WhatsApp desktop software provides a new method to keep in touch at any time and from any location, whether on your phone or computer at home or at work.
The desktop app works with WhatsApp on your mobile device and is compatible with Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, and macOS 10.9 or higher. Because the program runs locally on your desktop, it will enable native desktop alerts, improved keyboard shortcuts, and other features.
After installing and running the app, scan the QR code using your phone’s WhatsApp program (look for WhatsApp Web menu under Settings). The new desktop app, like WhatsApp Web, allows you to communicate friends and family while keeping your phone in your pocket.
WhatsApp is accessible for the Android and iPhone / iOS mobile platforms.
- No hidden costs: Once you and your friends download the application, you can use it to chat as much as you want. Send a million messages a day to your friends for free! WhatsApp uses your Internet connection: 3G/EDGE or Wi-Fi when available.
- Multimedia: Send Video, Images, and Voice notes to your friends and contacts.
- Group Chat: Enjoy group conversations with your contacts. Add or Remove group participants, change group subject and set a group icon.
- Personal: Set a profile photo which will be shown to all your contacts
- No international charges: Just like there is no added cost to send an international email, there is no cost to send WhatsApp messages internationally. Chat with your friends all over the world as long as they have WhatsApp Messenger installed and avoid those pesky international SMS costs.
- Say no to pins and usernames: Why even bother having to remember yet another PIN or username? WhatsApp works with your phone number, just like SMS would, and integrates flawlessly with your existing phone address book.
- No need to log in/out: No more confusion about getting logged off from another computer or device. With push notifications WhatsApp is always on and always connected.
- No need to add buddies: Your Address Book is used to automatically connect you with your contacts. Your contacts who already have WhatsApp Messenger will be automatically displayed under Favorites, similar to a buddy list.
- Offline Messages: Even if you miss your push notifications or turn off your iPhone, WhatsApp will save your messages offline until you retrieve them during the next application use.
- And much more: Share location and places, Exchange contacts, Custom wallpaper, Custom notification sounds, Landscape mode, Message timestamps, Email chat history, Broadcast messages and media to many contacts at once, and much much more.
The WhatsApp desktop app no longer requires your phone to be connected to the internet.
We’re thrilled to announce that WhatsApp’s desktop client now supports private and secure one-to-one audio and video chats.
We’ve noticed a substantial increase in people calling one another on WhatsApp over the last year, typically for lengthy chats. We smashed the record for the most voice and video calls made in a single day on New Year’s Eve last year, with 1.4 billion voice and video conversations. We want WhatsApp discussions to feel as near to in-person as possible, regardless of where you are in the world or the technology you’re using, because so many people are still separated from their loved ones and adjusting to new ways of working.
Answering on a larger screen allows you to work more effectively with colleagues, see your family more clearly on a larger canvas, or free up your hands to roam about the room while conversing. To make desktop calling more useful, we ensured that it works seamlessly in both portrait and landscape orientations, that it appears in a resizable standalone window on your computer screen, and that it is set to always be on top so you never lose your video chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows.
WhatsApp voice and video calls are end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp cannot hear or see them, whether you call from your phone or your computer. We’re starting with one-on-one calls on the WhatsApp desktop app to ensure we can provide you with a consistent and high-quality experience. In the future, we want to expand this feature to include group voice and video calls.
If you have WhatsApp Desktop installed on your computer, you can make free voice and video calls to your contacts.
Desktop calling is supported on:
- Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer
- macOS 10.13 and newer
To make or receive calls on WhatsApp Desktop, you’ll need:
- An audio output device and microphone for voice and video calls.
- A camera for video calls.
- An active internet connection on your computer and phone. The call won’t go through your phone, but it needs to be online to establish the call.
- To grant WhatsApp permission to access your computer’s microphone and camera. WhatsApp needs access to your computer’s microphone for calls and camera for video calls.
Note: Group calls aren’t supported on WhatsApp Desktop at this time.
Previous release notes:
We’ve heard from a lot of individuals about how perplexed they are by our recent upgrade. There has been a lot of misinformation that has caused alarm, and we want to make sure that everyone understands our ideals and the truth.
WhatsApp was founded on a simple premise: anything you share with your friends and family remains private. This implies that we will always safeguard your confidential communications with end-to-end encryption, so neither WhatsApp nor Facebook will be able to see them. That’s why we don’t keep track of who is messaging or phoning. We also do not have access to your shared location and do not share your contacts with Facebook.
Nothing has changed as a result of these upgrades. Instead, the update adds additional ways for users to communicate a business on WhatsApp, as well as increased transparency about how we gather and utilize data. While not everyone shops with a business on WhatsApp right now, we believe that more people will do so in the future, and it is critical that consumers are aware of these services. This upgrade does not increase our capacity to share information with Facebook.
The day on which people will be asked to examine and accept the terms has been pushed again. On February 8, no one’s account will be suspended or terminated. We’re also going to do a lot more to dispel myths about how WhatsApp’s privacy and security function. We’ll then go through the policy with people progressively, allowing them to study it at their own pace before new business alternatives become available on May 15.
WhatsApp was instrumental in bringing end-to-end encryption to people all around the world, and we are dedicated to safeguarding this security technology both now and in the future. Thank you to everyone who has contacted us, as well as to everyone who has helped share information and dispel misinformation. We will continue to devote all of our efforts to making WhatsApp the greatest method to communicate privately.