The outdated web-based backend is no longer used by the native app. It has the same appearance as the current WhatsApp Desktop client, but it will operate more quickly, require fewer resources, and load more quickly. It will function similarly to WhatsApp Desktop, allowing you to continue having conversations and making calls even while your phone is offline.
A native WhatsApp client for MacBooks is also in the works, but it has not yet been released. It will debut for macOS as a “Universal app,” which means it will be based on the iPhone version of WhatsApp and run natively on MacBooks with Apple CPUs. It is presently being tested in closed beta. 9to5Mac claims that the native macOS software will be far quicker than the latest iteration.
You must nevertheless connect the desktop software with your phone, irrespective of the platform. You will be able to make calls and send messages that are encrypted end-to-end after the app has been connected to your phone.
Up to 4 devices can be connected to a single WhatsApp account, and you can use WhatsApp Desktop even if your phone is offline. However, the connected devices will be automatically deactivated if you don’t use your phone for 14 days.
You may download the new WhatsApp Desktop app from the Windows Store. The FAQ page for WhatsApp has more information.