WhatsApp Desktop gets a native UWP version on Windows


WhatsApp Desktop app for Windows has been updated, it is now a native UWP app. It replaces the old version of the web application.

The Meta-owned messaging service released a beta version of the UWP app in November last year. You can find out more here.

What’s new in WhatsApp Desktop

The app is faster and you can tell from the start. That’s basically because it’s no longer an Electron app. Performance improvements are welcome, as are notification badges. Speaking of which, notifications arrive instantly in the new app, and you don’t need the program running in the background either. The interface of WhatsApp Desktop has been revamped, it now looks like a native Windows 10 program. The application has a light theme and a dark theme that you can switch to from the settings.

The old version of the messaging app only worked if your phone was online, it needed to sync your chats between devices. This limitation was also true for the web version of WhatsApp accessed through web browsers. The new WhatsApp Desktop app is a true standalone program, it no longer requires your phone to be connected to the internet, in other words, it supports multiple devices, just like its rival, Telegram. Your chats are always end-to-end encrypted, which is a good thing.

Note: There is a device limit, you can use WhatsApp on up to 4 linked devices and one phone at the same time.

Download the WhatsApp Desktop app from the Microsoft Store. It requires Windows 10 14316.0 or higher. New users will need to scan a QR code using WhatsApp on your phone, to log in on your PC. If you have already installed the Electron app on your computer, it will be upgraded to the UWP version. You can use it with the beta, but you can turn off notifications in any of the apps, otherwise you’ll be bombarded with double notifications for every message you receive.

WhatsApp for macOS

WhatsApp says a native app for macOS is in development. If you have a Mac, you can sign up for the Testflight program to participate in the beta. Unfortunately, the beta slots are already full, so you might have to wait a while to try it out.

I’ve been using the regular beta app for a few months on my MacBook, it’s Electron based (web based) and looks like the Windows version except for some visual elements like colors and button styles . Its performance, however, is quite poor, it’s slow to open and there’s a lag while messages are synced between devices and notifications don’t arrive immediately.

WABetaInfo says that the new beta version of WhatsApp macOS is based on Catalyst technology, which means that the app is actually a port of the iPad version. It can therefore be expected to offer better performance while using fewer resources. The app has an updated design that introduces a new sidebar for quick access to chats, calls, archived chats, starred messages, and more.

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WhatsApp Desktop gets a native UWP version on Windows

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WhatsApp’s UWP app is out of beta, the stable version is now a native version on Windows. A macOS version is also in development.




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