WhatsApp now has desktop apps for Windows and Mac

WhatsApp has announced the launch of an official desktop app. In a blog post, the Facebook-owned company said the new app is available for Windows 8 and above on PC, and Mac OS X 10.9 and above on Mac

Much like its web-based iteration, WhatsApp Web, the new desktop version of the messaging service works by automatically syncing with WhatsApp’s mobile apps. “The new desktop app lets you message with friends and family while your phone stays in your pocket,” claim the company.

After you’ve installed the app, you’ll need to scan a QR code via the WhatsApp app on your phone. You can do this by selecting Settings > WhatsApp Web. Once the QR code is recognised you’ll be set-up to use the desktop app.

As the desktop app uses your mobile to sync messages, there’s the chance that prolonged use could lead to hefty data costs. As such, WhatsApp recommend that you connect your phone to Wi-Fi.

The launch of the desktop app comes in the wake of WhatsApp’s recent decision to turn on end-to-end encryption for all its users.

All text messages, videos, photos and calls, across every device, for the entirety of WhatsApp’s userbase, have end-to-end encryption activated by default in the newest version of the app. This essentially prevents anyone other than the recipient of the message from decrypting its contents.

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