Popular instant messaging platform, WhatsApp, is already hyper-prevalent in smart devices and, for those in the know, on desktop-based web browsers. This status quo hasn’t changed since the chat app is – more or less – the defacto go-to-platform. Now, a proper WhatsApp system for the desktop has appeared.


Just like the web-browser version, this variant operates very much like an extension of the mobile app. That means the user account can only be accessed via one instance, uses the same QR code scanning security feature, and mirrors conversations – past and on-going – from the smart device.

Of course, there will be specific changes – mostly benefits and advantages – that the desktop can offer over the web browser variant. This includes native support for desktop notifications, dedicated keyboard shortcuts, and better integration with the security processes.

Those keen to try the desktop version of WhatsApp can download the installer here.