The WhatsApp app now works standalone on Windows

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 17 Aug, 2022

The new WhatsApp app for Windows no longer requires a phone to send, receive, and sync messages. The refreshed WhatsApp Windows app has been released from beta and can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store.

The WhatsApp messaging service was previously accessible through a web browser or its web-based desktop app for Windows. It is native to Windows, which, as WhatsApp explains, should improve its response time and speed.

It has a cleaner interface when compared to the previous version but otherwise isn't that different from the previous version.

Syncing messages between the desktop app and your phone no longer requires you to keep your phone online. The company says it is currently working on a macOS app as well.

The multi-device feature of WhatsApp has been fully rolled out and has left beta. The app allows you to connect up to four devices to your WhatsApp account without requiring a smartphone, all while maintaining end-to-end encryption.

WABetaInfo discovered a screenshot of WhatsApp on Android in April that indicated tablet multi-device support would arrive soon.

The only way to link your WhatsApp account to a tablet is now, which is why adding support for tablets is a logical step.

The use of linked devices does, however, have some limitations. The iPhone cannot be used to clear or delete chats, for instance.

Additionally, you cannot send messages with link previews from WhatsApp web, message or call someone who uses a 'very old version' of WhatsApp or see live locations.

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