WhatsApp has launched a new desktop version of its messaging app, syncing messages from your smartphone with your Mac or PC.
The add–on, which is available now, mirrors the company’s hugely popular app for iOS and Android, meaning it will look the same when you load it up to your laptop.
Set up is a breeze. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you scan the on–screen QR code with your iPhone or Android device, with your past messages appearing automatically.
Sending and receiving messages works just as it does on your smartphone, but with desktop notifications and improved shortcuts.
The service is similar to the already existing WhatsApp Web tool.
WhatsApp’s move is likely to be welcomed by power users and those who find that they’re constantly having to reach for their phones to answer messages when they’re working at their desktop computers.
Apple’s native iMessage already offers similar functionality, something which has proved hugely popular among Mac users.
Interestingly, WhatsApp is only offering the app via direct download from its website, rather than making it available in the dedicated Mac and Windows app stores.
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