Official WhatsApp for Windows 64-bit desktop application allows you to stay in touch anytime and anywhere – whether on your phone or computer at home or work. Send free messages from desktop Windows PC! The app itself is quite similar to the Web app that was meant to be an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device.
The WhatsApp for PC offline installer is available for Windows 10, 8 and 7 and is synced with your mobile device. Because the app runs natively on your desktop, you’ll have support for native desktop notifications and better keyboard shortcuts. When the app finally got a voice calling feature last year it left us with just one question: when do we get video? Well, now it’s underway.
Just like the Web app, the New Desktop App lets you message with friends and family while your phone stays in your pocket. The app must be installed on your cell phone so you can use WhatsApp 64-bit on your PC. This tool supports only 64-bits versions of Windows.
Using the desktop version of the app comes with advantages including proper native desktop notifications and better keyboard shortcuts. You simply need WhatsApp installed and working on your phone and Windows 8 or later.
Using the desktop version of WhatsApp is easy; as soon as you have downloaded and installed the app, you simply need to scan the QR code on the screen with your phone using WhatsApp (Open WhatsApp, click Menu and select WhatsApp Web). Then, as soon as it is recognized the desktop app will be linked with your account.
It is worth noting that since the desktop app uses your mobile device to sync messages, it would probably be best to ensure that it is connected to Wi-Fi to avoid excessive data usage.
WhatsApp For Windows Features
Groups to keep in touch
Keep in touch with the groups of people that matter the most, like your family or coworkers. With group chats, you can share messages, photos, and videos with up to 256 people at once. You can also name your group, mute or customize notifications, and more.
Simple, Reliable Messaging
Message your friends and family for free*. WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection to send messages so you can avoid SMS fees.
Keep the Conversation Going
With WhatsApp on the web and desktop, you can seamlessly sync all of your chats to your computer so that you can chat on whatever device is most convenient for you. Download the desktop app or visit web.whatsapp.com to get started.
With voice calls, you can talk to your friends and family for free*, even if they’re in another country. And with free* video calls, you can have face-to-face conversations for when voice or text just isn’t enough. WhatsApp voice and video calls use your phone’s Internet connection, instead of your cell plan’s voice minutes, so you don’t have to worry about expensive calling charges.
Security by Default
Some of your most personal moments are shared on WhatsApp, which is why we built end-to-end encryption into the latest versions of our app. When end-to-end encrypted, your messages and calls are secured so only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to them, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp.
Share Moments that Matter
Send photos and videos on WhatsApp instantly. You can even capture the moments that matter to you most with a built-in camera. With WhatsApp, photos and videos send quickly even if you’re on a slow connection.
Say What’s On Your Mind
Sometimes, your voice says it all. With just one tap you can record a Voice Message, perfect for a quick hello or a longer story.
Document Sharing Made Easy
Send PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, slideshows and more, without the hassle of email or file-sharing apps. You can send documents up to 100 MB, so it’s easy to get what you need over to who you want.
WhatsApp Web is now a native app
Maybe you were already aware of WhatsApp Web – the version you could use from within your internet browser. WhatsApp for PC is the same, however, you don’t need to open a browser in order to use it.
WhatsApp for PC is also very similar to the mobile version of the app, so if you’re a daily use, it certainly won’t take you long to get the hang of its functions. This version offers everything you would expect to see (just on a larger screen) and offers the ability to chat, send and receive photos, documents, and notes, create and manage groups, change your profile picture, etc.
It all sounds rather great, but there are some limitations to the app. For example, it doesn’t allow you to share your location, nor does it allow you to add new contacts.
Yes, although WhatsApp for PC is an option that makes life a little bit easier now and again, it isn’t something that’s going to replace your mobile device any time soon.
Was it worth the wait?
WhatsApp users have been asking for a desktop version for ages, and finally, they have it, despite not being 100% what they were expecting. Although the version works extremely well and offers almost all the same features as the mobile version, it doesn’t have one of the most important – the ability to work independently. We can only hope that Facebook, who acquired the app back in 2014 will notice the flaw and we might get a nice surprise in the next update.
Pros and Cons
Offers almost all of the same options as the mobile app
Mobile device must be connected in order to use it
Chatting is a lot faster using a keyboard
Some options are missing
Offers real-time synchronization between app and PC