WhatsApp rolls out new native Windows client, with Mac version in the works


The native Windows version messaging app appears to be gradually rolling out, with some users still on the web-based version. — Photo by Dima Solomin on Unsplash

According to WhatsApp, the latest update to their Windows client is now available to users and is a huge upgrade compared to the original web-based version.

The Meta-owned messaging platform claims increased reliability and speed, updated design and optimisation for the desktop operating system, along with the ability to continue receiving notifications and messages even when a user’s phone is not connected to the Internet.

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The point on “optimisation” likely refers to the advantage of native apps on Windows being able to receive notifications even when they are closed, which will be an option for users in the latest client.

While WhatsApp says that the new desktop app is now live and available to users, it appears that it is currently being gradually rolled out with some users still being on the previous web-based version of the application.

Based on screenshots from those who have already received the update, the latest version of the native WhatsApp desktop client is 2.2231.12.0, while some users have not yet received the update and are still on version 2.222.8.14.

Users who are unsure if they have already received the update can check the version of their app by clicking the menu button (the three horizontal dots about chats), going to settings, and selecting help, which will display the version number.

For those who are still stuck on the web-based version 2.222.8.14 and can’t wait for the rollout, fret not, there is always the option of installing the beta version of the client available here on the Microsoft store, which should include all the features of the pending rollout.

Their FAQ page also includes a mention on the development of an upcoming native Mac version of the desktop application, adding that those keen on helping with testing can sign up for the TestFlight of the app here. However, those interested will likely need to monitor the page for an opening, as it currently displays a message saying that the beta is currently full.

This update comes in the wake of Meta’s announcement that they are currently working on a feature to allow users to silently leave group chats without notifying others, and rumours on the addition of a feature to hide users’ online status.

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