In November last year, WhatsApp released a standalone app for Windows that replaced the web version of the popular messaging service.
That said, the Meta-owned messaging platform has now announced that the standalone app is out of beta and no longer requires users to keep their phones online to send and receive messages.
In a recent post, WhatsApp said that the native Windows app is faster and more reliable compared to the web-based desktop app and the browser-based WhatsApp web. Also, the native Windows app will let users send and receive messages even when their phone is offline.
Taking a closer look at the native app, we can see that the user interface is slightly cleaner compared to when the app was in beta.
The developers also said that a native app for macOS is also available if you are a beta tester, but the program is currently full right now. However, did not share any timeframe as to when it will be available for regular users.
If you want to download the native WhatsApp Windows app, just head over to the Microsoft Store, search for WhatsApp Desktop and you are good to go.
In other news, WhatsApp recently rolled out three new features that let users block screenshots for ‘View once’ messages, leave groups silently, and choose who can see their online status.