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How to configure and use the WhatsApp Desktop app on PC and Mac

WhatsApp has always been criticized for not having native client apps for desktop platforms, but this changes with the company owned by Facebook which releases Windows and OS X applications. The move expected since WhatsApp published its WhatsApp Web platform at the beginning of the 'Last year. It also ensures that everyone's favorite instant messenger is now available on all major mobile and desktop platforms. The good news that using the new WhatsApp desktop apps is as easy as it gets. However, if you don't know where to start, here's how you can configure and use WhatsApp desktop apps:

Download and install WhatsApp on Windows and OS X

The new WhatsApp desktop app immediately available for Windows and Mac users. You can simply go to the official WhatsApp download page and download the apps. Once downloaded, the installation file does not carry the same old configuration process and, instead, opens the app after a few moments of loading.

The WhatsApp desktop app available only for PC with Windows 8 and later or Mac with OS X 10.9 and later . The size of the Windows version of the app 61, 4 MB, while the OS X version weighs 51, 7 MB.

For users who use Windows 7 or earlier versions of Mac, you can always use apps like Bluestacks to run Whatsapp on PC or Mac or continue to use the web version of WhatsApp.

Start using WhatsApp on your desktop

If you are using WhatsApp Web all of this, you will feel at home with the WhatsApp desktop apps. The desktop app almost identical to WhatsApp Web, with a similar user interface and UX . In addition, the connection process of your WhatsApp account is the same. Open the WhatsApp desktop app and you will see a QR code that you will have to scan from the smartphone's WhatsApp app.

Also, like WhatsApp Web, the desktop application mirrors chats from your smartphone, so you will need to keep your smartphone closed and connected to mobile data or WiFi to make the desktop app work. Therefore, if you have hoped for an independent WhatsApp app for Windows and Mac, you will be disappointed .

Once you scan the QR code from your smartphone, you will see all your chats in the WhatsApp desktop app. The desktop app offers some useful additional features such as the ability to get beta updates, use keyboard shortcuts, zoom in and out to increase / decrease the text size in chat and desktop notifications (also available with WhatsApp Web).

Ready to use WhatsApp on your PC or Mac

This certainly is good news for people who have always wanted a PC / Mac client for WhatsApp, but it would have been much better if it had been an independent app. However, we appreciate your arrival very much in our use, we found the desktop app much faster and smoother, compared to WhatsApp Web.

So, what are you waiting for, download the WhatsApp desktop app on your PC or Mac and let us know your experience. Audio muted in the comments section below.