WhatsApp is now available as an app for Desktop PCs and Notebooks. One of the most influential chat services is no longer limited to smartphones. Hereby, WhatsApp users have finally gotten a better alternative to accessing the app via PC than using the previous web browser version.
The chat app, which is owned by Facebook, now has a version compatible with both, Windows PCs and Macs, and the new version has been published on Wednesday and it is now available for download. Essentially, this means that you are now able to begin new conversations on your PC (or Mac) or you can continue with previous old conversations which you have started on your smartphone.
Since 2015, users were also able to use WhatsApp on their computers, but it was only possible through a Web-Version of it and various issues and difficulties of usage weren't uncommon. Yet, this version runs as an independent program, directly on the desired device. Windows 8 OS or the OS X 10.9, or newer OS versions are required in order to use the app, as WhatsApp mentions in a blog post. Older OS are not supported, which means that if you are still running the good old Windows 7, you are still obliged to use the web browser version of it.
As always, you do not need to hold a PhD in Computer Science to install WhatsApp on your PC or Mac. The process is fairly simple. After you have downloaded the app, run the app. After that, a QR-code will pop up on your screen. The next step would be to scan the QR-code by using the smartphone on which you have already installed and used WhatsApp. Various scanning apps on all platforms can be used to scan the needed QR-code. By doing this, you will sync the WhatsApp account you have been using on your smartphone with the desktop version of WhatsApp, without the need to type in your password.
Since January 2010, WhatsApp has been dominating app stores on all platforms. The cross-platform chat service has been bought by Facebook for around 13.9 billion USD. In January 2015, WhatsApp has been pronounced the most popular chat app with 700 million active users. It appears that WhatsApp stills holds the crown and it is estimated that the amount of users today is over 1 billion.