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WhatsApp Officially Launches Windows & Mac Desktop Clients

WhatsApp Officially Launches Windows & Mac Desktop Clients

It was just last week that we caught word that WhatsApp would be soon launching their official desktop clients for Windows and OS X, and tonight they’ve done it. These new clients closely mirror the previously available web client, however these will be able to push notifications directly to the computer as well as taking advantage of more keyboard shortcuts and more.

To get this up and running on your machine, you’ll want to head over to and pick the client you’ll be using. From there, open up the app on your smartphone and scan the QR code that you’ll find on screen. Once paired, either desktop client will mirror everything from your phone with all the same great functionality. The client is of course free to download on both platforms.

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.

Source: WhatsApp

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  1. midas617

    Sorry to sound like a noobtard here, but, how exactly do I use WhatsApp on my phone to scan the QR code?

    • Ben Schoon

      There should be an option within the settings.

  2. Critikal

    How is that a desktop client? Whiles it only works when your phone works…..I don’t see the point making this software. Make a standalone desktop client , you can register and use even when your phone breaks down and stop wasting our time. The very reason I will always prefer Telegram over whatsapp.