WhatsApp introduces new desktop app for Mac

Following the release of leaked documents showing a WhatsApp desktop client being in the works, WhatsApp has now officially introduced the offering for Mac (and Windows) via their company blog.

From WhatsApp:

Today we're introducing a desktop app so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work. Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device.The new desktop app is available for Windows 8+ and Mac OS 10.9+ and is synced with WhatsApp on your mobile device. Because the app runs natively on your desktop, you'll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more.To download the app, visit https://www.whatsapp.com/download from your desktop browser. Then, open the app and scan the QR code using the WhatsApp app on your phone (look for WhatsApp Web menu under Settings).

The app itself is similar to that of WhatsApp web, so if you've used that previously, setting up the desktop client should be a breeze. It's available for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher, as well as Windows 8 and higher.

When it comes to supported devices, it all remains the same as WhatsApp as well, meaning there's now support for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S60 and now both Mac and Windows.

Chris Parsons

Editor-at-Large at Mobile Nations, gadget junkie, energy drinker, ranter.