Until now, the client to run WhatsApp on Windows was based on Electron, a very popular framework that takes advantage of web technologies to facilitate the creation of desktop applications. But with WhatsApp it has not worked well and performance problems and general inconsistency have accumulated that led the Facebook firm to look for another alternative.
And on Windows, Microsoft has set the development path around its “universal apps,” or UWPs. That is where the path of WhatsApp Desktop has gone and after a few months in beta phase now comes the final version that definitively replaces the previous ones based on Electron.
We have tested it and we have good news for those who intend to use the leader of instant messaging applications also on the desktop. It looks great and works great. As fast as all native UWPs for Windows, notifications arrive instantly without the need for the app to run in the background. The interface has been revamped to bring it closer to what the native Windows 10 software looks like. The app has a light theme and a dark theme that you can change from Settings.
Another issue to highlight: independence . The previous version of the app only worked if your phone was online, as this was a requirement to sync chats between devices. This limitation is also present in the web version of WhatsApp which can still be accessed through web browsers. Now, the new WhatsApp Desktop application is an independent program, which does not require your mobile to be connected to the Internet.
In other words, it supports multiple devices just like its rival and ultimate messaging alternative , Telegram. It must be said that there is a limit on devices, but it is enough, because you can use WhatsApp on up to 4 linked devices and a phone at the same time. In terms of security and privacy, it must be said that the chats are encrypted from end to end.
How to use WhatsApp on Windows
The installation of the new UWP version is quite simple and here is the official tutorial to do it. If you were already using the previous one based on Electron you can also install it without prerequisites since the new UWP will replace it . The version needs to run on Windows 10 14316.0 or higher. From there follow this step by step.
- Access the Microsoft Store through this link.
- Download the app.
- Open WhatsApp on your phone and follow the prompts.
- Select “Paired Devices” in Settings.
- When the camera is activated, point to the QR code to scan it
- You will already have linked mobile and PC with your account
From here you will be able to work normally with the new desktop application that basically offers the same experience as the previous version with Eclipse and the Web version, but with improved performance, stability and interface .
We still like Telegram more as a general messaging platform (including its application for PCs that is installed once and does not need to go through the linking step each time) and in fact we offer you the best of our house there (from MC to MCPRO passing by muylinux), but if you have no choice but to use WhatsApp here is the best way to run it on a Windows PC.
If you use Mac, you should know that a native app for macOS has been announced. Those interested can register here if they want to test the beta version.