It’s here… finally! The WhatsApp desktop has moved from your cell phone to Mac or Windows computer. It’s available on all devices, which means you’ll never miss a message or call again, no matter where you are.
WhatsApp desktop will mirror any message or chat conversations that are on the smartphone and web. As long as the device is online, synching is done in real-time.
What Should Users Have To Install The App On Their Mac or PC?
- A PC computer should have Windows 8 64-bit or newer; A Mac computer should have a the OS X10.9 or newer
- The app will need to be installed on the phone, which can be done by downloading the WhatsApp 2.16.46 version
- Have a reliable connection to the Internet to ensure the app isn’t interrupted when downloading
4 Steps To Properly Install WhatsApp
- Visit WhatsApp.com to download the app
- Once the app’s downloaded, double click the executable file WhatsApp Setup.exe to begin the installation process
- Once the installation is complete, click the WhatsApp icon to start the app. A QR scan code will appear… similar to what is seen when the WhatsApp web is used for the first time.
- With the smartphone, open the WhatsApp web, scanning the QR code seen in the desktop.
The smartphone app will sync up to the desktop app automatically. The native app is brought up to speed with the mobile chat conversations and messages. It’s a bit of a pain for the smartphone to bring up the desktop app. However, users need to remember that in order for WhatsApp to work, it needs a phone number to make calls or send messages.
Upon completion of the setup and installation, the app can be used on the phone. Of course, there is one benefit to the native app, which is the keyboard shortcuts:
- Ctrl + N – new chat
- Ctrl + Shift + N – new group chat
- Ctrl + Shift + U to charge the message’s read status
- Ctrl + E – archive chat
On the Mac, the same shortcuts apply but change Ctrl key to the Command Key.